Västtrafik, the public transport company of Gothenburg, has awarded Alstom a EUR 100 million contract to deliver 40 Flexity LRVs locally known as the M34, which is an extended version of the M33 tram that Alstom is currently delivering to Gothenburg.
The order is part of a EUR 140 million framework agreement signed in 2016 for the supply of 40 Flexity low-floor light rail vehicles with an option for up to 60 additional trams. The signed contract stipulated that the additional orders will be valid until 2026. In September 2020, the first M33 tram has been delivered.
The first M34 tram is expected to be enter services by the end of 2023 and the last tram will be delivered in 2026.
The new M34 tram model can accommodate 319 passengers, which is 50 percent more than the previous M33 model. The additional trams will meet Gothenburg’s great need for new trams as the M33 and M34 models will replace the ageing M28 and M29 models currently in operation.
The state-of-the-art light rail vehicles are designed to meet the city’s track and weather conditions and their cutting-edge technology will ensure that passengers will have a safe and stable journey.
The low-floor entrance makes boarding easy and the 45-metre-long trams will feature plenty of space for both prams and passengers using wheelchairs. The design meets the highest safety standards as well as Gothenburg’s requirements for environmentally friendly public transport.
“The modern Flexity trams’ iconic design will enhance the city’s aesthetics while more comfortable interiors will improve the travel experience for the city’s passengers. The trams will also help Gothenburg become more sustainable by providing an attractive transport alternative to the automobile,” Rob Whyte, the CEO of Alstom Nordics said.
The M34 Flexity LRVs are manufactured together with Kiepe-Electric which will provide all the electrical parts while Alstom will supply the mechanical portion.