Stadler and Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV) have signed a contract for the supply of 16 Tramlink low floor LRVs including an option for up to 12 additional trams, in two batches of six units.
EUR 84.3 million is the value of the contract under which the 16 vehicles will be delivered within 32 months.
The new 4 500 series trams for FGV will be designed and manufactured by the Stadler plant in Albuixech, a municipality in Valencia.
The Tramlink tram is a versatile and accessible light rail vehicle family, customizable to fit any network requirements and mobility demands. The multi-articulated 100% low-floor vehicle features innovative steering bogies with real axles, and very low unsprung masses, which provide a quiet and smooth ride, with low ground vibration and noise emissions and a maximum seating capacity above the bogies, without the need for ramps or steps.
Its barrier-free, bright, pleasant and custom-designed interior ensures safe and comfortable travel. For FGV, Stadler has customised the vehicle to operate on metre-gauge network. The 45 m-log and 2.4 m-wide vehicles will be fully accessible and will have spacious multipurpose areas next to the doors, with places reserved for people with reduced mobility.
They will provide greater capacity and fast and efficient passenger transit when boarding and alighting the vehicle.
The Tramlink low floor LRVs have been designed in accordance with the latest standards for passive safety, crash safety and pedestrian safety, such as compliance with the CIII scenario of the crash regulations, whereas the normal scenario for trams is the less demanding C-IV scenario.
They will also incorporate modern passenger information and video surveillance systems, an efficient air conditioning system and other innovations that optimise the travel experience and thus, contribute to increasing the use of public transport.
The vehicles will be incorporated into the fleet of Metrovalencia and Tram d’Alacant, to cover the needs arising from the expansion projects planned in the coming years. Recently, EIB and the region of Valencia signed an agreement for a EUR 50 million first tranche of a total EUR 300 million financing package for FGV’s plans to modernise and expand Valencia and Alicante tram systems. The projects to be implemented have a total value of EUR 609 million.