Bern public transport operator, Bernmobil, awarded Stadler a contract for the supply of 50 Tramlink trams, with a first order for 27 vehicles, valuated at CHF 125 million (EUR 114.3 million).
The initial batch envisages the delivery of 20 bidirectional and 7 unidirectional Tramlink trams that will replace the twelve Vevey and nine RBS trams which will have reached the end of their service life.
According to the contract, the first new tram is expected to be put into operation at the beginning of 2023, while the last of the 27 trams from the first tranche is scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2025.
The trams for the extension of Line 9 to Kleinwabern and more frequent services on Line 9 will also form part of this delivery.
Bernmobil can subsequently place a call-off order for additional vehicles from the tender option for the expansion of the tram fleet for Tram Bern Ostermundigen as well as any further expansion of services from 2027 onwards.
The 42.5 metres-long trams have 52 seats in the bidirectional model and 68 seats in the unidirectional vehicles. The entire interior has a low floor throughout for optimised passenger flow and standing space, and is equipped with spacious multifunctional zones for wheelchairs, prams and luggage. Each door, of which there are 7 on the unidirectional trams and 6 on each side on the bidirectional trams, has a sliding step to bridge the gap at the stops to ensure accessible boarding and alighting.
The passenger compartment is fully air-conditioned for a pleasant inside temperature. The trams will be given their own special design to match the city of Bern and Bernmobil and will offer a high level of travelling comfort thanks to their modern wooden seats and bright interior. In order to further improve driving safety, the new vehicles will feature a brake assist system to avoid collisions.
After Ferrovie Luganesi, Aargau Verkehr and Baselland Transport, Bernmobil is Stadler’s fourth customer in Switzerland to procure the Tramlinkn vehicle model within a short time.