Mobility provider Bombardier Transportation has secured a contract from Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) for the delivery of up to 117 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY trams, along with their spare parts supply for up to 32 years.

The total value of the contract stands at around $693m.

Simultaneously, BVG placed an initial order for 20 trams and their spare parts supply for up to 32 years, which was valued at around $140m.

After this order, Berlin’s FLEXITY tram fleet will increase by 17 nine-car and three five-car trams.

The new trams will be 50m long, 10m longer than the other BVG trams, offering more capacity.

They will also feature wider passageways, as well as an equal level floor above the bogies.

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The reduced entry height will allow quick boarding due to the barrier-free access to the tram.

Bombardier Transportation Germany head Marco Michel said: “I would like to thank our customer BVG, for the confidence they have placed in us, and for the opportunity they have given us, to open yet another chapter in our thirty-year partnership, with this new order. We look forward to continuing to supply BVG with modern FLEXITY trams.

“For the first time with BVG, Bombardier is taking over the complete supply of spare parts and materials over the entire service life of the vehicles. We offer a fixed price per kilometre, which gives BVG security in their long-term planning and calculations.

Bombardier Transportation German cities business head Dirk Wunderlich said: “The new FLEXITY vehicles are a consistent and continuous development of the proven trams. Equipped with innovative bogies, they will move more quietly and more efficiently and are therefore an important step in achieving Berlin’s climate protection goals.”

The trams will feature barrier-free multifunctional areas, which will offer plenty of space for commuters, strollers, wheelchairs and bicycles.

The company said that to avoid collisions, the trams will be equipped with safety technology, such as an Obstacle Detection Assistance System (ODAS).

The driver’s large vision field and optimised workstation with touchscreen displays will also ensure safe transit.

In Berlin, the total number of FLEXITY trams will now increase to 251.

The last tram of the current fleet of 231 trams will be delivered next year.

As of now, around 1,000 Bombardier FLEXITY trams are in operation in 42 German cities.