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September 12, 2016

CAF wins order for Amsterdam trams

Spanish manufacturer CAF has secured a contract from Amsterdam public transport operator GVB Activa to deliver a fleet of 63 low-floor bi-directional light rail vehicles (LRVs), with an option for a further 60.

Spanish manufacturer CAF has secured a contract from Amsterdam public transport operator GVB Activa to deliver a fleet of 63 low-floor bi-directional light rail vehicles (LRVs), with an option for a further 60.

The first vehicles are expected to enter service on the 213.3km Amsterdam tram network, which has 16 lines and 490 stations. 

The new LRVs are expected to be delivered between the second half of 2019 and 2022.

The company said that the new low-floor, and bi-directional vehicles provide maximum accessibility, as well as meet the unique requirements of each customer.  

"This acquisition fits in with the further modernisation of our GVB equipment."

It is reported that the tender was launched in July last year by the Amsterdam City Region in cooperation with the Municipality of Amsterdam.

GVB Activa awarded CAF a contract to supply 37 LRVs in 1994 and these units have since provided service in Amsterdam's underground network. 

GVB managing director Alexandra van Heffelen was quoted by railjournal.com as saying: "This acquisition fits in with the further modernisation of our GVB equipment.

"In addition to passenger comfort, other reasons for this order include the ability to introduce these trams on the entire network with minimal modifications to the infrastructure."

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