Škoda Transportation subsidiary Transtech has secured a €104m contract to supply 19 modern ForCity Smart Artic trams with full service to the city of Tampere in Finland.

The contract also includes a three-stage delivery option to supply an additional 46 vehicles to the city.

The new trams are expected to operate on a newly built track, which will be operational from 2021.

Transtech chairman and Škoda Transportation vice-president Zdenek Majer said: “The new order confirms that we are doing well in Finland; at the end of August this year, VR Group (Finnish Railways) exercised an option for 20 double-decker passenger cars.

“At the end of last year, Helsinki City Transport exercised an option for 20 trams for Helsinki, and an agreement to deliver 29 trams for the new ‘Raide-Jokeri’ line connecting Helsinki and Espoo was signed.

“Our subsidiary Transtech has remarkably improved the utilisation rate of its production capacity thanks to this, and it turns out that this acquisition fits wonderfully into our strategy of increasing our market share in Western markets.”

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A total of 33 out of the 89 ForCity Smart Artic trams that have been ordered from the company are currently operating in the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

"The vehicle for Tampere is based on proven solutions that we have acquired during the development of vehicles for Helsinki."

Transtech CEO Lasse Orre said: “For Tampere, we chose a modern, proven technical solution suitable for difficult arctic conditions, combined with attractive commercial conditions.

“The vehicle for Tampere is based on proven solutions that we have acquired during the development of vehicles for Helsinki.”

Transtech's new bi-directional, three-part ForCity Smart Artic Tampere trams are able to accommodate 264 passengers each.

The low-floored vehicles have a normal gauge of 1,435mm and offer barrier-free access for wheelchair users and prams.

Image: ForCity Smart Artic trams. Photo: courtesy of Škoda Transportation a.s.