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Siemens has received a contract to deliver 67 Avenio trams to German operator Bremer Straßenbahn (BSAG) for the Free Hanseatic City.

The deal also includes an option for the delivery of an additional 17 trams.

BSAG board spokesman Hajo Müller said: “Today’s signing of the contract marks a milestone for mass transit in Bremen and the surrounding region.

“The Avenio is the ideal tram for Bremen’s community. With its spacious interior, wireless Internet access and information system with double monitors, it fulfils all the demands for comfort and quality that we and our riders expect of a modern tram.”

The four-section Avenio trams are set to operate along Bremen’s seven-line 79km network, which comprises a total of 163 stations. Delivery of the units is scheduled to start from early 2019

Siemens Mobility Division CEO Jochen Eickholt said: “Following Munich, Den Haag and Doha, Bremen is now the fourth city we are supplying with the Avenio.

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“Our modular design ensures that the Avenio can be tailored to each city’s particular needs and can also be flexibly used in a demanding infrastructure.”

The new vehicles will replace the existing GT8N series trams currently operating on the network.

The new air-conditioned trams feature a new interior design to enable speedy boarding and alighting, as the four-section modules form a single spacious interior.

"Our modular design ensures that the Avenio can be tailored to each city’s particular needs and can also be flexibly used in a demanding infrastructure."

Avenio trams feature a CDP-coated steel body and can operate at a maximum speed of 70km/h, while carrying up to 259 passengers.

Siemens noted that the trams are up to 90% recyclable and use energy-saving LED lighting to help conserve energy.

Passengers with reduced mobility will also be given spacious areas at the tram entrances with convenient seating and room for parking wheelchairs.

Additionally, trams feature a multifunctional area for the storage of bicycles and baby strollers, as well as a colour-coded guidance system to assist visually impaired customers.

Image: Siemens has been contracted to deliver 67 new Avenio trams to BSAG. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.