Siemens Mobility has secured a joint order worth €400m to deliver 109 light rail vehicles (LRVs) for Düsseldorf and Duisburg in Germany.
As agreed, the rolling stock manufacturer will supply Avenio HF high-floor LRVs, which will be used on the 85km-long light rail networks in Duisburg and Düsseldorf.
The vehicles will also be used for services to Neuss, Krefeld and Meerbusch.
The contract includes an option for an additional 48 units, along with maintenance and servicing of the Duisburg vehicles for 24 years, with an option for a further eight years.
Siemens Mobility also signed a 24-year contract to supply spare parts for the Düsseldorf vehicles.
The Avenio HF LRVs will feature 51 seats with standing space for 178. The vehicles will be equipped with folding steps to serve different platform heights.
In addition, Siemens will install a digital collision warning system to enable early detection of potential hazards and help in avoiding accidents.
All the vehicles will also feature air suspension, air conditioning and infotainment systems to maximise passenger comfort.
Siemens Mobility CEO Michael Peter said: “This order has a very special meaning for us, since it marks our return to the market for high-floor light rail vehicles.
“Our trains will offer more than two million people in Düsseldorf and Duisburg the highest level of passenger comfort.
“Our services will also guarantee our customers optimal availability and a sustainable increase in value over the vehicles’ entire lifecycle.”
The deliveries are expected to begin in 2025.
Recently, Siemens Mobility signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a spun-off entity Siemens Energy to develop hydrogen systems for trains.