Rolling stock manufacturer Stadler has won a contract to deliver up to 50 Tramlink trains to Swiss public transport operator Bernmobil.
In the first batch of 27 trains is valued at SFR125m ($127m).
It will comprise 20 bidirectional trains and seven unidirectional vehicles. These trains will substitute the existing nine RBS trams and 12 Vevey trains from 2023 to 2025.
The remaining six trains will be used to support the extension of Line 9 to Kleinwabern, south of Bern, and the rise in frequency on this route.
A spare parts package, as well as maintenance tools, also forms part of the order.
As per the terms of the contract, Bernmobil can place an order for additional trains after 2027.
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The trains are 42.5m in length, and the bidirectional trains feature 52 seats with six doors. The unidirectional trains have 68 seats with seven doors.
The trams will be air-conditioned and come equipped with multifunctional areas for luggage, prams and wheelchairs.
The vehicles will feature a brake assist system, which helps to avoid collisions and enhance safety.
Bernmobil announced the tender for 20 bidirectional vehicles and 30 other vehicles in October.
It received bids from Stadler, Siemens and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A. (CAF).
Stadler received the contract as its offer was economical and had low maintenance costs.