Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and the manufacturer Bombardier Transportation (member of the Alstom Group since 29 January 2021) revealed the design of the capital‘s new tramways. The design is easily recognisable as it is derived from the award-winning Bauhaus design of the already existing fleet. However, it also sets its own refreshing accents.
The front with the large, pulpit-like window has a striking effect and at the same time ensures good all-round visibility. The large side windows also offer passengers a good view of the city. The colour scheme remains in the unmistakable yellow with the white roof bonnet typical for BVG trams.
“Now that essential details of the new design are clarified, we can lift the secret,” said BVG Chief Operating Officer Dr. Rolf Erfurt. “Our new models are unmistakably members of the Berlin tram family and yet have their own special features. With a fresh design and contemporary features, the new vehicles – just like their predecessors in over 150 years of Berlin tram history – will shape the image of our city. We hope that our passengers will like the trains as much as we do.”
“It’s hard to see, but the bogies have also been given a new design. This means that they will ensure that the boarding height for passengers will be lower and that the trams will roll through the city more quietly than before,” emphasised Müslüm Yakisan, President Alstom, DACH Region.
A framework agreement concluded in December 2020 guarantees the delivery of up to 117 new bi-directional vehicles for BVG’s aging tram fleet. We reported here about the topic: https://www.urban-transport-magazine.com/en/bombardier-to-supply-up-to-117-new-trams-for-bvg-berlin/ The contract comprises models of two vehicle lengths, 30 and 50 metres, made up of five or nine modules respectively. The 50-metre trains are celebrating their Berlin premiere. With the significantly increased space available, BVG is also demonstrating that trams in Berlin are clearly on route for growth.
The minimum contract volume amounts to approximatley 350 million euros. In addition, a spare parts supply contract with the manufacturer and a maturity of more than 30 years was also signed. The first firm order-lot comprises 17 nine-unit and 3 five-unit trams for delivery at the end of 2022. Further deliveries under the framework agreement are scheduled until the year 2033. The 50-metre versions will be used on the M4 line, which is in particularly high demand and where GT6 vehicles are currently running in double traction. The 30-metre versions will replace the previous GT6s, mainly in south-eastern Berlin.17.03.2021