The Škoda ForCity tram for Bergamo

Škoda to deliver its first trams with anti-collision system to Bergamo

The Škoda ForCity tram for Bergamo Škoda Group

Škoda Group has secured a contract to deliver 10 trams to the city of Bergamo, Italy. They will be the first trams from the company to feature an anti-collision system, and includes three years of full-service.

The trams will be based on Škoda Group’s ForCity Classic platform are bi-directional, have a maximum speed of 70 kilometres per hour and will be fully low-floor and accessible. The main novelty however is that they feature an anti-collision system. The anti-collision system can detect obstacles, alerts the driver and activate the emergency brake. Other manufacturers are also introducing anti-collision systems in trams to the market. For example, Stadler presented its TINA tram with a driver assistance system with emergency brake intervention last year.

The deliveries of the trams are scheduled to take place over the course of the next three years. It is part of the larger contract that contains a turnkey project of building Bergamo’s second tram line, the T2 from the city centre to the northwest part of the city. The contract has been signed for the executive design, execution of works and thus the supply of trams. Work on the line will start by the end of the year, according to Bergamo tram company TEB. Once the trams are in service, they should help to improve public transportation in Bergamo and meet the growing demands of its residents.

The delivery of these trams to Bergamo is a another step forward for Škoda Group in the Italian market. The company has been expanding its presence in Italy in recent years. “This success on the Italian market is a testament to our relentless pursuit of excellence and our unwavering dedication to meeting the evolving needs of our customers”, said Jan Harder, President Region West at Škoda Group. “I am very glad, that Bergamo has chosen our well proven platform solution that has even better parameters than previous models. Opening our office in Florence last October has allowed us to better understand the Italian market and tailor our solutions to its specific requirements.”

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Author: Esther Geerts

Former Editor RailTech.com

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