Flexity tram in Gothenburg

Alstom finishes initial order of 40 Flexity trams for Gothenburg, Sweden

Flexity tram in Gothenburg Alstom

Alstom has delivered the 40th Flexity tram to the agency responsible for the Gothenburg tram network Västtrafik, marking the completion of the initial order for light rail vehicles this month. The contract was signed in 2016 and valued at 100 million euros in that year.

The first Flexity tram was delivered in 2019, and the entire fleet is presently in operation on Sweden’s largest tram network, covering a distance of over 160 kilometres of tracks and having covered more than 4.5 million kilometres in service. Known locally as the M34, the Flexity tram is an extended iteration of the M33 tram previously supplied by Alstom to Gothenburg. Accommodating 319 passengers, a 50 per cent increase from the earlier M33 model, the trams are designed to meet the city’s track and weather conditions.

The M33 and M34 models are replacing the outdated M28 and M29 trams that were previously in service. As was put as an option of the original order, Alstom says it will continue to deliver an additional 60 vehicles for Gothenburg’s public transportation system. The new Flexity tram, designated as M33 Type C and locally referred to as the M34, is an extended 45-metre version of the M33 tram, increasing transport capacity by 50 per cent.

The new Flexity M34 model can accommodate 319 passengers, which is 50 per cent more than the previous M33 model. (image: Alstom, Kasper Dudzik)

Developed in collaboration with consortium partner Kiepe-Electric, these light rail vehicles are part of a concerted effort to modernise the existing fleet and cater to the growing population in Gothenburg and its surrounding region. Manufactured at the Alstom facility in Bautzen, Germany, the final delivery of the base order underwent comprehensive testing and inspection by the end of October. Following the final commissioning and inspection, the 40th vehicle has been successfully handed over to the customer and is poised to commence operations in the city’s traffic system.

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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