GERMANY: Bombardier Transportation delivered the first 40 m long bidirectional Flexity Berlin tram to the German capital from its Hennigsdorf plant on December 13.

According to Bombardier, the trams have been styled specifically for Berlin and feature a ‘Bauhaus design’. The air-conditioned vehicles are equipped with regenerative braking.

Berlin transport authority BVG signed a framework agreement with Bombardier in 2006 for up to 206 trams and has so far ordered 142. This includes 40 long unidirectional vehicles, 54 short bidirectional vehicles and 48 long bidirectional vehicles. Deliveries are due to run until 2017.