Lausanne Stadler Tramlink tram impression

SWITZERLAND: Stadler announced on November 10 that it had signed a contract with operator TL Lausanne to deliver 10 standard gauge Tramlink trams plus spare parts and maintenance equipment for the city’s future T1 tram line which is currently under construction.

Stadler had been selected as preferred bidder in December 2021, with the contract stipulating that two more trams could be ordered later, linked to the line’s future extensions. Stadler will deliver the trams to Lausanne from Q1 2025.

The cars will be the first 1 435 mm gauge Tramlink variants to run in Switzerland.

The seven-section vehicles with stainless steel carbodies will be entirely low-floor and feature air-conditioning; they will be 45 m long and 2 650 mm wide with capacity for 316 passengers. Three multipurpose areas will be provided next to the doors for wheelchairs, prams and bicycles.

The eight double-leaf doors on each side will have sliding steps to bridge the gaps between the platform and the tram for fast boarding and alighting, and the interior will be acoustically and thermally insulated.

Line T1 is currently under construction from Flon to Renens main line station. Work on the 4·6 km line started in September 2021, and opening is planned for the end of 2026. A 3·1 km second stage is planned to run northwest from Renens to Villars-Sainte-Croix.