Potsdam Stadler tram order

GERMANY: Potsdam transport operator ViP has awarded Stadler a contract to supply 10 Tramlink trams along with spare parts and 10 years of maintenance services.

Deliveries are planned for 2024, taking the city’s fleet of Stadler vehicles to 28 trams. There is an option for a further 15 trams and a further six years of maintenance.

The low-floor trams will be 42 m long, with a capacity of 246 passengers including 74 seated. There will be step-free access, parent-child seats that are one and a half times the width of other seats, and four multifunctional areas with space for pushchairs and two wheelchair spaces.

The order was signed on December 14 along with a €60·8m financing agreement between ViP and the city council, which will also fund three of the optional trams.

‘It is about strengthening sustainable mobility and securing a wide range of local public transport’, said Mayor Mike Schubert. ‘Our public transport offer is very good and will keep pace with the growth of the city in the future. The new vehicles will replace older and less accessible vehicles.’