CAF MetroCentro Sevilla

SPAIN: Sevilla city council has awarded CAF a contract to supply a further two vehicles for use on the Metrocentro de Sevilla tram line.

The €33m contract awarded on July 21 includes 30 years of maintenance, and options for three more vehicles.

The five-section 100% low-floor trams will be equipped with batteries for catenary-free operation to reduce the visual impact in the historic city centre.

They are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2023, adding to the current fleet of four CAF Urbos vehicles which were supplied for the 2·2 km first phase of the line.

The line is currently being extended 1.4 km from San Bernardo via San Francisco Javier and Eduado Dato to Centro Comercial Nervión.

Construction is being undertaken by Sando and Vías y Construcciones under a 12-month contract awarded in December 2021, with EU sources meeting 80% of the €14·9m cost. The principal civil engineering feature will be a tunnel under the junction between Calle Ramón y Cajal and Calle San Francisco Javier.

A proposed further extension would take the line to Sevilla Santa Justa station.