AUSTRIA: The first of 119 Flexity trams that Bombardier Transportation is building for to Wiener Linien is nearing completion at the manufacturer’s plant in the capital.

The Wien transport operator awarded Bombardier a framework contract in 2015 covering up to 156 trams. The €431m base order for 119 trams includes 24 years of maintenance support under Bombardier’s FlexCare programme.

The first of the trams is due to enter passenger service at the end of 2018. Deliveries are due to be completed in 2026.

The 34 m long five-section tram has capacity for 211 passengers, and includes two wheelchair spaces and space for up to eight pushchairs.