GERMANY: Freiburg public transport operator VAG signed a contract with CAF on June 6 for the supply of five Urbos 100 trams to operate on they city’s metre-gauge network.

Deliveries are due to be completed by mid-2020. The trams are intended to replace the remaining five high-floor GT8K vehicles. Once those have been withdrawn from service, VAG will have a fleet of fully low-floor trams, apart from 11 partly low-floor vehicles.

The contract includes options for seven more trams, which can be exercised until the end of 2020. The value of the contract was not disclosed, but VAG confirmed that the Land of Baden-Württemberg is contributing €5m.

VAG had previously signed a contract with CAF in March 2013 for 12 seven-section trams. ‘Our three-year experience with these vehicles has resulted in certain modifications, which will influence the new build’, said VAG Board Member Stephan Bartosch.