GERMANY: Leipzig transport authority LVB is to exercise a second option to its contract with Solaris, following the approval by the Land of Sachsen for a further €7·3m towards the purchase of rolling stock. The latest funding package would cover half the cost of a further nine trams.
In 2015 LVB selected Solaris to supply five trams for €7·7m, with options for a further 36. The first tram from the base order is due to arrive in Leipzig this month, with entry into revenue service on the 1 458 mm gauge network expected early next year.
At 37·6 m long and 2 300 mm wide, the latest batch will differ from the initial build. The four-section vehicles will be 65% low-floor.