GERMANY: Berlin transport operator BVG has ordered a further 80 metro cars from Stadler Pankow, in response to an urgent need to increase capacity on its small-profile lines. The first must be delivered at the latest during the second half of 2019.

BVG announced in 2011 its intention to purchase 40 four-car sets to replace its ageing A3L71 stock, placing an initial order for two prototype Type IK trainsets in July 2012. In July 2015 BVG called off a €60m firm order for an initial series build of 11 units, followed by a €140m order for the remaining 27 sets last year.