FINLAND: Škoda Transportation subsidiary Transtech announced details of its tram order for Tampere on October 16. The firm order for 19 ForCity Smart Artic trams is worth €104m, and the framework contract includes options for up to 46 more vehicles, which would be delivered in three tranches.

Tampere city council selected Transtech as preferred bidder last year for a contract to supply 15 to 20 trams for the first phase of its 1 435 mm gauge tram line, which is due to open in 2021.

The three-section bidirectional low-floor trams will be 37 m long with capacity for 264 passengers at 4/m2. Transtech is to provide 10 years of maintenance, with an option for 30 more years.