Munich to receive a further 22 Avenio trams
Posted: 1 October 2015 | Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Intelligent Transport
Munich Transport authority SWM and its subsidiary company MVG have ordered a further 22 Avenio trams from Siemens for €70 million. The €70 million SWM (Stadtwerke München – Munich Municipal Authorities) and MVG (Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft – Munich Transport Corporation) contract will add to the eight existing Avenio trams that have been in passenger service since […]
Christop Klaes, Head of Siemens LRV business; Herbert König, SWM Director of Transportation and MVG CEO; Sandra Gott-Karlbauer, CEO Siemens Business Unit Urban Transport, and Dr. Florian Bieberbach, CEO Münchner Stadtwerke (SWM; Munich Municipal Authorities). Copyright: MVG
The €70 million SWM (Stadtwerke München – Munich Municipal Authorities) and MVG (Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft – Munich Transport Corporation) contract will add to the eight existing Avenio trams that have been in passenger service since 2014. The order includes options for up to 124 further units with a total value of up to 300 million euros. The trams are being built at the Siemens plant in Vienna, with delivery scheduled to take place from mid-2017.
Avenio trams to supplement existing fleet
Herbert König, SWM Director of Transportation and MVG CEO, said: “The vehicles we have now ordered will provide a further significant increase in the capacity of Munich’s trams. The options enable SWM/MVG to call on new vehicles in line with requirements in the coming years, and well into the next decade. Overall, we’re entering into the largest tram procurement program of recent decades.”
Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Mobility Division, added: “Munich is the first city to use our Avenio tram in everyday passenger service. In particular, the challenging Munich network enables it to fully utilize its strengths and demonstrate that it can run comfortable and smoothly on existing infrastructure. We are proud that we can continue the success story, thanks to this follow-up order – one of the largest orders for trams in Europe.”
The recently agreed contract includes nine two-car trains, nine three-car trains and four four-car trains. Each of the two-car and three-car trains will then be coupled to nine double traction trains on working days to create a vehicle of around 48 metres. The coupled trains will accommodate approximately 260 passengers on lines 20 and 21. The four new four-car Avenios, which correspond to the eight Avenios already available in terms of their length and capacity, will be used on lines 16 and 17 to increase capacity.
In conclusion Herbert König added: “13 older trains which can accommodate 2,028 people will be replaced by 22 new trains which can accommodate 3,208 people; this enables us to provide room for more than 1,000 additional people on the existing network, including line 16, which has seen a massive increase in passenger numbers due to the extremely successful extension to St. Emmeram.”