Spanish firm CAF provided the trains for the Heathrow Express and has recently supplied trams to Seville’s new tram system and a fleet of diesel trains for Northern Ireland Railways.
The Edinburgh tram contract comprises the supply of 27 trams and associated maintenance over 30 years. A separate contractor will be appointed by tie to deliver the tram infrastructure. Approval for both contracts will be sought at a city council meeting on 25 October.
Edinburgh’s trams face specific challenges as they will be the biggest in the UK at over 40m long and will need to be able to negotiate tight curves and steep gradients. They also have aesthetic requirements, as the city needs their appearance to ‘complement Edinburgh’s heritage’. Each tram will have a capacity of 250 passengers.