Turnkey trams worth 62 million Euro

A consortium led by Siemens has won a turnkey contract to build the first two tram lines in Verona in addition to suppling its Combino type low-floor light rail vehicles.

A consortium led by Siemens Transportation Systems (TS) has won a turnkey contract to build the first two tram lines in Verona, Italy in addition to suppling its Combino type low-floor light rail vehicles.

Siemens TS will be responsible for the entire project management. The turnkey contract is worth a total of EUR 126 million; the value of the Siemens supplies and services is EUR 62 million.

Siemens TS is to supply a total of 22 double-articulated Combino type trams to this Northern Italian city. The ordered vehicles will be double-ended, or designed for bi-directional operation.

Each with an overall length of 19 metres and a capacity of 160 passengers, these trams will have a top speed of 70 kph and will run on 3-minute headways in the inner-city area. The system will be able to transport up to 3,200 passengers per hour in each direction. The two lines together will cover 15 track kilometres and service 35 stations.

The Siemens part of the order also includes the complete signalling and telecommunications equipment, the traction power supply, the overhead contact lines, the traffic lights and control devices necessary at grade crossings, as well as system integration and turnkey project management.

The other consortium members, the Italian companies Mazzi and CCC, will be in charge of the buildings and structures as well as track construction.

The two tram lines are scheduled to be inaugurated in mid 2004.