The order, worth 36 million francs (about 32 million euros), is linked to an option for three additional vehicles. Negotiations for a twenty-year maintenance contract for the vehicles are also well under way.
The units for FLP, the first Tramlink vehicles to run in Switzerland, will be developed and entirely manufactured at the Albuixech plant in Valencia. With them, FLP will respond to increased demand in commuter traffic and the planned expansion of the network.
The new trains will enter commercial service in 2020, when they will replace the complete fleet of current Be 4/12 built in 1978. In an initial phase, the new units will be put into service on the route between Lugano and Ponte Tresa. From 2027 they will then run through the new 2.3 kilometre tunnel right into the centre of Lugano. The trains will ultimately also be used on the new track section between Bioggio and Manno.
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