25. 5. 2022
Škoda Group to deliver more trams to Tampere, Finland
Tampereen Raitiotie Oy has ordered five more modern and sustainable ForCity Smart Artic trams from Škoda Group. The Finnish tram operator has used an option to the contract that was signed with the manufacturer in 2017. The option is worth almost €34 million. The cars ordered now are identical to the 20 trams delivered in 2020-2021.
“ForCity Smart Artic Tampere (Tampereen Ratikka) is the largest tram car in terms of size produced in the Nordic countries. In addition to its size and intelligent features, it is also exceptional because it was designed in collaboration with the people of Tampere. The cars have proven to be reliable in operation and we are pleased to continue our good cooperation with the Škoda Group,” says Pekka Sirviö, CEO of Tampereen Raitiotie Oy.
The Škoda ForCity Smart Tampere X34 is a low-floor, spacious, air-conditioned, modern tram designed specifically for the demanding Nordic conditions. Designed for a track gauge of 1435 mm, the two-way tram is 37.3 m long, has a completely flat floor and can accommodate up to 264 passengers. The tram is also easily accessible for wheelchairs and prams.
We are very pleased that we have agreed with our customer Tampereen Raitiotie Oy to supply five more ForCity Smart Artic trams to the people of Tampere. So far 230 Artic cars have been sold and we believe this is just the beginning of a success story. Tampere is getting a modern, technically proven solution that is ideal for challenging conditions. Our trams offer passengers real comfort thanks to features such as heated floors, double glazing and air conditioning.
Juha Vierros, Managing Director of Škoda Transtech Oy
Tampere has previously ordered twenty trams with ten years of maintenance. The original contract also included three additional options for up to 46 new cars.