Stadler with Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV) signed a contract for six bimodal CITY LINK tram-trains. The vehicles will be fully developed in the Stadler plant in Albuixech (Valencia) and produced and used in the cities along the Costa Blanca. The first vehicle will be delivered in the year of 2019.
The modernization plan of FGV for the line 9 in Alicante, which connects Benidorm and Denia, provides for the use of six new bimodal vehicles of the type CITYLINK Stadler among others. The new lightweight tram-trains will replace the diesel trains of the series 2500, which are and for more than 50 years in operation had to be overhauled several times.
The new CITY LINK can be operated by both electricity and diesel. This also maximum reliability and safety are ensured on the remaining lines in Alicante next ride comfort, accessibility and information to customers according to FGV standards. CITYLINK will allow it to circulate in certain portions of the line 9 in the tram mode, for example by Dénia.
Íñigo Parra, CEO of Stadler Valencia, said:
“The order demonstrates the confidence of our customers in our work and the quality of our tram-trains. With FGV we work almost since its inception 30 years ago together and we are proud that we can contribute to the development and modernization of infrastructure in the Valencian community where we have been present for 120 years.”
In 2003, FGV was with a contract for nine tram-trains, the first tram customer of the Stadler plant in Albuixech. The vehicles of the series 4100 are net of Alicante in operation since 2006. When the series 4100 is electrically operated tram trains (750 V DC), which are operated in the network of Alicante, as well as to the local lines between Alicante and Benidorm.
The similarity of the new bimodal CITY LINK Tram-trains and the number 4100, a popular with the public in Alicante and accepted series, is obvious. Stadler has placed both the interior and exterior at particular emphasis on the design and especially adapted to the needs of customers and the operating environment. Other important factors that played a role in the design of CITYLINK were safety and high comfort for both passengers and drivers.
CITY LINK stands for lightweight, modular, barrier-free low-floor vehicles that are specifically designed to connect the city center without change with the agglomerations and to ensure a comfortable, quiet and safe ride. In the last 11 years Stadler is promoted with 120 fully equipped Tram-trains that have been covered over 15 million kilometers to the European scale in the tram sector. CITY LINK is already used in the cities of Alicante, Mallorca, Karlsruhe (Germany), Chemnitz (Germany), Sheffield (UK) and Puebla (Mexico).