Bombardier Transportation said Wednesday that, together with its consortium partner, Dusseldorf, Germany-based Vossloh Kiepe GmbH, it signed an option to supply an additional eight FLEXITY Swift light rail vehicles to Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive’s (GMPTE’s) Metrolink in Britain. The option, part of the contract signed with GMPTE in April 2007, is valued at 16 million pounds ($24 million); Bombardier said its share is worth approximately $18 million.
GMPTE’s initial order in 2007 included 12 vehicles, and included an option for up to 97 additional cars. The first option order for 28 more light rail vehicles followed in June 2008; the additional eight announced brings the total to 48 LRVs. Delivery will be completed in the second half of 2011.
Philip Purdy, director of Metrolink, said: “We are pleased to be requesting an additional eight vehicles in addition to the trams already on order, and of course those that are now successfully serving the existing Metrolink lines. The new trams are an integral part of the expansion and improvement of Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network.”
Colin S Walton, chairman of Bombardier Transportation, U.K., said, “We are delighted to continue our long and successful partnership with GMPTE, helping to improve the attractiveness of public transport services in and around Manchester.”