Friday, December 16, 2011

Bombardier consortium lands Vienna order

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Bombardier Transportation said Friday it and consortium partner Vossloh Kiepe have won an order from the Vienna Transport Authority, Wiener Linien, for five new light rail transit trainsets for Vienna’s metro line U6. The parties signed the contract in the U6 depot Michelbeuern, in Vienna. The order is an option under a contract signed with the Vienna Transport Authority in 2004. The total contract value is estimated at approximately $77 million, with Bombardier’s share of the contract valued at approximately $59 million. 

Deputy Mayor of ViennaRenate Brauner said: “The order for the supply of new trainsets for the line U6 is good news both for the passengers of this popular line as well as for the 600 employees of the Bombardier site in Vienna.” The site is central to Vienna’s industry and this option for further train sets for the U6 continues the long-standing relationship between Bombardier, the City of Vienna and the Vienna Transport Authority, Brauner added.

Delivery of the light rail vehicles (LRVs) will begin in the autumn of 2013 and will be completed in 2014. The new vehicles will enable the Vienna Transport Authority to reduce train intervals at peak times down to 2.5 minutes from the current three minutes, resulting in 20% more capacity in the morning and late afternoon.

“The U6 is our longest metro line, used by almost 130 million passengers per year. The new LRVs will make the U6 more attractive and comfortable. They will also provide additional capacity for a future increase in passenger numbers,” said Vienna Transport Authority Managing Director Günter Steinbauer. 

Said Germar Wacker, president Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation, “We thank the City of Vienna and the Vienna Transport Authority for their trust and support. With 124 vehicles delivered to date, the U6 orders have been of significant importance for Bombardier’s Vienna site. “