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Bombardier completes the first new light rail vehicle frame for DVB

The car bodies for DVB are one of the first light rail projects to be built on the new production line in Görlitz

December 9, 2020  by CM Staff

From left to right: Carsten Liebig, Site General Manager Görlitz, Bombardier (retiring at the end of 2020), Dirk Wunderlich, Head of Business Unit German Cities, Bombardier, Mike Barke, BSG, Octavian Ursu, Mayor of Görlitz, Michael Kretschmer, Prime Minister Saxony, Robert Heuser, New Site General Manager Görlitz, Bombardier, Andreas Hemmersbach, Board member, DVB and Lars Seiffert, Board member, DVB with first car body for Dresden.

BERLIN — On Dec. 9, in the presence of Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer and the Business Unit German Cities at Bombardier, Dirk Wunderlich, the Board Members of Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG (DVB) Andreas Hemmersbach and Lars Seiffert, accepted the car body shell of the first new light rail vehicle (LRV) for Dresden, Germany. Bombardier Transportation began building the first vehicle at the Görlitz site in August of 2020.

“The colleagues at Bombardier are doing an excellent job and I was able to see this for myself today,” praised DVB Board Member Andreas Hemmersbach.

Together with the DVB project managers, they tested the quality of the first car bodies and officially approved them. Bombardier Transportation is manufacturing a total of 30 new LRVs for Dresden. The car bodies will initially be built at Bombardier’s Görlitz site, while the final assembly will take place at the Bautzen site from February 2021.

“The car bodies for DVB are one of the first light rail projects to be built on the newly installed production line in Görlitz. I am very pleased that we have reached this important milestone on schedule and will soon be able to start the final assembly on the new FLEXITY trams.” said Dirk Wunderlich, Head of Business Unit German Cities at Bombardier Transportation.

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The first new LRV is scheduled to arrive in Dresden in August 2021. After commissioning and various test runs on the network, it is expected to start trial service with passengers in December 2021. As of 2022, a new tram is to be delivered to DVB every three weeks. These will undergo a short commissioning phase before they enter service. All new LRVs are to be delivered to DVB by autumn 2023.