Berlin, Germany—Bombardier has signed a $51-million option to supply 20 additional light rail vehicles (LRVs) to Manchester, England’s metro rail system.
The option is part of the contract signed between the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE)—now referred to as Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM’s) Metrolink system—and Bombardier and consortium partner Vossloh Kiepe in 2007.
Bombardier’s share of the option that will see 20 additional Bombardier Flexity Swift LRVs delivered to the northwestern English city is valued at approximately $38-million, according to the company.
The vehicles are designed for sustainable mobility throughout their lifetime, with a recyclability rate of approximately 92 per cent and a recoverability rate of about 98 per cent.
The LRVs for Manchester can accommodate more than 200 passengers.
“Our Flexity Swift vehicles have now been running in passenger service in Manchester for more than two years and have proved to be a success with both the travelling public and the customer,” president of LRVs for Bombardier Transportation Germar Wacker said in a statement.
To date Bombardier has delivered 54 vehicles to Manchester.
Bombardier won its first order from TfGM in April 2007 for eight LRVs and has since received option orders for 66 additional LRVs in several batches.
The order for 20 further vehicles brings the total number of LRVs ordered to date from the consortium for Manchester up to 94 light rail vehicles.
As consortium leader, Bombardier designs and manufactures the vehicles at its sites in Bautzen, Germany and Vienna, Austria.
Bombardier’s Siegen plant in Germany is responsible for delivering the bogies, with Vossloh Kiepe providing the electrical equipment.