Škoda Transtech of the Škoda Transportation Group will deliver one additional third ForCity Smart Artic X34 tram to German Schöneicher-Rüdersdorfer Strassenbahn GmbH (SRS). The total value of the contract is approximately 3 million Euros. The tram will be manufactured in Kajaani, Finland and delivered to Germany in spring 2020.
The sale marks the end of the production of the ForCity Smart Artic Helsinki and this will be the last vehicle of that type to be produced. Schöneiche already purchased two Helsinki Artic pre-series vehicles in October 2018.
“Thanks to the good experience and the high level of satisfaction with these vehicles, SRS now wants to seize the opportunity to purchase a new vehicle for the first time in 80 years before discontinuing production of the series. This is made possible by the subsidies from the four transport authorities. With the necessary modernization, SRS secures the future of its vehicle fleet and with the larger vehicle fleet of identical trams can exploit synergies in maintenance and servicing, spare parts procurement and staff training. The new, third Artic tram of SRS is to be delivered in early 2020.” says Detlef Bröcker, CEO of Schöneicher-Rüdersdorfer Strassenbahn GmbH (SRS).
“We are very happy to provide SRS with the last state-of-the-art Artic tram that offers German passengers accessible 100%-low floor yet comfortable and silent mobility. In close co-operation with Helsinki City Transport Company we have developed a tram which is reliable and energy-efficient and has proven to be the right choice for not only Helsinki. This deal proves the continuous success on the international market,” adds Lasse Orre, CEO of Škoda Transtech.
The ForCity Smart Artic Helsinki tram is based on an original idea of Helsinki City Transport (HKL) and has been developed in collaboration between HKL and Škoda Transtech. The first Artic trams have been in operation in Helsinki since 2013.There are currently 60 Artic trams in passenger traffic. Altogether, Helsinki City Transport has purchased a total of 72 vehicles of ForCity Smart Artic tram type. Schöneiche will receive the 73rd which is also the last Helsinki tram of this type produced fully in Finland.
The one-directional three-part ForCity Smart Artic Helsinki tram has a gauge of 1 000 mm, it is a fully low-floor tram and it is 27,4 m long. The vehicle also offers barrier-free access for wheelchair users and prams. The all-wheel drive and robust chassis and axle design enables trouble-free operation in challenging climatic conditions.