Transport for West Midlands launches battery tram tender
FOLLOWING the launch of Britain’s first battery-powered trams in the West Midlands in April, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is tendering for 18 new LRVs, with the option to purchase a further 32 in future part of extensions to the tram network at the heart of a £3.4bn investment in the region’s transport network over the next decade.
The investment will include new suburban rail lines, cycle routes and motorway improvements, in order to maximise the economic benefits of High Speed 2 (HS2), which is due to open in 2026.
The new LRVs will expand the fleet in readiness for a number of forthcoming extensions to the existing network which runs between Wolverhampton St George’s and Birmingham Grand Central. These include:
There are currently 21 CAF Urbos 3 model trams operating on the Midland metro network. The first of those to be fitted with batteries was launched into operation in April 2018 while the other 20 vehicles are being retro-fitted with batteries in a rolling programme designed to ensure passenger services remain unaffected. Transport for West Midlands launches battery tram tender