Antwerp welcomes first of 58 Urbos 100 trams
On Monday night, the first of the 58 brand new and ultramodern trams has arrived in the Noorderlaan depot in Antwerp. The rest of the order – a €100 million investment – will be delivered gradually before the end of 2024. The new vehicles will replace the old PCC trams.
The new trams are produced by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, or CAF in short, in Zaragoza (Spain). The start of the delivery was expected beginning 2022 but the smooth cooperation between CAF and public transport company De Lijn advanced the process.
The ultramodern vehicles – type Urbos 100 – have an aerodynamic design. They’re 31 m long, 2,3 m wide, and have a capacity of 180 passengers. They’re more comfortable for wheelchair users, disabled people, and passengers with buggies. Furthermore, they’re equipped with a lowered floor, which makes getting on or off the tram easier.
The new trams will be put in use in the spring of 2022. Before that time, De Lijn has to test the trams and train drivers and technicians. The last 18 vehicles that will arrive in 2024 will be bidirectional. An Antwerp first. This means they can drive in both directions, so they don’t need any terminal loops. It increases their availability and maneuverability.
The Flemish Minister of Mobility Lydia Peeters (Open Vld): “Modern public transport has to be sustainable, comfortable, and accessible. The 58 new trams […] will make the difference for Antwerp travelers.”
The Urbos 100 is a popular model and is already visible at the Belgian seaside, and in the streets of France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and the United States.