The Dutch city has commissioned CAF to supply new trams for the new Uithof Line which links the Central Station with the Utrecht University Campus. This project is also inclusive of the infrastructure works of the 8 km light-rail line and 9 stops, in addition to the delivery by CAF of 27 trams. The estimated project cost is €440m.
The vehicles proposed for Utrecht belong to the Urbos platform, consisting of five 100% low floor modules. This is a bidirectional vehicle with 4 double doors per sidewall designed to run at a service speed of 70 km/h.
These vehicles can accommodate up to 216 passengers who will benefit from state-of-the-art video entertainment and passenger information systems (interior and exterior passenger information screens, emergency intercoms, etc.) for perfect passenger information.
Utrecht is located in the centre of the Netherlands, and with a population in excess of 330,000, is one of the main financial poles of the country. The first trams are scheduled for delivery to the Nieuwegein depot of the Dutch city in 2017, and passenger service is due to start mid-2018.
This project adds to the latest projects secured by CAF in the last quarter of 2014, namely, 118 Civity trains for NS in the Netherlands, the Mexico-Toluca interurban train, the Bucharest Metro extension, and the supply of trams for Saint Etienne, which have totalled contracts worth circa €1bn for the Company.