The Dutch transit operator HTM today placed an order with Siemens for another 20 Avenio type trams for The Hague, Netherlands. With this order, which is worth around 55 million euros, HTM is exercising an option of a contract that was signed in autumn 2011. The original order was for a total of 40 Avenio type low-floor trams. The new Avenios will be built at the same Siemens plant in Vienna, Austria, where the first batch is now in production.
”Back in 2011, HTM was the first operator worldwide to order our Avenio, which has meanwhile established itself in the market very well. So this latest order pleases us all the more! The Avenio proves that we are offering an innovative tram that appeals to passengers and operators alike,” said Sandra Gott-Karlbauer, head of the global business with urban transport vehicles at Siemens’ Rail Systems Division.
The 40 trams under the main contract will be deployed in The Hague on Lines 9, 11, 15 and 17. In future, the Avenios operating on Line 9 will carry passengers from the city’s main railway station to the seaside resort of Scheveningen. The 20 additional Avenios will, in future, run on Line 1, the oldest route on the capital’s network.
The Siemens Rail Systems Division (Berlin, Germany) is an international leader in providing rolling stock and related services. Its portfolio covers the full range of vehicles – from railroad cars to metros and locomotives to trams and light-rail vehicles. The Division combines competence in the areas of local, long-distance, and logistical transport to offer comprehensive expertise for environmentally friendly, efficient, and reliable rail vehicles, which are already in use in more than 40 countries.