Bombardier Delivers First FLEXITY Tram to Duisburg

Bombardier and Duisburger Verkehrsgesellschaft AG have presented the first new pre-series FLEXITY low-floor tram to the public.

The tram is equipped with an image-based driver assistance system (ODAS) to help prevent collisions. Full testing and approval runs on Duisburg’s tram network will begin shortly.

Bombardier FLEXITY tram for Duisburg, exterior
Bombardier’s new FLEXITY tram for Dusiburg

The design of the tram is such that it is brighter and more spacious than its predecessor with a capacity of up to 200. Both end cars have two doors, while the middle car has one. The tram also has air-conditioning and a modern passenger information system that presents upcoming stops and onward connections.

Dirk Wunderlich, Head of Business Unit German Cities, Bombardier Transportation, said:

“I’m sure that the passengers in Duisburg will enjoy commuting on these new vehicles just as much as we have enjoyed developing and building them. We’re very proud to contribute to Duisburg’s efforts in attracting an even bigger share of the city’s population to use public transport, reduce local road traffic and air pollution.”

The Obstacle Detection and Assistance System (ODAS) is the world’s first approved image-based driver assistance system. It was first implemented in Frankfurt in 2017. It is able to anticipate potential collisions with other road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, whereupon it triggers an alarm so that the driver can initiate braking. Two hidden impact elements and flexible soft-trim parts in the lower area are also designed to give road users a greater level of protection.

Bombardier FLEXITY tram for Duisburg, interior
The interior of the new Bombardier FLEXITY tram for Duisburg

Duisburg has ordered a total of 47 FLEXITY trams. The current fleet comprises 43 GT10NC-DU trams that were built between 1986 and 1993.

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