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New Helsinki trams to be built in Finland

HKL (Helsinki City Transport) has selected Transtech to supply new trams for the Finnish capital's metre-gauge system. 40 trams have been ordered under a contract worth EUR 113 M, with an option for a further 90. Two prototypes will be delivered in 2013 for testing in winter conditions before series production starts in 2014. Delivery will take place in 2015-17 from the company's Otanmäki factory.

The 100% low-floor tram design is 27.3 m long and 2.4 m wide, with 73 seats, space for four wheelchairs or 14 flap sets and a total capacity of 148. Transtech beat off competition from Bombardier and CAF to win the order. The company was established in 1985 and is the successor to Valmet, that built Helsinki's first articulated trams in 1973-87.

2 December 2010

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