The first two TW3000 high-floor LRVs entered passenger service on Hannover’s Route 7 on 15 March. The two-section bi-directional vehicles, each 25m long, are to replace the 30-year old TW6000 cars and operate on both Route 7 and Route 3.
Transport operator Ustra placed a EUR126m order for 50 LRVs in 2011 with a consortium including Vossloh Kiepe and Alstom. There is an option for a further 96 vehicles, of which Ustra ordered 50 in 2013 at a cost of EUR90m.
Alstom supplied the specially-designed compact bogies, while Vossloh Kiepe provided electrical equipment. Bozankaya built the bodyshells in Salzgitter, with other components coming from Düsseldorf. HeiterBlick completed the assembly in Leipzig.