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Odense chooses Stadler

Odense Letbane, the agency responsible for the light rail line in Denmark’s third largest city, has selected Stadler Pankow to supply 14 low-floor Variobahn cars to operate on Odense’s 14.5km (nine-mile) line.

Odense Letbane, the agency responsible for the light rail line in Denmark’s third largest city, has selected Stadler Pankow to supply 14 low-floor Variobahn cars to operate on Odense’s 14.5km (nine-mile) line. The contract is worth DKK336m (EUR45.2m).

Stadler has already been successful in supplying this type of tram to Denmark’s first new tramway of the modern era, in Aarhus, where the design has successfully completed its approval process with the Danish authorities.

Comsa has also been selected as preferred bidder for a DKR1.2bn (EUR161.3m) railway systems contract covering track, electrification, signalling and control, and the depot. The contracts will be signed as soon as approval is received from regional, municipal and state government.

Set to open in 2020, the new 14.5km (nine-mile) line runs from Tarup Centre to Hjallese via the city centre railway station and town hall, and will operate ten-minute headways between 05.00-01.00. Weekday ridership in the first year is forecast to be around 34,000 passengers.