Odense Letbane, the public company developing the first 14.7km (9.1-mile) LRT line for Denmark’s third-largest city, has invited prequalifications for contracts to supply 14 low-floor 30m LRVs and railway systems for the project. The railway systems contract encompasses track, electrification, signalling and communications, a control and maintenance centre and 26 stations.
The deadline for prequalification is 31 August, with tender documents being issued to prequalified bidders in October. Preferred suppliers will be selected by October 2016. Civil works and operations and maintenance packages will be tendered next year; the eight-year O&M contract will include an option for a seven-year extension.
The first phase will run through Bolbro, Odense city centre, the railway station and onto the University of Southern Denmark, ending at Hjallese railway station.
This is due to open in 2020, with services operating at ten-minute headways between 05.00 and 01.00. Offering a 42-minute end-to-end journey time, weekday ridership is forecast at 35 000 passengers.
Two further branches are proposed, although funding for these is not confirmed.