Stadler has signed a contract for the supply of six CityLink bimodal tram-trains for Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV). These tram-trains will be designed and produced entirely in Stadler’s factory in Albuixech (Valencia) and will run in the cities along the Costa Blanca. CityLink’s first unit will be delivered in 2019.
The modernization plan of FGV for the Line 9 in Alicante operating between Benidorm and Dénia includes the supply of six Stadler CityLink bimodal tram-trains. These new, lightweight vehicles will replace 2500-series diesel trains which have been in use for over 50 years or subject to a certain number of renewals.
The new CityLink tram-trains will operate with both electric and diesel power. They will ensure maximum reliability and security, as well as comfort, accessibility and customer information according to the FGV standards for the rest of its Alicante lines. CityLink will allow to circulate in certain sections of line 9 in the tram mode, for example through Dénia.
“This new contract shows our clients’ confidence in our work and the quality of our vehicles. We’ve been working with FGV almost since its beginnings 30 years ago, and feel proud to be able to contribute to the development and progress of the infrastructure of the Valencian Community, where our presence is based on 120 years of collaboration”, says Íñigo Parra, CEO of Stadler Valencia.
In 2003, FGV was the first light rail vehicle client of Stadler’s Albuixech factory, with a contract of nine vehicles. These 4100-series vehicles have been operating in the Alicante network since 2006. The 4100-series are electric vehicles (750v CC) run by the Alicante network and by local lines connecting Alicante and Benidorm.
The similarities between the new dual-mode CityLink and the 4100-series, a series accepted and
recognised by the public of Alicante, are clear. Stadler has taken special care of both the vehicles’ interior and exterior designs, adapting them to customer needs and the surroundings where they will run. Other important factors that went into the design of CityLink include security and a high level of comfort, for passengers and conductors alike.