THE LOW-FLOOR REVOLUTION REACHES FLANDERS

This article discusses the use of De Lijn's new low-floor trams in several Belgian cities. On 4 June 1999, the Flemish public transport operator De Lijn took delivery of its first low-floor trams in a double ceremony at Antwerp and Gent, where it operates urban tramway systems. In Antwerp, one of the trams set off to the terminus of Route 3, greeted enthusiastically by thousands of people along its route. The ceremony was well-timed only a few days before the Belgian general election, so that politicians of all parties expressed their support for the trams. In 1996, the Government of Flanders had ordered 45 low-floor trams, 31 for Antwerp and 14 for Gent. A decision is about to be made to order 47 more, 18 for Antwerp and 29 for Gent. Therefore, Gent will eventually be able to operate most of its route with low-floor Salamander trams. The trams have 350mm floor height over 70% of their area, but 610mm floor height over the motor bogies at their ends. The Gent trams will each carry 58 seated and 192 standing passengers. The Antwerp trams are single-ended and will each carry 74 seated and 176 standing passengers. They are the city's first new trams since the last PCCs arrived in 1975; all of them should be delivered by the end of 2003. However, many PCC trams in Antwerp have been renovated for further service.

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  • Authors:
    • WANSBEEK, C J
  • Publication Date: 1999-8

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 292-4
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  • Accession Number: 00779145
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 7 1999 12:00AM