Gothenburg tram

Škoda Group boosts climate resilience with fleet upgrade

Škoda Group has revealed the final design of Gothenburg’s new M31 trams, as modernisation work on the fleet begins.

Carrier Västtrafik AB currently operates a fleet of 79 M31 trams, which were originally built between 1984 and 1986. They have previously undergone major upgrades in 2011 and 2017.

The latest phase of modernisation work will last until 2028, and will both ensure the trams’ reliable and safe operation and improve passenger comfort.

The final design of the trams shows that they will maintain their original look.

Jan C. Harder, President Region West and North Škoda Group, said: “We have a strong focus on the Nordic region, leveraging our extensive know-how in vehicles that can withstand the specific weather conditions found there.

“Our production in Finland has equipped us with the expertise to deliver reliable and robust solutions tailored for Nordic climates.”

“We are excited to bring this capability to Gothenburg and offer a modernised fleet that will serve the city efficiently for many years.”

Jan Gutovský, Head of Project Management at Škoda Group, added: “The trams will undergo a comprehensive modernisation at our Ostrava production site, which includes new door systems, a modern electro-hydraulic braking system, improved heating for passengers and air conditioning for drivers while technical solutions were designed to withstand Gothenburg’s tough climate.”

The new door system will replace the old pneumatic system and will include new footsteps and LED lights to improve safety. The trams’ mechanical braking system will also be replaced, with a modern hydro-electric system expected to boost safety.

Meanwhile, following learnings from other projects in Scandinavia, a new boarding ramp for people with reduced mobility will be designed to withstand Nordic conditions and operate in all weather conditions.

The modernisation work will extend the lifespan of the trams by at least another 15 years.

Image credit: Škoda Group

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