New trams to run in Antwerp from Monday

New trams to run in Antwerp from Monday
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The first examples of the new trams that will run in Antwerp were presented at a De Lijn depot in Deurne on Saturday.

The new vehicles, named “Stadslijner” - after the “Zeelijner” that runs on the Belgian coast line - will start to appear on the public tram network from Monday.

In total 58 new trams have been ordered by De Lijn, for a total sum of 135 million euros.

The new tram is over 30 metres long and can carry up to 180 passengers. It is also more comfortable and has a low floor, making it more convenient for passengers with reduced mobility.

They will gradually replace most of the old PCC tram models from the 1960s and 1970s.

This is an important project, after the renewal of the trams at the Coast, it was also necessary in Antwerp,” said Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters. “We want more people to take public transport, because it is a sustainable way of travelling, but it must also be comfortable and user-friendly.”

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