New trams to run in Antwerp from Monday
As reported by Belga, the first copies of new trams were presented on Saturday in Deurne, in a depot of the public transport company De Lijn. The new vehicles, called "Stadslijner" (by analogy with the "Zeelijner" which runs on the Belgian Coast line), will appear on the Antwerp network from this Monday.
Of the 58 trams ordered by De Lijn, for a total amount of 135 million euros, 24 have already been delivered. The new tram is over 30 meters long and can carry up to 180 passengers.
More comfortable, it is also equipped with a low floor, more practical for passengers with reduced mobility. The new trams will gradually replace most of the old PCC models dating from the 1960s and 1970s. Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open VLD). "We want more people to take public transport, because it's sustainable travel but it has to be as comfortable and user-friendly as possible."