"Leipzig continues to be the largest growing city in Germany. This also gives us a great challenge in the transport sector. With the new XL, we are strengthening our public transport and thus making an important contribution to sustaining population growth", commented Mayor Burkhard Jung. By 2020, 41 new low-floor trams will replace the Tatra trams for regular services. In the near future, additional trams will be used gradually on line 4 - by the end of the year, a total of 14 trams will be expected.
Large tram with more comfort
The XL is the second-largest tram in the Leipzig public transport service's fleet with a length of 38 metres and has room for 220 passengers. The vehicle is designed and built for conditions in the Leipzig network: With its narrow curves, a widely branched track network with a special gauge and existing platforms at the stops. With the participation of the Passenger Advisory Board, the Leipzig people expect a customer-friendly tram for all passengers.
With four extended width double doors and large multifunctional surfaces, the XL is ideally suited to the needs of mobility-impaired people and families with prams and pushchairs. The innovative light concept offers continuous surface light, new LED target displays allow for better readability and large panoramic windows give the unobstructed view of Leipzig. An air conditioning system also ensures pleasant compartment temperatures.