Gothenburg finally gets a worthy tram upgrade. The new M33 tram is a good thing for the city, but not everything is good with it. Most important is that M33 is functional. But the design is a bit too angry and I think Gothenburg wants to be seen as a town where people smile. Or?
I have to admit it. I think that Lund’s new trams are quite sexy and interesting. They are all from CAF in Spain. The same company that makes new trams for Oslo. But these new M33 trams got a design that I like to question. For now, this is my view.
I personally thought M33 would be the perfect future for Gothenburg people using trams for going around. But not so. In Sweden’s second-biggest city. They have just got the first M33 tram handed over. It must be one of the most un-attractive new tram-train that I’ve seen in years. For the price which is between 1.3 and 1.4 billion SEK. I really wonder why Gothenburg public transportation company hasn’t thought anything about the new design at all.
The new M33 tram looks way too angry for me. It’s like a dark cloud has arrived in Gothenburg. What did the orders of this new type of tram think? It is all low-floor but the design is not good at all.
Why couldn’t Gothenburg go for looks like the trams in Stockholm or Lund? This is just bad. But maybe I need my mind to get adjusted to it?
40 Flexity M33 Trams ordered for Gothenburg
Even though I question the design choices a lot for the new M33 tram. It is good that Gothenburg is improving its tram fleet with 40 new ones. The M33 Flexity trams ordered by Gothenburg transport operator Göteborgs Spårvägar following the completion of 8000 km of test running. They are all 33 meters in length. It will however be interesting to see if these new trams will coup with snow and icy weather this winter which can happen in Gothenburg. In Oslo, the first of the two new SL18 will be tested during this winter 2020-2021. If all goes well, the rest delivery will happen in 2021.
All of the trams today should be bidirectional but the public transportation company in Gothenburg ordered 30 unidirectional and 10 bidirectional M33 trams. What are they thinking? Why not just only order bidirectional ones?
The maximum speed for M33 is 70 km/h and a capacity of 220 passengers. It is interesting how the public transportation companies in Scandinavia waste money on trams that should be able to be much longer. I am thinking of Budapest with over 50 meters long trams that can take way more passengers. One good thing though, all of the M33 trams are all low floor provides easy access, with an electromechanical boarding device provided to assist passengers using wheelchairs.
Supporting people that Needs them is important
The design includes features developed to take into account suggestions from focus groups involving drivers, people with disabilities, maintenance staff, and cleaners. These include large multifunctional areas to make movement around the vehicle easier for all passengers, and also to facilitate interior cleaning. Feedback from drivers resulted in ergonomic improvements to the cabs, and double glazing on all windows and doors to prevent condensation.
It is great to see more and more cities ordering trams such as M33 that are compatible with those that need them more than you and me that can walk. Also, strollers or bikes should be easy to be transported on the trams or light rail trains.
Gothenburg is one of the cities in Europe where the time has stand put. The town itself looks nice, but their tram-train fleet is old. Some of their trams went on Oslo’s streets too. Still, some of the oldest trams are running on the streets of the town. However, Gothenburg is much better at keeping the tram tracks and cars or bus lanes separated.
Info about Gothenburg tram that is Nice to Know
- The Gothenburg tram network consists of 13 lines. You find Lines such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 13. But line 12 is missing on the map? That’s because it is a vintage tram line that runs during the summertime
- If you take line 11 to Saltholmen you can take ferry lines 281, 282, 283, and 285 to the nearby islands. A worthy trip to check out!
- All of the tram lines reach the city center. Look at the map so you can plan your journey
- The Gothenburg tram network got 2 underground stations. Hammarkulen is reached with line 4, 8, and 9 towards Angered Centrum
- On the journey between Gamlestadstorget and Hjällbo the trams changes side that it runs on from right to left side. This means that Hjällbo, Hammarkullen, Storås, and Angered Centrum got the left side traffic
- If you take line 5, 6, 10, or 13. You can get a fantastic view from the bridge that it is crossing
Between 1951 and 1989 all extensions to the network were built on their own right-of-way, without level crossings. The only exceptions were two re-routings of existing lines. The most Stadtbahn-like section of the network is the Angered line, which was built with longer station distances, island platforms and prepared for high platforms. The Angered line wasn’t even connected to the rest of the network for the first years of its existence; it also ran on a higher voltage. There were also plans for further extensions to Gårdsten, Rannebergen, and beyond, but they did never materialize. -UrbanRail
The entire tram system in Gothenburg is a mix of a tram, light rail, and even metro alike tracks and stations. So if you are a tram enthusiast then I urge you to visit it. M33 is now test driving in the town with passengers allowed to use them.