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From Railway Gazette:

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/urban/single-view/view/aarhus-selects-light-rail-contractors.html

Aarhus selects light rail contractors
04 Jul 2014



DENMARK: A consortium of Stadler and Ansaldo STS has been selected as preferred bidder for a turnkey contract to build and equip the first stage of the Aarhus light rail scheme. Project promoter Aarhus Letbane I/S expects to sign the contract ‘before the summer’, following more than a year of negotiations.

‘This is an important milestone for the company’, said AL Director Claus Rehfeld Moshøj. ‘Now Denmark's first light rail scheme can really get started.’

Phase I of the Letbane scheme is expected to open for revenue service in 2017. It involves the construction of a 12 km double-track tram route through the city centre from Nørreport to Lisbjerg-Lystrup via the main university campus at Skejby. The line would be connected at both ends to the Banedanmark network, allowing tram services to run south from Nørreport through Aarhus H to Odder (26·5 km) and north to Hornslet and Grenaa (69 km).

Ansaldo STS will be responsible for the infrastructure elements of the scheme, drawing on its experience of the Danish market through a 20-year involvement with the København metro. ‘It was important for us that the light rail system and trains in Aarhus be based on tried and tested technical solutions’, said Moshøj.

Stadler is to supply two types of low-floor car to work overlapping services. The long northern tram-train route from Grenaa to Aarhus H will be worked by a batch of eight 39·2 m long Tango cars similar to those operating in Lyon and Stuttgart; these will be able to carry 266 passengers and operate at up to 100 km/h. The southern service from Lisbjerg-Lystrup and Skejby to Odder and will be worked by 15 VarioBahn cars similar to those supplied to Bergen and Croydon. These cars will be 32·4 m long with capacity for up to 224 passengers. All vehicles are required to have onboard wi-fi, while the tram-train cars will also be equipped with toilets.

Up to 12 trams/h will operate on the city centre section south of Skøjby, with three tram-trains continuing to Hornslet and one to Grenaa. The southern route will see four trams/h as far as Tranbjerg, of which two will reach Odder
 

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From Rail Journal:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.ph...ail-systems-contract-awarded.html?channel=542

Aarhus light rail systems contract awarded
Friday, September 12, 2014



LETBANEN, the public company responsible for developing the tram-train network in the Danish city of Aarhus, has signed a €292m contract with a consortium of Ansaldo STS and Stadler Pankow which will supply railway infrastructure and rolling stock for the project.

The project involves constructing a 12km line with 18 stations through the city and electrifying the heavy rail lines running northeast to Grenaa (19 stations) and south to Odder (16 stations), which have a combined length of around 100km.

Stadler Pankow will supply 100km/h Tango tram-trains for services to Grenaa and Odder and 80km/h Variobahn LRVs for use on the urban section of the network. The contract is Stadler Pankow's first order from Denmark.

Ansaldo STS will be responsible for delivering infrastructure including signalling and electrification.

The consortium will maintain the infrastructure and rolling stock for six years with an option for a three-year extension.

The line is due to open in 2017, when the city of Aarhus will be European Capital of Culture.
And the map:

 

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http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/light-rail/aarhus-tram-train-design-revealed.html?channel=526

Aarhus tram-train design revealed
Monday, June 01, 2015



LETBANEN, the public company responsible for developing the tram-train network in the Danish city of Aarhus, revealed the final interior and exterior designs on June 1 for its fleet of 26 LRVs, which is being supplied by Stadler Pankow

The design is intended to be "elegant and timeless, comfortable yet functional, accessible but built to last," providing an easily recognisable identity with clear references to Scandinavian design culture, which combines minimalism with high functionality

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http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/news/europe/single-view/view/first-aarhus-tram-on-test.html

First Aarhus tram on test
31 May 2016







DENMARK: The first tram for the light rail network under construction in Aarhus has been unveiled and is scheduled to be delivered to Denmark in the coming months.

Project promoter Aarhus Letbane signed a turnkey contract in 2014 with a consortium of Stadler and signalling supplier Ansaldo STS. This covers two types of vehicles to operate two types of services

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^^ This article seems to say that contrary to what was promised, the trams will not have onboard toilets.

These would have been the world's first trams with onboard toilets, maybe.
 

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http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/light-rail/aarhus-receives-first-stadler-lrv.html?channel=526

Aarhus receives first Stadler LRV
Tuesday, August 16, 2016



THE first of 26 LRVs being built by Stadler for the light rail network in Aarhus arrived in the Danish city for testing on August 11

The LRVs are being built at Stadler’s factories in Germany and Switzerland, and the first passenger trip is scheduled for May 2017.

The first LRV constructed was a Variobahn, which has undergone testing at Stadler’s Velten plant near Berlin prior to delivery. The Variobahn is 32m-long, can run at up to 80km/h, and has three double-doors and one single door on each side of the five-section vehicle

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From Metro Report

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Aarhus light rail to open in September
03 May 2017



DENMARK: The first phase of the tram-train network being built in Aarhus is due to open on September 23, project promoter Aarhus Letbane announced on April 28. An initial service of three trams/h will run between Aarhus H and Universitetshospitalet.

Originally planned to open in June, the first phase will eventually see eight trams/h. Services will be extended south to Odder along an existing railway in early December, with the northern section to Grenaa due to open in early 2018

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Yesterday, there was supposed to be opening of first 6,5 km tram section between Aarhus H and AU Hospital (Skejby), but right now opening has been delayed. Tram would have up to 3 departues per hour, which is supposed to increase up to 8 by 29th October this year
 

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The first stage of the Light rail is now a part of everyday in Aarhus.
Here is the line along the newly restored harbour front. The old Customs House in the centre and a connection to the main shopping street is about 100 metres to the left of the stop in the centre of the photo.



..and trams passing at the junction of the line to the University hospital and at a later stage to Lystrup/Hadsten to the left. In a couple of months the trams will also continue straight on to Grenaa and a later, not yet approved stage 2, turn to the right to serve Aarhus Ø, a huge habour front development, seen to the top right in the first photo.
It is hoped that the southern section of the Light rail to Odder opens within a month. It is a bit tied up with "approval red tape"



...and finally the tram passing under the new main library, DOKK1, close to the centre of the city.

 

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At last tram returned in Aarhus. This 2nd generation tram is one of the most modern tram system in Europe.

There are some photos of 1st generation tram system, which was closed in seventies -



 
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