FLEXITY 2 TRAM

Technical Info

Built: 2011
Built by: Bombadier
Seating: 74 seats, fixed
Trucks: Equal Wheel, resiliant wheels, track brakes
Motors: 163hp x4
Speed 43.5mph
Braking: Electronic braking and Track Braking
Current Collection: Pantograph
Dimensions: Length 105ft 8 in, width 8 ft, 8 in, height: 11ft 3 in

16 Flexity 2's were built by Bombadier in Germany in 2011 to take over the main service on the newly upgraded tramway from the Centenary / Balloon and Millenium trams.   Flexity 001 was first to be delivered during the summer  of 2011.  It was officially revealed to some invited guests on 8th September 2011.   Testing and driver training took place on the then closed section between Starr Gate and Pleasure Beach.   Following the closure of the tramway for the winter, the Flexities began spreading their wings and eventually reached Fleetwood.  

On 4th April 2012, 008 officially opened the system with some invited guests getting a run to Fleetwood and Back. Onto 5th April and the new service was launched and with only 11 of 16 trams available a basic 20 minute headway service using 6 trams was used. Disaster struck on the very first journey when 006 derailed at Fleetwood due to a build up of sand in the track grooves.   002 was taken back to Germany for modifications and returned during 2013.

Since they were introduced into service, the Flexities have been really reliable in service with very few break downs.   It is expected that a further 2 Flexity 2 trams will be purchased in the coming years to allow the proposed new extension from North Pier to North Station to be served.

Flexity 2

Current Number Built Status livery Notes
001 built 2011 in service Purple and White
002 built 2011 in service Purple and White Named Alderman EE Wynne
003 built 2011 in service Purple and White
004 built 2011 in service Purple and White
005 built 2011 in service Purple and White
006 built 2011 in service Purple and White First Flexity to operate passenger service, derailed on first journey
007 built 2011 in service Purple and White
008 built 2011 in service Purple and White first tram to carry members of the public
009 built 2011 in service Purple and White
010 built 2011 in service Purple and White
011 built 2011 in service Purple and White
012 built 2011 in service Purple and White
013 built 2011 in service
Purple and White
014 built 2011 in service
Purple and White
015 built 2011 in service
Purple and White
016 built 2011 in service
Purple and White