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Tampere adds to tram network

The deal was received positively in Kajaani, home to the Škoda plant building the trams.

Tampere's trams began operating in August 2021. Image: Miikka Varila / Yle

The City of Tampere has announced the purchase of five more trams from the Škoda plant in Kajaani.

Tampere currently operates 20 ForCity Smart Arctic trams, of which 15 are in operation at any given time.

The city completed its first tram line last year and the second tram line will begin operating in either 2024 or 2025 from the Pyynikintori district of the city to Lentävänniemi. The expansion will see Tampere increase its rolling stock to 25 trams, with 20 on the move at any one time.

Kajaani welcomes the news

Tampere's trams were Škoda's first high-speed trams constructed in Finland. Škoda Transtech, based out of the city of Kajaani, manufactures trams in co-operation with its parent company for Helsinki and Tampere, as well as for the German region of Rhineland-Palatinate and Schöneiche in Berlin.

Škoda Transtech's CEO Juha Vierros said that 230 of the Arctic model trams have been sold so far.

"We believe that this is just the beginning of a success story," he told Yle.

The value of the option for the five additional trams is roughly 20 million euros.

Each tram in Tampere is expected to be named in accordance with the name day on which it arrives, with public votes also influencing the final decision.

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City's new canvas

"Teoksessani amurintiikerit vartioivat matkustajia keväisessä ja ruskaisessa kasvipeitteessä, paikoin pilkahtelee lampia ja vesistöjä. Olen ajatellut värimaailman palvelevan hienovaraisesti Suomen kaikkien eri vuodenaikojen luonteita", Juliana Hyrri kuvailee teoksensa taustoja. Image: Pasi Tiitola / Tampereen Raitiotie oy

The trams in Tampere have taken centre stage during the IIHF World Championships, becoming canvasses for artistic expression.

Artist Mari Hyde's "The Glow" was featured on a tram in December 2021 and on Wednesday Juliana Hyrri's "Paradise Tram" was debuted. Every six months, the art is planned to change on Tampere's trams.

Watch the video below to see the first tram with "The Glow" artwork.

Raitiotievaunu, jossa tarrakoristeita seunissä.
Taideratikkaa koristaa teos, joka pääsee paremmin oikeuksiinsa pimeällä. Tässä ratikka tekee matkaa ensimmäisenä päivänä Tampereen keskustassa. Video: Anne Savin