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Eversheds Sutherland advises West Midland Metro on the purchase of 21 new trams

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    Eversheds Sutherland has advised West Midland Metro on a new contracts deal with tram manufacturer, CAF worth £83.5 million.

    The contracts include the supply of the new trams, plus technical support and battery management services agreements, with an option to purchase a further 29 trams as the network grows.

    The Eversheds Sutherland commercial team was led by Partner Mark Brunton, with Principal Associate William Spickett playing a significant role in the delivery of key advice and services. The team provided a wide range of advice in connection with the procurement including in relation to the structuring of a long-term maintenance and renewal arrangement, which will see the batteries powering the trams being maintained for the design life of the trams.

    West Midlands Metro is owned by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), the organisation that manages transport and economic development in the region.

    The state-of-the-art trams, designed for the West Midlands, are capable of operating from a conventional overhead power supply, but are also fitted with batteries and can operate catenary-free along those sections of the network which do not have overhead wires. The West Midlands Metro will be the first tram network in the UK to operate catenary-free when the Birmingham West Side extension opens at the end of this year.  

    The first of the 21 CAF Urbos trams will enter service in 2021 – doubling the size of the current fleet – and will enable thousands more passengers a day to ride the West Midlands Metro and support the continued expansion of the metro network.

    Awarded following a thorough tendering process, if the additional trams are ordered, the contract could more than treble the number of trams operating in the West Midlands, bringing the total size of the fleet to over 70.

    Mark Brunton said:

    “We are delighted to have supported WMCA on the successful completion of this unique procurement that will see the delivery of innovative new trams and the provision of related support services. This project will help facilitate the continued expansion of the Midland Metro Network and deliver long-term sustainable transport options which will support the growth of the West Midlands economy.”


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