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Arnhem [NL] - Reorganisation at Operator level

J. Lehmann - 17.11.08

In preparation for invitation to tender for operating the public transport, as required by EEC regulations the town of Arnhem has taken over the overhead infrastructure. The cost of maintaining the system will be carried by "Stadsregio Arnhem-Nijmegen" who is responsible for the administration of the public transport within this metropolitan area. It is this body who will be responsible for publicising the invitation to tender and the subsequent evaluation. The first period for which tenders will be invited is 01.01.2010 to 31.12.2012. A further period for which tenders are to be invited will be from 01.01.2013 for a time period of 7 years. There is a possibility that this could be extended from 7 to as much as 15 years.

The company that is awarded the contract to operate the public transport system of Arnhem, be it Connexxion or someone else, will be obliged to purchase the Trolleybuses fleet for a predetermined price.

In all the fleet is currently made up of 40 Trolleybuses plus the outstanding order for 9 Hess/Vosskoh-Kiepe Trolleybuses ordered for delivery during 2009. More precise details are to be agreed upon during the talks between Connexxion and Hess and Vossloh-Kiepe due to take place at the end of November or early December..

The articulated Trolleybuses will have only 3 doors. The reason for this decision is that the passengers may only board the vehicle at the front entrance and alight at the middle or rear entrances. This is the same system which was recently introduced in Solingen. This decision will mean that the vehicles will be almost identical to the ones due to be delivered in Solingen. The Arnhem vehicles have a slightly weaker auxiliary motor with a power output of only 50 kW.

Arnhem is a city and municipality, situated in the eastern part of the Netherlands. It is the capital of the province of Gelderland and located near the river Lower Rhine as well as near the St. Jansbeek, which was the source of the city's development. Arnhem has, as per January 1, 2007, a population of some 142,634 residents and with that, it's the second largest city of the province Gelderland, following Nijmegen which has a population of 160,681. It is also one of the 10 largest cities in the Netherlands. The municipality is part of the city region Arnhem-Nijmegen, a metropolitan area with 722,181 inhabitants.

Arnhem has a main railway station - Arnhem railway station, which is serviced by several intercity lines and the ICE to Düsseldorf and further on to Frankfurt. Nowadays there are also trains departing all the way to Moscow, by NS HiSpeed. But only one train part makes it all the way to Moscow. The intercity lines provide direct connections to Utrecht, Nijmegen, and Zutphen. It is also the terminus for several local railway services. Arnhem has three other stations, namely Arnhem Velperpoort, Arnhem Presikhaaf, and Arnhem Zuid.

Arnhem is unique in the Netherlands with its trolleybus system.

The geographic coordinates are : 51°59′N 5°55′E

The majority of the Trolleybuses in the fleet are Berkhof / Traxis built vehicles from 1999 – 2002 (fleet numbers 5210 to 5231). Our photo shows number 5222 crossing the Nelson-Mandela-Bridge over the Lower Rhine. Photo Jürgen Lehmann.

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