Bombardier Transportation has announced that it has won two Good Design® awards for its FLEXITY Swift tram in Melbourne and the FLEXITY 2 tram for the Gold Coast in Australia in the Automotive and Transport category.
Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology with over 100,000 vehicles installed worldwide.
The Good Design Award is Australia’s longest standing national design award and promotion program.
“We are delighted to see Bombardier’s shared commitment to a passenger-centric design being recognised with this Australian Design Award for the FLEXITY trams,” said Michel Masson, CEO of Keolis Downer, the operator of Yarra Trams and GoldlinQ, in a press release.
“Whether travelling with a surfboard at Surfers Paradise, or to a cafe in Melbourne, Bombardier has delivered public transport purpose built for Australia’s most vibrant cities.”
The Melbourne FLEXITY Swift tram has been designed specifically for the Melbourne tram network in order to ensure a smooth ride and maximise passenger experience, while allowing commuters to enjoy the view of the city.
The Gold Coast FLEXITY 2 vehicle “features the quintessential image of a wave breaking on the shores of the world famous beaches of the Gold Coast.”
“Because of Bombardier’s ability to customise the design these trams will become a feature of the Gold Coast” said GoldLinQ CEO, Phil Mumford.
Bombardier is currently manufacturing 50 trams ordered by Public Transport Victoria at its Dandenong site in Australia. Five trams are already in passenger service.
“Bombardier’s fully customisable trams and LRVs have a recyclability rate of approximately 92 per cent and a recoverability rate of about 98 per cent (recycling + energy recovery). They are designed for sustainable mobility throughout their life cycle. To date, 3,500 trams and light rail vehicles from Bombardier have either been ordered or are already operating in about 100 cities in more than 20 countries around the globe,” it says in the press release.
Bombardier’s Australian Industrial Design team, based in Brisbane, has previously won the Australian Good Design Award for the design of the VLocity 160 train manufactured at Dandenong for regional Victoria.