MPK Kraków and Stadler Polska- Solaris Bus & Coach consortium signed a contract for the supply of additional 15 new low-floor trams. The value of this contract is PLN 109.1 million (EUR 25.4 million), as the price for one tram is PLN 7.27 million (EUR 1.7 million)
MPK Kraków received a EUR 87 million EIB loan for the acquisition of new trams and the transport company expects that will obtain co-financing from EU funds to implement the project.
“In the next few years only low-floor trams will run on Kraków tramway network. We plan to spend up to PLN 1 billion [EUR 233 million] for this purpose. The contract for the supply of 15 trams is the first step to achieve this goal,” Jacek Majchrowski, the mayor of Krakow said.
The low-floor trams will be 33.4 metres long. They will be fitted with air conditioning system, CCTV, USB ports, LED lighting and a modern passenger information system comprising a voice announcement system and screens displaying the tram route. Each tram will be fitted with a special platform that will ease boarding and alighting for disabled persons on wheelchairs. Ticket vendor machines will also be installed inside, enabling passengers to pay by card or in cash for tickets. The new trams will have wider doors than earlier versions did, measuring 1.4 m, that will enable a faster exchange of passengers on tram stops.
We remind you that in January 2018, MPK Kraków and Solaris Bus & Coach and Stadler Polska JV signed a contract for the supply of 35 new trams, with an additional option of 15 trams. The value of the 35 trams was EUR 75 million. Under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014–2020, the project receives a PLN 125 million (EUR 29.9 million) co-financing.
By the end of 2020, the city of Krakow will have 50 modern trams.
Currently, MPK Kraków is carrying out a technical dialogue to launch a new tender for the purchase of 40 trams that will completely replace company’s old rolling stock fleet. MPK Kraków will invest EUR 233 million for this new project. The value of all projects implemented by the public transport company is already over PLN 1.6 billion (EUR 372.9 million), of which almost PLN 1 billion (EUR 233million) are funds raised from EU.