Romanian municipality of Timisoara and Bozankaya signed the EUR 33 million contract for the supply of 16 low-floor trams. The contract includes an option for 24 additional vehicles which brings the entire contract value to more than EUR 80 million.
The first deliveries are expected 18 months with an entire project duration of 48 months.
The five-car tram will have a total length of 30m and will have a capacity of 170 passengers.
Being able to run at speeds of 70 km/h, the new trams are fitted with battery power for an autonomy of more than 60 km, offering more flexibility in case of repairs or other disruptions to the electric network. This also allows Timisoara, the European Capital of Culture in 2021, to extend tram lines without having to construct additional catenary lines – an attractive option for historical city centres.
“Timisoara was a pioneer in urban railway transportation, with city’s railway dating back 150 years to 1869, and would continue being a trendsetter as the first Romanian city to purchase battery-powered trams,” Murat Bozankaya, owner of Bozankaya, said.
Funds for fulfillment of the contract will mostly be supplied by European Union, and funding for first 7 trams has already been allocated to Timisoara. The city applied for further funding of 14 trams, underlining their intent to purchase at least 21 trams in advance. Timisoara has a number of close co-operations with the EU for the development of the city’s transport and other infrastructure.
Railway PRO June issue offers our readers an interview with Bozankaya Chairman of the Board, Aytunç Günay, which explains company’s strategy to keep cities moving.