The first two new low-floor LRVs for Warsaw have successfully completed the tests at the Hyundai Rotem factory and will be delivered to the Tramwaje Warszawskie (Warsaw Tramways). They are expected to enter transport services this autumn.
The tram tests included the electrical equipment, brakes and safety related systems, the air conditioning and lighting systems. Following the positive result, the trams were loaded into a ship and sent to Poland where homologation tests will begin this summer in Warsaw.
The fully trams are tailor-made for Warsaw, ensuring quieter driving including at curves.
The city will acquire rail vehicles of various lengths designed as unidirectional and bi-directional trams.
More than 60 per cent of the components used to manufacture the trams are coming from Poland and the European Union countries. All power electronic equipment is made in Warsaw and supplied by Medcom, while driving data recorders were delivered by the Polish company ATM. In addition, the drivers’ seats fitted with pneumatic control system are provided by Damiro, a Silesian company.
A further batch of 121 trams will be finally delivered from early 2022 until the end of April 2023.
In June 2019, Warsaw Tramways and Hyundai Rotem signed a contract of PLN 1.82 billion (EUR 398.64 million, in current prices) for the supply of 213 low-floor LRVs with an option for 90 additional vehicles. PLN 285 million (EUR 62.4 million) is the European funding.
The transport operator has placed a firm order for 123 trams which are expected to be delivered by the end of 2022.
Under the contract, Hyundai Rotem will deliver 85 bidirectional and 18 unidirectional trams with a length of 32.5 metres, which is up to 2.5 meters longer than the existing low-floor trams. Each tramway has a capacity of 240 passengers. The option for the other 90 trams includes 45 bidirectional and 45 unidirectional vehicles, in the same length.
Currently, 59 per cent of Warsaw tram fleet is low-floor and by 2023, 80 per cent of city’s trams will be low-floor.
The new trams will be deployed on city’s network, including on the 20-km extensions planned to Dworzec Zachodni, Wilanów and Gocław.