Craiova City Hall and Pesa Bydgoszcz signed the contract for the supply of 17 Twist trams, as part of city’s rolling stock public transport modernisation project implemented by the authorities.
The deliveries will be completed in accordance with the contract. The new vehicles will be delivered within 22 months from the date of signing.
“For me and the administration I led, the issue of public transport development is one of the key tasks that we implement based on a coherent, well-developed strategy for urban mobility. In recent years, residents have already felt favorable changes in transport, and thanks to the contract that has just been signed, they will be able to travel by modern, comfortable trams,” Lia Olguta Vasilescu, the Mayor of Craiova said.
The RON 156.4 million (EUR 31.85 million) project is funded by the Romanian Development Ministry through the the Regional Operational Programme for 2014-2020 under the Priority Axis 4, ‘Supporting sustainable urban development’, and its aim is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through investments based on a sustainable plan urban mobility’.
“We will not only deliver to Craiova trams that meet European standards, but we will share the experience and knowledge gained during the implementation of similar EU projects for several cities,” Krzysztof Zdziarski, the CEO of Pesa Bydgoszcz said.
Within its offer, Pesa proposed a new generation of Twist trams, which are designed as the base structure for the entire family of vehicles. The modularity of its design will allow, depending on the authorities’ requirements, a free arrangement of the interior space, and the installation of the facilities and systems tailored to local technical conditions and needs.
The trams are 27-metre-long and has a capacity of 58 seats and provides space for the passengers with reduced mobility. The vehicle is equipped with diagnostic systems, air conditioning, Wi Fi and USB sockets.
The Polish manufacturer has already developed the prototype and the testing and approval, will start soon.
In Romania, Pesa has delivered its trams to Cluj where they are already running and the company is currently manufacturing vehicles for Iasi. It has already completed the approval tests of a Swing tram for Iasi, and the first trams will leave Bydgoszcz plant towards Romania by the end of this month.