Pesa wins Tallinn tram contract

Twist tramsThe public transport company of Tallinn, TLT, selected Pesa the winner of the contract to supply up to 23 Twist trams which will be delivered from the second half of 2024.

EUR 52 million is the total value of the contract covering the supply of 8 low-floor trams with the option for an additional fleet of 15 vehicles. TLT has up to 16 months to exercise the option.

The procedure tender was launched in June 2021 covering the supply of 8 low-floor trams with the option for an additional fleet of 15 vehicles. In November 2021, TLT said that Pesa Bydgoszcz, CAF and Skoda submitted their bids.

Pesa offered a three-section 28.56-metre-long light rail vehicles with five doors from Twist family, capable of carrying up to 300 passengers with 65 seats. They are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 km/h with an operational speed of 50 km/h. The service life of the trams is defined as 35 years and the Polish rolling stock manufacturer offered 48 months of warranty for its vehicles.

“The passenger compartment of the new trams is largely low-floor to ensure the safe and comfortable use of trams for people with different needs. Of course, the new trams will also run on 100% green electricity, as all trams and trolleys in Tallinn are already running today,” Deniss Boroditš, the Chairman of the Board of TLT said.

The new Twist trams will complement the existing fleet of Tallinna Linnatransport which includes 64 vehicles. The purpose of procuring additional trams is to further improve the quality of the capital’s public transport service, increase the vehicle fleet and thereby expand the scope of the tram service.

In previous years, 20 new trams have been procured in Tallinn, and KT4 and KT6 trams have been already renovated or reconstructed.

The City of Tallinn is modernising and expanding its tram network which include the construction of Old Harbor tram line which is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. The project is estimated between EUR 15-20 million and will be jointly funded by Rail Baltic, Tallin City and the Estonian government.

“With the arrival of new trams, we will be able to serve more passengers both at today’s capacity and when new tram lines, such as the Old Port line. Our desire is to provide the best public transport service in the capital; for that purpose, new trams are needed to make public transport even more convenient, faster, and more environmentally friendly for passengers, which is especially important in the context of Tallinn as Europe’s green capital,” Andrei Novikov, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn said.

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