Accessible trams to improve clean urban transport for all citizens

Major improvements on four tram lines in northern Warsaw will provide clean urban transport to more than 7.5 million passengers per year and improved access to those with disabilities.

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Modern, clean and efficient public transport infrastructure is vital for connecting people with jobs and reducing congestion. The investment project is contributing to the urban development of Warsaw’s northern districts. Furthermore the new infrastructure is encouraging people to use more environment-friendly transport options, which not only reduce carbon emissions but pay health dividends by improving air quality.

Renovated and extended lines

This project involves the purchase of 84 multi-section low-floor trams and the renovation and extension of four tram lines. All in all, more than nine kilometres of tramway transport will be brought into line with the latest standards.

The work also involves the renovation of platforms, the installation of real-time information systems for passengers and state-of-the-art traffic-management systems. Thanks to these changes, it is predicted that local people will be more likely to leave their car at home if they have a reliable, efficient, safe and clean alternative.

Facilitating travel for disabled people

Accessibility has been placed at the centre of the programme. The project will take specific actions to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the trams, allowing them to play a more active part in society.

Low flooring in the new rolling stock will improve access for those in wheelchairs and also help those with restricted mobility, such as the elderly, or parents with prams. Platform heights and access ramps will also be adjusted. For the blind and visually impaired, audio passenger information will be provided and paved surfaces adjusted to assist with mobility. For those with hearing difficulties, passenger information will also be provided visually through 29 newly-installed dynamic information system displays.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Provision of tram services for the northern areas of Warsaw in connection with development of the metro network and purchase of rolling stock” is EUR 192 198 221. The EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 102 637 161 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period, under the priority axis “Environment friendly transport”.

Draft date

27/11/2014