Extending Kraków’s Fast Tram line
A more sustainable public transport system is coming to Poland’s second largest city. Under a major project, Kraków will acquire a new tram line and 24 modern trams, while a key stretch of a street in its historic centre will be rebuilt.
Scheduled for the south-eastern part of the city, the work will result in faster journeys and improve people’s access to tram stops. It builds on a recently completed project there, also part-funded by the EU, and similarly focused on public transport infrastructure and rolling stock.
Longer line, new trams
Kraków has a population of 750 000 and is among Poland’s most important economic centres. The new project seeks to ensure greater sustainability for the city’s public transport system, while strengthening the role played by public transport in its overall transport mix.
Two investments concern infrastructure. The first covers construction of a new 4.5-km tram line from Rondo Grzegorzeckie to Most Kotlarski and Lipska Street, including a central reservation between the two tracks and noise barriers. This extension of the Kraków Fast Tram (KST) line will improve transport links between the city centre and the eastern and south-eastern districts.
The second investment goes to the reconstruction of Dluga Street from Basztowa junction to Kamienna Street in the city centre, with track refurbishment (1.2 km). It will include changes to traffic flow, new parking spaces and priority given to pedestrians and public transport.
In the third and last investment, 24 new low-floor trams will be purchased to run on the KST line. The vehicles are around 32 metres long, can each carry up to 220 passengers and meet all relevant Polish and European standards.
The project should significantly improve public transport access to the Kraków’s south-eastern districts and contribute to better-quality public transport across the city. By some estimates, as many as 470 000 city inhabitants will be using this line yearly, after completion of the project in 2012.
Passengers using the new tram line and trams will have faster and more comfortable journeys, while those who switch from their cars to these trams will enjoy significant savings on vehicle operating costs. The project will also bring environmental benefits, by reducing air and noise pollution in the target area and helping to reduce CO2 emissions.
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