EU invests in clean, safe, comfortable trams for Košice

EU funding for new tram rolling stock in Košice paves the way for cleaner, safer and more comfortable public transport for residents and visitors to this city of almost a quarter of a million in eastern Slovakia.

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Like cities all over the world, Košice is looking for sustainable ways to improve its urban mobility while reducing congestion, accidents and pollution. The addition of new trams to the city’s fleet is expected to boost quality of life and strengthen the economy by promoting sustainable urban mobility and increased use of clean energy-efficient vehicles.

With the support of EU cohesion funding, 33 new trams can be purchased as part of the “Renewal of trams in Košice” project. The plan is to introduce the trams into the existing network, primarily along sections with the highest concentration of passengers and the best compatibility with the new rolling stock. 

Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu, who approved the investment, said the renewal of Košice’s tram rolling stock paves the way for “better quality, reliability, safety and overall comfort” for residents and visitors using public transport in the city. 

Košice is the second largest city after Bratislava and the economic and cultural centre of the eastern Slovakia the Košice Region – in fact it was European Capital of Culture in 2013 together with Marseille in France. The city is a transport hub with extensive railway connections and an international airport. 

Features and benefits

The 33 VarioLF2+ trams, once in operation, will account for nearly a third of the total rolling stock in the city. Each tram can carry up to 210 passengers (including 44 seated) and is designed to accommodate passengers with reduced mobility. The maximum speed of this type of tram is 65 km/h. 

The larger capacity and efficiency of the new trams is expected to boost the total number of passengers using the tram network by more than 8 % and, in turn, draw passengers away from individual road transport, thus reducing road congestion and CO2 emissions, while promoting sustainable urban mobility.

The new trams are also easier to operate and maintain which means overall cost savings for Košice’s tram service provider, Dopravný podnik mesta Košice, akciová spoločnosť (DPMK), compared to older rolling stock.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Renewal of trams in Košice” is EUR 47 817 000, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 38 612 227 through the “Transport” Operational Programme  for the 2007-2013 programming period.

Draft date

13/04/2016