Gdansk residents enjoy better tram services thanks to urban transport investment

The upgrading and expansion of the Gdansk tram network and infrastructure has increased levels of passenger comfort and provides better links between the city centre and outlying southern districts. The improved tram services should support the shift away from polluting road transport by encouraging people to leave the car at home – in turn this will help to cut CO2 emissions in the city.

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This project’s key task was the construction of a new tram line linking the Chelm district of Gdansk with the Nowa Łódzka integrated transport hub at the intersection of Ulica Nowa Łódzka and Ulica Świętokrzyska. The upgrade is of particular value to people living in Gdansk’s southern districts, who up until now had to rely on buses or their own transport to get to and from the city centre.

Extensive scheme

The work package included the laying of 3 km of new tram line and the upgrading of an existing 12 km stretch to double-track standards. Six stops along the route of the new line feature shelters with passenger information panels as well as barriers which control pedestrian flow and provide protection from traffic. In addition, the project delivered 35 new trams and paid for the construction of a “park and ride” facility and a “park and bike” area. Both the trams and parking areas cater to the needs of disabled and elderly passengers. The Wrzeszcz district tram depot was also refurbished as part of the scheme.

The project was stage three of a wider investment in Gdansk’s public transport system which began in 2003. Stage one provided for an assessment of public transport in the city, along with the reconstruction of five sections of tram infrastructure. Stage two was completed between 2004 and 2008 and covered the construction of a tram line to Chelm, various line upgrades and the purchasing of new trams and buses. The project was completed in 2012.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Gdańsk Urban Transport Project – Stage III A” is EUR 167 132 806, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 85 406 711 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period under the priority “Environment-friendly Transport”.

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