New tramway offers environment-friendly urban transport

The construction of a section of fast tramway in the Polish city of Szczecin provides passengers with quicker, safer and more comfortable journeys. The scheme also increases capacity across the entire local transport network.

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By encouraging people to leave their cars at home, this public transport solution is expected to improve the city’s general environment by reducing road congestion and noise. Disabled travellers also benefit as the scheme takes account of their needs. In addition, the new tramway should make the city more attractive to visitors and tourists.

In 2016, the first full year of operation for this investment, over 62 million journeys are expected to be made on the city’s urban transport services.

Complex scheme

  • The project has been divided into three main parts, including Construction of a 4 km section of the tramway from Basen Górniczy to the temporary loop at Turkusowa Street. Building works include the construction of a footbridge, two pedestrian tunnels and three stations named Gdańsk 2, Eskadrowa and Jasna. The tramway section also includes three stops at Lotnisko, Gryfińska and Turkusowa.
  • An upgrade of Hangarowa Street to cope with the construction of the tramway, along with the necessary adjustments to the area’s underground utilities. The street’s southern carriageway is moved and improved by constructing embankments and a road viaduct, under which the tramway passes.

An upgrade of Batalionów Chłopskich Street so it can cater for the tramway. Again, underground utilities are adjusted as part of the works, and a viaduct is built above the tram tracks.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of Szczecin Fast Tramway” is EUR 57 765 017, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 36 160 723 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Environment-friendly transport”.

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