Refreshed tram fleet to revitalise city's public transport

Poznań is introducing 45 modern and articulated trams to its public transport system. Replacing 60 older trams, the new vehicles will deliver time and operational savings. They will also be more comfortable for passengers, thanks to low-floor access.

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The first of the new vehicles were delivered in mid-2011. All were due to be in service for the start of the 2012 European Football Championship, in which Poznań is a host city.

New trams and depot equipment

The project takes place in Poznań, the capital of Wielkopolska Province, in west-central Poland. It is the nation's fifth-largest city in terms of population, home to some 556 000 people and as many as 868 000 when including the suburbs.

In addition to the 45 new trams, the project includes delivery of specialised depot equipment, such as spare parts and materials for regular maintenance. This is required to keep the city's new fleet running smoothly and efficiently.

The new trams are some 30 m long and 2.4 m wide, each capable of carrying 230 passengers. They are fully air-conditioned, articulated and run on standard-gauge track. This fleet is a replacement for 59 of the city's old trams.

Faster, quieter, easier access

Compared to the older fleet, the new rolling stock offers several advantages. Besides using 5 % less electricity, it will reduce the noise level by about 12 dB per vehicle. The trams' low floors will also allow users to embark or disembark more quickly than on the high-floor predecessors, which means that vehicles spend less time at individual stops.

The main beneficiaries of the project are the local inhabitants of Poznań and visitors to the city. Some 46.4 million people are expected to make use of the city's public transport in 2013.

Being more comfortable and running faster than the older trams, the new vehicles are expected to attract some car drivers to travel instead on the city's public transport network. The trams' low floors will also be much appreciated by the elderly, families with children, and users with disability.

The new trams will be maintained by the project beneficiary, Poznań Municipal Transport Company.

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