Tramline upgrade to support sustainable transport

Passengers of Poznań’s urban tram system and car drivers alike will both be benefitting from an uprgade to their city’s  tram system as the network becomes more extensive making the switch to public transport easier.

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The project entails an increase of 6.6 kilometres of track infrastructure and by 2013, indications are that 223 643 people will be using the new system.

Socio-economic benefits

The project is located in the South-West of the Wielkopolska Voivodeship, home to 557 000 inhabitants (there are 868 000 thousands in the whole agglomeration) and involves 5.07 kilometres and a 1.53 kilometre loop in Franow. There will be investment in both infrastructure and equipment.

Time savings for public transport passengers are ensured as they will be able to travel more quickly and those who switch from driving their cars to using public transport will save on the costs of running their cars. There will also be a reduction in noise and air pollution such as CO2 emissions.

What is involved

The project “Construction of a tramline from the Osiedle Lecha housing estate to Franowo” will also mean state-of-the-art traffic management, information and communication systems. Drainage, substructures and steel surfaces will all be part of the upgrade.

The existing Osiedle Lecha tram loop will be demolished and replaced by a junction where the track will split. A construction of an electrical traction network, including power traction, a rectifier station, energy equipment, power and return cables, heating control switches, street lighting, tracks and stops are also involved.

The route of the line has been designed to reduce the impact on existing infrastructure with a tunnel being built along the section from Chartowo to Szwedzka, involving earthworks, ventilation and smoke extracting systems.

Such work also necessitated the reconstruction of water mains, heating systems and waste water and rain water collections. Gas, water and telecommunications networks also needed to be adapted.

The new line is constructed as far away as possible from residential buildings and the upheaval will also provide the opportunity to landscape parts of the town: construction of green spaces, land development, the planting of trees and shrubs and minor architectural features such as cycle paths and new pavements all go into making the upgrade attractive as well as practical.

These technical upgrades will mean that shoppers without cars who were previously cut off from out of town shopping areas will now be able to make the journey as the tram will terminate at a the M1 shopping centre.

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