Twenty-eight more trams to improve environmentally friendly public transport

New investment in public transport aims to bring new, low-floored trams to serve the city of Szczecin, the capital of the Zachodniopomorskie region of Poland. The primary goal is to provide environmentally friendly transport for the population of some 615 750 people in the city and surrounding areas.

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The project provides for the purchase of 28 new trams, and specialist training for staff and the required specialist equipment. The trams are unispace (open plan) and are adapted to the environment and climate of Szczecin. They will meet all technical conditions, such as those arising from the existing track and power supply conditions of the tram network.

Hi-tech, wheelchair friendly and increased usage

All trams are low-floored, meaning that the floor is either completely flat or only gently inclined. All of them have at least one space for either pushchairs or wheelchairs. The wheelchair position allows the chair to be immobilised, with the chair facing away from the direction of travel for safety. Other measures include: audio-visual passenger information systems, wi-fi, digital monitoring of the routes and mobile ticket machines in all the trams. Furthermore, the scheme encourages the use of public transport as an environmentally friendly alternative, with the aim of an increase in passenger numbers of 375 345 per year by 2015.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment in the project "Purchase of low-floor rolling stock in Szczecin" is EUR 55 427 782, of which the EU's Cohesion Fund contributes EUR 29 858 955 from the operational programme "Infrastructure and Environment" for the 2007-2013 programming period, under the priority axis "Environment-friendly Transport".

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