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Kursk tramway modernisation PPP signed

Kursk tramway modernisation PPP signed

A Public-Private Partnership to modernise the tramway in the Russian city of Kursk has been signed by the regional authority and Movista Regions. The 25-year concession includes track renewals, replacement of eight traction substations and upgrades to Vostochny depot. The agreement is valued at RUB12.4bn (EUR202m), including a RUB8.2bn (EUR144m) contribution from state development corporation VEB.RF. Detailed design work is to begin this year, with main construction works starting in 2023. The programme will also see the tramway’s four routes reduced to two (1, Khlebozavod – ZAO KPK and 4, Malyshev – railway station) with routes 2 and 3 not included within the concession. Municipal operator Kurskelectrotrans currently uses a fleet of 61 trams. The majority of services are handled by donated Tatra T3 and T6V5 trams, with the addition of 20 modernised Tatra T3 cars (designated MTTC) which arrived from Moskva in July. A fleet of 22 new single-section low-floor trams are to be ordered for the renovated network, with the first expected to arrive in the city later this year. Once completed in 2024, the concessionaire estimates that journey times will be reduced by an average of five minutes and that patronage will increase from 7.5 to 8m passengers/year by...
Sankt Peterburg trams reach occupied Ukraine

Sankt Peterburg trams reach occupied Ukraine

The city of Yenakiieve (Russian: Yenakievo) has received a further six Ust-Katav 71-623 four-axle bogie trams from Sankt Peterburg, delivered by road at the end of August following a seven-day journey from Russia’s second city. Yenakiieve, population 77 000, is in the Donetsk Oblast between Donetsk and Luhansk, and has been under the administration of forces allied to Russia since 2014 – and recognised only by Russia since February 2022. The latest delivery is the first of Russian trams to this part of Ukraine since the occupation took effect in February. An important centre for coal mining, metallurgy and the chemical industry, the city was known as Ordzhonikidze from 1937 until 2002. In order to serve the needs of industry, a tramway was built in 1932 and in 2022 three lines across a 32.7km (20-mile) network are operated with 16 trams, mostly the KTM-5M3 type dating back to 1976 although these are now in poor condition. Three 71-623 trams were delivered by Ust-Katav in 2012. Sankt Peterburg operated 18 trams of this type in a total fleet of over 600, and the delivery of new cars from PK Transportnye Sistemyin recent years has permitted these odd ones out to be donated to Yenakiieve as a gift of political...
Hong Kong Peak Tram re-opens

Hong Kong Peak Tram re-opens

The 1.4km (0.9-mile) cable tramway linking the commercial district of Hong Kong with Victoria Peak re-opened on 27 August, following a 14-month HKD799m (EUR102m) refurbishment and upgrade programme. The 1520mm-gauge line, which ascends 396m and dates from 1888, has been comprehensively modernised to offer wheelchair accessibility, with new trams, signalling systems and cables provided by three Swiss companies. Each sixth-generation tram can carry 210 passengers compared with 120 on the old stock, which was in use for 32 years. The Central terminus at Garden Road has been rebuilt to provide an air-conditioned waiting area for up to 1300 passengers, with digital passenger information screens describing the flora and fauna found at the Peak. The tramway renewal project, approved in 2018, was originally costed at HKD684m (EUR87m); the increase in out-turn costs has resulted in a rise in fares from HKD52 (EUR6.60) to HKD88 (EUR11.2). The Peak Tram carried around six million passengers per year pre-pandemic, but this has now fallen to around one million per year. In August, Hong Kong still required international visitors to quarantine for three nights (plus four days of medical surveillance), which is restricting tourist numbers; 134 000 people visited the city in 2021, compared with 65m in...
Halle orders 56 Stadler TINA trams

Halle orders 56 Stadler TINA trams

The public transport undertaking in the German city of Halle (Saale), Hallesche Verkehrs-AG (HAVAG) has placed an order with Stadler for 56 air-conditioned TINA 100% low-floor trams. The contract, announced on 23 August, is valued at EUR168m and includes a 45% contribution from the state of Sachsen-Anhalt. All double-ended, 39 of the new trams will be 30m three-section vehicles (designated MGT-M, with capacity for 166 passengers, 64 seats), and 17 will be 45m five-section units (designated MGT-XL, with 267 capacity, 96 seated). Deliveries will start in 2025. The new fleet also promises wider doors and aisles for improved passenger flow, digital passenger information and driver assistance systems, including collision avoidance, and BIOS – a new technology developed in Halle for enhanced information and orientation for the visually-impaired. The TINA fleet will gradually replace the DWA Bautzen/Bombardier MGT6D70% low-floor stock dating from 1996-2001 (601-660). HAVAG currently operates a total of 102 trams across a 14-line network; the new order represents the authority’s largest-ever single investment in new vehicles. Stadler has seen increasing success in the German tram market, with TINA vehicles already ordered by Darmstadt and Rostock as well as Baselland Transport in...
Praha opens Depo Hostivař tram interchange

Praha opens Depo Hostivař tram interchange

Saturday 13 August saw the opening of the new Depo Hostivař tramway interchange in the eastern suburbs of the Czech capital Praha (Prague). Tatra KT8D5 9100 operated the first morning departure on line 7, which has been extended from Nové Strasnice to the new loop; line 16 also passes through. Work on the new interchange began on 14 March, involving the laying of 1.25km (0.8 miles) of new tracks, around third of which incorporates grass track. Construction was undertaken by contractor EUROVIA under a CZK193.96m (EUR8m) contract. The original project plans for the interchange emerged from a 2009 study, with a more detailed evaluation in 2016 by Metroprojekt Praha determining the number of tracks, platforms and the site’s landscaping. The option chosen for development has placed the tramstops closer to the metro access points and includes a multi-storey park-and-ride garage with 649 places that will be built in 2023. Hostivař is the site of the tramway’s central workshop (built 1968), a metro depot, and since May 2006 the terminus of metro line A (there is a closer tramstop on Cernokostelecká). A bus terminal has occupied the site since 2004; eight bus lines also use the new interchange. A formal opening took place on 15 August with representatives of operator Dopravní podnik hl. m. Prahy (DPP), local dignitaries and...