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Izmit tram contracts awarded

Kocaeli and Izmit Metropolitan Municipalities have announced contract awards for both infrastructure and rolling stock for the 7.2km (4.5-mile) long, 11-stop Akçaray tramline for the Turkish city of Izmit, around 100km (62 miles) north of Istanbul.

Bursa-based Durmazlar was the only company to respond to the tender for 12 low-floor trams for the new line, with an offer of EUR19.74m. The new five-section Silkworm vehicles will be bi-directional, 2.65m wide and 28-33m long with four onboard CCTV cameras and a passenger capacity of 250-300. The first vehicle is required within 12 months, with deliveries of the other 11 to be completed within 17 months.

On 5 August Gülermak was awarded the contract for delivering infrastructure on the 11-stop east-west line, linking the city’s main bus station and Sekapark. The contract requires the line to be ready within 550 days, with works expected to begin in September for an opening date in the first half of 2017. Annual ridership is estimated at 5.5m passengers.