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Odessa signs contract for 13 new Tatra-Jug trams

Odessa's tramway will receive 13 of the new K1T306 low-floor trams. Tatra-Jug

On 16 December, a contract was signed by Odessa’s municipal public transport operator Odesmiskelektrotrans and a Tatra-Jug-led consortium for 13 K1T306 low-floor 1524mm-gauge trams, showing that the conflict in Ukraine hasn’t put a stop to all transport investments in the country.

Each of the three-section trams (26-32m in length and 2.5m wide) will have capacity for up to 250 passengers and a minimum of 55 seats. The order, co-financed by a EUR20m loan from the European Investment Bank, includes the supply and installation of workshop equipment and spare parts. Deliveries are expected to begin in late 2023.

The Odessa-based manufacturer’s offer beat rival bids from China’s CRRC Dalian and the German-Ukrainian-joint venture Electrontrans of Lviv with its own locally-built Electron low-floor tram.

Founded in 1993, Tatra-Jug has supplied low-floor trams to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, as well as the Egyptian city of Alexandria.