The Russian port city of Taganrog (Rostov Oblast, population 250 000) has signed a RUB11.8bn (EUR132m) agreement with the Sinara-GTR Taganrog consortium for comprehensive modernisation of its tramway.
It is claimed that the five-year concession is the first of its kind in Russia, and includes 45km (28 miles) of new tracks, new substations and overhead line electrification, and rebuilding of the Smirnovsky tram depot. There will also be a new control centre as well as digital passenger information and CCTV upgrades for the system’s 80 stops.
As part of the project, Sinara City Transport Solutions will supply 60 new low-floor bogie trams with passenger counting systems, Wi-Fi, digital information systems and USB charging points.
The works are to be carried out in two phases. This first is to be completed this year and includes around 10km (six miles) of track renewals on route 3 as well as the installation of three new substations and modernisation of the control centre. When complete, this route will be served by ten new trams.
Phase two covers the rest of the works, including delivery of an additional 50 trams, and is scheduled to be completed by September 2022.
RUB2.6bn (EUR29.3m) of the project finance will come from local authority funding, with the rest supplied by the concessionaire and through a loan from national economic development institution VEB.RF.
The city’s tramway (laid to 1524mm Russian gauge) opened in 1932 and currently has five routes, linking the railway station in the north with the river station in the south and a bustling commercial area in the city centre. Rolling stock has traditionally been provided by the Ust-Katav factory, although recent years have seen acquisitions of second-hand cars (dating from the 1990s) from Moskva as the capital has re-equipped its tramway.
In a separate project, tram service traffic on Lenin Street (routes 1 and 3) was suspended during April and May due to reconstruction of 3.5km (2.2 miles) of track and associated overhead line works.