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Tram extension for Gdansk

Gdansk, Poland, saw the official inauguration of a new extension of its tram network on 26 August, with services commencing on 31 August – a month earlier than planned.

Gdansk, Poland, saw the official inauguration of a new extension of its tram network on 26 August, with services commencing on 31 August – a month earlier than planned.

Work started on the route in 2013 by an MTM consortium, for a budget of PLN139m (EUR32.8m). The extension runs 3.6km (2.2 miles) over double-track northwest from the Siedlce turning loop to Bretowo in Piecki Migowo district. An 800m branch southwest from Warnenska to Migowo has also been built. The termini of each of these two branches are the first in Gdansk to have no turning loops, so need to be served by bi-directional trams: operator ZKM Gdansk has purchased five Pesa Jazz Duo 100% low-floor trams at a cost of PLN54m (EUR12.8m) for this purpose. The first of these arrived in the city in November 2014. An additional 14 second-hand Duewag N8C trams have also been bought from Kassel, brought up to date by Modertrans.