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Two bidders for Reșiţa tramway reinstallation

Two consortia have submitted bids to rebuild the tramway in Reșița, led by Strabag and Alstom.

Two consortia have submitted bids to rebuild the tramway in Reșița, led by Strabag and Alstom.

This small city in central Romania (population 63 000) had a short-lived tramway, opened in 1988 but closed just 23 years later due to the poor condition of the infrastructure and a lack of funds for maintenance. The last trams ran in August 2011.

Much of the track remained in place however, and in 2016 the new mayor proposed reintroducing trams to combat congestion and improve air quality. Detailed studies began in 2017 and a financing agreement with European Union grant funding was signed in 2019.

Turkish company Durmazlar is building 13 low-floor trams in a contract awarded in 2020. The 18m bi-directional cars are due for delivery next year ahead of a planned December 2022 opening.

The first RON166.7m (EUR33.9m) phase involves 3.7km (2.3 miles) of double-track route, electrification, seven stops and a depot for up to 25 vehicles. Phase 2 would add a further 9.3km (5.8 miles) and nine stops. The project includes highway upgrades, parallel cycleways, reconstruction of the 228m Triaj bridge and sections of green track.