TURKEY: Škoda Transportation announced on September 5 that it is to supply 14 trams capable of catenary-free operation to Eskişehir. They are to be delivered within 19 months of signing the contract, which is worth €26m.

Škoda beat Turkish manufacturer Bozankaya to supply trams to Turkey’s only metre gauge tram network. The low-floor ForCity Classic trams will be equipped with batteries to allow off-wire operation on a planned 1 km section that will have no catenary. The unidirectional trams will be 30 m long with capacity for 276 passengers. They will have four sets of double doors and two single doors, and will be equipped with air-conditioning.

Škoda had previously supplied 72 trams to Konya, of which 12 are equipped for catenary-free operation.