TURKEY: Kocaeli municipality signed a €19·7m contract with Durmazlar on October 5 for the supply of 12 trams for the Akçaray line in Izmit.

The trams will be 32 m long, 2 650 mm wide and 3·3 m high, with capacity for 300 passengers. They will have a maximum speed of 70 km/h, with their average operational speed expected to be 20 km/h. Deliveries are due to take place within 17 months.

The city’s first tram line will run from Sekapark in the west to Otogar in the east with 11 stops. The end-to-end journey time on the 7·2 km route is expected to be 24 min. Services are due to start in 2017.