SLOVAKIA: Košice city transport operator DPMK has awarded Czech company Pragoimex a €33·3m contract to supply 23 trams and provide 15 years of maintenance support.

The partly low-floor VarioLF2plus trams will have 44 seats and space for 131 standees at 5 passengers/m2. Deliveries are scheduled to run from August 2014 to October 2015. There is an option for a further 23 trams.

The national government is to cover 10% of the cost of the order and DPMK 5%, with the remaining 85% to come from European Union sources.

Pragoimex was the lowest bidder for the contract, which also attracted tenders from Pars Nova and CAF.