RUSSIA: Krasnodar tram operator KTTU signed an agreement with PK Transportnye Systemy on April 14 to modernise its workshops for the assembly of PK TS’s Type 71-931 Vityaz trams. KTTU is to invest 16m roubles for the modernisation, which will enable the workshops to assemble up to 24 trams per year.

The project is expected to take up to two years, with local content of the trams rising from 10% initially to 25%. The first locally assembled tram is to be rolled out by the end of 2016.

On April 9 PK TS delivered a three-section tram to Krasnodar for testing on the city’s 1 524 mm gauge network. The 100% low-floor vehicle will initially run on Route 5, then Route 2. The air-conditioned tram is 27 m long and 2 500 mm wide with crush load capacity for 320 passengers, and includes wheelchair spaces. It has a maximum speed of 75 km/h and a 30-year design life.