Temirtau tramway (Photo Maxim Golbraykht)

Photos: Maxim Golbraykht

KAZAKHSTAN: Services have been suspended on the 11 km single-route tramway owned and operated by steelmaker ArcelorMittal in the city of Temirtau.

Trams ceased running on February 1 because of a need for extensive infrastructure rehabilitation. The owner said the line was unprofitable and that it had no plans to undertake the works, while the estimated 10bn tenge cost of modernisation would be beyond the means of the local city council.

The overhead electrification was removed after 600 m was stolen, and bus services are being provided for employees of the steelworks.