TURKEY: Škoda Transportation has delivered the first of 14 ForCity Classic trams that it is supplying to Eskişehir.

The metre-gauge tram is to undergo 2 000 to 3 000 km of dynamic testing in Eskişehir, with some of the fleet also being tested on the Bratislava network.

Škoda was selected in 2016 for the €26m contract to supply trams equipped with batteries to allow off-wire operation. This would be used on a planned 1 km section that will have no catenary.

The unidirectional low-floor trams are 30 m long with capacity for 276 passengers. They have four double doors and two single doors, as well as air-conditioning.