POLAND: Implementing agency Centre for EU Transport Projects signed agreements with two tram operators on December 6 allocating EU funds, subject to approval by the European Commission.

MPK Kraków is to receive 124·9m złoty to support its 314·4m złoty purchase of 35 low-floor trams. These would be 32 to 35 m long, each with capacity for at least 225 passengers. Two prototypes are to be equipped for up to 3 km of off-wire operations, so that trams do not get stuck on neutral sections of the network.

A tender for up to 50 trams has attracted bids from Newag, Pesa, Škoda Transportation and a consortium led by Stadler and including Solaris. The 35 trams from the base order are expected to be delivered in 2019-20.

Tramwaje Warszawskie is to receive 114m złoty towards its 233·8m złoty project to build two extensions in the capital. Both the 2·1 km route in Białołęka district and the 2·4 km in Wola would include interchanges with the city’s expanding metro network.

This package also envisages the purchase of 10 bidirectional low-floor trams up to 33 m long with capacity for 230 passengers.