Škoda Transportation is to supply 13 ForCity Classic trams to Sofia.

BULGARIA: Škoda Transportation has won a contract to supply 13 trams to Sofia, the manufacturer announced on October 13.

Škoda’s first tram order from Bulgaria is worth KC610m, which includes spare parts and staff training. The operator is financing the purchase through EU funds.

Škoda will supply its ForCity Classic model, to a design based on the trams that it is supplying to Eskişehir under a contract signed in September 2016. The 1 009 mm gauge fully low-floor trams will be air-conditioned with capacity for almost 200 passengers at 5/m2. Maximum speed will be 70 km/h.

The only other bidder was Pesa, which had previously supplied 25 trams from its Swing family to Sofia.