POLAND: MPK Kraków announced on September 17 that it had received one bid for a contract to supply up to 60 low-floor trams. The sole bidder was a consortium of Stadler Polska and Stadler Środa, whose bid of 619·3m złoty was above MPK’s estimate of 554·7m złoty.

The tender specifies trams at least 32 m long with air-conditioning, ticket machines and a passenger-counting system. Two of the fleet are to be equipped with technology to enable catenary-free operation in case of power failure, and the others are to have provision to retrofit this.

Stadler is due to begin deliveries of 50 trams to Kraków at the start of 2020. These were ordered under a framework contract signed in January 2018 with a consortium of Stalder and Solaris; since then Stadler has acquired the tram business of Solaris and this is now Stadler Środa.