TENDERS were called last month for a €25·2m contract to modernise the tramway infrastructure in the Romanian city of Arad.

Bids were due by July 5 for the project, which includes rehabilitation of trackwork over 17·6route-km and repairs to the streets along which the trams operate. This accounts for around a third of the network. Intersections between the segregated tram tracks and the city’s main arterial highways are also to be modernised, with the re-phasing of traffic signals to improve operational performance.

EBRD is providing funding worth €20m towards the work, which is expected to be completed within 12 months.

Meanwhile, RATB has called bids for rehabilitation and upgrading of three further sections of Bucuresti’s extensive tram network over the next six to eight months (MR 05 p25). RATB has also announced plans to purchase 50 new trams to replace its oldest vehicles. n