POLAND: A consortium of Newag and Modertrans has been selected as preferred bidder to supply cars for the tramway being developed in Olsztyn, beating bids from Solaris and Pesa Bydgoszcz.

Newag and Modertrans are to supply city transport operator MPK Olsztyn with 15 trams at a cost of 113·6m z?oty, with deliveries scheduled to run from March 31 2014 to August 10 2014. The 100% low-floor cars will be between 28 and 32 m long with six doors per side, and are required to have a minimum 25 year service life.

Last year Olsztyn city council awarded Spanish firm FCC a €62·5m contract to build the tramway, the first entirely new system in Poland since Cz?stochowa in 1959. A 7·3 km double-track line will run south from the main station to Osiedle Jaroty, with two branches serving the city centre and university taking the network to 11·5 route-km with 19 stops.