pl Gorzow tram reopening celebrations

POLAND: Tram operations in Gorzów Wielkopolski have resumed following a three-year suspension while a major renewal programme was undertaken. Services restarted on July 2, as part of a celebrations marking the city’s 763th anniversary.

Trams are running again on the full length of the 9·5 km east–west Route 1 between Wieprzyce, Katedra and Silwaną, although the 2·7 km branch from Katedra to Piaski remains closed while track rehabilitation continues.

Pesa has supplied a fleet of 14 custom designed Pesa Gorzów Twist trams under a 114m złoty contract. The 24 m long and 2 400 mm wide air-conditioned vehicles have doors on both sides, CCTV, passenger information systems, ticket vending machines, passenger counting equipment, USB ports and wi-fi.

The 225m złoty modernisation of the 12·2 km network is being funded from the national budget (160m złoty) and by the European Union (37·5m złoty).