Taganrog Andrey Lisitsky (left) and Evgeny Vasiliev (right) are signing a concession agreement

RUSSIA: What the contractor says is the first concession agreement for the comprehensive modernisation of an entire Russian tramway has been signed by city of Taganrog and the Sinara-GTR Taganrog subsidiary of Sinara-City Transport Solutions.

‘As a result of this large scale project, Taganrog will receive a fully updated tram fleet and modern infrastructure, which will last for many years’, said Evgeny Vasiliev of Sinara-GTR Taganrog.

‘We also hope that Taganrog will serve as a positive example to other Russian cities, where the issue of public transport financing is also relevant, and stimulate them to use the concession agreement mechanism for those purposes.’

The project includes 45 track-km of track renewals, modernising 80 stops with electronic information boards and CCTV, and rebuilding the depot, substations and control centre.

It also includes the supply of a fleet of 60 custom-specified, fully low-floor single-section trams. These will have a passenger information system, ticket machine, passenger counting equipment, CCTV, mobile device charging sockets, passenger information systems and facilities for passengers with reduced mobility.

The project is to be carried out in two phases. This first is to be completed this year and includes track renewals on Route 3 from Krasny Kotelshchik to Dobrolyubovsky Pereulok, as well as reconstruction of three substations and the control centre at Rosa Luxemburg. This modernised route will be served by 10 new trams.

Phase two covering the rest of the works is scheduled to be completed by September 2022, including delivery of all the trams.

The total cost is put at 11·8bn roubles. The city will contribute 2·6bn roubles, with Sinara providing the remaining financing from its own sources and 6·9bn roubles through a loan from national economic development institution VEB.RF.