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A 9·5 km extension of the metre gauge tram network in Bydgoszcz opened on January 16, linking Wyścigowa with Łoskoń in the Fordon district in the east of the city. Routes 3, 5, 7 and 10 serve the new line.
The first tram departed the new eastern terminus at 04.38, with free coffee served to passengers. Official celebrations followed at noon and included free soup and cake, as well as live music. Travel on the new section was free for the whole weekend. The celebration was attended by Mayor Rafał Bruski, who said that plans for a line to Fordon were already being discussed in 1900.
Construction of the double-track line took two years and employed 500 workers. Civil works were carried out by a consortium led by Gotowski Budownictwo Komunikacyjne i Przemysłowe, which signed a 290m złoty contract in October 2013. The new line includes a 530 m long bridge over Bydgoszcz Wschód railway station, which provides interchange between trains and trams.
Pesa has supplied 12 Swing trams which were ordered in 2014 for 109m złoty. The five-section 100% low-floor trams are 30·1 m long and 2 350 mm wide with capacity for 207 passengers. Four 150 kW traction motors give a maximum speed of 70 km/h, and the trams weigh 40 tonnes.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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