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POLAND: MPK Kraków started test running of a Solaris Tramino 100% low-floor tram on February 23. The vehicle will operate for three months on Route 1 of the standard gauge network, which links Nowa Huta and the city centre.

Powered by four 105 kW asynchronous traction motors, the tram is fitted with supercapacitors to store regenerated braking energy. According to Solaris, this can result in an energy saving of 20% to 30% compared to conventional trams. The supercapacitors can also be configured to allow partly automated operation.

POLAND: Pesa delivered the first of 36 Krakowiak trams to Podgórze depot in Kraków on June 28. The tram is to undergo testing on the city’s network before entering service on routes 4 and 50, the busiest in the city.

A 1 km section of new tram line connecting Kraków’s Wielicka and Lipska streets via a 600 m bridge across Kraków Płaszów station opened on August 30.

POLAND: A new station at Kraków Airport was inaugurated on September 28, marking the return of rail services to the airport after modernisation of the line.

The 11·9 km route from Kraków Główny station closed on February 1 2014 for upgrade work. Until then, services had been operated by national regional operator Przewozy Regionalne since May 26 2006, making Kraków’s airport the first in Poland with a rail connection.

Mayor Jacek Majchrowski officially inaugurated a new building for maintenance and repairs in the Podgórze tram depot in Kraków on January 4.

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