Sofia [BG] - Tender for 50 Vehicles Reactivated
K. Budach - 25.02.13
Last summer the tender for 50 new articulated trolleybuses was withdrawn because of appeals by unsuccessful bidders. The winner at the time was the Skoda Electric / Solaris Tr 27. The tender has now been published with new deadlines (see link "more information"). According to latest information a new deadline of 01.03.2013 has been set and the offers will be opened on 04.03.2013. The number of vehicles therefore remains at 50 units and the promised EU funds continue to be available.
Several companies responded to the tender conducted in 2012 for the supply of spare parts for trolley buses. The work has now been given in part lots to different Bulgarian companies.
Of the 140 trolley buses in the current fleet only 30 are low-floor. These are Solaris / Skoda Electric-26Tr, which entered service in 2010.
Translation: Martin Wright
Skoda hopes that it will soon look like this again: new trolleybuses under construction for Sofia. The last deliveries to Sofia were these Skoda Electric / Solaris 26 Tr in 2010.
Photographer: Dagmar Braunová (www.busportal.cz)
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