Kremenchug [UA] - 40 new trolleybuses expected
J. Lehmann - 25.09.17
In December 2016, city officials and managers from the local public transport company signed an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to secure a loan for the renewal of the local trolleybus fleet. A call for tenders was then already published in late 2016, with a supplier being selected in early August 2017. The Ukrainian company Bogdan won the contract to supply 40 new trolleys. 35 of these will be 12m long single units, while 5 will be articulated.
Presently, 63 trolleys are available, 19 of them with low-floor entry. These LAZ-built vehicles entered service in 2013; 10 of them are single units, while 3 are articulated. Otherwise, all of the remaining trolleybuses are much older ZiU-682 units dating from the late 1980s. The 5 new articulated units to be supplied by Bghdan are slated to replace the high-floor type YMZ T1 articulated trolleys dating from 1992-96. Four of these Ukrainian-built trolleybuses have already been withdrawn.
Kremenchug has a 69 km long trolleybus network with nine lines. These include routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 and 13. Line 3 is split into lines 3A, 3B and 3D, with the weekend-only line 3D being the longest of the lot with a length of 14.75 km.
On 11 March 2017, one of the Bogdan type T70117 low-floor trolleys is seen in revenue service on line 1. Photo: Yura Davydenko
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