Lodz interurban trams face extinction

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Three-bogie 803N articulated tram working MKT service 46 at Plac Wolnosci on 30 January 2010. These trams were built by Konstal in the early 1970s and rebuilt with a new body style in the MKT workshops at Helenowek in the late 1990s. Photo BTWT.

Lodz’s attractive interurban tram services – 43 running some 20 km westwards from Stoki on the eastern outskirts of Lodz to Lutomiersk and 46 running 37 km from Chocianowice on the city’s southern boundary northwards to Ozorkow have been given 6 months to live by Lodz’s mayor Hanna Zdanowska.

Three-bogie GT6 articulated tram working TP service 43 at Plac Wolnosci on 30 January 2010. GT6 trams were built by Düwag from 1956 onwards and 8 units – after being withdrawn from service in Bielefeld, Germany in 1990 – were bought by MPK Lodz. After the interurban lines were split off from MPK, these units was assigned to TP. Photo BTWT.

On 28 June, Zdanowska gave 6 months notice that she will be withdrawing Lodz from the agreements which govern the operation of Tramwaje Podmiejskie (owned by Lodz, Konstantynow and Lutomiersk) and Miedzygmina Komunikacja Tramwajowa (owned by Lodz, Zgierz (Town), Zgierz (District) and Ozorkow).

The official reason given for her action is that Zdanowska wants to force a take over the operation and revenue stream of the interurban services by the city’s tram operator, Miejskie Przedsiebiorstwo Komunikacyjne, leaving the remaining local councils to pick up the bill for maintaining the track.

Residents suffering from rush hour grid-lock on the road to Aleksandrow (services were cut back to the Lodz city boundary in 1991) will recall the story current at the time that local councillors were promised certain favours by a rival bus company!

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3 Responses to “Lodz interurban trams face extinction”

  1. Mike Says:

    That’s a real shame.

  2. Chris Says:

    I have seen the investment in new track on route 43 – it would simply be stupid to waste all that money – the line is well used even with the bus substitution round the track work and would be a real loss to local travellers. Avoid the mistakes of the UK where trams were pulled off the streets and are now being restored in a few places at vast expense.

  3. Johannes Meijer Says:

    Please, you’re making the same stupid mistakes we did in The Netherlands in the 50/60’s, to get rid of our beautiful interurban tramlines on their own private tracks! In those days the politicians said they were outdated. Now we got stuck in terrible traffic jams, polluting the environment. And we and those same politicians are longing now for those trams, of course in a more modern way, but still on their private right of way! Instead of tearing them down you really should invest in them. If you don’t do so, in future days you will be crying over them as we are now! You will regret it, but too late!

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