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Grudziaz – Poland’s shortest tram line to get upgrade

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Single track and mediaeval streets. Photo U.M. Grudziaz.

The smallest tram system in Poland – the 9 km long metre gauge system in Grudziaz – is to be rebuilt. The extent of the works has been cut down from ambitious plans, mooted in 2006, by the town’s mayor. These included, removing the tram lines from the narrow streets in the town centre and building brand new lines running East-West, including a line which would share the PKP viaduct across the river Vistula.

Now, following the work of a consortium of consultants, the project envisages no new trams and no extensions, instead existing trams will be modernised and the existing route will rebuilt, doubling much of the single track running lines. Single track will be retained in the market square area, but special insulation will be employed to reduce noise and vibration. There will also be raised platforms, better bus-tram integration and a new intelligent traffic management system.

The first stage of the project is already undeway. 6 trams are being rebuilt by ZNTK in Minsk Mazowiecki and PESA in Bydgoszcz. Now the second stage of the project, comprising the civil engineering works, has cleared the last hurdle.

Grudziaz tram Depot. February 2008.

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Detailed plans for the upgrade were produced by a consortium comprising Vialis Polska, Vialis Public Transport – CTD and Stator. Early design work had been previously prepared by StadtRaum. For rebuilding a 9 km tram line the number of consulting firms employed by the Town Council must be a record!

In July 2011, the Town Council announced a tender for the choice of contractor to carry out the project. The Council had budgeted 42.3 million PLN for the works, the tenders came in between 66.1 million and 75.6 million PLN. The mayor declared the tender null and void.

Some economies were made – a cheaper rail was specified and a new building for the traffic management system was found unnecessary. A second tender was held and this time the cheapest bid came in at 50,331,973.80 PLN. Nevertheless at a session of the Town Council held on 26 September a decision was made to find the missing funds and the project was given the ‘go ahead’.

So, if the sight of a single track tram line winding its way across cobble streets dating back to the 14th century is a something that appeals, you had better hurry!


Lodz TP buys GT6 trams from Grudziaz

Monday, 6 September 2010

Ex Mannheim Düwag GT6 in Grudziaz. Video Lokleitung.

Grudziaz (pop. 96,000) is the smallest town in Poland to have retained its tram system – an 18.6km metre gauge network consisting of three lines. Trams originally came to Grudziaz in 1885 and the system was electrified in May 1899. The future of the system seems to be assured. In December 2009, A consortium of ZNTK Minsk Mazowiecki and PESA won a 6.4 million PLN tender to modernise 6 Konstal 805Na motor units. The municipal transport company, MZK Grudziądz, has also bought 10 Düwag GT8s at 140,000 PLN each from Krefeld. 8 GT8s have already been delivered. Curiously, the GT8s will not be replacing paired Konstal 805a and 805b units, but ex Mannheim GT6s. However, Grudziaz’s loss will be Lodz’s gain. Inter urban operator Tramwaje Podmiejskie which runs service 43 from Stoki in Lodz to the market square in Lutomiersk has bought 6 ex Mannheim GT6 cars from MZK Grudziaz at 40,000 PLN a piece.