Poland's Pesa could open tram production facility in Kyiv
Poland's Pesa, which won a tender to supply 40 trams to Kyiv in August 2017, plans to start production of trams in Kyiv, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has said.
"I will reveal a small secret. When I visited the Polish plant Pesa I arranged with the company’s top managers that they would open their plant in Kyiv – first semi knocked down and later the full production cycle," the press service of Kyiv City Administration reported, citing Klitschko in an interview with Novoye Vremia publication.
Klitschko recalled that Kyiv is buying 40 trams now and seven Lviv's trams Electron.
"This is high-tech low-deck European transport with air conditioners, video surveillance and wi-fi. We also bought 60 MAZ buses meeting modern requirements," he said.
Klitschko said that 400 trams are used in Kyiv, and 90% of them are older than 30 years. The tram fleet has not been upgraded for at least 30 years.
"We need to buy 165 more new trams, over 230 buses and 230 trolleybuses to fully upgrade the fleet.
"This is three or four times more than we bought now. According to the humblest forecasts, it will take around five years to buy new transport," he said.