November the 16th, 2023 – The City of Zagreb has purchased eleven used electric trams from Germany, but they’ll arrive later than initially expected.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the City of Zagreb purchased eleven used German trams from Augsburg for 2.7 million euros without VAT.
As confirmed by Večernji list from the Augsburg city transport company, the first GT-6 tram models, the arrival of which should at least temporarily ease the chaos ruling over ZET’s timetable, will arrive in the week from December the 4th to the 10th this year. According to the contract, the first vehicle was supposed to arrive in ZET’s garage back in October, the deadline was then extended to November, and now it’s been extended yet again to December.
The biggest difficulty, according to some reports, is the documentation, that is, the documents for the extraordinary transport of vehicles weighing several tonnes and which are more than 20 metres long. The organisation of such work is complex and it’s therefore necessary to prepare special documentation for each of the countries through which the tram passes on its way to the City of Zagreb.
Before the new-old trams arrive on the City of Zagreb’s tracks, they will need to be fine-tuned in the ZET garage.
“All of the trams will be “Zagreb blue” in colour, That means that when the vehicles arrive in our workshops, we will paint them in the colours associated with ZET”, stated the company Stadtwerke Augsburg, which is in charge of public transport in that Bavarian city. Upon their arrival, it will be necessary to install the proper ticket validators, carry out a technical inspection and deal with the homologation, and so on. The first of these German trams should be on the tracks at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year at the latest.