Izmit tramway opens
TURKEY: Governor of Kocaeli province İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu inaugurated the Akçaray tram line in Izmit on June 17.
The 7·4 km route with 11 stops links Sekapark in the west with Otogar in the east via the city’s railway station. The end-to-end journey time is 24 min.
Gülermak acted as lead contractor. Test running started on March 23 and tracklaying was completed on May 5.
Durmazlar has supplied a fleet of 12 bidirectional five-section Panorama trams from its Bursa factory under a €19·7m contract signed in October 2015. These are stabled in a depot near Otogar. Each low-floor tram is 33 m long and 2 650 mm wide with capacity for 300 passengers. Maximum speed is 70 km/h.