According to the contract, the conversion of trams into partially low-floor trams will be significantly more expensive than the estimated price.
The company Pragoimex will transform for Dopravní podnik hl. m Prague (DPP) up to 65 trams T3R.P to T3R.PLF. DPP will pay up to 402 million crowns for the modifications of all 65 trams to the so-called “wans”.
Pragoimex ‘s victory stems from a contract in register of contracts. In the end, the price is significantly higher than estimated (223 million crowns). Completion of one tram will cost more than six million crowns. According to the data in the contract, the assembly is to take place in Krnovské opravny a strojírna.
The DPP originally planned to adjust the trams itself. In the end, he decided to conclude a contract with Pragoimex. The DPP already supplies the cabinets themselves for 226 crowns. The modernization of one tram will cost about 10 million crowns. Even when announcing the competition, DPP stated that it could be a combination of assembly at an external company and in its own workshops.
Modernization of other T3R.P trams is a project that has been talked about in Prague for several years. It was approved by the board of directors under the former political leadership of the city in 2018. Prague, together with Ostrava, is the only city in the Czech Republic where night transport is provided by tram lines. The transformation started earlier2, ended in 011. The DPP now has 35, but needs 100.
DPP mainly uses high-floor vehicles, to a large extent also “bathtubs”, for night connections. “This is purely for pragmatic reasons, because vandalism most often occurs at night. On the other hand, the requirement of the POV (Prague Organization of Wheelchair Users), the Prague Commission without Barriers of the City of Prague and ROPID is to ensure low-floor tram connections even on night lines,“Said the director of the communication department Daniel Šabík when announcing the competition.