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Old January 5th, 2019, 10:48 PM   #301
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The future of the trams to Pabianice becomes less and less certain.

https://www.zyciepabianic.pl/informa...o-mozliwe.html
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On today press conference, Grzegorz Mackiewicz [mayor of Pabianice] finally referred to the topic of the Zamkowa street and tram upgrade. Those problems troubling the town caused even that the administrators started talking about that maybe it will be a bus and not a tram going along Zamkowa. Anyway, the upgrade is to take place.

"Before we start the new tender or decide to realize the renovation of Zamkowa and Warszawska streets excluding trams, based on bus transport, we want to use all possible measures to realize revitalization or actually building the tram line from scratch", the mayor says.

The troubles of the tram project began already half a year ago. After announcing the tender results, it turned out that it lacks 28 million złoty [about 6-7 million euro]. Fight with time started. The contractors agreed to postpone the deadlines and the town looked for money trying to get financing from various sources: from the voivodeship to the state.

"By decision of the previous Łódź Voivodeship board [before the elections in 2018], a new chance appeared. The board decided about applying to the Ministry of Investments and Development for a consent to move money which could cover the town's share", Mackiewicz explained.

The talks between the Ministry and the Marshall Office* still take place. The decision should be undertaken as soon as possible – before 9 January. It is when the contractors' offers chosen by the town expire.

"We hope for solving it as soon as possible and that the contractors will extend the deadlines again", the mayor added.

From Bugaj to Lodz
During today's meeting, the talks were also about the bus to Lodz [it's a different line, unrelated to the tram] which is supposed to go from Bugaj [a residential district of Pabianice] to Lodz. The preliminary decisions were that once Pabianice get the ordered hybrid buses, there will be a chance of starting such a line to Lodz.

For now, from all the ordered hybrids, 4 have come. The mayor would like to send those buses on the route to Lodz already in April. If only all other Solaris buses come to us at the end of January or beginning of February.

"We still apply and propose that this line should not end at IKEA [right behind the Lodz border where there is the terminus of the city trams] but further in Lodz", Grzegorz Mackiewicz summarized.


* – A voivodeship has two heads: the marshall and the voivode. The voivode is selected by the government, the marshall – by the voivodeship government. The marshall is the one who is responsible for most things (including transportation), the voivode responds only for the issues most strategic for the country.
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Old January 29th, 2019, 10:59 PM   #302
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Finally, a wonder happened and Pabianice got admitted the extra money from the government they requested. It was not so likely because the mayor of Pabianice is from the main opposition party (PO), so the negotiations with government must've been hard for him, but after the last local elections, the voivodeship marshall is from the governing party PiS and it seems he managed to fight it out (and in general, as a party, PO has more of its electorate in cities, PiS in the countryside, so PiS might've been anyway more likely to support a smaller town).

Also the EU money Zgierz applied for got admitted. Of course, a tender must now take place and we will see if the story with the offers exceeding a lot the assumed price repeats – but it's not unlikely because during the last year, the costs in the construction industry in Poland simply skyrocketed.

Meanwhile, there are rumours that the trams between Konstantynów and Lutomiersk (the picturesque line through a bridge over the Ner river) might get suspended in the near future because of bad condition of tracks...





Talking about Lutomiersk, they also have problems with the bus line which connects it with another region of Łódź. It was operated by the company PKS Łódź – a private company, a former local division of the state bus operator from the communist times, which got bought out by the employees. Those PKS companies are struggling in the whole country, which results in many local connections disappearing. The condition of PKS Łódź is not so bad because they also operate several intercity coach lines. However, it seems that their business decision is to phase out all the local lines they operate. Their line to Lutomiersk was previously partially subsidized by the municipality – but now, the company requested multiple times higher subsidy.

So now, Lutomiersk is going to select a new operator of this bus line to Łódź in a tender – but it will be probably more expensive for them than PKS was until now, so they will probably have less money to finance the trams.
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Old February 11th, 2019, 10:05 PM   #303
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And it's confirmed – from March 4th no more trams to Konstantynów and Lutomiersk

The official message from the authorities of Konstantynów : https://www.konstantynow.pl/asp/pl_s...1q5GoYIhFXJEng

My translation (sorry for quality, hope it's at least readable, having tried to do it possibly fast):

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Information concerning the tram line in Konstantynów Łódzki

On the day of 3 March 2019 the tram line 43 ends its operation. It's a decision of the Lodz Roads and Transport Authority. Thewasam network got as decided to be completely used up and the rides are not safe for the passengers. The only safe and possible solution is running replacement bus services.

Attention! The routes of 43A and 43B buses will be changed as compared with the tram line. They will terminate at Włókniarzy Avenue next to the Łódź Kaliska train station. The line 43A will go on the route: Konstantynów Łódzki – Łódź Kaliska station. The line 43B will operate on the route: Lutomiersk – Konstantynów – Łódź Kaliska station. At the Zdrowie terminus, a transfer to the trams of the line 7 (whose route overlaps with the old 43 route) will be possible. The trams 7 and 9 are supposed to be synchronized with the 43A and 43B buses.

What is most important for our inhabitants is that the frequency of departures will not be decreased. All the stops will be preserved, with a slight move in Łódzka street because the existing pull-ups will be used. The 12-meter rolling stock will be used, but this issue will be thoroughly monitored, so that in case of high amount of passengers, bi-articulated buses will be used /they rather meant standard articulated buses but made an error/. The carriage in buses will be faster, safer and more comfortable.

The mayor of Konstantynów, immediately after getting information that the tram line to Łódź is completely used up, met the mayor of Łódź, Hanna Zdanowska. The meeting was necessary because the renovation of the tram line within the borders of Konstantynów will ensure safety, comfort and increased speed only if a modernization of the part belonging to Łódź, also used up, is planned. The town of Konstantynów Łódzki, in the previous term of office, applied for a modernization of the tram line for the amount of 16 million złoty, the subsidy for which would be 15 million and 5 million would have to be paid by the town. Now we know, however, that Konstantynów doesn't have those 5 million for the renovation of tracks. The town is indebted by an astronomical amount of 22 million złoty and it would have to take a new loan.

In June 2008 MPK-Łódź informed the City Hall of Konstantynów that the line is in bad technical condition /? – in 2008, the line to Konstantynów out of Łódź borders had nothing to do with MPK, it was operated by a separate company, closed in 2012, when MPK took over this line/. On 7 February 2017, in a letter fromm MPK-Łódź, it was stated: "Further lack of action by the owner of infrastructure will result in a necessity of closing the tram service". According to a technical opinion for the catenary, from November 2017, "it is immediately necessary to make a modernisation of power supply systems and a complex renovation of the catenary".

The lack of complex renovation activities throughout the several last years resulted in a technical wear-out of the tram infrastructure in Konstantynów. It results in dangers for both the passengers and all road users and makes it impossible to continue the tram operation.
Who wants to have a last ride – has 3 weeks left.

An interesting fact about this route is that during the presidential campaign in 2015, the president who was then at office and wanted a re-election, was on this route in a vintage tram, which derailed in Konstantynów

Photos and videos: https://dzienniklodzki.pl/tramwaj-z-...cia/ar/3819927
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Old February 27th, 2019, 08:23 PM   #304
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Farewell to the trams to Konstantynów and Lutomiersk.









Photos from www gtlodz eu – they are signed, so it looks OK from the copyright perspective if I post them here.

The voivodeship declared financial support for the renovation of tracks. But the municipality has to spend some money by themselves anyway. They don't have them in this year's budget although it's not unlikely they will have it the next year or in 2 years.

So we definitely say goodbye to this line for several years and what will come then – we will see. Maybe those are the last days ever of this tram line, maybe not.

A special tram for spotters (Konstal 803N) at the bridge in Kazimierz over the Ner river:

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Old May 31st, 2019, 09:28 PM   #305
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And suddenly... another section of the Lodz tram network gets closed for unknown time, maybe even forever.

It's the section in Warszawska street to the Wycieczkowa loop.

The catenary in this street is in bad condition. The poles, to which the catenary is attached, are located on private land which MPK cannot access with their heavy vehicles. So making a simple refurbrishment of the infrastructure (which would involve just replacing all old elements with new ones, which doesn't require a design project) is not possible and a modernization is required – which costs much more and requires a lot of time for the preparation.

The line 3 will be shortened to the Skrzydlata stop, just behind the railway bridge. On that stop, MPK will install a passage between the tracks, so that the trams will be able to change the track. Because of that, the line 3 will require bidirectional rolling stock. The rumours are the MPK will shift the recently bought (and still being delivered) ex-Bogestra NF6D trams onto this line from 11A.

This will force some tram route changes in the southern part of the city. Currently, the line 7 (7A and 7B) ends at Plac Niepodległości (normally it continues along the Dąbrowskiego street to the Lodowa loop but Dąbrowskiego is currently being modernized and the route of 7 is shorted), the line 3 follows its standard route along Przybyszewskiego, Puszkina and Rokicińska streets to Widzew Augustów. However, 3 goes through the Przybyszewskiego/Kilińskiego intersection, which is in an extremely bad technical condition (it will be modernized soon but it has to wait for the works in Dąbrowskiego to finish) – so it's no way that the low-floor NF6D trams could be routed through there.

Because of that, the routes of the lines 7 (7A/7B) and 3 will be exchanged in the southern part of Lodz:



One good thing here is that a new street will have access to low-floor trams.

An article in Polish: https://www.tulodz.pl/wiadomosci,sie...1jJLPBJxShiWz8
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Old June 16th, 2019, 11:29 PM   #306
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New end stop in the Lodz tram network – Warszawska/Skrzydlata, which replaces the Warszawska loop:

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Kilka strzałów na nieczynną jeszcze nową "końcówkę" tramwajową w Łodzi - Warszawska - Skrzydlata







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And we have it. Ex-Bogestra NF6D in MPK's livery. Now on the line 3, in Warszawska street, where only two-directional trams can go, after cutting off the Skrzydlata-Warszawska section.



Source: http://gtlodz [dot] eu/img-mgt6d_na_splocie_1,39676.html
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This year seems to be worst ever for the trams in Lodz. MPK announced they want closing the line in Wojska Polskiego (east of Franciszkańska) and Strykowska streets – to the Doły terminus as its technical state is terrible.

Luckily, its modernization (with an extension to the Lodz Marysin train station and an underground pass under Inflancka street) is planned for the next years – but for those several years the trams will have to be replaced with buses.

A similar situation happened 10 years ago. In 2009, Limanowskiego street got closed for trams because despite extreme speed limits (down to 10 km/h), the trams were derailing. The modernization started in October 2010 and lasted over a year.

The upgrade of Wojska Polskiego and Strykowska is currently in the design phase.

I think I already posted a video from Wojska Polskiego somewhere in this forum section but maybe you haven't seen it yet...

So...



Go to 36:00, it's where the tram turns from Franciszkańska into Wojska Polskiego and heads towards Doły.

Watch with sound, you can hear how the vehicle reacts to the damaged tracks.

Or this video – the beginning:



From 22:00:



A video from inside – you can see how the other car rocks on uneven tracks:



We don't have a rollercoaster but we (still) have trams in Wojska Polskiego.



By the way...

A video from the new terminus in Warszawska street – the one mentioned in the previous posts:



The Isuzu Novociti Life buses, purchased a few months ago (which was their European premiere), on the streets of Lodz:



This Monday, their premiere in Lodz will have newly bought by MPK Solaris Urbino IV buses – the first ones in Lodz of the fourth generation.
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Old July 21st, 2019, 09:40 PM   #309
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A small renovation of the tracks in Włókniarzy Avenue:

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Na Włókniarzy robota wre:

1 z 9 - pojawiły się pierwsze podkłady:


2 z 9:


3 z 9:


4 z 9:


5 z 9 - instalacje pod przystanek:


6 z 9 - w zbliżeniu, po drugiej stronie:


7 z 9 - góka nieopodal placu boju, samochód do porównania:


8 z 9 - w całej okazałości:


9 z 9 - w gratisie, bo akurat jechał:
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The current shape of the Lodz tram network, after the recent closures and taking into account the temporary closures due to track works as well as the service limitations due to the vacation:

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The trams in Wojska Polskiego (east of Franciszkańska) and Strykowska streets will disappear in mid-August.

Through the second half of August, there will be track works at the intersection of Franciszkańska and Wojska Polskiego aimed at improving the condition of south-west arcs, which will be used by trams on detour. The switches will be removed and replaced with straight sections of rails, so that it will no longer be possible for trams to enter the tracks in Wojska Polskiego east of Franciszkańska.

For the next years, a modernization of those tracks is planned – with an extension to Inflancka street and with a terminus just next to Łódź Marysin train station. The tram will get quite decently integrated with the railway. But for now the condition of tracks is so bad that it's not possible to repair them any more.
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