Mariupol tram service re-instated
Posted on 9th May 2023 at 09:49
Tramway service in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, heavily damaged during the invasion by Russian forces in February/March 2022, and since occupied, resumed on 2 May 2023 after the tracks and overhead on line 1 were repaired, thanks to the efforts of local transit company workers.
Line 1 links Depot 3 at Illichivsk with the city hospital and offers free travel for all on the 13 trams that provide the service for the first time since 2 March 2022. The Tatra T3 trams in use mostly date from 1983 with many modernised cars that were purchased from Riga in 2018.
Before the invasion Mariupol had an 11-line 116km network served by 96 trams operating from two depots. However, during the invasion, 90% of the tramway network was damaged.
It is hoped that, over the next three years, that more damaged lines will be fully re-opened.
This 1983 Mariupol Tatra T3 0079 was formerly numbered 722 and until 2018 was Riga 51514. It is seen on the re-instated line 1 at Prospect Metalyrgiv on 3 May (S. Nemtsev)
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