A Durmazlar Panorama tram in the new depot area. (P. Farsewicz)
The Polish city of Olsztyn (population 173 800), that inaugurated its new tramway system in December 2015, has now opened its first extension. 
On 30 December 5.9km of new line to the south-eastern suburb of Pieczewo carried its first passengers when line 4 was opened to provide a link to the railway station (Dworzec PKP). 
On 1 January a second line, 5, started running to Wysoka Brama transfer hub near the city centre. The new infrastructure cost PLN 454.5M, but is also required the purchase of 12 new trams (Durmazlar Panorama from Turkey costing PLN 107.88M) and an extension to the depot to accommodate them. 
The contract for the new line was awarded to a consortium of Polimex and Trakcja in June 2021. The PLN 106.5M depot extension can accommodate 16 32.5m trams, whereas the original facility had space for just 18. Six more trams are on order from Durmazlar to cater for traffic growth. 
There are now 27 trams in the fleet, 15 from Solaris and 12 from Durmazlar. 
A Durmazlar Panorama tram in the new depot area. (P. Farsewicz) 
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