Detailed description of the Good Practice
The very first projects of speed tramway connecting the old town of Szczecin and rapidly developing districts situated at the Right Bank of the Oder have been created almost 30 years ago. As soon as in 1977 the local master plan envisaged the route for the speed tramway. Szczecin City authorities approved of the project in 1986. The project was named the best urban project of the year and granted an award by the Minister of Transportation. Despite deep structural and systemic changes the spectacular at the time project was biding to the commencement of the 1 st development phase. The speed tramway location was agreed upon in the 1994 master plan.
In the presently developed Strategy for City Development, the speed tramway project has been given a high priority. Hence, in the nearest future the major obstacle in the Oder River multi-span beam bridge development shall disappear. The bridge is of strategic importance to the city. It shall ease the transportation conditions between the downtown and industrial and housing estates districts (the so-called city's sleeping rooms). It also creates conditions for the Szczecin port development, as well as for the city aspiring to the role of an important logistics centre on the south Baltic. Determination of subsequent city authorities allowed for including in the Oder bridge enough room for location of the speed tramway line.
Objectives of the Good Practice
to provide citizens with convenient speed transport
Participants of the Good Practice
City of Szczecin
Target group of the Good Practice
Funding of the Good Practice
City of Szczecin
More Details of the Good Practice
Every 1000m on the route there shall be stops and car parks. The latter are a significant element in the program of gradual transportation reduction in the downtown and creating an area to be considered as "the city heart".
The speed tramway line will run underground or in the open area, in a way allowing for noise reduction. Alongside, there will be green path, which firmly fits in the city greenery system, constituting 41% of the city area.
According to urban planners from Bureau for Urban Planning the speed tramway shall reach the speed of ca. 30 km/h and at maximum even 80 km/h.
Taking into consideration the planned number of carriages (max.4) and the frequency of arrivals and departures (every 3- 5 min. in the peak hours), it will be possible to reduce morning and afternoon passenger traffic in the city. In total, during the day there are ca. 330.000 commuters travelling from the left to the right bank.
The major advantage of the speed tramway project, apart from environmentally friendly character and secure traffic, is a significant reduction of journey time- even by 50%. For the szczecinians this means also a new quality in the access to the services, labour market and the downtown which performs cultural functions as well. Presently, the bidding procedure for the project development is being prepared. The local government seeks for project partners among private-public partnerships.
Mr Krzysztof Michalski
City of Szczecin
Data sources and references
Baltic Cities Bulletin 1/2002
http://www.ubc.net/_podstrony/publications/bulletin/bulletin1_02/p21.html (Accessed October, 23, 2009)