Prague to Donate Trams and Buses to Kharkiv

The first shipment of trams to Kharkiv in the northeast of Ukraine is due to leave Prague on Thursday afternoon to help the city renew transport following the Russian onslaught.

The trams will arrive in Ukraine in two days. In total, DPP will donate twenty trams and two buses to Ukraine, specifically to the city of Khmelnytskyy.

“We were approached by several Ukrainian cities and we were able to meet the city representatives of Kharkiv, where similar types of trams are actually used and they know how to repair and modify them,” said Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Piráti).

The convoy of trucks with trams will set off from Prague via Ostrava and Poland to Kharkiv.

“The entire journey, including mandatory breaks for drivers, will take about two days. All four trucks will travel at the same time,” said DPP general director Petr Witowski.

DPP is donating 5 T3SUCS trams, 15 T6A5 trams, which ceased operation in June last year, one Karosa B951 bus, and one Irisbus Citelis 18M articulated bus to Kharkiv City Transport Company.

The trams will have to be modified. The wheel gauge needs to be changed because in Ukraine it is wider than in Prague.

The donation of the vehicles will take place through the non-profit organization People in Need, a major provider and distributor of humanitarian aid in Ukraine, as well as one for the reconstruction of the war-stricken country.

Therefore, People in Need is cooperating in the administrative arrangements for the event, helping to monitor the situation in Ukraine, and overseeing the handover of the vehicles in Kharkiv.

In addition to donating the vehicles with the current book value of just under CZK 7 million, DPP will also cover the costs of loading them.

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