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United Kingdom : New trolleybuses take to the road in Moldova s capital of the north

May 23, 2014

Bal?i, Moldova s second biggest city, today celebrated the arrival of a fleet of new trolleybuses financed by a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and a grant from the European Union.

Environmentally friendly and energy efficient, the trolleybuses also have low floors, which improve accessibility for the public, particularly the elderly or those using push chairs or wheelchairs.

The purchase of the new vehicles is part of an EBRD and EU project to modernise public transportation in Bal?i for which the EBRD has provided a 3 million loan and the EU contributed a 1.6 million capital expenditure grant from its Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF).

The financing will also allow the Bal?i Trolleybus Authority to upgrade the existing power supply infrastructure and to modernise its administrative offices and maintenance equipment. The project will ensure the long-term sustainability of the company s operations by improving the speed, reliability and overall efficiency of the trolleybus service. This will include optimising operational costs and energy savings, and the adoption of modern management practices.

Bal?i is the second-largest city in Moldova in terms of area and economic importance after the capital city, Chi?inau. Dubbed the capital of the north , Bal?i is a major industrial, cultural and commercial centre and transportation hub.

A special launch event took place on the occasion of Bal?i City Day at the trolleybus company depot to welcome the first nine of the 23 new vehicles.

Attending the event, Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca said: This project is important because it makes the lives of Bal?i residents easier and more comfortable and demonstrates very clearly the benefits of European integration for our citizens. In this particular case, it brings higher quality transportation that changes people s daily lives as well as the city s image and infrastructure. It will have a positive impact on general prosperity in the city. I thank our European partners for this support, which is yet another proof of the fact that Europe is for everyone.

Julia Otto, Head of the EBRD office in Chi?inau, said: The EBRD supports the authorities in bringing quality municipal services where they are most needed in the regions, outside the capital. This is the EBRD s first direct project with a regional municipality and a very significant investment that will change people s everyday lives for the better in Bal?i. The new trolleybuses represent a major improvement in passenger comfort and service reliability and also provide environmental benefits they are eco-friendly and energy efficient. Over 100 trolleybuses have been running in Chi?inau for three years now and we are proud to help bring new transport solutions to Bal?i as well.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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