DPP Orders Up to 200 Škoda Trams for Prague

Prague’s public transport company, Dopravní podnik hl. m. Prahy (DPP) has signed an eight-year contract with Škoda Group for the initial purchase of 40 ForCity Plus Praha 52T trams, alongside an option for an additional 160 units.

This investment is valued at almost 16.602 billion CZK (675 million EUR) and is among the largest in DPP’s contemporary tram history.

A visualisation of the new trams in the depot
A visualisation of the new trams in the depot

The first batch of 20 trams for this order is scheduled to arrive in December 2025, followed by another 20 in December 2026.

Petr Witowski, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of DPP said:

“We have approached this public contract for the purchase of up to 200 new trams with the utmost care, just like other tenders. We signed the contract with the winner at the end of 2023, and teams from both parties are now working on fine-tuning the technical details for the production documentation.

“The first passengers could ride the new trams in a test run as early as next year. We should take delivery of the first 20 vehicles no later than 2 December 2025, and the second 20 by 31 December 2026. The option allows us to purchase up to 160 additional vehicles and gradually replace a substantial part of the current high-floor vehicles if we can secure financing for the purchase with the City of Prague. If we were to exercise the contract in full, delivery of the last vehicle would fall in 2032.”

The Škoda ForCity Plus Praha 52T is a one-way, five-part low-floor tram measuring 32 metres in length.

The new vehicles will be equipped with air conditioning, an anti-collision system, automatic passenger counting, energy-efficient LED lighting, and 70 padded seats.

They will each be able to transport up to 243 passengers while travelling at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour. Compared to the previous 15T trams, this offers a capacity increase for 33 additional passengers (almost 16%).

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