Lithuania's city of Kaunas to purchase trolleybuses from Poland

The Kaunas trolleybus depot is to purchase 85 trolleybuses from Polish company Solaris in a deal worth EUR 29.4 mln.

The Kaunas depot reported that the new Solaris trolleybuses are being purchased in order to replace their existing fleet of Skoda trolleybuses, which have been in operation for almost 25 years.

The director of Solaris Bus and Coach S.A. for the Baltic States, Krzysztof Kowalski, said at the contract signing ceremony: "This is the company's biggest contract, no other city has ordered such a large number of trolleybuses."

Kaunas local council representative Andrius Palionis added that "the city has never before undertaken such a mass replacement of public transport vehicles."

The first of the new trolleybuses will be delivered to Kaunas during the summer of next year. The city also intends to replace its entire fleet of buses by 2022.

Solaris public transport vehicles also run in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius and in Panevezys, the country's fifth largest city. Since April of this year, 150 Solaris buses have been in service on city routes. By the end of the year, the Vilnius fleet will be extended by the addition of 41 Solaris Trollino 12 trolleybuses.

Solaris Bus and Coach is one of the major producers of city, inter-city and special buses, trolleybuses and trams in Europe. For many years, the company has taken part in tenders for the purchase of public transport vehicles in Lithuania.