The German twin city of Nuremberg has handed over nine MAN buses to Kharkiv, the City Council reported.

The German twin city of Nuremberg donated nine MAN buses to Kharkiv / Photo: Kharkiv City Council

According to Vladyslav Pryimak, director of the Saltivske Tram Depot, the buses are already on their way to Kharkiv and will soon be used on the busiest Kharkiv transport routes.

He noted that the city needs more transportation as more and more people are returning to the city, and it is increasingly challenging to meet the demand for transport by the Saltivske depot.

The German twin city of Nuremberg donated nine MAN buses to Kharkiv / Photo: Kharkiv City Council

Earlier, Nuremberg provided three MAN buses to the city. In February, these buses started running in Kharkiv, with one of them running between Svobody Square and Pyatikhatky.

Demolition of a tram line in Kharkiv

On the other hand, local authorities destroyed the 26th tram route in Kharkiv during the war.

The widening of Vesnina Street is one of the most scandalous reconstructions in Kharkiv in recent years. Activists, experts, and local residents were against removing the tram from this street and Zhuravlivsky Descent. While active hostilities occurred near the city, officials destroyed the tram route connecting the residential area with the city center. The war allowed the authorities to disregard public opinion, completely remove the tram from the street and widen the road, using legally questionable decisions.

The fact is that during the war, the authorities spent more than UAH 200 million / $5.42 million on a project that was controversial in terms of feasibility through their favourite contractor without waiting for a new master plan to be created.

Photo: Dmytro Bulakh, Facebook

The tram line was removed in May 2022 during the reconstruction of Vesnina Street. The work, which cost the budget UAH 200 million, was carried out under fire. After removing the tram, the street was widened for cars. “If we want Kharkiv to be a successful and dynamically developing city, we need to build such highways,” explained Mayor Ihor Terekhov.

At the same time, city officials did not announce their intention to dismantle the tram line completely.

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Overall, Nuremberg plans to donate 40 MAN buses to Kharkiv, an essential humanitarian transport aid, as the city has lost 12 buses, 30 trams and more than 20 trolleybuses during the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Lille handed over humanitarian aid to Kharkiv. The total weight of the cargo reaches 16 tons. The help was received by the City Clinical Multidisciplinary Hospital No. 17 for further distribution among Kharkiv healthcare institutions.