11 April 2017
Our transport team in Leicester have been working on a project that will make a difference to the public transport services in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Once complete, passengers will be able to pay via a new system incorporating contactless smartcard options, which is one of the first of its kind in Central Asia.
Richard Burley, Associate Director, WYG, has been managing the project and updates us on its progress.
We started work in May 2015 and are due to complete in November 2017. Funded by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERBD), we see this as a major project that will see a £8.75 million investment benefitting the local community of Osh, the second city of Kyrgystan, with new buses and infrastructure.
Our transport experts have been managing procurement to set up new bus operations, including purchasing new buses and trolleybuses. The project will also see the refurbishment of the bus depot and offices, the renewal of the trolleybus electrical infrastructure, and the installation of a new electronic ticketing system.
To ensure the project runs smoothly, on time and to budget, we have set up an office on the bus company premises and employed local workforce, including a team of five experts from Kyrgyzstan.
Before we started, the old buses that served the area were dated; some of them were over 30 years old, offered a poor, unreliable service and posed safety risks to passengers and staff. The electrical trolleybus infrastructure was in a very poor state of repair and would have been unable to support the operation of the new trolleybuses.
The depot and office buildings were also in urgent need of repair and required a safer and better equipped facility. When all elements of the project are in place, the project will enable the municipal owned bus operator to provide a high quality and reliable service to the population of the city.