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Ghent gets Flanders' biggest tram and bus depot

The fair city of Ghent is to get the biggest tram and bus depot in Flanders soon. 

The depot "Wissenhage" will be located in the north of the city and cost 111 million euros.  Existing De Lijn depots in Gentbrugge and Destelbergen can no longer cope.  The new Albatross trams that will soon be taken into service measure 43 metres and cannot be stored.  De Lijn has ordered an awful lot of new rolling stock so the situation at existing depots isn't going to get any better!

The new depot will be built on a 14 hectare site.  There will be room for 78 long trams and 151 buses, a work shop, cleaning and tanking facilities as well as room for storage, administrative offices and training facilities.

Starting 2025 only electric and hybrid trams will be used in Ghent and other Flemish cities.  The new depot will be fully equipped for electric.  A quarter of the electricity needed for the use of trams and the depot itself will be generated on the site from sustainable sources.  The new depot will open in 2023.  It will be built and maintained by the private sector.