Urban transport news from Europe

  • pl Katowice Pesa tram
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    Pesa trams enter service with Tramwaje Śląskie

    2020-10-30T05:00:00Z

    POLAND: Tramwaje Śląskie’s first Pesa Twist 2017N tram entered revenue service on October 23, operating on Route 36 from Brynów Huberta to Szopienice Pętla. In June 2018 Tramwaje Śląskie awarded the manufacturer a 221m złoty contract to supply a total of 35 trams, co-financed by the ...

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    Tram access ramps offer obstacle detection and emergency options

    2020-10-29T11:00:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: The Urbos trams which CAF is currently supplying to Amsterdam operator GVB are fitted with four Masats RF2 automatic ramps to provide access for passengers with reduced mobility. Masats said its RF2 is a compact size and offers easy installation, as ...

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    London Underground deploys UV light escalator sanitisers

    2020-10-28T09:00:00Z

    UK: As part of bespoke cleaning measures during the coronavirus pandemic, Transport for London is installing more than 200 UV light devices to sanitise the handrails on 110 London Underground escalators. This follows a six-week trial launched in May which found ...

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    Liepāja tram unveiled

    2020-10-27T10:24:00Z

    LATVIA: The first of 12 trams ordered for the city of Liepāja was unveiled at Croatian manufacturer Končar Električnih Vozila’s factory on October 25. It was then transported to Zagreb’s Ljubljanica tram depot for testing. Liepāja ordered six trams from Končar in November 2018, and ...

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    Further funding for English light rail services

    2020-10-26T12:30:00Z

    UK: The government is making further funding of up to £67·8m available to support light rail services in England during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Flexity 2 tram enters service in Zürich

    2020-10-16T09:45:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Zürich’s first Flexity 2 tram entered revenue service on October 15, ahead of widespread deployment on Route 11 from October 19 and later on Route 4. Operator VBZ ordered 70 Flexity 2 trams from Bombardier Transportation in May 2016 at a cost of SFr358m including ...

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    Batteries to keep Moscow Metro trains moving

    2020-10-16T08:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: The Moskva-2020 trainsets which Transmashholding company Metrowagonmash is supplying for the Moscow Metro are being fitted with underfloor emergency battery traction systems from Saft which enable them to run for up to 6∙5 km without external power. This is intended to enable the trains to ...

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    CAF tram for Oslo unveiled

    2020-10-13T14:38:00Z

    NORWAY: The first of 87 CAF trams for Oslo operator Sporveien was unveiled at the Grefsen depot on October 12. Testing is expected to start shortly, ahead of entry into passenger service in 2021. The €200m order placed in June 2018 covers 87 Urbos 100 ...

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    First MP14 train enters service on the Paris metro

    2020-10-13T13:21:00Z

    FRANCE: The first MP14 rubber-tyred automated metro trainset entered service on Paris Line 14 on October 12. One MP14 trainset will be in service until the opening of the extension from Saint-Lazare to Mairie de Saint-Ouen in December 2020, with 20 to enter service during 2021. ...

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    Moskva-2020 metro trains enter service

    2020-10-12T11:27:00Z

    RUSSIA: Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin inaugurated the metro’s next generation of rolling stock on October 6, when the first eight-car Moskva-2020 trainset was unveiled on Line 5.

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    Sinara-Škoda joint venture wins first tram contract

    2020-10-12T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: The Sinara City Transport Solutions joint venture of Yekaterinburg-based Sinara and Czech supplier Škoda Transportation has won its first contract, covering the supply of 90 single-section low-floor trams to Moscow and the provision of 30 years of maintenance. The joint venture bid 11·07bn roubles, beating ...

  • Nantes Métropole has awarded Alstom a contract to supply 49 Citadis trams to replace the 46 TFS1 vehicles dating from the opening of France’s first modern tramway in 1985.
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    Nantes orders its next generation of trams

    2020-10-09T11:17:00Z

    FRANCE: Nantes Métropole has awarded Alstom a contract to supply 49 Citadis trams worth almost €200m. These are intended to replace the 46 Alstom TFS1 vehicles dating from the opening of France’s first modern tramway in 1985, as well as to increase capacity. The three-route ...

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    Firenze tram line funded as network expansion gathers pace

    2020-10-09T08:29:00Z

    ITALY: The Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport has allocated €250m to build a further tram line in Firenze, and to procure 14 more vehicles.

  • Barcelona metro CAF Series 5000 second generation train (Photo: TMB)
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    Improved accessibility as Barcelona metro fleet grows

    2020-10-08T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Barcelona operator TMB put the first of two second-generation CAF Series 5000 metro trainsets ordered for Line 3 into passenger service on October 5. TMB placed a €75m order in March 2018 for CAF to supply four Series 6000 trains for Line 1, and second-generation ...

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    Praha plans metro Line B extension

    2020-10-07T16:14:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha transport authority DPP has unveiled proposals to develop a new terminal station and park-and-ride interchange for metro Line B in Zličín, adjacent to the existing metro depot.

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    Ticket gates to lock when train social distancing capacity reached

    2020-10-06T10:58:00Z

    SPAIN: Metrovalencia is working with Indra to deploy a system which will automatically lock its ticket gates to prevent more passengers entering its stations once the maximum number of people compatible with on-train social distancing requirements is reached. The gates will count people entering the system ...

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    Milano’s ATM signs 80-tram framework agreement

    2020-09-29T09:35:00Z

    ITALY: Milano’s municipal transport operator ATM and Stadler have signed a six-year framework agreement covering the supply of up to 80 trams worth €172·6m, with a firm order for an initial 30 vehicles. The finalisation of Stadler’s first contract to supply trams to Italy was announced ...

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    Grand Paris Express designs unveiled

    2020-09-29T08:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Parisians will be able to see at first hand what the future trains and stations of the first part of the Grand Paris Express metro will look like from October 3, when Société de Grand Paris and Ile de France Mobilités will unveil a full-scale mock-up ...

  • Göteborg Bombardier Transportation M33 tram
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    Göteborg’s first M33 tram handed over

    2020-09-24T10:24:00Z

    SWEDEN: The first of 40 Flexity trams ordered by Göteborg transport operator Göteborgs Spårvägar has been formally handed over by manufacturer Bombardier Transportation, following the completion of 8 000 km of test running. Designed Type M33, the 30 unidirectional and 10 bidirectional trams were ordered ...

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    Contactless payment introduced on Málaga suburban network

    2020-09-24T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Indra has deployed contactless EMV bank card payment on RENFE’s Málaga suburban services. Passengers pass through the entry and exit gates by holding their bank card or suitable mobile device over the sensor. Indra’s Mova Collect fare collection system then charges the appropriate single fare ...