GERMANY: Around 6 000 people attended the inauguration of a new section of Bielefeld’s light rail network on December 6, enjoying a programme of entertainment in a ‘pre-Christmas atmosphere’, as well as free travel.

Following the inaugural journey by a coupled pair of metre gauge Vamos LRVs, the line was symbolically handed over to the city by Mayor Pit Clausen, regional transport authority NWL’s Deputy Manager Frank Scheffer, operator moBiel’s CEO Martin Uekmann and Chairman Jens Julkowski-Keppler.

Line 2 has been extended by 1·2 km from its previous northern terminus of Milse to Altenhagen, with an intermediate stop at Buschbachtal. Construction took 14 months.