GERMANY: A groundbreaking ceremony for a new tram depot in Ulm took place on October 18.

The 184 m long, 17 m wide building with four tracks is being built to help accommodate a fleet that is being enlarged as a second tram line nears completion. Siemens is supplying 12 Avenio M trams, which are due to begin dynamic testing in mid-2018, by which time the depot should be completed.

The estimated cost of the depot is €4·3m. It is part of a €16·9m project that also includes enlargement of the existing maintenance depot. Karlsruhe-based architecture studio Basicc has designed the building, which will have solar panels on roof.

Line 2 is due to enter service in December 2018.