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  • Iași trams (Photo CTP Iași)
    Metro Report International

    Iași tram contract signed


    ROMANIA: The city of Iași has signed a 168m lei contract for Turkish company Bozankaya to supply 18 low-floor trams, co-financed by the National Recovery & Resilience Plan. They 22 m long unidirectional trams will have a capacity of 164 passengers including 45 seated. The first ...

  • Lyon Citadis tram
    Metro Report International

    Lyon tram network to expand


    FRANCE: Construction works for Line T9 of the Lyon tram network are poised to start in mid-2024 following the government’s decision at the end of February to grant transport authority Sytral Mobilités a Déclaration d’Utilité Publique. Preliminary works to move water pipes and other services are ...

  • Paris tram T3b opening (Photo Jeremie Anne) (2)
    Metro Report International

    Paris tram network expands again


    FRANCE: Transport Minister Patrice Vergriete joined Paris Transport Authority CEO Jean Castex, President of Île-de-France région Valérie Pécresse and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo at a ceremony on April 5 marking the opening of an extension of tram Line T3b across the northwest of the capital. ...

  • Penang (Photo Vincent Tan,  Pixabay)
    Metro Report International

    Malaysian government takes over Penang light rail project


    MALAYSIA: Responsibility for the Mutiara Light Rail Transit project has been transferred from the state of Penang to the federal government, Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke has announced. The project is to be developed and managed by government-owned MRT Corp. It is to be implemented through ...

  • Manchester trains (Photo TfGM)
    Rail Business UK

    Burnham urges rail sector to accelerate integration into Manchester’s Bee Network


    UK: Greater Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham has pledged to accelerate integration of local rail services into the nascent Bee Network of public transport provision if he is re-elected on May 2. The Bee Network is a locally developed brand already being applied to Manchester Metrolink light ...

  • ATM Executive Director Arrigo Giana (Photo Jeremie Anne)
    Metro Report International

    Milano transport operator targets French market


    FRANCE: Executive Director Arrigo Giana tells Metro Report International about Milano transport operator ATM’s plans for international expansion.

  • Praha Komorany tramway extension impression
    Metro Report International

    Praha tram extension to support housing development


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha city council has instructed transport operator DPP to draw up plans for a tramway extension to the Komořany district to support residential redevelopment on two former industrial sites. The 2·6 km segregated double-track route serving five stops would branch off the existing network near ...

  • Lyon metro
    Metro Report International

    Lyon operating contract aims to provide ‘exemplary’ metro and tram services


    FRANCE: Lyon transport authority Sytral Mobilités has awarded the Paris transport operator’s RATP Dev subsidiary the next contract to operate and maintain the city’s metro, tram and funicular services for 10 years from January 1 2025, as well as a future river shuttle service which is to launch in June 2025.

  • Orleans tram (Kuba, Shutterstock)
    Metro Report International

    Orléans open payment system goes live


    FRANCE: Orléans Métropole has launched an open payment ticketing system on its tram and bus services, deployed by its long-standing ticketing technology partner Kuba in partnership with La Banque Postale. Passengers can pay by physical or virtual bank card, smartphone or connected watch, with payment services ...

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    Metro Report International

    Izmit plans first metro line as tram network grows


    TURKEY: Plans to build a 26·8 km metro line in Kocaeli were announced by Turkey’s Minister of Transport & Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloğlu on March 20, ahead of local elections scheduled for March 31. Speaking at the inauguration of a 3·1 km tram line in Izmit, the ...

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    Metro Report International

    Funding agreed for Milano metro extension and interurban tram refurbishment


    ITALY: The national government has allocated €145m to help fund a 3·3 km western extension of Milano metro Line M1 from Bisceglie to Valsesia, Olmi and Baggio at an estimated cost of €543m. It has also allocated €88m towards the anticipated refurbishment ...

  • London Trams CR4000 tram in Croydon in the rain
    Metro Report International

    Light rail safety guidance updated


    UK: Following a comprehensive review the Light Rail Safety & Standards Board has updated the Tramway Principles & Guidance document. More than 200 amendments take into account changes to legislation, working practices and technology since the document was first published more than a decade ago, as ...

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    Metro Report International

    New fleet and expansion proposed as Sheffield’s Supertram comes under public control


    Lou Haigh, shadow secretary of state for transport, South Yorkshire’s Mayor Oliver Coppard and then leader of Sheffield City Council Tom Hunt. UK: Fleet renewal and network expansion are included in the ambitions South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority set out when it took over management of ...

  • Moscow tram (Photo Moscow Metro)
    Metro Report International

    Moskva Mayor plans driverless trams


    RUSSIA: Moskva Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has announced ambitions to deploy smart technologies by 2030 to make the public transport network more reliable and the preferred option for mobility within the city. This could included driverless trams in 2024-26, driverless metro trains by around 2030, a smart ...

  • Schwerin parcels tram (Photo DHL Jens Schlueter)
    Metro Report International

    Parcels by tram project ends


    GERMANY: The transport of parcels on trams in Schwerin is not viable, operator NVS and DHL Group have concluded following a pilot project. The pilot scheme was launched in October 2022, with a tram carrying roll containers running once a day from a DHL distribution centre. ...

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    Metro Report International

    Luxembourg: Luxtram eyes an expanding network


    As Luxembourg City’s first modern light rail line nears completion, work is getting underway on two branches to form a second route. Two more routes are being planned, along with an interurban link to the country’s second city.

  • CRRC light rail photo Metro de Porto
    Metro Report International

    Porto Pink Line signalling contract awarded


    PORTUGAL: Metro do Porto has awarded Alstom a contract to supply signalling, safety and control systems for the Pink Line project. The first section of the Pink Line will run underground for 3 km from São Bento to Boavista-Casa da Música, serving four stations and improving ...

  • CAF tram for the Purple Line project in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC.
    Metro Report International

    Maryland’s Purple Line project pushed back


    USA: The opening date for the 26 km Purple Line light rail route between New Carrollton and Bethesda in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC has been pushed back again. ‘Despite significant achievements in the last year, including reaching project completion of more than 65%, an ...

  • Keolis MHI and University of Birmingham MoU signing (Photo Keolis)
    Metro Report International

    Rail skills and innovation collaboration


    UAE: A strategic partnership to develop rail sector skills and innovation in the UAE and the wider region has been agreed by Dubai metro and tram operator Keolis MHI and the UK’s University of Birmingham, which has a campus in Dubai. Students will be offered internships ...

  • Le Mans tram (Photo Alstom)
    Metro Report International

    Le Mans trams to be lengthened to boost capacity


    FRANCE: Le Mans Métropole has awarded Alstom a €57m contract to extend the city’s 34 Citadis trams from 32 m to 44 m. This will increase capacity by 85 passengers to 296. The project also includes updates to the CCTV and tachometric control units and the ...