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    Privately backed light rail scheme progresses in Khon Kaen


    THAILAND: The Prime Minister’s Office has granted approval for a proposed light rail route to be developed in Khon Kaen. Construction is expected to begin in the final quarter of 2019. The 22·6 km route would run on the median strip of the north-south main road that bisects the ...

  • Tatra-Yug is supplying 10 trams to Kyiv under a contract signed in December 2018.

    Tatra-Yug tram presented in Kyiv


    UKRAINE: Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko and Deputy Mayor Dmytro Davtyan officially inaugurated a Tatra-Yug tram for the city on April 2. On December 18 operator Kyivpastrans signed a 428·9m hryvnia contract with Tatra-Yug for the supply of 10 trams to replace some of the current fleet operating on the ...

  • Stadler has signed a contract to supply Bogestra with six light rail vehicles and to modernise 25 older vehicles.

    Stadler wins further Bochum light rail vehicle order


    GERMANY: Bochum-Gelsenkirchen transport operator Bogestra has signed a contract with Stadler for the supply of six light rail vehicles for use on Route U35 in Bochum. The contract, announced by Stadler on April 2, also covers modernisation of Bogestra’s existing fleet of 25 B80D LRVs supplied by Düwag in the ...

  • De Lijn has approved the purchase of 23 trams from CAF for use on the network in Antwerpen.

    De Lijn orders more CAF trams


    BELGIUM: Vlaanderen transport operator De Lijn has approved the purchase of 23 trams from CAF at a cost of €44m for use on the network in Antwerpen. Deliveries are scheduled in the second half of 2022. At 31·4 m in length, each new low-floor tram would replace two PCC ...

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    Five go for a joint tram-train order


    GERMANY: Five transport authorities have signed an agreement to jointly procure around 240 tram-train vehicles. Karlsruhe transport operators AVG and VBK, along with Erms-Neckar-Bahn, Saarbahn Netz and Chemnitz transport authority VMS are working together as part of the VDV TramTrain project, which was inaugurated in 2017 and is led ...

  • TDI is working with RDM to build a prototype very light rail vehicle.

    Coventry very light rail vehicle design unveiled


    UK: The University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group has published the design of the very light rail vehicle that it is developing with Transport Design International. TDI is working with automotive company RDM to build a prototype vehicle by mid-2020 for testing at the Very Light Rail National Innovation ...

  • Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal inaugurated test runs on metro line M7 and tram route T5 on March 19.

    Testing starts on M7 and T5 routes in Istanbul


    TURKEY: Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal inaugurated test runs on a driverless metro line and catenary-free tram route on the European side of the city on March 19. The driverless metro Line M7 has been under construction since 2014. The 24·5 km east-west route from Kabataş to Mahmutbey will serve ...

  • The Edinburgh tram line is to be extended to Newhaven.

    Edinburgh tram extension to Newhaven approved


    UK: Edinburgh city council has approved an extension of the city’s tram line from York Place to Newhaven. Construction is due to commence following a six-month early contractor involvement period that is due to begin at the end of March. A joint venture of Sacyr, Farrans and Neopul has ...

  • A 3 km extension of the tram network in Eskişehir was inaugurated on March 10.

    Mayor inaugurates Eskişehir tram extension


    TURKEY: Eskişehir mayor Yılmaz Büyükerşen inaugurated an extension of the city’s metre-gauge tram network on March 10 at a ceremony at the former eastern terminus of Açelya. The 3 km eastern extension to Sehir Hastanesi adds four stops. A further extension from Sehir Hastanesi to Sultandere is planned. ...

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    Federal funding announced for Edmonton light rail projects


    CANADA: Minister of Infrastructure and Communities François-Philippe Champagne announced federal funding for two light rail projects in Edmonton on March 11. The Valley Line West project is to receive C$948·6m of federal funding, with the provincial government of Alberta providing a further C$1·04bn and the city of Edmonton C$637·1m. ...

  • Four tram lines are planned to be built in Bologna.

    Four tram lines planned for Bologna


    ITALY: Bologna Mayor Virginio Merola announced on March 7 that the city plans to build a four-line tram network. A request for central government funding has been made and a response is expected later in the year. The first line, designated as the Red Line, would serve 29 stops ...

  • Durmazlar is supplying 30 catenary-free trams to Istanbul.

    Durmazlar unveils its first tram for Istanbul


    TURKEY: Durmazlar unveiled the first tram that it is supplying for the future route T5 in Istanbul on March 11. According to the manufacturer, the styling is intended to evoke waves. The Bursa-based manufacturer signed a contract in January 2018 for the supply of 30 trams. These would run ...

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    Nature influences Nantes tram concept


    FRANCE: Consultancy RCP Design Global has unveiled its proposed design for the next generation of trams to be deployed in Nantes, where a fleet renewal programme is envisaged. Nantes has a three-route tram network covering 44 km which opened in 1985; its current fleet comprises 46 TFS1 vehicles dating ...

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    Colombo light rail loan agreement signed


    SRI LANKA: The government signed a loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency on March 11 for a planned light rail project in Colombo. The 40-year ¥30·04bn loan has a 12-year grace period, and specifies the use of Japanese technology, including rolling stock and electromechanical equipment. The 15·7 ...

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    Ottawa O-Train expansion approved


    CANADA: Meeting on March 6, the Ottawa City Council formally approved the award of contracts for the O-Train Stage 2 expansion project, which will add 44 km and 24 stations to the capital’s light rail network by 2025. Now expected to cost C$4·6bn, the Stage 2 package is to be ...

  • Max Doors Solutions has installed four sets of Jewers Doors’ Swift-SEW doors at the Canberra light rail depot.
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    Tram depot doors ready for opening


    AUSTRALIA: Max Doors Solutions has installed four sets of Jewers Doors’ Swift-SEW bifolding doors at the maintenance depot on the 12 km Canberra light rail line which is expected to open this year. Sydney-based architect Architectus selected Jewers to supply the doors, which were manufactured in the UK. They ...

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    Accessibility and sustainability at the heart of Berlin transport plan


    GERMANY: The Senate of the Land of Berlin on February 26 issued a 2019-23 transport plan, with accessibility and emissions reduction key components. As well as the bus, tram, U-Bahn and ferry networks operated by municipal company BVG, the plan also addresses multimodal transport investment and integration with the ...

  • Testing on an extension of the Athens tram network  to Piraeus began on February 7.

    Trams on test in Piraeus


    GREECE: Testing on an extension of the Athens tram network to Piraeus began on February 7. The 5·4 km single-track loop runs through the centre of Piraeus to the port. Starting at Neo Faliro station on metro Line 1, it runs to Akti Posidonos, before returning to terminate at ...

  • The initial section of the tram line in Busan would be 1·9 km long.

    Busan to gain tram line


    SOUTH KOREA: A street-running catenary-free light rail line is to be built in Busan, which the government has selected ahead of four other cities for the demonstration project. The Oryukdo Line would run on a north-south route in the city’s southeastern Yongho-dong district. The first section would cover 1·9 ...

  • The light rail line in Newcastle opened to passengers on February 18.
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    Newcastle light rail line opens


    AUSTRALIA: Regular passenger services on the Newcastle light rail line began at 05.05 on February 18, marking the first tram service in the city since the first-generation network closed in 1950. The 2·7 km route serves six stops between Pacific Park in the east and Wickham in the west, ...