SOUTH KOREA: A mutual cooperation agreement has been signed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport and local authorities to create a ‘one-hour living zone’ for the cities of Busan and Ulsan in the south of the country.
SAUDI ARABIA: The Royal Commission for AlUla has awarded France’s RATP Dev a ’360 Mobility’ contract covering the development and implementation of a comprehensive transport strategy to support tourism.
UK: West Midlands Combined Authority has approved funding for a ‘real world demonstration’ of technology being developed under the Very Light Rail project, which aims to offer medium-sized cities a cheaper and faster to construct alternative to traditional tramways.
POLAND: Financing has been put in place for the fourth phase of the Kraków Fast Tramway project, in what the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development says will be the first PPP in the Polish tramway infrastructure sector.
CHINA: The first phase of the Huangshi tram network in Hubei province was formally inaugurated with a ceremony at Huangshi Bei station on the morning of December 28. Public services began at 12.30, with free travel being offered until January 31.
EUROPE: A mock-up of the Citylink tram-trains that Stadler is to supply to operators in Karlsruhe, Saarbrücken, Neckar-Alb, Oberösterreich and Salzburg was unveiled at the Betriebshof West depot in Karlsruhe on December 13.