ITALY: Prime Minister Romano Prodi attended an inauguration ceremony for Napoli metro Line 6 on January 11, in advance of the start of passenger services on February 4.

A successor to various long-delayed tram and light metro schemes, the 1·9 km first phase of Line 6 runs from Mostra to Mergellina, with two intermediate stations.

A 3·1 km extension is now under construction to Municipio which will provide an interchange with an extension to Line 1; completion of the five additional stations is planned for 2012.