OnSeptember 5 a consortium led by Systra of France was awarded a contract to undertake preliminary studies for a fully-automated light metro in Palermo. The first stage would run underground for 7·3 km from Oreto to Notarbartolo, serving 10 stations. Subsequent extensions would take the network to 23 km and 23 stations

The first two of 33 three-car EMUs that Siemens is building for the Oslo metro are due to arrive in the Norwegian capital this month for winter running trials following commissioning tests at Wildenrath. Oslo Sporveier expects to take delivery of the remaining sets by the end of 2008

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On September 14 Bombardier Transportation handed over the first of 27 T3000 and 19 T4000 Cityrunner low-floor cars to Brussels operator STIB, 23 months after the placing of the contract. During the celebrations at Woluwe tram museum, STIB Director-General Alain Flausch confirmed that the operator had ordered a further 22 T3000 cars at a cost of €52m. Due for delivery between May 2007 and March 2008, the extra cars are needed to work new extensions and to replace more life-expired PCC cars. Following the handover, the car took invited guests on a trip over Route 44 from Woluwe to Tervuren Photo:Harry Hondius