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Urban rail news in brief - January 2013

03 Jan 2013

EIB is lending €20m to the Czech city of Olomouc to co-finance infrastructure projects including the construction of 1·4 km of tram line in Nove Sady.

Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission has reportedly given the go-ahead for the state of Melaka and Mrails International to build a 272m ringgit natural gas fuelled tramway.

SNCF began operating Alstom Citadis Dualis tram-trains between Lyon Saint-Paul and Brignais on December 8, following the route to L’Arbresle where passenger traffic has grown by 7% in the first two months. Rhône-Alpes region is providing 70% of the project funding (RG 11.12 p15).

The results of public consultation over plans to build a 10·3 km light rail route between Porte de Choisy on Paris metro Line 7 and Orly Ville are due to be published early in 2013. Construction would begin in 2016 for opening in 2020, at an estimated cost of €332m plus €71·5m for 22 LRVs (p48).

Warszawa metro has obtained permission to test extending the functionality of its SOP-2 signalling and train control system supplied by Politechnika ódzka and Bombardier Transportation ZWUS, with a view to automating train operations. Drivers would be retained to supervise operations and control the doors.

Ireland’s Railway Procurement Agency has awarded Alstom two five-year extensions of contracts relating to Dublin’s Luas tramway. One €30m contract covers infrastructure maintenance in 2014-19, while a €23m deal extends maintenance of the 26 Citadis trams on the Green Line.

A 1·7 km double track tramway extension to Bydgoszcz station opened on November 22. The 80m złoty project included a 70 m river bridge.

The 3·1 km extension of Paris metro Line 12 from Porte de la Chapelle to Front Populaire in Aubervilliers opened on December 18, serving new residential and commercial developments. A further extension to Aimé Césaire and Mairie d’Aubervilliers is due to open in 2017