TURKEY: Prime minister Binali Yıldırım has approved the construction of a tram line in Diyarbakır. The city in eastern Turkey has 930 000 inhabitants, with more than 1·5 million in the metropolitan area, but no tram lines.

The planned route would link Dağkapı on the edge of the historic city centre with Eğitim ve Araştırma Hospital in the northwest, serving 18 stops on a 14 km alignment. Construction would include the closure to motor traffic of Ekinciciler Caddesi. It is envisaged that 30 trams would be required to operate the service, with an additional three to be purchased as a reserve.