AUSTRIA: Barcelona transport operator TMB is to assist Wiener Linien in the development of the Wien U-Bahn network, including the modernisation of line U2 and construction of the driverless line U5.

The agreement signed on September 29 is valid for three years with the possibility of being extended.

TMB said Wiener Linien sought its assistance because it has operated automated services since 2009, and 25% of its network now operates without drivers. The agreement would provide opportunities for mutual learning benefiting both parties, TMB said, and confirmed Barcelona’s position as an international reference point for public transport technology.