CHINA: The Songjiang tramway in Shanghai was extended on August 10, taking the route to 26·8 km with 40 stops.

Route T2 has been extended from Zhongchen Road to North Sanxin Road, so it now forms a circular route. Route T1 has also been extended from Jinxi Road to Xinmiaosan Road. The extension add a total of 12·9 km to the network.

Services operate every 10 min between 06.00 and 23.00, using a fleet of 30 Alstom Citadis trams. The Shanghai Keolis joint venture of Shanghai Shentong Metro Group (51%) and Keolis (49%) is providing operations and maintenance under a five-year contract awarded in August 2018.

The eastern section of Route T1 from Xinmiaosan Road to Xinqiao Railway Station is due to open by the end of the year. This would take the network to 31 km and complete the first phase.

The initial 13·9 km stage of the Songjiang tramway opened in December. Four further routes are planned.