Urban transport news from Europe

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    What have the trams ever done for us?


    UK: The Urban Transport Group has published the Leading light: What light rail can do for city regions report produced by consultancy Steer Group, which sets out how light rail supports economic growth, social inclusion and environmental gains. The key findings are that: light rail ...

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    Malta metro study proposes three-line network


    MALTA: Transport Malta has published a feasibility study and a strategic business case for the development of a 35 km underground driverless light metro network serving the principal urban area around Valetta. The studies for a mass rapid transit network were undertaken by Arup under a ...

  • UrbanMass has announced plans for a demonstration installation of its Floc concept for driverless electric pods
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    Driverless pod technology planned for Shildon and Kampala


    UK: UrbanMass has announced plans for a demonstration installation of its Floc concept for driverless electric pods which would use existing roads to collect passengers on-demand, and then ‘flock’ together as trains on dedicated elevated tracks. A demonstration system is planned to open at the National ...

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    Porto unveils CRRC LRV design


    PORTUGAL: Metro do Porto has unveiled the design of the 18 Class CT light rail vehicles it has ordered from CRRC Tangshan. The styling has been developed jointly by the manufacturer and external consultants, supported by a multidisciplinary team from the operator. ‘We wanted to keep ...

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    Alstom awarded Grand Paris Express Line 18 rolling stock and automation contract


    FRANCE: Alstom has been awarded a contract to supply rolling stock and automation systems for the future Grand Paris Express driverless metro Line 18. The €230m contract announced on October 11 includes automation, data transmission and supervisory equipment and systems integration, with a firm order for ...

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    Lisboa metro and tram extensions funded


    PORTUGAL: The national government, municipality and operator Metropolitano de Lisboa have signed the contracts to fund the southwestern extension of the metro Red Line from São Sebastião to Alcântara, as well as the planned Odivelas/Loures light rail corridor.

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    Platform edge gates ordered for Marseille metro automation programme


    FRANCE: A €60m contract for the supply of platform edge gates as part of the conversion of Marseille’s two-line rubber-tyred metro to driverless operation has been awarded to Wabtec subsidiary Faiveley Transport, Eiffage Génie Civil Méditerranée and Eiffage Energie Systems Mediterranee. The 62 platforms at the ...

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    Paris tram framework contract awarded


    FRANCE: Paris transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités and operator RATP have selected Alstom for a framework contract to supply up to 120 trams worth €310m. There will be a firm order for 37 to replace the current Route T1 fleet which entered service from 1992. The 83 ...

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    UKTram consults on draft light rail strategy


    UK: Light rail industry body UKTram is seeking comments on its draft Light Rail Strategy for the UK, which is due to be submitted to ministers and the Department for Transport later this year.

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    Wien approves northern tram expansion


    AUSTRIA: The Wien city government has approved the construction of a new tram route serving the Aspern district, as a branch off the orbital Strebersdorf – Hausfeldstrasse route 26 on the northern side of the River Donau.

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    Blackpool Transport radios go digital


    UK: TES Communication Solutions is to replace the analogue radio equipment on Blackpool Transport Services’ tram and bus fleets with a digital system. This will include ‘independent and resilient’ wide-area voice and data backhaul infrastructure to provide continuity of operations in the event of power cuts ...

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    Financing agreed for Wien’s U2xU5 metro extensions


    AUSTRIA: The national government and the City of Wien have agreed a 50:50 split for financing the €6bn second phase of the U2xU5 metro expansion package, which covers extensions to both lines.

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    Tramway road-rail vehicles delivered


    BELGIUM: Zagro Bahn- und Baumaschinen has delivered four Unimog U423 road-rail vehicles to Brussels transport operator STIB. All four are equipped with the Zagro turntable rail guide for safe operation on tight radius curves. Two of the vehicles are intended for rescuing ...

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    Grand Paris Express appoints shadow operator


    FRANCE: Following an international tender, Société du Grand Paris and transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités have appointed a consortium of Transamo, Transdev and Strides International as shadow operator for the capital’s driverless metro network. The contract covers lines 15, 16, 17 and 18, which are scheduled to ...

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    Go-Ahead and Arup set out vision for sustainable transport hubs


    UK: Ways to improve the integration of public transport with walking, cycling, micromobility and digital services to create an attractive alternative to car travel have been presented by train and bus operator Go-Ahead Group and engineering consultancy Arup. The Future Mobility Hubs report outlines a flexible ...

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    Funding sought for West Midlands Metro expansion


    UK: The West Midlands Combined Authority Board has approved bids for £2bn of government funding for investment in tram, rail, bus and cycling infrastructure over the next five years The bids cover the refurbishment and upgrading of West Midlands Metro’s Birmingham – Wolverhampton light rail line, ...

  • A branch of London Underground’s Northern Line to serve the Battersea Power Station redevelopment area opened on September 20 (Photo: TfL).
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    London Underground’s Battersea Power Station extension opens


    UK:·A 3·3 km two-station branch of London Underground’s Northern Line to serve the Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station redevelopment area opened on September 20. ‘This extension will hugely improve the links between these vibrant, growing south London neighbourhoods and the rest of the capital, and ...

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    Crown Bridges tramway construction approved


    FINLAND: Construction of the Crown Bridges tramway in Helsinki is expected to get underway shortly, after the city council formally approved a revised budget setting the estimated cost at €326m. The 10 km light rail line will connect Laajasalo in the southeast to the city centre ...

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    Bespoke London Underground doors pass fire test


    UK: Rhino Doors has successfully fire-tested bespoke self-closing doors designed for the cross passages of Transport for London’s Moorgate station. The doors are intended to provide passengers with reduced mobility with a place of refuge during emergencies, and feature panic bars and vision panels. The double-leaf ...

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    Warszawa tram network extended to Winnica


    POLAND: Tramwaje Warszawskie has started revenue operation on a 1·3 km extension of tram routes 2 and 17 from Nowodwory to Winnica in the north of the city.