Urban transport news from Europe

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    Light rail safety strategy published


    UK: Research into light rail safety, expanding the range of guidance documents and the continued development of a new risk model and a robust accident reporting system are amongst the projects detailed in the Light Rail Safety Standards Board’s business plan. LRSSB was ...

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    Praha awards first Line D construction contract


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Construction of Praha metro Line D is expected to get underway next year, following the award of the civil works contract for the most challenging section of the 10·6 km route. Once completed, Line D will run from Náměstí Míru to Depo Písnice, ...

  • West Midlands Metro training 09
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    Training academy to support tram network expansion


    UK: West Midlands Metro has opened a training academy at its Wednesbury depot, as the tram operator plans to create more than 160 driving, maintenance, ticket inspection and support jobs as part of a £1∙3bn network expansion programme. As well as providing a central location ...

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    English light rail networks get final tranche of Covid-19 funding


    UK: The government has announced £56m of funding to support the operation of Manchester Metrolink, Tyne Wear Metro, Sheffield Supertram, Nottingham Express Transit, West Midlands Metro and Blackpool Tramway services from July 20 to April 2022. The funding announced on July 16 is ...

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    LIOS light rail extensions proposed in Lisboa


    PORTUGAL: The municipalities of Lisboa, Oeiras and Loures have finalised a co-operation agreement to proceed with development of 24 km of new light rail lines around the capital.

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    Clean air funding for Magnitogorsk tram order


    RUSSIA: UKVZ is to supply 10 single-section Type 71-623-02.01 partly low-floor trams to the city of Magnitogorsk. The company was the only bidder for the contract, which is being financed by the national government’s Clean Air programme. The order is worth the 370m roubles, ...

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    Wi-fi used to estimate station usage


    UK: Transport for London is using aggregated and depersonalised data from its wi-fi network to provide real-time information on how busy London Underground stations are at any particular time of the day. TfL has previously used ticketing data to understand travel patterns, with its estimates ...

  • Athens metro Line 4 contract
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    Athens metro Line 4 main works to begin


    GREECE: Major construction works for Athens metro Line 4 are to start this summer, after the contract for final design work, construction and commissioning was signed by Attiko Metro and a consortium of Alstom, local construction company Avax and Italian tunnelling company Ghella. The contract, ...

  • Paris metro Alstom MP14 train for Line 11 cab (Photo: Alstom/Samuel Dhote)
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    Paris orders more MP14 trainsets for Line 11


    FRANCE: Île-de-France Mobilités has exercised an option to order a further 19 MP14 rubber-tyred trainsets from Alstom for the Paris Metro. The €132m order announced on July 8 covers 19 five-car units with driving cabs, which are intended to be used by metro operator RATP ...

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    Made-to-measure accommodation bogies for tram refurbishment


    UK: West Midlands Metro commissioned depot equipment specialist Mechan to produce three bespoke accommodation bogies to enable its trams to be stored outdoors while their bogies are refurbished. Following the operator’s initial enquiry, Mechan engineers visited Wednesbury depot to measure the CAF Urbos 3 trams ...

  • London Underground Piccadilly Line new Siemens Mobility train impression
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    London Underground detrainment equipment contract awarded


    UK: Siemens Mobility has selected Huntingdon-based composites specialist TRB Lightweight Structures to supply emergency evacuation equipment for the 94 Inspiro trainsets which it is to build to replace London Underground’s Piccadilly Line fleet from 2025. The evacuation doors, bridges and stairs are required to meet ...

  • Tyne & Wear Metro Stadler train interior impression (2)
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    Tyne & Wear Metro train interior design revealed


    UK: The interiors of the new Tyne Wear Metro fleet will provide an ‘open-plan and linear’ seating layout, with design changes made following feedback from passengers, staff and user groups. Stadler is to start production of the new fleet in August, with the ...

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    Call for 2022 to be the European Year of Rail & Public Transport


    EUROPE: With plans to celebrate 2021 as the Year of Rail having been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, five European transport associations have jointly called on the European Union to extend and expand the concept and make 2022 the European Year of Rail Public ...

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    De Lijn orders Antwerpen trams


    BELGIUM: Vlaanderen transport operator De Lijn has placed a firm order for CAF to supply a further 18 Urbos 100 trams for use in Antwerpen. The order announced by the Spanish manufacturer on June 29 is the fifth to be placed under an October 2017 framework ...

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    Praha tram extension parallels urban development


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha city transport operator DPP has begun construction of Phase 1 of an extension of the Hlubočepy – Sídliště Barrandov tram line to Slivenec in the southwest of the capital. The extension is mainly outside the existing conurbation, and is being built in co-ordination ...

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    Football stadium graphics installed at London Underground stations


    UK: Transport for London’s commercial team worked with signage and large-format printing company Links Signs to install decorative graphics at five London Underground stations to mark the Euro 2020 football tournament. Wall graphics mimic the players’ tunnel at Wembley stadium, and ...

  • Barcelona Tibidabo funicular (Photo: Leitner)
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    Barcelona’s Tibidabo funicular becomes Firefly


    SPAIN: The funicular which has linked Barcelona’s Plaça del Doctor Andreu with the amusement park on Monte Tibidabo since 1901 has reopened following a €18·3m modernisation. It is hoped that the project will help to reduce private car movements on the roads to Monte Tibidabo by ...

  • Transport for London has awarded telecoms infrastructure provider BAI Communications a 20-year concession to provide mobile coverage on the whole London Underground network
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    London Underground mobile coverage concession awarded


    UK: Transport for London has awarded telecoms infrastructure provider BAI Communications a 20-year concession to provide mobile coverage on the whole London Underground network, with all stations and tunnels to be covered by the end of 2024. The neutral host network will be available for ...

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    Odense light rail phase two options presented


    DENMARK: Two options are put forward in a report into possible future expansion of the light rail line which is currently under construction in Odense. The 14·5 km phase one line running from Tarup in the northwest to Hjallese in the south is expected to open ...

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    GMV to supply Barcelona tram fleet management system


    SPAIN: Alstom has awarded GMV a contract to supply a unified fleet operations management system for the Trambaix and Trambesòs light rail networks in Barcelona, covering their 41 Citadis 302 trams. GMV’s SAE-R platform uses GPS tracking in conjunction with odometers, balises, Tetra communications and ...