Urban transport news from Europe – Page 2

  • Daugavpils tram launch (Photo DLRR)
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    Locally-assembled tram unveiled in Daugavpils


    LATVIA: The first two of four trams being assembled at the Daugavpils Locomotive Repair Plant using components supplied by Czech company Pragoimex was unveiled in the city on October 17. The trams are based on Pragoimex’s EVO1 model. The remaining two vehicles are due to be ...

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    Bern trams offered to Lviv as Stadler vehicles ready to enter service


    SWITZERLAND: Bern operator Bernmobil has announced that the first of 27 Tramlink trams being supplied by Stadler is expected to enter regular service on November 1, with seven expected to be in use on Route 7 by the end of the year. The first public services ...

  • Turku tram impression (Image City of Turku)
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    Turku council backs light rail proposal


    FINLAND: Turku city council has approved the further development of plans for a light rail line. The proposal was approved by the city council on October 2 after two years of development and consultation. The double-track-line would run 12 km from Satama in the west through ...

  • Transport for London lost proerty office (Photo TfL)
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    London Lost Property Office finds new home


    UK: Transport for London’s Lost Property Office has moved from its previous site in South Kensington to a location in West Ham which offers more space and enables faster processing. The Lost Property Office recovers more than 200 000 items each year, including 4 400 wallets, ...

  • St Petersburg Uraltransmash retro tram (2)
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    St Petersburg goes back to Leningrad for tram styling


    RUSSIA: Uraltransmash has begun delivering trams to St Petersburg which have a retro styling inspired by vehicles which ran in what was then Leningrad from the 1950s and 1960s. The 42 three-section low-floor Type 71-431R Dostoevsky trams ordered in 2022 have a capacity of up to ...

  • Paris tram T11 (Photo Jeremie Anne)
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    Keolis and SNCF Voyageurs awarded Paris operating contract


    FRANCE: Paris regional transport authority Ile-de-France Mobilités has formally awarded the Stretto consortium of Keolis-SNCF Voyageurs the first tendered contract for the operation of Transilien passenger services. The contract awarded on October 12 covers three routes operated using a fleet of 41 Alstom Citadis Dualis tram-trains. ...

  • Roma tram (Photo Alex Does Pictures, Pexels)
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    CAF selected to renew Roma tram fleet


    ITALY: Roma city transport operator ATAC has selected CAF for a €457m framework contract to supply up to 121 bidirectional trams for use on new and existing lines. Councillor for Transport Eugenio Patanè said it was one of the largest ever tram tenders in Europe, and ...

  • Warszawa Zachodnia tram impression
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    Warszawa Zachodnia tram link contract let


    POLAND: A consortium of Balzola Polska and Lantania has been awarded a contract to design and build a 1·6 km tram extension in Warszawa. This will connect Warszawa Zachodnia railway station with the tram stop at Bitwy Warszawskiej, served by routes 1, 7, 9, 15, 25 ...

  • Praha metro construction
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    Second Praha metro Line D construction contract awarded


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha transport authority DPP has selected a consortium of Subterra, Hochtief and BeMo Tunneling to build the 3·3 km Olbrachtova to Nové Dvory section of the first phase of metro Line D including two intermediate stations. The contract will include TBM and NATM tunnelling. ...

  • Tampere tram
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    Tampere tramway extension planning contract awarded


    FINLAND: Two local authorities and project promoter Tampereen Ratikka have appointed an alliance of Sweco, YIT, AFRY and NRC Group to support the €12·5m development of proposals for the third phase of the Tampere tramway. One proposed extension would run 9·3 km from the city centre ...

  • Thessaloniki automated metro operating contract signed
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    Thessaloniki automated metro operating contract signed


    GREECE: The operating and maintenance contract for the Thessaloniki metro has been signed, with opening now planned for the fourth quarter of year 2024. Project promoter Hellenic Metro announced in June that it had selected the THEMA Consortium of Milano transport operator ATM (51%) and French ...

  • Torino Hitachi Rail tram
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    Italian government funds more urban rail investment


    ITALY: The national Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport announced on September 27 that it had allocated €362·1m towards the completion of tram Line 12 in Torino, extension of the Genova metro and safety improvements on three metro lines in Milano. The agreement means that the full ...

  • Tram driver fatigue monitoring device
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    Wearable devices provide tram driver fatigue warnings


    UK: Light rail industry association UKTram says prototype FOCUS+ wearable devices developed to detect tram driver fatigue have shown ‘remarkable results’ in independent testing, with an accuracy rate greater than 98%. The devices have been developed by Integrated Human Factors Ltd, following a Driver Innovation Safety ...

  • Poznan Modertrans
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    Lightweight single-section tram enters service in Poznań


    POLAND: The first single-section Moderus Gamma LF 05 AC tram built by local supplier Modertrans entered service on Route 99 in Poznań on September 18. The tram is less than 15 m long. Operator MPK Poznań and Modertrans believe it is the first single-section, fully low-floor ...

  • Chelyabinsk tram
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    Chelyabinsk orders more trams


    RUSSIA: Sole bidder UKVZ has won a contract to supply 11 fully low-floor single-section trams to Chelyabinsk at a maximum price of 814m roubles. The first seven cars, expected to be Type 71-628-01 vehicles, are to be delivered by November 1, and the remainder by May ...

  • Rotterdam tram
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    Energy bank to boost tramway power supply


    NETHERLANDS: The use of an ‘energy bank’ to reinforce a tramway power supply without needing to build a substation is to be piloted in Rotterdam from December. The energy bank will be installed at the Posthumalaan turning loop, which is currently only used at times of ...

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    Škoda showcases onboard safety and automation technology


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Škoda Group showcased its onboard technology for rolling stock at the Trako trade fair in Gdańsk on September 20. The equipment includes a safety system aimed at tram and light rail applications, and automation technology aimed at suburban and main line operations. The products ...

  • Sarajevo Stadler Tango NF3 tram at Trako (1)
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    New-build tram for Sarajevo unveiled


    BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: The first of 15 Tango NF3 trams that Stadler is to supply to Sarajevo was unveiled at the 15th Trako International Railway Fair in the Polish city of Gdańsk on September 20.

  • Edinburgh tram
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    Edinburgh tram inquiry report sets out reasons for delays and cost increases


    UK: The long-awaited report of the inquiry into why the Edinburgh tram project incurred delays, cost more than budgeted and was reduced in scope was finally published on September 19. The construction of the line from the city’s airport to Newhaven was initially budgeted at £545m ...

  • Moskva Central Diameter 4 EMU (4)
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    Moskva Central Diameter 4 launched


    RUSSIA: The fourth and longest of the Moskva Central Diameter cross-city suburban commuter lines has been launched. The 86 km MCD-4 was inaugurated on September 9 by President Vladimir Putin and Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin. The route covers 86 km from Aprelevka in the west ...