Urban transport news from Europe – Page 2

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    Tramwaje Śląskie network extended


    POLAND: An extension of the Tramwaje Śląskie network from Zagórze Petla to Zagórze Rondo Jana Pawła II in Sosnowiec was opened for revenue service on December 15.

  • Nottingham tram
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    Tram operators explore joint procurement to cut costs


    UK: Light rail industry association UKTram has established a working group to explore options to lower costs through joint procurements. ‘From soaring energy prices to the increasing price of parts for vehicles and infrastructure, operators are reporting significant strains on their budgets, with no sign that ...

  • Tatra-Yug model tram
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    Odesa places wartime tram order


    UKRAINE: Odesa municipal transport operator Odesmiskelektrotrans has ordered 13 Type K1T306 low-floor trams from a consortium led by Tatra-Yug, which said it was the first tram contract to be signed since the Russian invasion in February. Tenders were called in 2021 with financing by the European ...

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    Trams reach Waldenburg as regauged line reopens


    SWITZERLAND: Baselland Transport has started operating light rail services between Liestal and Waldenburg, following the conversion of the former narrow-gauge railway which it acquired in 2016. The 13·1 km Waldenburgerbahn dating from 1883 has been rebuilt from 750 mm to 1 000 ...

  • Den Haag Stadler TINA tram impression (2)
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    Stadler signs its first Dutch tram contract


    NETHERLANDS: Den Haag transport operator HTM has awarded Stadler a contract to supply 56 trams for entry into service from 2026, with an option for additional vehicles. The three-section trams from Stadler’s TINA family will be 36·5 m long, with a maximum speed of 70 km/h ...

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    Limmattalbahn opens to serve Zürich’s northwest suburbs


    SWITZERLAND: The 13 km Limmattalbahn light rail line linking Altstetten, Schlieren, Dietikon and Killwangen-Spreitenbach opened for revenue service on December 11. 

  • Lodz Moderus tram (3)
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    Łódź tram unveiled


    POLAND: The first of 30 Moderus Gamma LF06AC trams which Poznań-based Modertrans is supplying to MPK-Łódź was unveiled on December 8. The 1 000 mm gauge five-section 80% low-floor unidirectional tram is 32 m long. Features included air-conditioning, passenger information systems, LED ...

  • Paris metro MF19 train under construction (Photo Jeremie Anne)
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    Paris metro Line 13 to be fully automated


    FRANCE: Paris transport authority Ile-de-France-Mobilités and operator RATP have given the go-ahead for the automation of metro Line 13. This will be the fourth fully automated line in Paris, after lines 14, 1 and 4, and first with steel-wheel rather than rubber-tyred trains. The 24 route-km line ...

  • Bucuresti Imperio tram (2)
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    Imperio trams enter service in București


    ROMANIA: The first 15 of 100 Imperio trams being supplied to Societatea de Transport București by a consortium of Astra Vagoane Călători and CRRC Qingdao Sifang entered service on December 10. The first vehicles are being deployed on Route 41, enabling all services on that route to ...

  • Lisboa Cascais suburban line EMUs (Photo: André Pires)
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    Lisboa – Cascais suburban line voltage conversion contract awarded


    PORTUGAL: A €31·6m contract for the modernisation of the Lisboa Cais do Sodré – Cascais suburban line and the conversion of its electrification from 1·5 kV DC to 25 kV 50 Hz has been awarded to the Spanish-Portuguese Comsa/Fergrupo consortium. The re-electrification will make the line ...

  • Nizhny Novgorod Nizhekotrans tram (1)
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    Russian-Belarusian tram joint venture rolls out first tram


    RUSSIA: The Nizhekotrans tram manufacturing joint venture of Russian and Belarussian companies has rolled out its first completed vehicle, produced as part of an extensive modernisation of the Nizhny Novgorod tramway. The single-section tram is designated T856 MiNiN (‘Minsk & Nizhny Novgorod’), ...

  • Grand Paris train impression
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    Grand Paris Express telecoms contract awarded


    FRANCE: Société du Grand Paris has selected Nokia to deploy 5G-ready IP/MPLS multiservice, mobile core and radio access network for the automated Grand Paris Express network. The contract announced on December 8 covers lines 15, 16, 17 and 18, which are currently under construction, as well as ...

  • Milano Stadler Tramlink tram (2)
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    Milano’s first Tramlink car arrives


    ITALY:·Milano municipal transport operator ATM took delivery of its first Stadler Tramlink tram for testing on December 1, with entry into service planned for next spring. Stadler signed its first Italian tram contract in September 2020, a six-year framework agreement to supply ATM with up to ...

  • Croydon tram
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    Replacement trams and Underground trains in Transport for London draft business plan


    UK: Transport for London has published its draft business plan for the period from April 2023 until April 2026. This covers the scheduled delivery of new Siemens Mobility Piccadilly Line and CAF Docklands Light Railway trains, and completion of the Four Lines Modernisation programme on London ...

  • Jubilee Line
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    London Underground trains to be modified to address cracking


    UK: Tenders have been called for the modification of the 63 seven-car Type 96TS trainsets used on London Underground’s Jubilee Line to provide a long-term solution to fatigue cracking. Fractures were found on the longitudinal beams of underframes in 2019, and a large number of the ...

  • Helsinki metro Länsimetro extension (2)
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    Metro extension opens in Espoo


    FINLAND: A 7 km extension of the Helsinki metro network west from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti within the neighbouring city of Espoo opened on December 3. Espoo Mayor Jukka Mäkelä and Helsinki Mayor Juhana Vartiainen arrived at the opening ceremony at Espoonlahti station via the new extension. ...

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    FGC calls tenders to build Barcelona cross-city link


    SPAIN: Regional operator FGC has called tenders for construction of a 4 km tunnel from the Espanya terminus in Barcelona to Gràcia, improving access to the centre of the city.

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    Tbilisi cancels order for Russian metro trains


    GEORGIA: The city of Tbilisi has cancelled an order for TMH’s Metrowagonmash subsidiary to supply 11 four-car metro trains. The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is unable to finance the previously announced order because of international sanctions imposed following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Mayor ...

  • Helsinki metro tunnel cleaning wagon (Photo VR Fleetcare)
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    Speeding up tunnel cleaning on the Helsinki metro


    FINLAND: A wall-washing wagon has been produced which can cover 2 km of Helsinki metro tunnel during a single night shift. The metro’s tunnels, including the walls, ceilings, rails, equipment housings, fire doors and escape routes, are washed once a year. The process usually takes around ...

  • London Underground bridging device preparation (Photo Transport for London)
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    London Underground seeks passenger feedback on gap-bridging device


    UK: Trials are underway with a bridging device designed to improve accessibility at step-free London Underground stations where there remains a small gap between the platform and train carriage. Designed to provide additional support, comfort and reassurance to passengers, the device is the same width as ...