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Battery power for Spanish trams

A Midland Metro tram, in Spain, is currently being fitted with hi- tech batteries allowing it to run over stretches of track with no overhead power cables. Tram 18 was split in two and loaded onto flatbed lorries to make the journey from Wednesbury to the factory in Zaragoza, Spain, where it was made. Tram […]

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Leipzig tram mockup goes on display

Solaris and Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB) have put a full-size mockup of one of the city’s new trams on display outside the Leipziger Messe. It is the first opportunity the public have had to see inside one of the new vehicles. LVB, Leipzig’s public transport operator, signed a framework contract with Polish manufacturer Solaris in 2015 for a […]
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Citadis light rail vehicles for Kaohsiung tramway

Alstom has received an order for 15 Citadis trams for phase two of the Kaohsiung light rail system in Taiwan. Phase two, which is due to go into service in 2019, will extend the Circular Line tram system by 13.4 km. The Citadis X05 trams will be built in France at Alstom’s La Rochelle site. While […]
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Solely solar: Renewable energy to power Melbourne trams

The Australian state of Victoria is investing in new solar farms to power Melbourne’s tram network. Large solar plants capable of producing 75 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity will be built in the state by the end of 2018, leading to an estimated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 80,000 tonnes a year. A tender […]
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More Urbos trams for Utrecht

The Province of Utrecht has confirmed it will extend an existing agreement with CAF for new Urbos trams, ordering an additional 22 vehicles. The Spanish manufacturer is now supplying Utrecht with 59 Urbos 100 trams – the first of which is expected to enter passenger service next summer. CAF has said it will be possible […]
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Contract signed for new Ostrava trams

Stadler has signed a contract with the city of Ostrava’s transport body, Dopravní podnik Ostrava (DPO), for up to 40 new trams. It is the Swiss manufacturer’s first order for light rail vehicles in the Czech Republic. The two-car, low-floor trams will be designed and built by Stadler Praha, with a particular emphasis on using Czech […]
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KeolisAmey becomes new Manchester Metrolink operator

KeolisAmey is to become the new operator of Manchester’s Metrolink light rail network when the current contract with RATP Dev and MPT ends in the summer. The joint venture already operates London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and will take over Metrolink in July. In the UK, Keolis also operates Nottingham’s tram network, NET. RATP Dev, […]
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Bombardier delivers first new people mover to Shanghai

Bombardier has delivered the first of 44 new driverless automated people mover (APM) vehicles to Shanghai. Bombardier is supplying the Innovia APM 300 trains for Shanghai Metro’s Line 8 Phase 3 – an elevated dual-track line between Pujiangzhen and Shendu Highway Station. The rubber-tired vehicles, ordered by Shanghai Shentong Metro Group in June last year, are the first […]
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Ground broken on Manchester’s Trafford Park line

Manchester’s civic leaders have broken ground on the £350 million Trafford Park line. The 5.5 km line will connect the Metrolink network to the intu Trafford Centre and Manchester United’s home ground, Old Trafford. Due to open in 2020/21, the line will branch off from the existing Pomona stop. The project is being delivered by MPT […]
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Transtech LRVs for Helsinki-Espoo line

Helsinki City Transport (HKL) has exercised an option for 20 new low-floor trams, and committed to ordering a further 29, for an extension of its light rail network to Espoo. Transtech, the Finnish subsidiary of Škoda Transportation, said the first bi-directional pre-series unit of the 150 million contract will be delivered by the middle of 2019. […]
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Alstom and Colas Rail win Nice Line 2 power supply contract

Alstom and Colas Rail are to deliver the power supply equipment for the new east-west line 2 of the Nice tramway network. The two companies will design and put together the system, which includes seven substations, 10 lighting power stations and two intake power stations. The €11 million contract concerns line 2 but it also […]
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