European urban rail news

The latest railway, metro and light rail industry news from Europe.

Plans for a two-line metro network in Konya have been finalised.

Konya metro route confirmed

27 Apr 2017

TURKEY: Konya Metropolitan Municipality has finalised plans for a two-line metro network in the city. To be built in three stages, the network would connect the city’s main universities and hospitals. Plans for a metro were ... more

ABB to supply electric bus ‘opportunity charging’ stations to Harrogate

27 Apr 2017

UK: ABB has won a contract to supply electric bus charging infrastructure for a fleet of electric buses that will operate in Harrogate from 2018, the company announced on April 24. Transdev Blazefield subsidiary Harrogate Bus ... more

Autonomous tram stabling experiment completed

27 Apr 2017

FRANCE: Paris transport authority RATP and tram supplier Alstom have completed an experiment with a tram which can stable itself in the depot autonomously. The tram uses lidar sensors to detect obstacles, and can react by ... more

Siemens is using 3D printing to reduce its lead times for the supply of customised tram components.

Tram components 3D printed on demand

27 Apr 2017

GERMANY: Siemens is using 3D printing to reduce its lead times for the supply of customised tram components from weeks to days while eliminating the cost of specialised tooling and the need to keep parts in stock. ... more

A £173·5m four-year funding package for public transport improvements in Leeds was confirmed by Transport Minister Andrew Jones on April 21 (Photo: Martin Latus).

Leeds transport funding package confirmed

26 Apr 2017

UK: A £173·5m four-year funding package for public transport improvements in Leeds was confirmed by Transport Minister Andrew Jones on April 21. In addition, FirstGroup has agreed in principle to commit £71m to providing 284 new ... more

Work begins on second phase of Karlsruhe tram and road tunnel project

25 Apr 2017

GERMANY: Jazz played on alpenhorns accompanied Baden-Württemberg Transport Minister Winfried Hermann and Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe Frank Mentrup as they attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of the Kombilösung ... more

The extension of Bergen’s Bybanen light rail line to the airport was officially opened with a ceremony on April 21.

Bergen airport tram extension opens

24 Apr 2017

NORWAY: The extension of Bergen’s Bybanen light rail line from Birkelandsskiftet to Kokstadflaten and the airport at Flesland was officially opened with a ceremony on April 21. Passenger services started the following day. The ... more

Stadler selected to supply Szeged tram-trains

19 Apr 2017

HUNGARY: National passenger operator MÁV-Start has selected Stadler Rail Valencia to supply eight electro-diesel tram-trains to operate on the planned route between Szeged and Hódmezővásárhely. The order announced on April 18 ... more

Using mobile data to analyse transport flows

19 Apr 2017

UK: A project to use mobile phone network data to analyse transport and traffic flows will be tested in a commercial environment as part of a government-sponsored competition. Innovate UK is to provide a grant to cover the ... more