European urban rail news

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

Priority tram signals installed in Moscow

23 Jun 2017

RUSSIA: The first set of traffic signals giving priority to trams has been installed in the east of Moscow at the junction of Shosse Entuziastov and the Third Ring Road. When a tram approaches the road junction, it is detected ... more

Fori Imperiali tram route approved

23 Jun 2017

ITALY: The Cultural Heritage Ministry’s body responsible for protecting the area around Roma’s Colosseum has approved the construction of a catenary-free tram line on Via dei Fori Imperiali. The long-planned link would connect ... more

Tallinn tram modernised

23 Jun 2017

ESTONIA: The first of 14 trams to be refurbished under a €12m contract awarded last year has returned to Tallinn. Czech companies Ekova Electric and Cegelec are modernising two Tatra KT4 trams and 12 Tatra KT6T trams which were ... more

A Class 345 EMU entered passenger service on the TfL Rail route in London on June 22.

First Class 345 EMU enters passenger service in London

22 Jun 2017

UK: The first of 66 Class 345 electric multiple-units for London’s future Elizabeth Line entered passenger service on June 22. TfL Rail is initially operating one off-peak return trip per day between Liverpool Street and ... more

London transport strategy targets zero emissions by 2050

21 Jun 2017

UK: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan published his first draft transport strategy on June 21. It is open for public consultation until October 2. Noting that the city’s population is set to expand from 8·7 million to ... more

Electric buses enter service in Differdange

21 Jun 2017

LUXEMBOURG: The first series-built fully electric buses in Differdange have entered service. Volvo has supplied four of its 7900 Electric buses to operator Sales-Lentz. These will be used on four routes of between 8 km and ... more

Six start-ups to work with Transport for London on open-data innovation

20 Jun 2017

UK: Six start-ups have been chosen to work with Transport for London under the Nitrous innovation accelerator that aims to reduce congestion, encourage public transport use and promote walking and cycling. Nitrous has been ... more

Izmit tramway opens

19 Jun 2017

TURKEY: Governor of Kocaeli province İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu inaugurated the Akçaray tram line in Izmit on June 17. The 7·4 km route with 11 stops links Sekapark in the west with Otogar in the east via the city’s railway ... more

Manchester to trial cycle hire

15 Jun 2017

UK: A six-month cycle-hire pilot in central Manchester and Salford will start on June 29. Mobike, which currently runs cycle-hire programmes in China and Singapore, is supplying 1 000 bikes. These will be equipped with ... more