European urban rail news

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

Erdoğan opens first driverless metro line in Istanbul

15 Dec 2017

TURKEY: A ceremony to inaugurate Istanbul’s first driverless metro line was held at Üsküdar on December 15, attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Mayor Mevlüt Uysal. The first ... more

Alstom to supply more trams and charging infrastructure to Nice

15 Dec 2017

FRANCE: Alstom announced on December 15 that it had been awarded a firm contract to supply six additional Citadis trams to Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur, along with 22 ground-based SRS static charging zones. The €27m order is an ... more

Hardbrücke tram extension opens in Zürich

14 Dec 2017

SWITZERLAND: A 700 m extension of the Zürich tram network from Hardplatz to Schiffbau opened on December 8, with one intermediate stop at Hardbrücke. Construction started in May 2015. The cost was met through SFr45·4m from ... more

St Petersburg tenders for second fast tram PPP

14 Dec 2017

RUSSIA: The city of St Petersburg is tendering for a PPP concession to build and operate a fast tram line that would serve two of the city’s satellite towns. The route would run from Kupchino station on metro Line 2 to Shushary ... more

Frankfurt electric bus order placed

14 Dec 2017

GERMANY: Solaris Bus & Coach has signed a contract with operator In der City Bus Frankfurt am Main for the supply of five electric buses. To be delivered in mid-2018, each of the Urbino 12 buses will be equipped with ... more

Basel gains third cross-border tram route

13 Dec 2017

SWITZERLAND: Basel tram operator BVB opened a 3 km extension of Route 3 into France on December 9. Revenue services on the new section started the following day. The extension to Gare de Saint-Louis has four stops. It cost ... more

Hyundai Rotem wins train orders for two Istanbul metro projects

13 Dec 2017

TURKEY: Hyundai Rotem announced on December 5 that it had signed a 156·5bn won contract to supply rolling stock for two Istanbul metro lines. Hyundai Rotem is to supply 10 four-car driverless trainsets for Line M8, which is ... more

The Innsbruck tramway extension runs from the former terminus at Höttinger Au to Peerhofsiedlung.

Innsbruck tramway extended

12 Dec 2017

AUSTRIA: Passenger services on a 3 km Y-shaped western extension of Innsbruck’s metre-gauge tram network were launched on December 10, following inauguration celebrations five days earlier. The extension runs from the ... more

CAF has supplied 21 trams to Luxtram. The vehicle design is intended to evoke local architecture while also providing a very high level of comfort, Luxtram says.

Revenue operations begin on first section of Luxembourg tramway

11 Dec 2017

LUXEMBOURG: The first section of the city of Luxembourg’s 16 km tramway opened for public service on December 10, with free travel offered until the end of January. The starter section covers ... more