European urban rail news

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

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch makes 15 recommendations to improve safety in its report into the derailment of a tram at Sandilands in Croydon.

15 recommendations in Croydon Tramlink derailment report

07 Dec 2017

UK: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch made 15 recommendations to improve safety on December 7 when it published its report into the overturning of a tram at Sandilands in Croydon, south London on November 9 2016. ... more

Impression of London Underground’s Train Modification Unit workshop.

London Underground depot construction contract awarded

06 Dec 2017

UK: A joint venture of Morgan Sindall and BeMo Tunnelling has been awarded a £20m contract to design and build a workshop for London Underground’s Train Modification Unit. The facility at the Acton Works site in west London will ... more

The half-hourly service on the single track route linking Naumburg's old town with the main station is operated using a fleet of historic East German trams.

Smallest tramway gets longer

06 Dec 2017

GERMANY: What claims to be Germany’s smallest tramway grew by 440 m to reach a total of 2·9 km on December 1, with the opening of a one-stop extension from Vogelwiese to Salztor in Naumburg. The extension returns trams ... more

Helsinki transport authority HKL and Bombardier Transportation have reached an agreement which will see the 40 Variotrams withdrawn from service in the Finnish capital by the end of 2018.

Helsinki and Bombardier agree Variotram settlement

05 Dec 2017

FINLAND: Helsinki transport authority HKL and Bombardier Transportation have reached an agreement which will see the 40 Variotrams withdrawn from service in the Finnish capital by the end of 2018. The Variotrams were delivered ... more

Lille metro gates to cut fare evasion

04 Dec 2017

FRANCE: The Lille metropolitan authority has begun a €60m programme to install ticket gates at all 60 stations on the city’s metro network. The first gates came into use at Gare Lille Europe on November ... more

Solaris Tram wins Kraków order as Pesa pulls out of tender

04 Dec 2017

POLAND: MPK Kraków announced on November 30 that it is to sign a framework contract for the supply of up to 50 trams with a consortium of Solaris and Stadler, after Pesa withdrew its bid. MPK Kraków selected Pesa as preferred ... more

Siemens is supplying 12 Avenio M trams to Ulm from its Wien factory.

Siemens completes first Avenio M tram for Ulm

01 Dec 2017

GERMANY: The first of 12 Avenio M trams that Siemens is supplying to Ulm has left Siemens’ factory in Wien and is on its way to the supplier’s Wegberg-Wildenrath test track. Stadtwerke Ulm ordered the trams in May 2015 under a ... more

Duisburg selects Bombardier trams

01 Dec 2017

GERMANY: Duisburg transport authority DVG announced on November 29 that it had selected Bombardier Transportation as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 47 trams. The €135m contract is expected to be signed on December 8 ... more

København metro extension contractors selected

30 Nov 2017

DENMARK: København metro authority Metroselskabet announced on November 27 that it had selected contractors to build and fit out the southern section of Line M4. The TUNN3L joint venture of Hochtief Infrastructure and Vinci ... more