European urban rail news

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

Metro do Porto pilots increased passenger capacity

19 Feb 2018

PORTUGAL: Metro do Porto has started a three-month trial of a light rail vehicle with a remodelled interior designed to increase capacity. Growing ridership across the network, which surpassed 60 million passengers 2017, ... more

Testing begins on second Izmir tram line

17 Feb 2018

TURKEY: Test running has started on the Konak tram line in Izmir. The 12·9 km route was due to open late last year, but has been delayed. Services will operate with a fleet of 21 five-section low-floor trams supplied by ... more

Pesa signs Gdańsk tram contract

16 Feb 2018

POLAND: The city of Gdańsk and tram operator GAiT signed a contract with sole bidder Pesa on February 15 for the supply of 15 bidirectional Jazz Duo trams, with options for 15 more. The 138·4m złoty contract includes ... more

Gebze driverless metro tender progresses

16 Feb 2018

TURKEY: Kocaeli Municipality announced on February 1 that 15 consortia had prequalified for a contract to build a driverless metro line linking Gebze and Darıca. Seven of these will now move on to the next phase. Construction ... more

Testing begins on Firenze tram line T3

13 Feb 2018

ITALY: Test running on tram route T3 in Firenze began on February 12 using a Sirio tram that Hitachi Rail Italy delivered to the city on February 9. Tests are underway on the Careggi – Piazza Dalmazia section at the northern end ... more

Praha reintroduces 14T trams

13 Feb 2018

CZECH REPUBLIC: The first series-modernised Škoda 14T tram is about to enter service in Praha, following the successful testing of a prototype. City transport operator DP Praha plans to have 14 more modernised trams in service by ... more

Electric buses enter service in Bettembourg

09 Feb 2018

LUXEMBOURG: Voyages Emile Weber subsidiary Autocars Pletschette put seven electric buses into service in Bettembourg on February 8. They are in service on the 13 km, 23-stop Line 305, which becomes the country’s first bus ... more

Roma tram extension receives funding

08 Feb 2018

ITALY: Roma Municipality has allocated €5m towards a tram extension. It will now ask the Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport for more funds towards the estimated €20m project cost. The 1·5 km extension of lines 5 ... more

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Škoda and Iveco present new battery trolleybus

07 Feb 2018

CZECH REPUBLIC: Škoda Electric has tested a new battery trolleybus model in Plzeň. The 35 Tr 18 m articulated trolleybus is manufactured in co-operation with Iveco, which has supplied its Urbanway bus bodyshell from its ... more