Light rail industry news

The latest light rail, tram, trolley and streetcar news from around the world.

Transport for London has awarded Engineering Support Group Ltd a contract to supply a Physical Prevention of Over-Speeding automatic braking system for the Croydon tram network.

UK tram operators study automatic braking systems

15 Jan 2019

UK: British tramway operators have told Metro Report International they are taking a close interest in Transport for London’s deployment of an automatic tram braking system, and are working through light rail industry body ... more

Shenyang tram network expands

11 Jan 2019

CHINA: Trams in Shenyang started serving Shenyang South railway station on January 5 with the opening of two short extensions to the network. The 800 m extension serving the railway station is used by services on two new ... more

The Greater Manchester transport delivery plan features 65 schemes to be delivered within five years and a range of longer-term investment proposals.

Three tram-train trials in Manchester investment plan

07 Jan 2019

UK: Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham introduced the city region’s revised long-term spatial strategy on January 7, which includes a ... more

CRRC delivers LRVs to Hong Kong

04 Jan 2019

CHINA: The first two of 40 light rail vehicles that CRRC Nanjing Puzhen is supplying to MRT Corp arrived at the Tuen Mun depot in Hong Kong on December 28. CRRC is supplying the LRVs under a HK$745m order placed in 2016. In ... more

First CAF LRV in service on Boston Green Line

03 Jan 2019

USA: The first of 24 light rail vehicles that CAF is supplying to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Boston Green Line entered regular passenger service on December 21. The 70% low-floor LRVs, designated Type 9 by ... more

CAF to supply catenary-free trams to Parramatta

03 Jan 2019

AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has awarded contracts for the construction and operation of Stage 1 of the Parramatta light rail project. A joint venture of Downer and CPB Contractors has been awarded the A$840m civil ... more

Chengdu tramway in service

02 Jan 2019

CHINA: The initial section of the Chengdu tram network opened on December 26. The 13·6 km Line T2 between Chenguang and Hexin Road is the first phase of a planned 39·3 km Y-shaped network in the northwest of the city ... more

Green Mountain tram line opens in Taipei

02 Jan 2019

TAIWAN: The Green Mountain tram line in the Tamsui District of New Taipei City opened on December 23, with a month of free travel. The 7·4 km route runs north from Hongshulin station on the Tamsui metro line to Kanding, ... more

Songjiang tramway opens in Shanghai

02 Jan 2019

CHINA: The first section of the Songjiang tram network in Shanghai opened on December 26. The 13·9 km route serving 20 stops connects Zhongchen Road in the east with Canghua Road in the west via Songjiang University Town, ... more