Light rail industry news

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

TDI is working with RDM to build a prototype very light rail vehicle.

Coventry very light rail vehicle design unveiled

20 Mar 2019

UK: The University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group has published the design of the very light rail vehicle that it is developing with Transport Design International. TDI is working with automotive company RDM to build ... more

Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal inaugurated test runs on metro line M7 and tram route T5 on March 19.

Testing starts on M7 and T5 routes in Istanbul

19 Mar 2019

TURKEY: Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal inaugurated test runs on a driverless metro line and catenary-free tram route on the European side of the city on March 19. The driverless metro Line M7 has been under construction since ... more

The Edinburgh tram line is to be extended to Newhaven.

Edinburgh tram extension to Newhaven approved

14 Mar 2019

UK: Edinburgh city council has approved an extension of the city’s tram line from York Place to Newhaven. Construction is due to commence following a six-month early contractor involvement period that is due to begin at the end ... more

A 3 km extension of the tram network in Eskişehir was inaugurated on March 10.

Mayor inaugurates Eskişehir tram extension

13 Mar 2019

TURKEY: Eskişehir mayor Yılmaz Büyükerşen inaugurated an extension of the city’s metre-gauge tram network on March 10 at a ceremony at the former eastern terminus of Açelya. The 3 km eastern extension to Sehir Hastanesi ... more

Federal funding announced for Edmonton light rail projects

13 Mar 2019

CANADA: Minister of Infrastructure and Communities François-Philippe Champagne announced federal funding for two light rail projects in Edmonton on March 11. The Valley Line West project is to receive C$948·6m of federal ... more

Four tram lines are planned to be built in Bologna.

Four tram lines planned for Bologna

13 Mar 2019

ITALY: Bologna Mayor Virginio Merola announced on March 7 that the city plans to build a four-line tram network. A request for central government funding has been made and a response is expected later in the year. The first ... more

Durmazlar is supplying 30 catenary-free trams to Istanbul.

Durmazlar unveils its first tram for Istanbul

12 Mar 2019

TURKEY: Durmazlar unveiled the first tram that it is supplying for the future route T5 in Istanbul on March 11. According to the manufacturer, the styling is intended to evoke waves. The Bursa-based manufacturer signed a ... more

Nature influences Nantes tram concept

12 Mar 2019

FRANCE: Consultancy RCP Design Global has unveiled its proposed design for the next generation of trams to be deployed in Nantes, where a fleet renewal programme is envisaged. Nantes has a ... more

Colombo light rail loan agreement signed

12 Mar 2019

SRI LANKA: The government signed a loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency on March 11 for a planned light rail project in Colombo. The 40-year ¥30·04bn loan has a 12-year grace period, and specifies the use ... more