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Two shortlisted for Calgary Green line

Two shortlisted for Calgary Green line

Following a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in March, two consortia have been shortlisted for the design-build-finance contract for the first 18km (11.2-mile) phase of Calgary’s Green light rail line.

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CRRC Tangshan completes first new Porto LRV

CRRC Tangshan completes first new Porto LRV

The first of 18 new low-floor trams for Metro do Porto (Portugal) has rolled off the CRRC Tangshan production line in Tangshan, China, after eight months of assembly work. Testing is to being imminently.

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Approval given for Ludwigsburg Stadtbahn

Approval given for Ludwigsburg Stadtbahn

Authorities in Ludwigsburg have voted to proceed with development a light rail network, finally bringing to an end a multi-year debate. Discussions over a Stadtbahn project for the Baden-Württemberg city go back decades but had previously been considered poor value for money by politicians opposed to the scheme.

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Coventry VLR: Roll on 2024

Coventry VLR: Roll on 2024

Monday 4 April was momentous for the Very Light Rail team at Coventry City Council. This was the day that the West Midlands’ ‘ask’ of GBP1.05bn (EUR1.25bn) for a package of rail, tram, bus and active travel improvements for the coming five years received formal approval under the UK Government’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS).

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SmartWindows into the future

SmartWindows into the future

Passengers in Karlsruhe can now access timetabling and disruption information… through their window. The team behind the SmartMMI project explains how it works.

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A vision of the urban tram’s future

A vision of the urban tram’s future

Imagine a modular autonomous tram which carried passengers during the day and freight in the evening. Such a vision was recently confirmed as the winner of the prestigious DESING+ competition organised by the University of West Bohemia…

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Always ahead of the game

Always ahead of the game

Patrick Lamb, Managing Director of Severn Lamb, describes the process of creating bespoke vehicles for some of the more unusual light rail projects.

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Coming of the Tempe Streetcar

Coming of the Tempe Streetcar

With an innovative new urban streetcar due to open on 20 May and expansion of its existing LRT system underway, Vic Simons revisits Arizona.

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A life without wires

A life without wires

Mott MacDonald’s Chris Tindall assesses the positives and negatives of a range of technologies promoted as an alternative to traditional LRT electrification.

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Tram-train learning

Tram-train learning

Simon Coulthard and Alex Dodds of Network Rail’s Light Rail Team describe the creation of the innovative online data resource which presents a ‘warts and all’ overview of the UK’s tram-train pilot.

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Where the UK went wrong

Where the UK went wrong

Tony Young examines the many and complex reasons why the UK doesn’t have more second-generation tramways when so many were promised.

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Light rail: The key to sustainable mobility

Light rail: The key to sustainable mobility

The European Light Rail Congress brings together many senior and key professionals from across Europe for two days of debate covering innovation and new technologies with light rail being a key driver to sustainable mobility.

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Light rail events for 2022

Mainspring’s 2022 events diary: Details about the European Light Rail Congress, 16th Annual UK Light Rail Conference, and Global Light Rail Awards.

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Rail Live 2021

Rail Live is a unique event bringing the full railway industry together to explore technology, innovation and strategy for the entire rail supply chain.

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Sharing experience in Zaragoza

Sharing experience in Zaragoza

Geoff Butler rounds up the highlights from this year’s European Light Rail Congress in north-eastern Spain, a further return for face-to-face events for a mobility sector disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Rail Live!

Rail Live!

Rail Live! is now firmly positioned as one of the world’s most exciting rail events. This event brings top tier leaders of the rail industry together to discuss topics critical to future developments in the premium conference, alongside an action-packed exhibition which attracts the full rail supply chain.

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