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Milano opens fifth metro line

Milano opens fifth metro line

After ten years of construction work, the first section of small-profile metro line M4 in the Italian city of Milano (Milan) started carrying passengers on 26 November.

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Bergen opens second tram line

Bergen opens second tram line

The opening ceremony for Bergen’s second tramline took place on 18 November, with passengers able to board line 2 trams for the first time on 21 November.

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Trams to return to Kiel

Trams to return to Kiel

Latest city council vote confirms support for tramway re-introduction for this north Germany city; formal approval expected in mid-November.

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Kiel: Future-proofing public transport

Kiel: Future-proofing public transport

Improving public transport and addressing climate change targets, the German city of Kiel is studying two alternatives for its future regional transport: tram and BRT. Torben Groß, Nils Jänig and Holger Wesselmann discuss the options.

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A ten-point plan for Light Rail in the UK

A ten-point plan for Light Rail in the UK

Norman Baker, UK Light Rail Minister from 2010 to 2014 and now External Relations Director for Campaign for Better Transport, sets out a simple vision for future development of the mode in the UK.

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Grand ambitions in Szczecin

Grand ambitions in Szczecin

A comprehensive and historic tramway network which is seeing significant reconstruction as it moves to low-floor operation; Andrew Thompson reports from north-western Poland.

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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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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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