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Approval for Hasselt – Maastricht express tramline

A final vote by Maastricht City Council (Belgium) on 6 March saw approval of the international light rail project, now expected to carry passengers in 2023-24.

A final vote by Maastricht City Council (Belgium) on 6 March saw approval of the international light rail project, now expected to carry passengers in 2023-24.

The proposed express route between Hasselt Station and Maastricht Mosae Forum is around 33km (20.5 miles) long, with the majority on the Belgian side of the border; only 3.8km (2.4 miles) of tracks are on the Dutch side. Featuring 13 stops, the current plan envisages a fleet of 12 vehicles offering an end-to-end journey time of 37 minutes with vehicle speeds of up to 100km/h (62mph) outside the cities.

This controversial project saw an initial agreement signed between the Belgian and Dutch transport ministries in 2008, with Flanders Government approval in 2011, but technical, financial and zoning issues have seen the construction repeatedly delayed.