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December change sees new European tramlines

The annual timetable change of 10 December saw the usual list of additions to tramway networks across Europe.

The annual timetable change of 10 December saw the usual list of additions to tramway networks across Europe.

The first 4.6km (2.85 miles) of the Luxembourg tramway from Luxexpo to Pafendall-Rout Bréck on the plateau of Kirchberg was inaugurated using nine of the 32 double-ended 45m CAF trams that are being delivered. The line will be extended further west to Etoile in the spring and to the city’s Central Station (with 3.6km of catenary-free operation) in 2019. By 2021 the line will extend to 16.4km (Findel–Cloche d’Or).

Sunday 10 December also saw Innsbruck line 3 extended by 3km (1.9 miles) from Höttinger Au/West to Technik West and Peerhofsiedlung (trams run alternately to each terminus).

In the Swiss city of Basel, line 3 was extended from Burgfelden Grenze to Gare de St-Louis in France, adding a further international line to the network.

In Switzerland’s largest city, Zürich line 8 was extended from Hardplatz over the Hardbrücke road bridge to Hardbrücke station and on to Werdhölzli via Escher-Wysss Platz.

Stuttgart extended line U12 1.2km (0.75 miles) from Hallschlag to Wagrainäcker. The upper station at Staatsgalerie and subway to Charlottenplatz were reopened.

In Düsseldorf, the Rheinbahn is extending line 1 from Rath to Am Hülserhof (1.8km/1.1 miles).