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Graz invests in tram expansion

Graz (Austria) is to spend EUR117m on expanding the Grazer Linien tramway system over the next five years.

Graz (Austria) is to spend EUR117m on expanding the Grazer Linien tramway system over the next five years.

Three extensions are planned, starting with a EUR44m 1.8km (1.1-mile) route from Alte Poststrasse to Reiinghaus, for passenger service in 2021. In the city centre, EUR27m will be spent on the 1km (0.6-mile) link across the River Mur from Jakominiplatz to Annenstrasse via Neutorgasse and Belgiergasse to relieve the tramway on Herrengasse. This should be ready by 2023. In the western suburbs lines 3 and 6 will be extended by 1.1km (0.7 miles) from Asperngasse to Peter-Tunnergasse (EUR22.4m, to open in 2021).

Single-track sections of lines 1 and 5 will also be doubled.

The province of Styria is to contribute EUR43.8m, with the city providing EUR44.1m. It is expected that the balance will be provided by Federal government.