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Italy’s Palermo confirms two new tramlines

Palermo city council has approved EUR426m plans for two new tramlines and two extensions to the existing network as well as new park-and-ride facilities.

Palermo city council has approved EUR426m plans for two new tramlines and two extensions to the existing network as well as new park-and-ride facilities. EUR200m will come from a state grant with a EUR50m contribution from the Municipality and the Sicily Region. The lines will be built by Amat, a joint stock company owned by the Municipality.

The new lines will be Viale Croce Rossa – Mondello (20km/12.4 miles), and Via Duca della Verdura – Stazione Centrale (9km/5.6 miles), but the top priority is an 11km (6.8-mile) extension of line 1 from Via Balsamo to Viale Croce Rossa. A further approval came for the 1.5km (0.9-mile) extension of line 1 from Notarbartolo to Via Duca della Verdura. An 8km (five-mile) extension of line 3 from Viale della Regione Siciliana to Orleans station and a 5km (three-mile) extension of line 1 to Borgata Marina of Sferracavallo, were proposed and will be considered if more funding can be identified.

The present network consists of four lines totalling 18.3km (11.4 miles), with 44 stops. It is operated by a fleet of 17 Bombardier Flexity Outlook LRVs.