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Operational assistance for Luxtram project

An artist’s impression of the new CAF Urbo low-floor trams for Luxembourg. (Credit: Luxtram)

Luxtram has awarded a three-year contract for operational assistance with its tramway project for the city of Luxembourg to a consortium of Transdev, Transamo and Nantes public transport operator Semitan.

The first rails on Luxembourg’s 15-stop tramway are to be laid next year, with the initial section between Pont Rouge and Luxexpo expected to open in 2017. The route is to run from Findel in the north east, to Cloche d’Or, with a depot located on the Kirchberg to accommodate 32 trams; 19 low-floor Urbos trams were ordered from CAF earlier in the year.

By 2021 the full EUR565m 16.2km (ten-mile) project – with a 3.6km (2.2-mile) catenary-free between Pont Rouge and the city’s main station – will cater for an estimated to be 40 000 passengers a day.

Politicians and representatives from Luxtram presented the design of the new CAF Urbos trams on 1 July. The design of the trams is from a team lead by Eric Rhinn of Lyon-based transport agency Avant Première, with leading Belgium-based interior and lighting designers Michel Léonardi and Isabelle Corten.