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Shanghai to welcome back the tram

Shanghai, China, is set to see the return of trams to its city centre after 40 years, as part of a three-year development plan designed to develop publically-owned land along the city’s waterfront.

Shanghai, China, is set to see the return of trams to its city centre as part of a three-year development plan designed to develop publically-owned land along the city’s waterfront. The last time trams ran in Shanghai was 40 years ago.

Construction of the 13km (8.1-mile) line is expected to begin in 2017, which will run along the west bank of the Huangpu River with an interchange with metro Line 4 at Nanpu Bridge to Xupu Bridge in Xuhai.

Last year, plans were also approved for a 28.5km (17.7-mile) two-line network in the city’s Songjiang district, due to complete in 2017; while there is also a two-line network planned for the Qingpu suburb, with a 5.2km (3.2-mile) northern line and a 9.2km (5.7-mile) southern line.