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Zurich light rail project gets approval

One of Zurich's current fleet at the Unterriet light rail stop. (Image credit: Ed Webster CC-BY-2.0)

Switzerland’s Federal Transport Office has issued a construction permit for the 13.4km (8.6-mile) Limmattalbahn light rail line, linking Zurich-Alstetten main line station with Killwangen-Spreitenbach in Aargau.

The CHF715m (EUR669m) project will serve 27 stations, with services operating at 15-minute intervals and 37-minute end-to-end journey times. The line will be electrified in part at 600V dc and 1.2kV dc, running on a dedicated alignment for 92% of the route.

The first stage of the route from Altstetten to Schlieren Geissweid could commence in September. The second stage is expected to be built between 2019-2022.