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First Metropolis trainset delivered for Kochi Metro Rail

Industry news  •  6 January 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

On 02 January 2016, the first of 25 Alstom Metropolis trainsets was delivered ahead of schedule for service on Kochi Metro Rail (KMRL) in the state of Kerala, India.

Plans confirmed for Dublin Airport Metro North link

Industry news  •  30 September 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Irish Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD has announced plans to build a new Metro North link between Dublin Airport and the city centre.

Demand-driven tram extensions in Bern

Issue 5 2012  •  31 October 2012  •  René Schmied, CEO, BERNMOBIL

After the opening of a number of new tram lines, on 12 December 2010, the city of Bern became known as a ‘tram city’. At the city’s main station, 46 trams, per hour, pass by in each direction. Five tram lines are bundled in the heart of the city and use the same tracks between Hirschengraben station and Bern main station. At the end of 2010, with the opening of two new tram lines in the West of Bern, and the integration of the suburban light-rail line from Worb into the tram network of BERNMOBIL, the network grew from 17km to 31km, and from three to five lines. Forty-eight per cent of BERNMOBIL passengers now travel by tram, compared to 35% previously.

A new tram line to Wankdorf: The next step to expand the tram network is ready. The existing tram line ‘9’ will be extended by 1.2km from Guisanplatz to Bern Wankdorf railway station, with operations due to commence on 9 December 2012.

The main benefit of this line extension is to introduce a new connection of the tram network with the railway network at one of the busiest places in Bern. The football and ice hockey stadiums and Bern Expo are located here, plus the new headquarters of Swiss Post and the Swiss Federal Railways are being built just behind the railway station, and many other companies can be found in this district.

2012: ‘year of the tram’ in Vienna

Issue 5 2012  •  31 October 2012  •  Günter Steinbauer, CEO, Wiener Linien

Public transport in Vienna is highly popular and is well known on an international level. However, the fact that Vienna has declared 2012 as the ‘year of the tram’ is a real rarity. While the popularity of trams seems to be fading in many countries around the world, Wiener Linien has made a clear commitment to its trams, together with the City of Vienna, and is expanding their use.

For more than 150 years, trams have been a fixed part of Vienna’s image, just like the famous Fiaker carriages belong to Vienna’s city centre. Vienna’s trams began life with a horse-drawn tram line in 1865. The Vienna Tramway Company was founded in 1872, from which time the New Vienna Tramway Company also became a direct competitor. Just a few years later in 1883, the first steam-powered tramway was travelling around Vienna. In 1897, a new era was ushered in when the first tram line powered by electricity was opened. Then, just two years later in 1899, the City of Vienna assumed control of the licence for building and running the ‘Electrics’, as trams were affectionately known in Vienna at that time. Work to expand the network of tram lines in the Austrian capital reached its peak during the interwar years.

Warsaw Metro prepares to handle EURO 2012 arrivals

Issue 2 2012  •  25 April 2012  •  Jerzy Lejk, President of the Board and CEO, Warsaw Metro

Poland’s capital city, Warsaw, is one of the host cities for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (EURO 2012) which will take place in June. The city is currently carrying out intensive preparations to welcome football players and fans.

Metro Warszawskie Sp. z o.o. is involved in on-going cooperation with authorities to develop appropriate solutions for the football tournament. The company has estab – lished a department specifically to take care of issues related to passenger security by making the relevant arrangements and carrying out analyses.

The department comprises Służba Ochrony Metra (the Metro Security Service) and Zakładowa Służba Ratownicza (the Emergency Service). Both units specialise in metro operations and follow strict procedures established for action undertaken in diverse situations, while constantly improving their operational capabilities through, among other things, training with the appropriate state services such as fire brigades, police and emergency services.