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Flurry of tramway openings marks end of 2019

The last six weeks of 2019 saw many new tramway openings, including many extensions of existing lines. The most significant was the inauguration on 14 December of the Sydney, New South Wales, South East Light Rail linking Circular Quay, George St and Central Station in the city centre with Randwick (12km), with 60 Alstom Citadis trams entering passenger service. This new tramway features the Alstom APS surface current collection system on George St and Circular Quay. A branch to Kingsford should open in March.

On the same day the Dutch city of Utrecht opened its De Uithof line (8km) to link the central station with the university and a large P+R facility.

In France Bordeaux started service on its fourth tramline, D, from Gare St-Jean to Marie du Bouscat, also featuring APS. Nice completed its initial system with a new line to St-Isidore (3.8km) and completion of the subway behind the Promenade des Anglais to Port Lympia. In St-Etienne line T3 was extended north by 4.8km, while nearby Lyon inaugurated tramline T6 from Debourg to Hõpital Est (6.7km).

In the Swiss city of Geneva a new 2km international tramline started carrying passengers to and from Annemasse in France. 3.5km of new tracks were opened in the Belgian city of Antwerpen into the rejuvenating Docklands area.

In Great Britain the city of Birmingham saw the opening of a 700m extension from Grand Central (New St station) to Library/Symphony Hall featuring battery-powered tram operation.

18 december 2019

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