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New tram lines across Europe

The weekend of 13/14 December saw the annual rail timetable change throughout Europe (excluding the UK), and many urban transit operators also introduce timetable changes from this date. In addition to route reorganisations, such as that carried out in Den Haag (The Hague), several new tram lines were inaugurated at this time.

In Paris tram line T1 was extended from Bobigny-Pablo Picasso by 3 km to Noisy-le-Sec, where there is interchange with RER line E. Line T1 has been carrying 80 000 passengers/day requiring a four-minute peak headway. Also in Paris, automatic metro line 14 (Météor) was extended by one station to reach Gare St-Lazare.

In Germany the city of Frankfurt-am-Main inaugurated its tram route 17 over the new line to Rebstock, providing a link from this business quarter to the Messe (Fair Grounds) and Hbf (main railway station). Not far away, in Darmstadt, the local operator HEAG opened its new tram line to Kranichstein, with route 5 working to the city centre.

The Swiss city of Geneva saw the start of a significant tramway extension programme with the opening of the new line between Gare de Cornavin and Place des Nations in Sécheron. See Report on opening

In addition to these openings, dummy timetabled operation has started on the new tramway systems in Bordeaux (France) and Barcelona (Spain) in readiness for public service over the coming weeks.

13 December 2003, Geneva item added 15 December, Geneva report link added 17 December.

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