Lisbon's first new trams for 28 years
Posted on 20th November 2023 at 09:30
With 10 of the 15 CAF Urbos on order delivered to the Portuguese capital, transport operator Carris is using them on line 15E, Cais do Sodre–Belem–Alges, along the bank of the Tagus river.
Some of the older Siemens articulated trams from 1995/6 are still in use here as well, but others have been moved to a bus garage without track access due to shortage of space at Santa Amaro depot.
They have been joined there by the two-axle trams that previously ran extras on line 15. Line 15E is a shortened version of line 15; at its western end of short section from Alges to Cruz Quebrada remains disused, but is slated for re-opening without timescale.
At its eastern end the cut back from Praça da Figueira to Cais do Sodre is temporary due to road works. An extension to Santa Apolonia railway station has been planned for many years, but again does not have a timescale.
Delivery of the CAF Urbos 100% low-floor trams started in April 2023 and the first three were put into passenger service on 22 September. They are the first new trams for Lisboa for 28 years.
CAF tram 601 in Lisboa. (Carris)
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