Palermo to expand tramway network
Posted on 26th July 2023 at 16:04
Three tramway extensions are to be built in the Sicilian city, with two opening in 2026, by a Sis Scpa/CAF consortium under a EUR 402.5M contract:
line 4 to Orleans and Stazione Centrale (8.2km);
Lines 2/3/4 Notarbartolo–Via Duca della Verdura (1.3km);
line 1 Via Balsamo–Viale Croce Rossa (11.5km).
CAF will supply nine double-ended Urbos trams for the first stage (lines 4 and 2/3/4). The extension of line 4 will link the two separated sections of the current network. The line 1 extension has still to be financed.
Palermo opened its new standard-gauge tramway system in December 2015 with four lines; line 1 ( 5.6km, Station Centrale–Roccella) does not link with the rest of the network. lines 2/3/4 (17.7km) share a common city terminus at Notarbartolo station on the metro-like commuter rail line. Bombardier delivered 17 32m Flexity Outlook low-floor trams for the opening, but CAF has been responsible for tram maintenance since 2020.
Palermo, population 600 000, had a first generation metre-gauge tramway from 1887 until 1947, when it was replaced by trolleybuses.
A Bombardier tram in Palermo. (J. Häseler)
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