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More new Chinese tramways

QINGDAO is a coastal city of 6.2M in eastern Shandong province. It opened its first metro line in December 2015 and is building two more. Now an 8.8km east-west standard-gauge tramline, with 12 stops, linking Qianwangtuan (site of the depot) and the Chengyang wholesale market has opened for trial operation, on 5 March. Most of the line is on reserved track, but 400m are in the street. The line is operated by Qingdao Bus Group, and runs 06.30-20.30 daily, featuring overhead electrification. The flat fare is CNY 2. Rolling stock includes seven examples of the Chinese built version of the double-ended, three-section, Skoda 15T ForCity, 35.2m long and 2.65m wide with 60 seats and space for 320 standing, built by CRRC Qingdao Sifang. It is believed the fuel cell powered prototype hydrogen tram built last year is also on the line for test purposes. Two more tramlines are planned serving the Chenyang district on the north side of Jiaozhou bay, north-west of the city centre.

CHENGDU. On course for passenger service later this year is the 9km demonstration tramway in the Xinjin district, extending a further 5km in 2017. Xinzhu is supplying 15 three-section low-floor trams built under a technical agreement with Siemens.

26 March 2016


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