Lugano tram update
filed on: 15.07.2011 (15th Jul 2011)
Current proposals for the proposed Lugano tram system have evolved to an H-shaped system with Lamone and Cornadero being the norther extremities and Pontre Tresa and Grania the southern. The first phase would build the lower-left leg and the middle bar of the H, with the leg using 7.1km of the alignment of the FLP (Lugano - Ponte Tresa) narrow gauge railway as far as Bioggo from where, rather than proceding to the railway station as the FLP currently does (the station is located high above the town centre), it would run into the town centre on a 3.2km new line, partly using a tunnel. A lift is being proposed to assure the connection to the railway station. Planning should be complete by the end of 2011. The new tram line would cost about 200 million Franks and be realised between 2015 and 2018. The fate of the remaining section of FLP railway is uncertain, but a shuttle service is suggested so that intermediate stations do not lose their service. Later phases of the tram system would see trams return to Lugano's beautiful lakeside promenade.
This news item is from the 2011 newslog.
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