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Utrecht: Nieuwegein network resumed service

Nieuwegein Centrum on the first day of service | © Maurits van den Toorn

Line 60 between Utrecht and Nieuwegein-Zuid started passenger service again on 3 January 2021. Seven-module low-floor tramcars supplied by the Spanish manufacturer CAF are now in use here. Before these vehicles saw only occasional service on the Uithoflinie.

On the branch line to IJsselstein (line 61), test runs are currently being carried out during the night, with commissioning expected sometime in February. A through connection with line 22 to de Uithof will follow later, apparently not all new tramcars have been delivered yet. On line 22, CAF’s five-module trams usually run in coupled pairs during the day.

Jaarbeursplein | © Maurits van den Toorn
Nieuwegein Zuid terminus with low platform access | © Maurits van den Toorn

High-floor light rail vehicles built in the 1980s were previously in use on the routes to Nieuwegein and IJsselstein until 3 July 2020, when both were temporarily out of service for conversion and adaptation work. See our report on the subject here: https://www.urban-transport-magazine.com/en/end-of-high-platform-light-rail-operation-in-utrecht/

A network scheme can be found here: http://www.urbanrail.net/eu/nl/utr/utrecht.htm

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