Mid-December, after approximately three years of planning, the budget was approved for the first section (5.8 km) of the new fully automated metro line U5 in Hamburg.
U5 will be a new arterial route running through the city from Bramfeld to Arenen/Volkspark
The end of the planning approval process is expected in 2020 and construction is expected to start by the end of 2021.
Video of the future U5 route
Source: Hamburger Hochbahn
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is planning to introduce driverless operations for two metro lines in New Delhi in 2020.
The Mangenta and Pink lines, opened in 2017 and 2018 respectively, were designed to allow fully automated operation. Read more →
The Gimpo Gold Line in northwestern Seoul opened on 28 September. It has 10 stations and is just under 24km long.
The new line connects Gimpo International Airport to Yangchon station further northwest and offers connections to Seoul Metro lines 5 and 9.
Stations, nine of which are underground, are equipped with platform screen doors.
The 2-car vehicles were supplied by Hyundai Rotem and the signalling is by Nippon Signal.
The new line is operated by Gimpo Goldline Operation, a subsidiary of Seoul Metro, the South Korean capital’s main metro operator.
After the Shinbundang line and Ui-Sinseol LRT, the Gimpo Gold Line is the third fully automated metro line in Seoul. There are also fully automated lines in three neighbouring cities: Incheon, Uijeongbu and Yongin. Other such lines in South Korea can be found in the southeastern cities of Deagu and Busan.
Source: Seoul Metro
On 29 September, Queen Margrethe of Denmark officially opened Copenhagen Metro’s new line M3. The opening was also celebrated by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, who visited the M3 Control and Maintenance Centre on 8 October.
The M3 line is 15.5 km long with 17 underground stations. Each station is developed with unique architecture to reflect the local neighbourhood surrounding the station. Read more →
Metroselskabet A/S, the operating authority of the Copenhagen metro, has announced that the city’s new Metro line M3 started its trial run on 24 June, under the responsibility of the operator, Metro Service. Read more →