Published: 25th Jan 2012

Being host to Expo 2008 accelerated the regeneration of Zaragoza, Spain’s fifth largest city. Investment in large-scale infrastructure has been combined with small interventions which have engaged local citizens. Clare Goff reports Fresh from the success of the roll-out of its high-speed rail network, Spain has been investing heavily in tram networks in its major cities. By the end of 2011 four Spanish cities – Zaragoza, Murcia, Jaen and Granada – will have new tramway systems, joining cities such as Valencia, the first to re-introduce trams in 1994, Bilbao and Barcelona. And the country is using its tram renaissance as another chance to experiment in new technologies, leading the way in energy-saving transportation. In Zaragoza, the first phase of its new tramway opened in May this year and will eventually connect the historic and modern areas of the city. The city’s original tram system dated back to the late 1800s, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)