The main reason was simple; to have a line for the Citylink tram to run on. That tram is a bit too large for line T1 or T2, as the concept of Citylink trams (in most cities where Citylink type trams run) is not for short distances with frequent stops, but for regional services. Often with a city center tram part (shared with city trams) and a (converted) railway part.luka23 wrote: ↑04 Jun 2018, 09:25After playing fo a while, one thing I don't really see the added value of is the conversion of M5 to T3. What was the reason of converting it? Realistically looking, you lose cross-platform changeover and have to go downstairs at Transferium, so it doesn't even seem logical to me as it's not even connected to the rest of the tram network.
A few examples;
- The Hague - Zoetermeer (the tram is officially called "Regiocitadis", but is follows the classical Citylink concept)
- Saarbrücken - Sarreguemines
- Alicante - Benidorm
- Kassel - Hofgeismar-Hümm (same tram type as in The Hague)
But as the network was already too big for some users, and even I was starting to get lower performance in some area's, I did not want to add several kilometers of new scenery to the network.
(Perhaps if I sacrifice parts of the RijndamRail railwaylines (Centraal Station - Rijndam Zuid and CGL - Noordvliet)? And then build that as a separate downloadable "Rijndam 2022". Just an idea....)