Rotterdam has just opened a brand new tram depot in Beverwaard to replace an older workshop which was too expensive to maintain. The Beverwaard remise is along the East leg of the motorway ring, on line 23, which itself was laid in 2004.
The depot project was subsidized by an EU programme TramStore21, just the future Starr Gate depot in Blackpool, UK. The conditions of this subsidy required that the new depots become symbols of sustainability (buzzword alert!), so quite a few innovative solutions in terms of water, heating and spatial use were planned.
The use of rainwater to wash trams is reality, but the P+R on the roof remains a bit empty (it still takes a good 30 minutes ride to reach central Rotterdam from here, as opposed to e.g. 10/15 min train ride from Rotterdam Alexander/Barendrecht) and it turns out that there are better locations in the region to install wind turbines.
Smart energy and resource usage is understandably a requirement given limited budgets, competition, etc. But when talking about going green et al., it is a good idea to look at the forest and not at the trees: a tram depot is as “sustainable” as many car trips an attractive service can replace, so power up those trams