The ultra-modern tram system of Santa Cruz celebrates its first birthday today. The 21-stop link between Santa Cruz and La Laguna commenced on 2nd June 2007 and has carried over two million passengers since then.

It took 7 years to transfer the initial project from the drawing board to reality, as well as three years of actual road works, which caused the biggest ever traffic congestions for both cities and an uproar by taxi drivers claiming their living was being destroyed.

The tram system is a huge success and now few dispute the benefits brought by the tram, which is used by almost 50,000 people every day.

A one-month trial offering free wi-fi access to tram users is currently underway
The scheme is a joint project involving the Canary Islands Research, Society and Innovation Agency and Vodafone.

Four trams have been fitted with 3G broadband wi-fi routers initially, and it is planned to convert the rest of the fleet if the trial proves popular with the customers.

Work on a second tram line is under way and plans are being made to extend the existing one as far as Tenerife North Airport within a few years.