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    Rail export opportunities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand


    INTERNATIONAL: Business opportunities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand will be discussed in the next two in the series of webinars which the UK Department for International Trade and the Railway Industry Association are running to assist British railway suppliers looking to win export orders. The ...

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    Western Australia rail investment targets agriculture sector


    AUSTRALIA: A package of infrastructure enhancements has been put forward by the Western Australia state government in a bid to attract more agricultural traffic onto rail.

  • The Victoria state government has agreed to provide A$3·8m/year to ensure the continued operation of The Overland passenger train between Melbourne and Adelaide for the next three years.

    Melbourne – Adelaide Overland to return


    AUSTRALIA: The Victoria state government has agreed to provide A$3·8m/year to ensure the continued operation of The Overland passenger train between Melbourne and Adelaide for the next three years. Around 200 000 passengers/year use the twice-weekly daytime service, which takes 10½ h to cover the ...

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    Perth level crossings to go


    AUSTRALIA: As part of the Metronet suburban rail expansion programme, Western Australia’s Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has announced plans to remove six more level crossings on Transperth’s Armadale Line, southeast of the city centre.

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    Immersive tram simulators


    AUSTRALIA: Transurb has supplied Sydney light rail operator Transdev with five tailor-made simulators which use the TrainLab virtual training platform to replicate the city’s mixed fleet of Alstom Citadis X05 and CAF Urbos 3 trams. The supplier said Transdev had opted for ...

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    Jeantet ousted from Keolis over ‘strategic differences’


    FRANCE: Former SNCF Réseau chief executive Patrick Jeantet has been dismissed as Chairman of Groupe Keolis with immediate effect, the company’s Supervisory Board announced on June 2. A new Executive Committee has been formed to oversee the business pending the appointment of a successor.

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    KiwiRail to order two train ferries


    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has issued a request for proposals for its next generation of train ferries for the Wellington to Picton route linking the road and rail networks of the North Island and South Island. The two new ships ‘represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the ...

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    Sydney capacity enhancement contracts awarded


    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded two infrastructure enhancement contracts totalling around A$600m for works on the southern section of the Sydney Trains suburban network as part of its A$4·3bn ‘More Trains, More Services’ investment programme.

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    Wellington regional train study funded


    NEW ZEALAND: Greater Wellington and Horizons regional councils have been awarded funding from the NZ Transport Agency to develop the final business case for a fleet of hybrid multiple-units to replace ageing loco-hauled stock used on two regional commuter routes. Citing the regions’ growing population, the ...

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    KiwiRail orders lifting jacks


    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has ordered eight 30-tonne lifting jacks from Mechan for installation at its Wellington and Dunedin depots. Mechan worked with KiwiRail to customise one of its standard designs. The companies have a longstanding relationship, Mechan having supplied an initial set of jacks to ...

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    Industry calls for improvements to Australian rail tendering processes


    AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Railway Association has made 21 recommendations for simplifying and reducing the cost and time required to tender rolling stock and signalling contracts. ‘Australian tendering costs are higher than global benchmarks and that makes it harder to get projects out of the planning phase ...

  • Australian Rail Track Corp has awarded Telstra a 10-year contract to provide telecoms services through the National Train Communications System.

    Australian industry group will prepare for Advanced Train Management System roll-out


    AUSTRALIA: A cross-industry oversight group is being established to assist with the introduction of the Advanced Train Management System on the 1 435 mm gauge interstate freight rail network, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport & Regional Development Michael McCormack announced on May 11.

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    NSW tenders faster rail studies


    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales state government has called tenders for studies and project management to support the development of business cases for faster rail services on the routes from Sydney to Canberra and Sydney to Newcastle.

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    Campbell to head ARTC as Fullerton steps down


    AUSTRALIA: Mark Campbell has been appointed as Managing Director & CEO of Australian Rail Track Corp with effect from May 1, succeeding John Fullerton, who is stepping down after more than 40 years in the rail industry and nine years leading the interstate infrastructure manager.

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    Coronavirus leads to new ways of working at KiwiRail


    NEW ZEALAND: ‘As an essential service, we’ve had to learn a whole new way of working’, said KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller, announcing details of changes made by the national railway to reflect the impact of Covid-19. ‘We have provided additional PPE to our teams ...

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    UIC shares ways to restore confidence in rail travel


    COVID-19: The International Union of Railways has published a summary of potential steps that could be adopted to increase customer confidence in rail transport following the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Carmichael civil works contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Adani Mining has awarded Martinus Rail a A$220m contract for civil engineering work on the 1 067 mm gauge rail link to its controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

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    Australian railway radio contract stopped by US trade restrictions


    AUSTRALIA: Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority has dropped plans for the HUGL consortium of Huawei Australia and UGL to undertake its Radio Systems Replacement project, saying trade restrictions imposed on Huawei by the US government had created a force majeure event under the contract which the ...

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    Bayswater rebuilding contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: The government of Western Australia has awarded the Coleman Rail-led Evolve Bayswater Alliance a A$253m contract for the reconstruction of Bayswater station on the Perth suburban network.

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    NSW tenders Sydney Metro West tunnelling


    AUSTRALIA: Tendering for the construction of the 24 km Sydney Metro West driverless metro line between the city centre and Parramata was formally launched by New South Wales Transport Minister on Andrew Constance on April 7.