All Railway Gazette International articles in April 2020

All articles published this month.

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    In depth

    Track design: Data drives a step change


    Although the fundamental principles of track design have endured for more than two centuries, there is still scope for innovation in areas such as surveying, monitoring and maintainability. UK-based track engineer Gareth Dennis presents a snapshot of the trends driving change in permanent way.

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    In depth

    Interview: In search of ‘the golden middle’


    Eran Gartner, Chief Executive of infrastructure services and technology specialist Pandrol, reflects on the challenges of globalisation and the industry’s drive towards digital, as well as discussing the impact of Precision Scheduled Railroading with Nick Kingsley.

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    In depth

    East Coast ETCS: the time is now


    Alignment of signalling and rolling stock renewals with service expansion has helped to make the case for installation of ETCS Level 2 on Britain’s East Coast Main Line’. Chris Jackson talks to Network Rail Programme Director Toufic Machnouk and LNER’s Head of ERTMS Paul Boyle.

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    In depth

    CrossCountry: Making a difference


    Once regarded as a ‘forgotten’ franchise, and wrestling with capacity challenges, CrossCountry is well placed to play an expanded role in reshaping the UK rail sector, Managing Director Tom Joyner tells Tony Miles.

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    Urban news

    Boston fare collection contract changes approved


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Fiscal Management Control Board has approved changes to the public-private partnership contract for a consortium of Cubic Transportation Systems and John Laing to modernise its fare collection systems. MBTA said the amendments would ensure ‘an achievable and enforceable schedule’ ...

  • The City of London has awarded Dyer & Butler a contract for strengthening works over the Snow Hill Tunnel between City Thameslink and Farringdon stations as part of the £337m development of the new Museum of London site at West Smithfield
    Rail Business UK

    Dyer & Butler to undertake Snow Hill Tunnel strengthening works


    Source: Secchi Smith UK: The City of London has awarded Dyer Butler a contract for strengthening works over the Snow Hill Tunnel between City Thameslink and Farringdon stations as part of the £337m development of the new Museum of London site at West ...

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    Track inspection vehicle ordered


    LITHUANIA: National railway LG has awarded a contract for the design, manufacture and supply of an infrastructure diagnostics vehicle. The contract has been awarded to a consortium of local lorry body and lifting equipment manufacturer KMT, Italian maintenance equipment supplier Tesmec Rail, Goldschmidt Group’s Polish railway ...

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    Tianshui Light Rail

    Light rail line opened on May 1 2020 serving the city of Tianshui, 300 km west of Xi’an. Line 1 runs from Tianshui mainline station in Maiji district on segregated alignment following the north bank of the Wei and Jei rivers west to Yangpodong and Welipu in Qinzhou ...

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    Rugged onboard converter


    CONVERTER: Autronic has launched the HFC50-W/G DC/DC converter which is designed to withstand the temperatures, shocks and vibration of a railway environment. It has a wide input voltage range between 14 and 154 V DC, making it suitable for the common rolling stock onboard power supply ...

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    ADIF pushes on with digital ATP roll-out


    ASFA Digital is being rolled out across the various narrow gauge networks in Spain. SPAIN: On April 28, ADIF announced the award of a contract worth €97∙5m to a consortium of Sistemas y Montajes Industriales and Siemens Rail Automation for packages 1 and 3 of the ...

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    Urban news

    Haifa – Nazareth tram-train bidders invited


    ISRAEL: Government-owned project management company Trans Israel Ltd has launched the prequalification process for the planned Haifa – Nazareth tram-train route, seeking international consortia and local companies to tender for a US$838m PPP concession to design, build and operate the 41 km line.

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    Urban news

    Electric buses enter service in Amsterdam


    NETHERLANDS: Amsterdam transport operator GVB put electric buses into service on Route 22 on April 21, with routes 15, 61 and 222 to follow. The ambition of the local authorities forming the Amsterdam Transport Region is to have all public transport services be zero emissions by ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Edinburgh – London open access service takes shape


    UK: With the first of five Hitachi-built trainsets delivered to the UK for fitting out, FirstGroup has appointed the leadership team for its low-cost open access service between Edinburgh and London, which is scheduled to start running from October 2021. Helen Wylde has been appointed as ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Trenitalia has awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract to provide spare parts logistics services for the 58 ETR500 high speed trains supplied by a consortium of Bombardier, Alstom and AnsaldoBreda. The agreement runs for six years, with an option for a further six, and will see Bombardier ...

  • Love for Scrubs
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail delivers material for hospital scrubs


    UK: ScotRail has transported 30 bales of fabric from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness so volunteer group NHS Scotland for the Love of Scrubs can make them into hospital scrubs for NHS staff. The material was loaded on to an off-peak service on April 24. ...

  • The proposed financing mechanism for the construction of the CDG Express dedicated rail link between Paris Est station and Charles-de-Gaulle Airport has been approved by the European Commission (Photo: ADP).

    Trains prioritised over planes in Air France rescue deal


    FRANCE: Modal shift from plane to train has been made a condition of a state aid package which the government is offering to Air France-KLM. According to Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, a €7bn support package for the Air France business is to be made conditional ...

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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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    Rail Business UK

    Transport Select Committee calls for changes to season ticket refunds


    UK: Chair of the Transport Select Committee Huw Merriman MP has written to the Secretary of State for Transport calling for changes to the refund rules for season ticket holders whose journeys have been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The Committee said there ...

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    Knorr-Bremse to supply onboard systems for Sapsan trainsets


    RUSSIA: Siemens Mobility has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply braking, door and HVAC systems, windscreen wipers and power electrics for the 13 additional Sapsan trainsets which have been ordered by Russian Railways. The third order for 250 km/h Velaro RUS trainsets was placed by RZD ...

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    Urban news

    Transport for London furloughs 25% of employees as fares income drops 90%


    UK: Transport for London placed 7 000 staff or around 25% of its employees on furlough for an initial period of three weeks from April 27, reporting that its main source of income ‘has almost disappeared’ in the light of government advice not to travel because of ...