Australasia urban transport news

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    High Capacity Metro Trains enter service in Melbourne

    2021-01-04T15:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The first of 65 High Capacity Metro Trains being built for the Melbourne suburban network entered service on the Pakenham line on December 26. The seven-car EMUs are being supplied by the Evolution Rail consortium of Downer, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and Plenary Group ...

  • The first stage of the light rail line in Canberra has opened.
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    Green financing for Canberra light rail PPP

    2020-12-22T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Light rail PPP concessionaire Canberra Metro has refinanced a A$280m debt facility using a green loan with climate bond initiative certification under low carbon transport criteria. The consortium of John Holland, Pacific Partnerships, Aberdeen Standard Investments and Mitsubishi Corp said this was the first ...

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    Gold Coast smart ticketing ready for visitors

    2020-12-17T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Cubic Transportation Systems contactless smart ticketing has now been rolled out across the entire Gold Coast Light Rail network in Queensland, enabling passengers to pay using credit or debit cards, smart phones and smart watches. The deployment is the first to use Cubic’s new platform ...

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    Value share contribution mechanism to finance Sydney Metro station

    2020-12-14T12:06:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The NSW government is to finance the construction of Pyrmont station on the Sydney Metro West project using a value share contribution mechanism on the Pyrmont Peninsula. This will require some commercial property owners – other than small businesses – which benefit from increased land ...

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    Sydney tenders western airport metro works

    2020-11-27T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Prequalification has started for a second package of civil engineering works on the planned metro line to serve the future Western Sydney International Airport and the proposed Western Parkland City. Construction of the new international airport is already underway. ...

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    Contactless payment introduced in Adelaide

    2020-11-19T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Conduent Transportation has deployed a contactless open payment system for the Adelaide tram network, enabling passengers to use Visa, MasterCard and NFC-enabled smart devices to pay their fares. It uses Conduent’s Atlas platform, which was already used by the South Australian Public Transport Authority, with ...

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    Sydney travel app adds social distancing information

    2020-11-17T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has worked with Amazon Web Services, digital services company Tigerspike and transport software developer AppJourney to add physical distancing and passenger occupancy notifications for Sydney Trains and metro services to the Opal Travel app. Passengers can receive real time alerts ...

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    A$370m Sydney Metro station contract awarded

    2020-10-20T14:42:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded construction company AW Edwards a $370m contract to build and fit out Crows Nest station on the Sydney Metro City Southwest project. The site has already been excavated to a depth of 25 m by Sydney ...

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    Adelaide tram software contract

    2020-10-19T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Torrens Connect joint venture of John Holland, UGL and bus operator Torrens Transit selected Trapeze to supply planning and scheduling software software to support its succesful bid for the Adelaide tram operating contract, leading to a subsequent long-term roll-out. ‘Using the Trapeze software to ...

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    John Holland to build Stage 3 of Gold Coast light rail

    2020-10-06T13:49:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast Light Rail project company GoldlinQ has selected John Holland as preferred bidder for design and construction of the Stage 3 extension to Burleigh Heads. Following an initial call for expressions of interest, GoldlinQ shortlisted three bidders in February to submit final tenders. John ...

  • Ricardo and Seoul Metro have been appointed to act as the shadow operator to support two projects to expand Sydney’s driverless metro network.
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    Shadow operator appointed to support Sydney metro expansion

    2020-09-09T10:54:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Ricardo and Seoul Metro have been appointed to act as the shadow operator to support two projects to expand Sydney’s driverless metro network. Sydney Metro West would run 25 km underground from Parramatta to the central business district, while the 23 km Western Sydney Airport ...

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    Sydney Metro West tunnelling shortlist

    2020-08-31T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The government of New South Wales has shortlisted three consortia for the first two major tunnelling packages of the Sydney Metro West project, which will link Parramatta with the central business district. They are: John Holland, CPB Contractors and Ghella Australia (JHCPBG JV); ...

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    Gold Coast light rail extension study funded

    2020-08-11T12:35:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Queensland’s state government and the Gold Coast city administration have agreed to fund a A$7m business case study into further extensions of the Gold Coast light rail line. The package announced on August 6 by state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk envisages that around A$5m will be ...

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    Gold Coast going contactless

    2020-08-03T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Cubic Transportation Systems has begun the installation of contactless payment equipment on the Gold Coast light rail line in Queensland under a A$371m smart ticketing contract awarded by regional transport agency TransLink. Passengers will be to able pay for travel using smartphones, credit and debit ...

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    Immersive tram simulators

    2020-06-23T07:00:00Z

    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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    Bayswater rebuilding contract awarded

    2020-04-15T08:03:00Z

    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

    2020-04-08T14:19:00Z

    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.

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    Sydney light rail Kingsford branch opens

    2020-04-06T11:41:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The 3·2 km five-stop light rail branch from Moore Park via Anzac Parade south to Juniors Kingsford was opened for revenue service on April 3, completing Sydney’s CBD & South East LRT network.

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    UGL and John Holland to operate Adelaide trams

    2020-03-12T10:33:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Torrens Connect joint venture of local bus operator Torrens Transit, UGL Rail Services and John Holland has been selected to operate light rail services in Adelaide, under a contract announced by the South Australian Public Transport Authority on March 10. The deal forms part ...

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    Fast-charge battery development funded

    2020-02-18T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The development of fast-charge lithium-ion batteries to power catenary-free trams is among the projects which have been awarded A$11m of government funding under a programme to develop the national minerals sector. The A$5m tram battery project brings together the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research ...