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  • Perth C-series Alstom EMU impression
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    Local content emphasised as Alstom awarded Perth train contract

    2019-12-10T09:36:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Authority of Western Australia has formally signed the A$1·3bn contract for Alstom to supply and maintain diesel and electric multiple-units for use around Perth. Announcing completion of the deal on December 10, PTA said the biggest rolling stock contract that it had placed ...

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    ‘Romance’ of rail can mitigate skills crisis

    2019-12-05T09:34:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The rail sector needs to embrace rapid changes in workplace expectations in order to overcome a looming demographic crisis, delegates at the AusRail conference in Sydney heard on December 4.

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    Hyundai Rotem ships its first inter-city trains to New South Wales

    2019-12-04T13:29:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Hyundai Rotem has shipped the first 20 of 554 double-deck electric multiple-unit cars that it is supplying to New South Wales for use on NSW TrainLink inter-city services. Rotem is supplying the 160 km/h rolling stock from its Changwon plant in South Korea as part ...

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    ‘Golden age’ in New South Wales, Collins tells AusRail

    2019-12-03T09:04:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: New South Wales is experiencing ‘a golden age’ of rail investment, Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins told delegates at the AusRail 2019 conference in Sydney on December 3.

  • Yanchep Rail Extension
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    Work starts on Perth suburban rail extension

    2019-11-28T13:49:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The NEWest Alliance of CPB Contractors and Downer has been named preferred bidder to undertake the Yanchep Rail Extension and the Thornlie–Cockburn Link projects in Perth. The announcement was made on November 25, when a sod-turning ceremony marked the start ...

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    Freight hub master plan unveiled

    2019-11-27T08:00:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: A master plan for a rail and road freight hub near Palmerston North was unveiled by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones on November 26. Video: Palmerston North intermodal freight hub master plan The proposed facility would replace ...

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    Federal funds to boost Queensland projects

    2019-11-21T15:02:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The federal government has committed to increase funding for several railway projects in Queensland, as part of an A$3·8bn package of infrastructure spending announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on November 21. Described by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as a ‘huge win’, the announcement followed ...

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    Digital signalling test centre to be built in Sydney

    2019-11-01T10:13:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has invited expressions of interest in a contract to build a testing facility for digital signalling technology. To be built at the Rail Technology Campus at Chullora in western Sydney, the Digital Systems Facility would enable technologies to be tested ...

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    Carmichael rail link contract awarded

    2019-10-22T09:43:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Indian mining group Adani has awarded an A$100m contract to Martinus Rail for tracklaying on the 200 km rail link to its future Carmichael mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The 1 067 mm gauge single-track line will connect the A$2bn mine to Aurizon’s existing Central ...

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    Gamuda buys into Australian rail market

    2019-10-08T08:52:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Malaysian civil engineering group Gamuda Bhd has agreed to purchase a 50% stake in Australian contractor Martinus Rail Pty Ltd, citing potential opportunities in the country’s pipeline of current and future railway projects. Under the partnership agreement announced on October 2, Gamuda Engineering Australia and ...

  • KiwiRail has selected Lankhorst Engineered Products as the winner of a contract to supply polymer sleepers over at least three years.
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    KiwiRail selects polymer sleeper supplier

    2019-09-24T10:24:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has selected Lankhorst Engineered Products as the winner of a contract to supply polymer sleepers over at least three years. The Dutch company said this was a significant breakthrough for its KLP hybrid polymer sleeper design, which it launched internationally in 2014 after ...

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    Northland line renovation funded

    2019-09-09T10:33:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: The government has approved the first NZ$94·8m tranche of an expected NZ$300m from the Provincial Growth Fund to fund renovation and upgrading works on KiwiRail’s 181 km North Auckland Line between Swanson and Whangarei. Speaking in Helensville on September 5, Regional Economic Development Minister ...

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    ​Victoria expands VLocity fleet

    2019-09-04T09:16:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Victoria state government has ordered a further batch of VLocity diesel multiple-units from Bombardier Transportation, in order to meet growing demand on regional routes radiating from Melbourne. Due to enter service in 2021, the six three-car units will follow on from the nine sets ...

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    Hamilton – Auckland commuter service funded

    2019-09-02T12:30:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Daily commuter services are to be introduced on the northern section of KiwiRail’s North Island Main Trunk line between Hamilton and Aucklandfrom mid-2020, following the approval of an NZ$92·4m funding package by the NZ Transport Agency. Combining NZ$79·8m from the national government with NZ$12·6m ...

  • Alstom is to supply a fleet of C-series EMUs for the Transperth network.
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    Alstom to supply 252 multiple-unit cars to Western Australia

    2019-08-19T14:10:37Z

    AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Authority of Western Australia announced on August 19 that it had selected Alstom Transport Australia as preferred bidder to supply the next generation of electric multiple-units to operate on the Transperth network serving the state capital. Details of the A$1·6bn contract are expected to be ...

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    MIRA and PGGM to acquire all of Genesee & Wyoming Australia

    2019-08-15T13:57:20Z

    AUSTRALIA: Existing shareholders Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets and PGGM have agreed to assume full ownership of the Genesee & Wyoming Australia business. This announcement on August 6 follows an agreement for GWA’s parent company Genesee & Wyoming Inc to be acquired by Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC in a ...

  • Loram Maintenance of Way has agreed to purchase Aurizon’s rail grinding business, along with its contracts to serve four customers.
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    Loram to acquire Aurizon’s rail grinding business

    2019-08-13T09:40:32Z

    AUSTRALIA: Loram Maintenance of Way has agreed to purchase Aurizon’s rail grinding business, along with its contracts to serve four customers. ‘Loram recognises substantial opportunities in the Australian rail market’, explained Stephen Mannix, Managing Director of local subsidiary Loram Pty Ltd, when the agreement was announced on August 12. ...

  • Work is already underway to enlarge West Footscray station on the Sunbury line.
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    Sunbury line upgrade package

    2019-08-12T13:29:03Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Victoria state government has approved the first package of civil works to upgrade the 39·5 km Sunbury suburban line, which forms the electrified suburban section of the Melbourne – Bendigo main line. The upgrading will pave the way for enhanced services following completion of the Metro Tunnel ...

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2019-08-05T08:44:46Z

    Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary Freightliner has successfully operated a 4 624 tonne ‘jumbo train’ of aggregates from Merehead in Somerset to Acton in London, which it described as ‘the heaviest freight train currently running in the UK’. This was a trial run ahead of Freightliner taking over the haulage ...

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    Vossloh sales up as rationalisation progresses

    2019-08-02T10:00:00Z

    VOSSLOH: Reporting its half-year results on July 25, Vossloh Group announced that sales had increased by 4·6% to €437·1m from €418·1m for the first six months of 2018. An 18·6% increase in orders received to €568·9m had helped to lift the group’s order backlog by 33·7% to €726·9m at the ...