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  • au-sydney-metro-tunnel-breakthrough-191128
    Metro Report International

    Sydney Metro West tunnelling contract awarded

    2021-07-16T10:16:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The first of three major tunnelling contracts for the 24 km Sydney Metro West has been awarded to a joint venture of Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd and Ferrovial Construction (Australia) Pty Ltd, Transport for New South Wales announced on July 16.

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    Metro Report International

    Gold Coast Stage 3 trams ordered

    2021-07-15T09:07:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast light rail concessionaire GoldLinQ has ordered a further five Flexity 2 low-floor light rail vehicles from Alstom to operate the Stage 3 extension now in development.

  • Sydney Inner West Light Rail Line tram (Photo: CAF)
    Metro Report International

    Sydney tram order

    2021-06-29T10:18:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has awarded CAF a contract to supply a further four Urbos 100 five-section trams for Sydney’s Inner West Light Rail Line. Announcing the order in June 29, CAF said the trams are scheduled to be delivered in early 2023, ...

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    In depth

    Australia: Ore trains return to Whyalla

    2021-06-29T09:00:00Z

    After a five-year gap, trains carrying export iron ore have resumed running to Whyalla in South Australia as strong market demand drives spot prices to a record level. John Kirk reports.

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    Rail Business UK

    Australian free trade agreement offers export opportunities for UK rail suppliers

    2021-06-16T12:56:00Z

    UK: The signing of an agreement in principle paving the way for a free trade agreement with Australia has been welcomed by the Railway Industry Association and a number of its members ‘The UK has long had a close relationship with the Australian railway sector, ...

  • CRRC Zhuzhou Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit ‘railless train’ on test in Zhuzhou
    Metro Report International

    Light rail report cautions against ‘unproven’ trackless trams

    2021-06-15T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Railway Association has published a report highlighting the social benefits of light rail and making recommendations to help support future development, and also cautioning against ‘gambling’ with what ARA describes as unproven and untested ‘trackless tram’ technology-guided bus systems.

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    Alstom starts assembling Perth EMUs

    2021-06-08T09:21:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Alstom officially began train manufacturing at the Metronet Bellevue assembly plant in Western Australia on June 7, describing the occasion as ‘a watershed moment’ for the local rail sector.

  • Cowra station (Photo: Bidgee/ Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0-au).
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    SMEC to undertake Cowra Lines reopening study

    2021-06-08T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has appointed SMEC Australia to investigate the cost and ongoing viability of reviving the out of use 179 km Blayney – Demondrille railway for freight traffic. Cowra station (Photo: Bidgee/ Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0-au). This route forms part of ...

  • au-W Sydney Airport metro Aerotropolis Station_Artists impression
    Metro Report International

    Sydney Metro appoints airport line delivery partners

    2021-06-07T08:31:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Sydney Metro has appointed a consortium led by SNC-Lavalin in partnership with HKA and Infrastructure Nation to act as Integration & Delivery Partner for the A$11bn Western Sydney Airport line.

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    News

    Victoria to buy updated X’Trapolis EMUs

    2021-05-19T10:05:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Victoria state government has announced plans to order 25 X’Trapolis 2.0 electric multiple-units from Alstom to continue the renewal of the Melbourne suburban fleet.

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    Rio Tinto to test Rail Vision collision-avoidance technology

    2021-05-15T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Mining company Rio Tinto is to undertake proof-of-concept testing of enhancements to the collision detection system on its AutoHaul autonomous trains, which would add the capability to identify hazards such as people or vehicles on or near the tracks. The nine-month project will have ...

  • au-melbourne-glenhuntley-tram-crossing
    Metro Report International

    Acciona to eliminate Melbourne rail/tram crossing

    2021-05-06T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Major Transport Infrastructure Authority has selected an Acciona-led consortium to rebuild a section of Melbourne’s Frankston suburban line, eliminating two level crossings southeast of the city and the flat crossing between rail and tram routes at Glenhuntley.

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    Metro Report International

    Quantum computing could provide a more resilient transport network

    2021-04-15T10:03:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has formed a partnership with specialist technology company Q-CTRL to explore the use of quantum computing to increase the resilience of Sydney’s transport network. Possible applications include tackling complex problems such as updating schedules in real time if there is ...

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    Gippsland upgrading contract awarded

    2021-03-24T16:40:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Rail Projects Victoria has finalised an A$300m contract with the VicConnect Alliance of Decmil, UGL and Arup to undertake the Gippsland Rail Upgrade project, which will improve the regional line between Melbourne, Traralgon and Bairnsdale, southeast of Melbourne.

  • Sydney double-deck EMU delivery from CRRC factory
    News

    Delivery of next batch of Sydney EMUs underway

    2021-03-21T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRLIA: CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles has shipped the first of the next batch of Waratah Series 2 double-deck electric multiple-units for Sydney Trains, 18 months after the contract was signed. An initial 24 Waratah Series 2 sets were ordered from Downer ...

  • Sydney Metro Barangaroo station impression
    Metro Report International

    Sydney Metro Barangaroo station contract awarded

    2021-03-19T11:08:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: BESIX Watpac has been awarded a A$217m contract to build Barangaroo station on the Sydney Metro City Southwest project. The station will be located to the northwest of the city centre, close to the Walsh Bay Arts Cultural precinct. The ...

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    News

    Scurrah and Cory to lead Pacific National

    2021-03-18T12:38:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Paul Scurrah has been selected as the next Managing Director CEO of freight operator Pacific National, succeeding Dean Dalla Valle who had announced his intention to step down earlier this year. Having previously served as CEO of Queensland Rail ...

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    Melbourne doubling tracking and stations contract awarded

    2021-03-15T10:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: An alliance of Acciona, Coleman Rail, and WSP has been awarded a contract for infrastructure works as part of the A$530m Hurstbridge Line Duplication project on the Metro Trains Melbourne network. This includes signalling, power and infrastructure upgrading works, the construction of stations in Greensborough ...

  • The modified NGR trains are expected to re-enter service from 2020 to 2024.
    News

    ETCS to the Sunshine Coast

    2021-03-01T11:30:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Work has started on an A$43m project to install ETCS Level 1 automatic train protection on Queensland Rail’s Sunshine Coast line between Caboolture, Nambour and Gympie North.

  • The CAF-led Momentum Trains consortium is supplying a 117-car fleet of diesel trainsets to replace the XPTs, Xplorer and Endeavour DMUs.
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    Three step plan to improve Australian rail services

    2021-02-16T17:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Australian Railway Association has published a report commissioned from Arup which sets out a three-step plan to provide faster, more reliable and more frequent rail services through upgrades to the existing network and the creation of dedicated fast lines. ...