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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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    Major Transport Infrastructure Authority

    2019-08-22T15:08:00Z

    Part of the Victoria state government, the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority was established on January 1 2019 to oversee major transport projects in planning and construction across the state. It comprises various road and rail project teams, incorporating the former Level Crossing Removal Authority, the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Rail haulage of Viterra grain traffic on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula finished at the end of May. (Photo: John Kirk)  Map: Railway Directory
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    Eyre grain lines are not closed, insists GWA

    2019-07-26T15:30:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Unequal treatment of road and rail was a major factor behind the decision to suspend services on the 1 067 mm gauge network in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, according to operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia. The 700 km network was mothballed at the end of May after GWA’s only ...

  • Fortescue Metals Group held a ceremony to officially launch construction of its Eliwana mine and railway in Western Australia.
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    Eliwana mine and railway project launched

    2019-07-10T10:37:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Fortescue Metals Group held a ceremony on July 5 to officially launch construction of its Eliwana mine and railway in Western Australia. The US$1·275bn project includes the construction of 143 km of railway to connect the Western Hub mining area to the Solomon Hub on the existing 620 ...

  • he government of South Australia has awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract to supply a further 12 three-car A-City electric multiple-units to increase capacity on the Adelaide suburban network.
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    Adelaide A-City fleet expansion

    2019-07-02T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The government of South Australia has awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract to supply a further 12 three-car A-City electric multiple-units to increase capacity on the Adelaide suburban network. The order announced on June 28 will take the A-City fleet to 34 units. The 1 600 mm gauge 25 kV ...

  • A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners have agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a $8·4bn transaction.
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    Genesee & Wyoming to be acquired in US$8·4bn deal

    2019-07-01T14:32:13Z

    INTERNATIONAL: A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners has agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a US$8·4bn transaction. The consortium would pay US$112 per share in cash, with G&W becoming a privately held company. ‘We believe this transaction is an ...

  • The EDI Rail Bombardier Transportation joint venture has delivered the last of 78 B-Series electric multiple-units ordered by Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority
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    Perth’s final B-Series EMU delivered as C-Series procurement underway

    2019-06-25T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The EDI Rail Bombardier Transportation joint venture has delivered the last of 78 B-Series electric multiple-units ordered by Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority, 15 years after the first was unveiled. The final unit is expected to enter service on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines in early July. An initial ...

  • The budget includes funding for the New Intercity Fleet.
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    Rail, metro and tram spending in New South Wales budget

    2019-06-19T13:44:03Z

    AUSTRALIA: Several rail projects have been allocated funding in the 2019-20 New South Wales budget, which was presented on June 18. The state government is providing A$812m as part of a A$1·8bn package over four years towards the New Intercity Fleet. The RailConnect consortium of Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric ...

  • Ricardo is to acquire Transport Engineering, which has acted as technical adviser to Transport for New South Wales for the Sydney Growth Trains project.
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    Ricardo acquires Australian consultancy under diversification strategy

    2019-05-17T10:10:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Ricardo plc has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire rolling stock life cycle management and technical services consultancy Transport Engineering Pty Ltd. The deal announced on May 14 is expected to be completed by the end of June, with the company then operating under the Ricardo brand as ...

  • John Holland has developed a rail springer excavator attachment which, it says, makes the traditionally labour-intensive and high-risk process of track stripping both safer and up to five times faster.
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    Faster track stripping

    2019-05-08T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: John Holland has developed a rail springer excavator attachment which, it says, makes the traditionally labour-intensive and high-risk process of track stripping both safer and up to five times faster. ‘The springer is designed to attach to an excavator via a quick hitch, the road-rail excavator then moves along ...

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    Brisbane Cross River contractors selected

    2019-04-12T09:06:34Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland government’s Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has selected preferred bidders for the three main works packages to build and equip Brisbane’s A$5·4bn cross-city rail link. Enabling works are already underway for the 10·2 km line linking Bowen Hills with Dutton Park, and major construction is expected to ...

  • Queensland has awarded Bombardier Transportation a A$361m contract to undertake modifications to improve the accessibility of the 75 EMUs being supplied under the New Generation Rollingstock programme.
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    New Generation Rollingstock accessibility modification contract awarded

    2019-04-04T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The government of Queensland has awarded Bombardier Transportation a A$361m contract to undertake modifications to improve the accessibility of the 75 electric multiple-units which are being introduced to the southeast Queensland rail network under the New Generation Rollingstock programme. The modified trains are expected to re-enter service from 2020 ...

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    Melbourne grade separation contract awarded

    2019-04-03T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Southern Program Alliance consortium of Acciona Geotech subsidiary Coleman Rail, Lendlease and WSP has been awarded a A$536m contract for grade separation works in southeast Melbourne. The contract announced on April 1 is an extension of a A$588m contract to remove level crossings which had been won ...

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    Melbourne airport rail link accord

    2019-03-14T13:37:20Z

    AUSTRALIA: Development of the long-planned rail link to Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is set to move forward following the signing of Heads of Agreement between the federal government and the state of Victoria on March 13. Announced jointly by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, the agreement sets ...

  • The New South Wales government has awarded the RailConnect consortium a A$130m contract to supply a further 42 double-deck electric multiple-unit cars.
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    NSW inter-city fleet order increased

    2019-03-06T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded the RailConnect consortium a A$130m contract to supply a further 42 double-deck electric multiple-unit cars, taking its New Intercity Fleet order to a total of 554 vehicles. The additional vehicles will enable peak services on the South Coast Line to be ...

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    CAF to replace New South Wales regional train fleet

    2019-02-14T10:59:29Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government signed a contract for 117 multiple-unit cars to replace its entire regional train fleet on February 14. The Momentum Trains consortium of CAF, Pacific Partnership and DIF Infrastructure V has been awarded an availability-based PPP contract to design, build, finance and maintain the ...