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Alstom and the Rochester Institute of Technology’s ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding covering high-level collaboration in transport cybersecurity including education, development and research. This will include student projects, recruitment, corporate training and sponsored research.

Kansai Helios is to acquire Beckers’ rolling stock paint business, and will establish a Kansai Helios France subsidiary in Q1 2023. ‘Development and production of railway coatings has always been of great importance to us and in recent years we have built up a strong market position as the largest manufacturer of railway coatings in Europe with important brands such as Wefa, Rembrandtin and Helios’, said Kansai Helios Managing Director Dietmar Jost.

CFO Škoda Group Libuše Jurečková

Libuše Jurečková became Chief Financial Officer of Škoda Group on January 1. ‘She brings to the group knowledge from an international environment, with many years of experience in financial planning and reporting’, said CEO Didier Pfleger.

Railinc has added milepost and road crossing location date to the AskRail app, which is used by more than 35 000 emergency responders in the USA and Canada to obtain timely information about hazardous materials on trains. ‘These new features will provide first responders with the specific data they have requested as part of our ongoing dialogue with these key safety stakeholders’, said Railinc President Allen West.

Pacific West has invested in Texas-based Eagle Remediation & Demolition Services, which serves rail and other customers. ‘We are thrilled to be executing our organic and now acquisition growth strategy for Pacific West’, said James Samuelsen, Principal at parent company Bluejay Capital on January 17. ‘Bluejay will continue to support the Pacific West and Eagle teams and look forward to additional expansions very soon.’


Chris Heald has joined WSP USA as principal director for major transit and rail projects. He has more than 30 years of experience in rail and transit in the USA, Canada and the UK, and ’is an excellent fit for this role with his strong grasp of leadership and business operations in rail and transit-centric organisations, and his history of strategy development and long-term planning in the industry’, said Jannet Walker-Ford, Transit & Rail national market leader.