Commuter rail – Page 11

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    Budapest railway projects approved


    HUNGARY: The government has approved projects to develop the suburban rail network serving Budapest. It plans an investment in the region of HF1tr, to be partly funded by the EU. HÉV lines H6 and H7 are to be connected by building a new section of track at Közvágóhíd, and ...

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    Tunnelling poised to start on Paris RER Line E extension


    FRANCE: Construction of the main tunnel of the RER Line E extension between Courbevoie and Haussmann-Saint Lazare to the west of Paris will commence during the first quarter of 2019. This follows a traditional ceremony held at Courbevoie on November 28 to name the tunnel boring machine Virginie. Present at ...

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    Contactless payment arrives on Sydney Trains


    AUSTRALIA: The open payment ticketing trial in Sydney was expanded on November 27 to include the Sydney Trains network and NSW Train Link services that accept Opal cards. Transport for New South Wales began a contactless ticketing trial on the Manly Ferry service in July 2017 using open payment ...

  • The London Assembly’s Transport Committee's key recommendation is that Network Rail should deliver a plan for targeted works which would enable the operation of more frequent and longer trains.

    London Assembly’s Transport Committee publishes report on rail priorities


    UK: The London Assembly’s Transport Committee published a report on November 26 setting out what it sees as the short-term priorities for heavy rail services in the capital. Broken Rails: A Rail Service Fit for Passengers makes six recommendations: 1. Effective small-scale interventions: The committee’s key recommendation is that ...

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    Second München S-Bahn crossing contract awarded


    GERMANY: DB Netz has awarded the first contract for main construction works for the second S-Bahn city crossing in München, the infrastructure manager announced on November 15. The €189m Overground West package, covering the section from Laim to Donnersberger Brücke, has been awarded to a consortium of Ed Züblin, ...

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    Melbourne High Capacity Metro Trains on test


    AUSTRALIA: Testing has started of the High Capacity Metro Trains that Evolution Rail is supplying to operate Melbourne’s suburban network. The Evolution Rail consortium of Plenary, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and Downer Group has a PPP contract to supply 65 electric multiple-units for use on the 1 600 mm ...

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    Palermo suburban line reopens following modernisation


    ITALY: The Passante suburban railway in Palermo has reopened after a three-year closure for modernisation. The project includes double-tracking the line between Palermo Centrale and Punta Raisi, adding 12 stations, eliminating 22 level crossings, and building a new underground section between Palermo and Capaci. So far only the ...

  • The first of the Flirt trainsets which Stadler is supplying for the 43 km TEX Rail commuter route linking central Fort Worth with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has undergone dynamic testing at the airport.

    TEX Rail train on test at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport


    USA: The first of the Flirt trainsets which Stadler is supplying for the 43 km TEX Rail commuter route linking central Fort Worth with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has undergone dynamic testing at the airport. Testing between Dallas Fort Worth Junction and DFW Airport Terminal B station was undertaken with ...

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    Auckland City Rail Link fit-out contractor selected


    NEW ZEALAND: Project promoter City Rail Link Ltd has selected the Systems Integration, Testing & Commissioning Alliance joint venture of RCR Tomlinson and design partners Opus International Consultants for the interim project alliance agreement covering railway systems for the City Rail Link project in Auckland. SITC will work with ...

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    Vertical platform gates to be tested in Paris


    FRANCE: SNCF’s Transilien business unit is to test vertically-rising platform edge gates from South Korean technology company sTraffic at Vanves-Malakoff station in southern Paris. Under a contract awarded at the end of 2017, the gates are due to be installed by April 2019 for a one-year trial. sTraffic has set ...

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    Panasonic to supply Merseyrail wi-fi


    UK: Panasonic is to supply a wireless communications network for the Merseyrail network serving Liverpool that will include on-board passenger wi-fi and video and voice links to the control centre. The wi-fi will be fitted to the 52 four-car electric multiple-units that Stadler is supplying, which are due to ...

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    St Petersburg suburban service proposed


    RUSSIA: A proposal for the launch of frequent suburban rail services on a 53 km semi-circular route around St Petersburg has been submitted to the government by Russian Railways. The project is inspired by the success of the Moscow Central Ring service which RZD launched in 2016 in partnership with ...

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    Stadler Pankow and Siemens Mobility present first Berlin S-Bahn trainset


    INNOTRANS: The first of the 106 trainsets which a consortium of Stadler Pankow and Siemens Mobility is building for the Berlin S-Bahn was officially presented to 'the world and the people of Berlin' at InnoTrans on September 18. The four-car set on show at the Berlin trade fair is the ...

  • CityRail services radiate from Nizhny Novgorod's principal Moscow station. (Photo: yandex/Neu-Zwei)

    Orbital CityRail service expands


    RUSSIA: Nizhny Novgorod suburban passenger operator JSC Volga-Vyatskaya announced on September 10 that its CityRail Priokskaya Line service linking the two halves of the city will become a year-round service with effect from October 15. The 50 km orbital route was launched in 2013, but unlike the CityRail Sormovskaya Line ...

  • Merseytravel has unveiled a full-sized mock-up of the Stadler electric multiple-units ordered for Merseyrail services.

    Merseytravel unveils Stadler EMU mock-up


    UK: Liverpool region transport authority Merseytravel has unveiled a full-sized mock-up of a driving car from one of the 52 four-car electric multiple-units which it has ordered from Stadler for use on Merseyrail services. The mock-up includes working doors and a sliding step to demonstrate how the new fleet will ...

  • A link enabling through running between the Gmunden tramway and the Traunseebahn local railway opened on September 1 (Photo: StadtRegioTram/Wolfgang Spitzbart).

    Metre-gauge lines in Gmunden connected at last


    AUSTRIA: A link enabling through running between the Gmunden tramway and the Traunseebahn local railway opened on September 1, with the inauguration celebrations being followed by two weeks of free travel. Services run from Gmunden station to the town centre every 15 min, continuing over the railway to Vorchdorf every ...

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    Three bidders prequalify for Perth EMU order


    AUSTRALIA: The government of Western Australia has prequalified three bidders for a contract to supply up to 41 six-car electric multiple-units for the Transperth network serving Perth: Alstom Transport Australia; the Momentum West consortium of CAF and UGL; a consortium of EDI Rail and Bombardier Transportation. The government expects ...

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    Mernda extension completed


    AUSTRALIA: A public open day on August 19 marked the official completion of an 8 km extension of Melbourne’s South Morang Line to Mernda, with around 6 000 local residents invited to sample a shuttle service on the route. Regular services are due to begin running with the introduction of ...

  • Central Suburban Passenger Co has awarded Transmashholding’s Demikhovsky Engineering Plant a contract to supply 10 EP2D EMUs.

    Central Suburban Passenger Co orders EMUs


    RUSSIA: Moscow commuter operator Central Suburban Passenger Co has awarded Transmashholding’s Demikhovsky Engineering Plant a contract to supply 10 Type EP2D electric multiple-units by the end of the year This follows from an order for 10 units delivered earlier this year for use on the routes from Moscow’s Kursk, Riga ...

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    South Wales Metro rolling stock order confirmed


    UK: Stadler Rail has been confirmed as preferred bidder to supply rolling stock for use on the South Wales Metro network serving Cardiff. The Swiss company is to supply 36 three-car Citylink tram-train vehicles for use on services to Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil. These would be able to ...