All Railway Gazette International articles in December 2021 – Page 5

All articles published this month.

  • Oslo Metro (Photo: Siemens Mobility)
    Metro Report International

    Oslo T-Bane CBTC contract awarded


    NORWAY: Oslo transport operator Sporveien has awarded Siemens Mobility a €270m contract to install communications-based train control to replace legacy signalling systems on the capital’s 94 km five-line T-Bane metro network and provide 25 years of maintenance. The Trainguard MT CBTC will support attended automated operation ...

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    Direct awards agreed to replace Abellio’s Nordrhein-Westfalen contracts


    GERMANY: Three local transport authorities in Nordrhein-Westfalen have agreed emergency contracts for DB Regio, National Express and Vias Rail to take over regional passenger services currently operated by Abellio Rail NRW GmbH.

  • Freight wagon with sensor technology (Photo TX Logistik)

    From ‘smart wagons’ to a ‘smart train’


    EUROPE: Mercitalia Group’s TX Logistik arm and Mercitalia Intermodal have launched a 15-month project to determine how digital technology can best be integrated into combined transport operations. Sensors and communication technologies provided by manufacturers including Nexxiot and PJM will be used to ...

  • Augsburg_01
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport industry news round-up


    This week’s round-up of news from the urban transport sector

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    Rail Business UK

    Derailers installed to protect DIRFT traverser


    UK: Depot safety specialist Zonegreen has completed its first installation for the freight sector, supplying five powered derailers to protect a traverser which has been installed instead of a head shunt at Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal in Northamptonshire. DIRFT III contractor Winvic Construction commissioned Zonegreen ...

  • InnoTrans exhibition entrance

    Recognising and managing the risks of battery fires


    INNOTRANS: In the latest InnoTrans Podcast, Roger Dirksmeier, Managing Director of Fogtec, explains how the rail industry must adapt its fire-fighting measures to cope with battery-electric and fuel cell drive systems. ’It is important to look at fire safety as an integrated system and not simply ...

  • Frankfurt U-Bahn (Photo: Siemens Mobility)
    Metro Report International

    Siemens Mobility wins Digital Train Control Frankfurt CBTC contract


    GERMANY: Frankfurt transport operator VGF has selected Siemens Mobility for the Digital Train Control Frankfurt contract to replace the conventional train control systems on its U-Bahn and tram networks with communications-based train control. Wireless digital communications between the control system and the vehicles will enable services ...

  • Goodmap screenshot from a TransPennine Express station (1)
    Rail Business UK

    TransPennine Express unveils accessibility initiatives


    UK: TransPennine Express has introduced the GoodMaps app, which guides blind and other users around stations to help them find features such as platforms, toilets, ticket offices and coffee shops. The app uses LIDAR and image recognition data, and does not require ...

  • Southeastern
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Serious errors’ made by Southeastern franchisee


    UK: Serious errors were made by Govia’s Southeastern franchisee London & South Eastern Railway Ltd in its engagement with the Department for Transport over several years, a review commissioned by the chairs of shareholders Go-Ahead Group and Keolis UK has found.

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    Czech passenger services change hands


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The timetable introduced on December 12 brought a further decline in passenger volumes operated by ČD, although the state operator has returned to two short branch lines where trains were previously run by private operators.

  • Andorra (Photo: Tomasz Hanarz/Pixabay)
    Metro Report International

    Tramway and cable cars proposed to relieve Andorra’s roads


    ANDORRA: Construction of a light rail line is proposed in a study commissioned by the government to consider options for reducing unsustainable growth in road traffic. The tramway would run from Sant Julià de Lòria to Escaldes-Engordany, with three connecting cable car links to the airport, ...

  • SWT 450 & 444 at Clapham Jn TM01-edited
    Rail Business UK

    Desiro air-conditioning goes digital


    UK: Siemens Mobility has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to overhaul and install remote monitoring equipment on 733 heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems on 172 Class 444 and Class 450 Desiro electric multiple-units operated by South Western Railway. The HVAC systems were made by Knorr-Bremse subsidiary Merak. ...

  • DARTplus train IE

    Battery power to extend Dublin commuter services as Alstom wins DART fleet renewal


    IRELAND: Alstom was formally confirmed as supplier of up to 750 suburban multiple-unit cars for Iarnród Éireann as part of its DART+ Programme on December 13, having been named preferred bidder in June.

  • Karlsruhe_02
    Metro Report International

    Karlsruhe Kombilösung tram tunnels inaugurated


    GERMANY: The cross-city tram tunnels in Karlsruhe were opened for revenue service on December 11, with Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe operating its first trams through the link from 14:30 and its regional partner Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft starting the following day. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there was ...

  • fr-Paris Lourdes night train relaunch-J Anne (7)

    French night trains relaunched as government announces €800m investment


    FRANCE: At 20.52 on December 12, the rebirth of France’s domestic overnight passenger network took a step forward. Jérémie Anne reports from Paris Austerlitz.

  • Headbolt Lane Station - Aerial View 1
    Rail Business UK

    Battery trains to serve Headbolt Lane station


    UK: Work is set to begin on construction of a station at Headbolt Lane as part of an initiative which will see Merseyrail Stadler Class 777 electric multiple-units use battery power to run around 2 km beyond the end of the 750 V DC third rail ...

  • br-pro-trilhos-signing-tgdf

    First Pro Trilhos construction schemes approved


    BRAZIL: The federal government signed contracts with six groups on December 9 authorising them to progress nine railway construction projects which would add an estimated 3 507 km to the national network using R$50bn in private funding.

  • Train cleaning robot design
    Rail Business UK

    Robot train cleaner to be tested


    UK: A robot designed to clean hard-to-reach areas between and underneath train seats is being developed by the National Robotarium research centre, which has unveiled the design ahead of laboratory and real-world trials with a prototype in 2022. The National Robotarium is supported by Heriot-Watt University ...

  • Inaugural Departure of International Trains of China-Laos Railway (Chengdu and Chongqing to Vientiane)

    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • Bratislava Skoda tram
    Metro Report International

    Bratislava orders trams


    SLOVAKIA: Bratislava transport operator DPB has awarded Škoda Transportation two contracts to supply 30 single-ended and 10 double-ended trams for its metre gauge network. The city already operates 30 bidirectional ForCity Smart Plus trams designated Type 30T supplied by Škoda in 2014-15 and 30 unidirectional variants ...