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    DB orders diesel-battery engineering vehicles


    GERMANY: The national railway’s infrastructure construction unit DB Bahnbau Gruppe has awarded Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik a framework contract for the supply of up to 10 diesel-battery multi-purpose vehicles, with a firm order for an initial three. They will be a compact version of the VentuS ...

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    Funds committed to North Sea Port rail access route


    EUROPE: The Dutch cabinet is to make available €105m from the National Growth Fund towards the Rail Gent Terneuzen project to improve access to North Sea Port, the 60 km area on the Western Scheldt between Vlissingen in the Netherlands and the Belgian city of Gent ...

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    Öresundståg terminates SJ operating contract


    SWEDEN: Regional authorities in the south of the country have awarded a two-year emergency contract for Transdev to operate Öresundståg services from December 10, having agreed to terminate an eight-year contract with SJ after just two years.

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    Grand Paris Express Line 17 viaduct contract awarded


    FRANCE: A consortium of NGE Génie Civil, NGE Bâtiment, NGE Fondations, Cimolai and Guintoli Grands Projets has been awarded a €327·9m contract to build a 5·5 km elevated section of Grand Paris Express automated metro Line 17 between Gonesse and Tremblay-en-France, to the north of Paris. ...

  • SBB Re460 locomotive (Photo: Toma Bacic)

    Electric loco refurbishment programme completed


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has completed a five-year programme to refurbish its fleet of 119 Re460 electric locomotives. The 230 km/h multi-purpose locos rated at 6·1 MW were supplied by SLM and ABB in 1992-96. They are currently used to haul EW IV single-deck and IC2000 ...

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    Plasser emphasises services and customer support at IAF


    GERMANY: Plasser & Theurer’s presence at the IAF infrastructure construction and maintenance trade fair on May 31-June 2 will be encapsulated by the theme ‘future track technology — NOW’. Among the developments being highlighted in Münster by the Austrian track machine specialist will be the addition of Mauritius as its 110th export market.

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    Swedish snow clearance contract extended


    SWEDEN: Transport infrastructure manager Trafikverket has exercised an option to extend Railcare’s contract for snow removal on the rail network for a further three years to April 30 2025. Under the SKr40m/year agreement Railcare provides a number of machines and personnel that are strategically deployed across ...

  • Maaslijn Arriva train (Photo: ProRail)

    War and cost increases delay Dutch electrification scheme


    NETHERLANDS: ProRail has cancelled a tender for electrification of the Maaslijn between Nijmegen and Roermond, saying the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the increasing cost of materials and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the supply chain had forced it to reconsider its approach to upgrading ...

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    Portugal: Algarve electrification gets up to speed


    Award of the second main contract for the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of IP’s east-west Algarve Line should see the wires stretching from one end of the country to the other by the end of 2024, explains Andre Pires.

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    DB warned over market abuse in digital mobility platforms


    GERMANY: The Federal Monopolies Commission has reached a preliminary conclusion that Deutsche Bahn has committed ‘an abuse of market power’ in relation to digital mobility platforms designed to offer passengers integrated route planning and ticket purchasing. Announcing this on April 20, the Commission said that it ...

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    Interview: Iryo targets a 30% share


    Ahead of the launch of its Iryo-branded high speed service in Spain later this year, we ask ILSA Chief Executive Simone Gorini to outline his vision for the Trenitalia-backed entrant to the high speed market.

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    Trainose signs 10-year PSO contract


    GREECE: The ministries of Infrastructure & Transport and Finance have awarded Trainose a 10-year public service obligation contract to continue to provide passenger services. The PSO contract signed on April 14 is worth €50m/year and has an option for a further five year extension. Trainose has ...

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    Rennes rolls out EMV contactless payment on STAR transport network


    FRANCE: Conduent Transportation has implemented a contactless EMV open payment system on the STAR public transport network in Rennes, which is operated by Keolis and used by 353 000 passengers/day. More than 1 500 validators with integrated EMV contactless payment functionality have been installed on the ...

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    Stockholm narrow gauge suburban services transfer to Transdev


    SWEDEN: Transdev took over from Arriva as operator of Stockholm’s 891 mm gauge Roslagsbanan suburban network on April 15. The operating contract awarded by regional transport authority Storstockholms Lokaltrafik runs for 12 years and has a total value of around SKr4bn. ‘We have been preparing for ...

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    SmartRail Europe brings industry leaders to Roma


    ITALY: Industry leaders will gather at SmartRail Europe in Roma in June to learn about the latest innovations and challenges facing the rail sector across the continent.

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    France: Éole makes a critical breakthrough


    The completion of tunnelling works for the western extension of Paris RER Line E paves the way for the start of revenue services on the first section in mid-2023, as Project Director Xavier Gruz explains to Jérémie Anne.

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    Base tunnel station contract


    FRANCE: A consortium of Systra, WSP and Richez_Associés has won a project management contract for the construction of the international station at Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne at the French entrance to the future 57·5 km base tunnel beneath Mont Cenis on the planned new line linking Lyon and Torino. ...

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    Two options to develop wagonload freight


    SWITZERLAND: Two options to determine the future of the wagonload freight business are to be analysed further with a view to the government setting the direction of future policy later this year. Rail currently handles about 25% of all freight traffic in Switzerland, but it has ...

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    Palma metro extension approved


    SPAIN: Plans to extend the Palma metro 1·4 km from Universitat de les Illes Balears west to the Parc Bit science and technology area have been approved by the regional government. An invitation to tender is expected to be issued soon. The project is budgeted at ...

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    Three Ds in focus at Robel’s IAF display


    GERMANY: Maintenance vehicle and small plant specialist Robel Bahnbaumaschinen will be highlighting technology to address three key megatrends at this year’s IAF infrastructure and maintenance show in Münster: decarbonisation; digitisation and demographics.