All Railway Gazette International articles in February 2015

All articles published this month.

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    Hands-free mobile ticketing demonstration


    TICKETING: A proof-of-concept smartphone rail ticketing app which would not require passengers take their phones out of their pockets is being developed by New York-based transport and event payment technology specialist Bytemark. Ticket gates would use Bluetooth wireless technology to communicate with the app as the passenger walks through the ...

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    Israel Railways ready to launch first bond issue


    ISRAEL: Proposals for Israel Railways to raise private investment to fund infrastructure development are moving forwards, with the company expecting to start marketing its first bond issue at the beginning of March ahead of a formal offering later in the month. Under a framework agreement signed with the government in ...

  • Proposals for withdrawal of the ex-British Rail Pacer diesel multiple-units are required in Northern franchise bids.

    Invitations to tender issued for Northern and TransPennine franchises


    UK: The invitations to tender for the next Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises were issued by the Department for Transport on February 27. The ITTs set out the minimum requirements which must be included by bidders in their proposals. Last year Abellio Northern Ltd, Arriva Rail North Ltd and ...

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    Cairo Line 3 Phase 4 contracts awarded


    EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels has signed contracts for fit-out and signalling for the 5·7 km Phase 4A eastern extension of Cairo metro Line 3 to Cairo International Airport. The infrastructure contract was awarded to a consortium of Alstom, Colas Rail, Orascom and Arabco. Alstom has an €80m ...

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    MTR tests body-worn cameras


    CHINA: In response to confrontations between staff and the public, Hong Kong MTR’s By-laws Inspection Unit testing the use of body-worn cameras. BIU staff will turn on their cameras when they see a need to record a situation, advising passengers that they have done so. MTR Corp says all ...

  • Suresh Prabhu presented the railway budget to parliament on February 26.

    Indian Railways budget launches five-year plan


    INDIA: The 2015-16 railways budget should be seen as the beginning of a Rs8 560bn five-year action plan to transform the network, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said when he presented the budget to parliament on February 26. This year’s budget forms part of a ‘trilogy’ of documents being produced by ...

  • The expert panel included Nicola Shaw of HS1 Ltd, Colin Stewart of Arup, Amanda White of Transport for Greater Manchester and Jon Shaw from Bombardier Transportation. The debate is now available to view on demand.

    ‘Connectivity and vision’ key to future of high speed


    RAILWAY GAZETTE TV: More than 370 viewers in 20 countries registered to watch Railway Gazette’s interactive live debate on high speed rail on February 25. Sponsored by Bombardier Transportation, the latest in RG TV’s debate series assessed the future of high speed rail over the next five decades saw Chris ...

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    ‘Healthy DSB’ objectives achieved in 2014


    DENMARK: National passenger operator DSB presented its annual report for 2014 on February 26, with Chairman Peter Schütze and Acting CEO Stig Pastwa saying it has achieved its objectives under the ‘Healthy DSB’ programme to improve its financial performance, punctuality and reputation. Ridership was up 2% on the previous year ...

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    OmniTRAX acquires Peru Rail Line


    USA: Short line and terminal operating group OmniTRAX announced on February 23 that its Peru Industrial Railroad subsidiary had agreed to purchase the Peru Rail Line from the City of Peru, Illinois. The price was not disclosed, but local media reports put the figure at $1·25m. The 3 km line ...

  • High output ballast cleaner.

    Network Rail orders third rail compatible ballast cleaner


    UK: Network Rail announced a £50m order for a Plasser & Theurer ballast cleaning system on February 26, the fifth in its fleet and the first designed to be used on 750 V DC electrified lines with the third rail remaining in place. Ballast Cleaning System Five is scheduled to ...

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    Reconfigurable real-time remote monitoring


    MONITORING: Barnbrook Systems has won a significant order to supply its BlueCube multipurpose sensor, data logging and analytical technology to a UK train operator, which will use BlueCube to provide real-time remote monitoring of the performance of on-board equipment. Two leasing companies are also deploying BlueCube. The train operator is ...

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    Finland seeks EU rail funding


    FINLAND: The government has applied for funds from the TEN-T programme for several railway projects. The application includes €12·2m for planning and €66·8m for the construction of the Helsinki City Rail Loop. This project was approved by the Finnish Transport Agency in February 2012 as a means of relieving ...

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    Foundation stone laid for northern Ethiopia line


    ETHIOPIA: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn laid a ceremonial foundation stone for the Mek'ele – Weldiya/Hara Gebeya railway project on February 18. The 220 km electrified mixed-traffic route is being built by China Communications Construction Co under a US$1·5bn contract. At Weldiya it will connect with future lines south to ...

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    Network Rail announces contingent labour contract changes


    UK: Network Rail announced on February 25 that it is to award a series of five-year contracts to supply contingent labour for infrastructure work with a total value of at least £450m, consolidating the number suppliers and implementing a new code of conduct. The contracts represent the provision of around ...

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    Sydney is first Citadis X05 tram customer


    AUSTRALIA: The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium announced on February 25 that it had achieved financial close on the A$2·1bn PPP contract to build, operate and maintain Sydney’s CBD & South East Light Rail line. ALTRAC Light Rail, then called Connecting Sydney, was selected as preferred bidder in October and ...

  • Freightliner GE Class 70 locomotives.

    G&W agrees to buy Freightliner Group


    INTERNATIONAL: US short line holding group Genesee & Wyoming Inc announced an agreement to buy approximately 95% of the shares of Freightliner Group from Arcapita and other shareholders on February 25. The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015. G&W will pay £490m in cash ...

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    Wabtec sees solid growth prospects


    WABTEC: ‘Record results’ for the 2014 calendar year were announced by Wabtec Corp on February 18. The company reported sales of US$3·04bn, income from operations of US$527m or 17·3% of sales, and earnings per diluted share of US$3·62. Cash flow from operations of US$472m exceeded net income of US$352m, ...

  • Transport for London is exploring options to replace the technology which is currently used inside its Oyster smart cards.

    TfL plans to replace Oyster smart card technology


    UK: Transport for London is exploring options to replace the technology which is currently used inside its Oyster smart cards. Under the proposal, future Oyster cards would incorporate the contactless payment card technology which is used by bank credit and debit cards. This would allow fare payments to be handled ...

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    Kraków tests supercapacitor tram


    POLAND: MPK Kraków started test running of a Solaris Tramino 100% low-floor tram on February 23. The vehicle will operate for three months on Route 1 of the standard gauge network, which links Nowa Huta and the city centre. Powered by four 105 kW asynchronous traction motors, the tram ...

  • AnsaldoBreda double-deck EMU.

    Hitachi agrees to buy Ansaldo STS and AnsaldoBreda


    ITALY: On February 24 the Hitachi and Finmeccanica boards announced the signing of binding agreements for the Japanese group to buy Napoli-based rolling stock manufacturer AnsaldoBreda and Finmeccanica’s 40% stake in Genova-based signalling, train control and turnkey transport system supplier Ansaldo STS. Hitachi Rail said the acquisitions would represent a ...