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    Test running to start on Ulm – Wendlingen high speed line


    GERMANY: On January 31 Deutsche Bahn will switch on the 15 kV 16∙7 Hz traction power supply over the full length of the 59∙6 km Ulm – Wendlingen Neubaustrecke. This will pave the way for commissioning trials that will culminate with test runs at up to 275 km/h.

  • The transport ministry has announced the opening of the 106 km Konya – Karaman line, which has been extensively upgraded and realigned by lead contractor Gülermak.

    Rebuilt Konya – Karaman route opens


    TURKEY: The transport ministry has announced the opening of the 106 km Konya – Karaman line, which has been extensively upgraded and realigned by lead contractor Gülermak. The double-tracked route mostly follows the alignment of the existing railway, but several cut-offs and ...

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    Chinese awarded PNR Bicol construction contract


    PHILIPPINES: A consortium of Chinese companies has been awarded a 142bn pesos contract to build the first 380 km of the so-called PNR Bicol line, replacing Philippines National Railway’s moribund Main Line South.

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    Uruguay: Ferrocarril Central reconstruction gathers pace


    Despite delays caused by the pandemic and late alterations to the scope of the programme, work to rehabilitate Uruguay’s strategically important north-south main line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros is on course for completion in 2023. Marcelo Benoit reports.

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    Tanzania – Burundi rail link agreement


    AFRICA: Plans to build a rail link between Tanzania and Burundi are expected to move forward following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two governments on January 16. The 282 km route would diverge from the Tabora – Kigoma branch of Tanzania’s embryonic ...

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    Indiana double-tracking to improve commuter and freight services


    USA: An agreement to double-track nearly 28 km of main line south of Lake Michigan has been signed by Anacostia Rail Holdings’ Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad, Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District and utility company Northern Indiana Public Service Co. This will result in ...

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    Guarapuava – Paranaguá agreement paves way for Nova Ferroeste completion


    BRAZIL: Agreement for construction of the final section of the R$25bn Nova Ferroeste project was reached between the Ministry of Infrastructure and the state government of Paraná at the end of December. Running over the 405 km between Guarapuava and the port of Paranaguá, the scheme ...

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    Bukhara – Khiva electrification funding agreed


    UZBEKISTAN: A US$162m, 20-year loan to finance electrification of the 465 km Bukhara – Miskin – Urgench – Khiva railway was signed by the government and the Asian Development Bank at the end of December. Electrification will enable national railway UTY to operate Talgo 250 Afrosiyob ...

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    Comment: The politics of infrastructure


    Rising geopolitical complexity around the world raises a challenge that policymakers and railway planners will have to overcome if ambitions for modal shift to rail are to be realised in the years ahead, argues our Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

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    Work starts on Korean east coast connection


    ASIA: Work has started to complete the a coastal railway corridor along the east coast of the Korean peninsula, linking the rail networks of South and North Korea.

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    Burgos – Vitoria-Gasteiz high speed line moves ahead


    SPAIN: The Ministry of Transport, Mobility & the Urban Agenda announced on January 8 that the Subdirectorate General for Railway Planning had on December 30 granted definitive approval for the ‘Informative Study’ covering construction of the high speed line between Burgos and Vitoria-Gasteiz.

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    Rail Baltica contracts awarded and Tallinn station name announced


    EUROPE: Further contracts have been awarded for the Rail Baltica standard gauge line project, and the name of the future terminal in Tallinn has been announced.

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    Chinese high speed network tops 40 000 km as first privately funded line opens


    CHINA: Ceremonies on January 8 marked the official opening of the Hangzhou – Shaoxing – Taizhou high speed line, with the simultaneous departure of two trains from Taizhou and Shengzhou Xinchang.

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    Alabama-USA Corridor rail investment programme to improve port links


    USA: State Governor Kay Ivey has announced the Alabama-USA Corridor, a proposed $231·6m programme of rail investment to provide improved intermodal transport inland from the port of Mobile to support economic development ‘It can provide options for freight containers to reach new destinations inland, which our ...

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    Bendigo regional upgrading makes progress


    AUSTRALIA: The first of three new stations being built on the lines from Bendigo to Echuca and Swan Hill as part of Victoria’s A$4bn Regional Rail Revival programme has opened for revenue service. The stations at Goornong and Huntley on the Echuca line and Raywood on ...

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    Contract let as Kosovan route modernisation programme progresses


    KOSOVO: Infrastructure manager Infrakos has awarded Generale Costruzioni Ferroviarie a contract to modernise the central section of its north-south main line between Fushë Kosovë and Mitrovicë.

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    VolkerRail orders Matisa tampers


    UK: VolkerRail has awarded Swiss company Matisa a contract to build a further two B 66 UC tampers. These will be used as part of VolkerRail’s contract to supply Network Rail with up to 12 on-track machines for maintenance tamping and plain line and switch & ...

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    RFI calls tenders to rebuild Sicilian route


    ITALY: RFI has called tenders for reconstruction of the railway between Palermo and Trapani via Segesta Tempio in Sicily.

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    Deutsche Plasser merged with Robel service business


    GERMANY: Deutsche Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH has been merged with the Robel Service & Customer Service business unit to create Plasser Robel Services GmbH with effect from January 1 2022.

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    Mattigtal line electrified


    AUSTRIA: Electric services have started operating on the southern 4 km of ÖBB’s Mattigtal branch between Steindorf bei Straßwalchen and Friedburg, northeast of Salzburg, following the completion of a €23·3m electrification project.