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    Colas-led consortium to modernise Ligne des Horlogers


    FRANCE: Infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau has awarded a consortium of Colas Rail, Colas Génie Civil and Legrand a €22m contract to refurbish a 70 km section of the Ligne des Horlogers route between Besançon and the Swiss border near La Chaux-de-Fonds. This will include 34 ...

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    Costa Rica commisisons feasbility study into Pacific railway revival


    COSTA RICA: Railway agency INCOFER has awarded Korea National Railway, Dong Il Engineering and Soosung Engineering a contract to study the feasibility of reviving the 98·3 km line running west from the capital San Jose with Puntarenas on the Pacific coast. ...

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    Naxçıvan railway reopening proposed as work starts on Baku link


    ASIA: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has welcomed proposals for the reopening of a rail link between Iran and its northwestern neighbour Azerbaijan. Speaking at a meeting with the governor of Iran’s largely Azeri-speaking province of East Azerbaijan on February 18, Zarif pointed out ...

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    Interlocking roll-out completed


    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has completed a programme to install new interlockings on the 328 km Eskişehir – Kutahya – Balıkesir main line and bring the route under centralised control. The largely single-track line is one of TCDD’s principal access routes to the Izmir region from ...

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    Norfolk Southern drops plans for rail terminal on convict labour site


    USA: Norfolk Southern has dropped plans to build a rail-served ethanol terminal on the site of a former brickworks near Atlanta which had made extensive use of a system of leasing convicted prisoners as forced labour.

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    Akhtuba bridge eliminates Caspian bottleneck


    RUSSIA: The last single-track section of the route to the Caspian Sea port of Astrakhan has been eliminated as part of an RZD programme to increase capacity in the region.

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    Infrabel completes GSM-R migration


    BELGIUM: Infrabel has successfully completed a two-year project to migrate its radio communications core network infrastructure to a VOIP backbone, as part of its ongoing telecoms modernisation and resignalling programme. Working with industrial partner Kontron Transportation, the national infrastructure manager has been working to switch its ...

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    Thales to undertake Stuttgart digital signalling project


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has awarded Thales the contract to implement modules 1 and 2 of the Digital Node Stuttgart project to deploy digital signalling systems to increase rail capacity around the city. The €127m contract running to the end of 2025 covers the supply and ...

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    French ERTMS installation financing


    FRANCE: Infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau has secured more than €31m in grants from the European Commission’s Innovation Networks Executive Agency and a similar sum in debt financing from Caisse des Dépôts to finance the installation of ERTMS equipment on 252 passenger vehicles and freight ...

  • The CAF-led Momentum Trains consortium is supplying a 117-car fleet of diesel trainsets to replace the XPTs, Xplorer and Endeavour DMUs.

    Three step plan to improve Australian rail services


    AUSTRALIA: The Australian Railway Association has published a report commissioned from Arup which sets out a three-step plan to provide faster, more reliable and more frequent rail services through upgrades to the existing network and the creation of dedicated fast lines. ...

  • UGL has won a contract to operate and maintain New South Wales' Country Regional Network, which is currently managed by John Holland Rail.

    UGL wins NSW rail network management contract


    AUSTRLIA: The New South Wales government has named UGL as the winner of a A$1·5bn contract to operate and maintain the Country Regional Network on behalf of Transport for NSW for 10 years from January 2022. The CRN comprises almost 2 400 km of operational ...

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    Vectron validates ETCS on Øresund Bridge


    EUROPE: Test running on the Øresund fixed link with an ETCS-equipped Vectron locomotive from Siemens Mobility has successfully validated the use of ERTMS onboard equipment for cross-border operation between Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The link is fitted with a mixture of Swedish and Danish signalling and ...

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    Single-track corridor to launch Californian high speed service by 2030


    USA: California High Speed Rail Authority’s Revised Draft Business Plan envisages the completion of a 270 km ‘interim service line’ which would initially be mostly single track, and sets out revised cost and ridership estimates for the project.

  • Elron has formally awarded a consortium of Škoda Vagonka and Škoda Transportation a €56·2m contract to supply six electric multiple-units by the end of 2024

    Estonian EMU contract awarded


    ESTONIA: Passenger operator Elron has formally awarded a consortium of Škoda Vagonka and Škoda Transportation a €56·2m contract to supply six electric multiple-units by the end of 2024, with an option for 10 more. The EMUs are intended for use on ...

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    Ohmtalbahn reopening study


    GERMANY: The Marburg-Biedenkopf local authority has commissioned consultancy Ederlog to study the potential reopening of the Ohmtalbahn.

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    Korosten junction electrification


    UKRAINE: Electrification of the 4∙2 km link between Post-Pіvdenniy and Korosten-Zhytomyrskyi in the railway junction on the edge of Korosten was completed on January 14. CEO of Ukrainian Railways’ Southwestern Railway Artem Myronovych said up to 3·9m hryvnia/year would be saved through the elimination of diesel ...

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    Albanian railway modernisation contract signed


    ALBANIA: A contract for a major modernisation of the 37 km main line between Tiranë and Durrës and the construction of a 5·7 km branch to Nënë Tereza international airport at Rinas was signed by national railway HSH and Italian company INC on February 3. ...

  • Konux has secured financing to support the further development of software-as-a-service products which use internet-of-things and machine learning to automate railway operating, monitoring and maintenance processes.

    Railway automation technology company attracts investors


    GERMANY: München-based transport AI company Konux has secured financing to support the further development of software-as-a-service products which use internet-of-things and machine learning to automate railway operating, monitoring and maintenance processes. It has also announced the appointment of former Vossloh and Siemens rail automation division CEO Andreas ...

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    Beijing – Chengde opening completes Beijing – Harbin high speed rail corridor


    CHINA: The 192 km Beijing Chaoyang –- Chengde high speed line opened on January 22, completing the 1 198 km Beijing – Shenyang – Harbin corridor. There are initially 12 trains a day each way on the latest section, operated by CR400BF-G trainsets running at 300 ...

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    Spanish high speed network reaches Orihuela


    SPAIN: The first phase of a corridor linking Madrid with Murcia opened on February 1, with the inauguration of a 38∙3 km section of high speed line between Monforte del Cid and Orihuela.