Infrastructure news

  • Curzon Street is being designed by WSP UK, working with Grimshaw Architects.
    Rail Business UK

    Mace and Dragados to build Birmingham Curzon Street HS2 station

    2021-05-11T05:17:00Z

    UK: HS2 Ltd confirmed on May 10 that it had selected a consortium of Mace and Dragados to build the station at Birmingham Curzon Street under a contract worth £570m.

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    PetroCity plans general freight railway

    2021-05-10T14:45:00Z

    BRAZIL: Industrial group PetroCity Portos SA is pursuing plans to develop a new railway to serve the states of Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais, running inland from a proposed port, logistics and business complex at Urussuquara, south of São Mateus on the Atlantic coast.

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    Electrification to increase Ukraine – Poland iron ore export capacity

    2021-05-08T05:00:00Z

    UKRAINE: National railway Ukrzaliznytsia has begun a project to electrify the 94 km line from Kovel to Izov and the Polish border. The route handles 90% of rail freight tonnage between the two countries, mainly iron ore being exported from the Kryvyi Rih region to steelmakers ...

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    New Zealand’s 10-year Rail Plan prioritises resilience and reliability

    2021-05-07T16:03:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: The government has published a 10-year Rail Plan, setting out its ambitions for a ‘resilient and reliable’ rail network and outlining its investment priorities. The plan does not provide a definitive list of investments or funding commitments, but is intended as a sign ...

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    Maranhão Railway to serve deepwater port

    2021-05-06T14:39:00Z

    BRAZIL: Plans are taking shape for the construction of a heavy haul railway and deepwater port in northeastern Brazil, in order to accommodate rising export traffic from the mining and agricultural sectors.

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    Metro Report International

    Acciona to eliminate Melbourne rail/tram crossing

    2021-05-06T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Major Transport Infrastructure Authority has selected an Acciona-led consortium to rebuild a section of Melbourne’s Frankston suburban line, eliminating two level crossings southeast of the city and the flat crossing between rail and tram routes at Glenhuntley.

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    Portugal’s Beira Baixa link reopens after 12 years

    2021-05-05T13:22:00Z

    PORTUGAL: Trains returned to the 46 km section of the Beira Baixa line between Guarda and Covilhã on May 2 for the first time in 12 years, with a formal reopening ceremony taking place the following day.

  • Construction of the second line linking the port of Koper to the SŽ network at Divača was officially launched on May 5 by Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec and representatives of state-owned project promoter 2TDK and the contractors.
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    Construction of second track to Koper launched

    2021-05-05T13:18:00Z

    SLOVENIA: Construction of the second line linking the port of Koper to the SŽ network at Divača was officially launched on May 5 by Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec and representatives of state-owned project promoter 2TDK and the contractors. The ceremony followed the signing on ...

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    Port drives Arica – La Paz railway reopening

    2021-05-05T13:12:00Z

    CHILE: A test train was dispatched from the port of Arica on May 5, signalling the reactivation of the Chilean section of the Arica – La Paz railway for freight traffic after being mothballed for almost 16 years.

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    Texas high speed rail developer signs $1·6bn electrical systems contract

    2021-05-04T14:21:00Z

    USA: Dallas – Houston high speed rail project promoter Texas Central Railroad has signed a $1·6bn contract for Kiewit and its Mass Electric Construction subsidiary to install the core electrical systems for the proposed line. This would include the traction power, signalling and communications equipment ...

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    ETCS tests underway as next section of Galician high speed line nears opening

    2021-05-04T10:00:00Z

    SPAIN: ETCS Level 2 validation testing began on April 26 on a recently completed 104 route-km section of high speed line through the mountains between Pedralba de la Pradería and Taboadela.

  • ProRail has appointed Nokia to operate its GSM-R network, while Cellnex has been awarded a contract to install and operate telecoms masts (Photo: NS)
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    Nokia and Cellnex awarded ProRail telecoms contracts

    2021-05-04T05:00:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: Infrastructure manager ProRail has appointed Nokia to operate and maintain its GSM-R voice and data communications network, while Cellnex has been awarded a contract to install and operate telecoms masts. The 10-year agreement with Nokia which runs from September 2022 ‘represents a major step ...

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    Castex agrees to fund Bordeaux – Toulouse high speed line

    2021-04-30T11:47:00Z

    FRANCE: The French government will contribute €4·1bn to help finance the long-planned high speed line between Bordeaux and Toulouse, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on April 28. Toulouse is France’s fourth largest city and the capital of the Occitanie region. It would be the last major ...

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    Finnish ETCS Level 2 test route contract awarded

    2021-04-28T13:03:00Z

    FINLAND: Transport infrastructure agency Väylävirasto has awarded Thales a contract to design, supply, install and test ETCS Level 2 signalling on the Kouvola – Kotka/Hamina line, with commercial use of the new signalling expected to begin in early 2023. The branch which serves an important ...

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    Provence – Côte d’Azur upgrade funding agreed

    2021-04-28T09:22:00Z

    FRANCE: The government has agreed a €3∙5bn funding package to launch the first two phases of the long-planned upgrade of the route along the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and Nice, including sections of new line.

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    Spain to evaluate national gauge conversion programme

    2021-04-27T11:00:00Z

    SPAIN: The government has reopened the long-running debate over which gauge should be adopted for the principal sections of the main line rail network, with the Ministry of Development and infrastructure manager ADIF establishing a panel of multi-disciplinary specialists to assess the strategy for the core ...

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    RFI lets €1bn contract to realign Sicilian coastal railway

    2021-04-27T10:04:00Z

    ITALY: RFI has signed contracts covering the planning, design and construction of a new alignment between Taormina and Giampilieri in Sicily, which is the first stage of a project to eliminate the last remaining single track bottleneck on the Messina – Catania main line.

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    Warszawa – Gdynia line upgraded for 200 km/h

    2021-04-25T05:00:00Z

    POLAND: A consortium of Alstom, Thales and Nokia has completed the deployment of ERTMS to support 200 km/h operation on the Warszawa – Gdynia section of railway route E65. ‘This jointly-delivered project is a game-changing achievement in the history of high speed railway implementation in ...

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    JR Central sets out ¥722bn spending plan to stimulate post-Covid recovery

    2021-04-23T10:06:00Z

    JAPAN: JR Central has unveiled its investment priorities for the 2021-22 financial year, which began on April 1, as it seeks to recalibrate its business for the post-Covid recovery period, when restoring lost ridership will be a key priority.

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    MTA and partners unveil vision for next stages in renewal of New York Penn Station

    2021-04-23T05:16:00Z

    USA: New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its partners have unveiled plans for the next stages of the redevelopment and expansion of New York Penn Station, following the opening of the Moynihan Train Hall at the start of this year.