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    ‘New era’ as German coalition prioritises rail spending over road


    GERMANY: The so-called ‘traffic light coalition’ formed by the Social Democratic, Green and Free Democratic parties as the next federal government has committed to launching a ‘Rapid Capacity Expansion’ to enhance railway infrastructure as part of its wider transport strategy.

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    EBRD loan boosts Istanbul – Kapıkule route modernisation


    TURKEY: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is to provide Turkey with a €150m loan for reconstruction of the 67 km long Ispartakule – Çerkezköy section of the 233 km main line linking Halkalı on the western edge of Istanbul with Kapıkule on the border with Bulgaria.

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    Etihad Rail tunnelling completed


    UAE: All of the tunnels required for Stage 2 of the national rail network have now been holed through, project promoter Etihad Rail announced on November 21.

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    Integrated Rail Plan promises benefits earlier as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail plans scaled back


    UK: The government has published its Integrated Rail Plan for the North & Midlands, setting out revised plans for High Speed 2, new and upgraded infrastructure on trans-Pennine routes, and projects including Midland Main Line electrification and reducing journey times on the East Coast Main Line which run to the 2040s.

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    Melbourne tenders airport station package


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Major Transport Infrastructure Authority has invited expressions of interest in construction of a station at Tullamarine international airport as part of the Melbourne Airport Rail project. The national and state governments have each committed A$5bn to fund the airport rail link, as part of ...

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    Pantograph condition monitoring system deployed in Scotland


    UK: Ricardo has completed the roll out of its PanMon pantograph condition monitoring system on selected electrified routes in Scotland, including the East and West Coast main lines, the North Clyde line and between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Gantry-mounted high-definition cameras capture 3 000 frames per second, ...

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    Elz valley electrification completed


    GERMANY: Electric services on the 19·3 km Elz valley line from Denzlingen to Elzach in Baden-Württemberg were launched on November 14, following the completion of work by DB to modernise and electrify the branch as the fifth and final phase of the Breisgau S-Bahn project. There ...

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    Sri Lanka Railways rolls out Hytera radio network


    SRI LANKA: Hytera Communications Corp is deploying an island-wide radio communications system covering 1 561 km of the Sri Lanka Railways network under a US$7∙39m contract The Chinese company has supplied 20 dispatching controllers, three system management devices, three voice recording devices, 1 239 SD1000 IP ...

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    Clockface timetable plan and contract awards as Rail Baltica makes progress


    EUROPE: A strategy for a Swiss-inspired national clockface timetable in Latvia has been published as part of the Rail Baltica programme, and further contracts for development of the 870 km standard gauge line have been awarded.

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    Milano suburban enhancements funded


    ITALY: The Lombardia provincial government has approved €59m of funding for enhancements to the suburban network around Seveso, north of Milano, which is part of the Ferrovienord network.

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    Uetlibergbahn electrification conversion planned under SZU modernisation programme


    SWITZERLAND: Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn has unveiled a phased programme of infrastructure enhancements and standardisation to complement its fleet renewals, paving the way for a more intensive service to operate over its two routes west of Zürich.

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    Norfolk Southern inaugurates Atlanta headquarters


    USA: Norfolk Southern formally inaugurated its new headquarters in Midtown Atlanta on November 10, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp, Senator Raphael Warnock, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and other civic leaders. When Norfolk & Western merged with Southern ...

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    Zidani Most – Celje upgrading completed


    SLOVENIA: National infrastructure manager SŽ Infrastruktura has formally marked the completion of a five-year programme to modernise a 26·2 km section of the Maribor – Ljubljana main line between Zidani Most and Celje. This route forms part of both the Baltic – Adriatic and Mediterranean TEN-T ...

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    JR East uses AI to monitor overhead electrification


    JAPAN: JR East has launched an AI-based monitoring system to enhance the quality of its overhead wire and catenary mast inspection process.

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    Basque links funded under Atlantic Corridor programme


    SPAIN: The national government has announced a €414m package of rail investment for 2022 in the three provinces that make up the Basque region.

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    Europe: Harmonising rail capacity strategies


    Development of a single European railway area is being hampered by nationally led approaches to the development of route utilisation strategies. Now a pan-European programme is underway to harmonise the planning and management of network capacity.

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    Austria increases 2022-27 investment as KlimaTicket launched


    AUSTRIA: An €18·2bn investment framework for Austrian Federal Railways covering 2022-27 was approved by the council of ministers on November 3. Taking climate change mitigation targets into account, it is a modification of an earlier plan covering 2021-26 which envisaged a slightly lower spend of €17·5bn. ...

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    Lidar sensors improve traffic flow at busy level crossing


    LEVEL CROSSING: Silicon Valley-based lidar technology company Cepton and Lithuanian system integrator Belam are working together on obstacle detection systems for level crossings. After testing various types of sensor, Belam concluded that Cepton’s Helius Smart lidar was the most reliable, eliminating false ...

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    New Jersey bridge replacement contract awarded


    USA: New Jersey Transit has selected a Queens-based joint venture of Skanska and Traylor Bros are to build the new Portal North Bridge over the Hackensack River, replacing a 110 year old swing bridge which forms a bottleneck on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. The project is seen ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Carstairs Junction signalling contract awarded


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Siemens Mobility Ltd a £50m contract for the next stages of the signalling element of the remodelling of Carstairs Junction on the West Coast Main Line. The remodelling project aims to increase operational resilience and flexibility to help reduce the impact ...