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    JR Kyushu speeds up track inspection


    JAPAN: JR Kyushu is using image processing with AI capabilities to automate high speed line track inspections, replacing the need for staff to go out on foot.

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    First rails laid on Vicente Emilio Vuolo Railway


    BRAZIL: The first 3 km of track has been laid near Rondonópolis in Mato Grosso state on the 743 km Senador Vicente Emilio Vuolo Railway that will eventually link the south of the state with the capital Cuiabá, Nova Mutum and Lucas do Rio Verde. Being ...

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    Renewals at Network Rail’s only sliding bridge


    UK: Network Rail has completed a nine-day programme of engineering work at its only sliding bridge, which carries the route from Scunthorpe to Doncaster over the Stainforth & Keadby canal and moves to let boats through. The project completed on February 26 included track renewals and ...

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    Albania – Montenegro railway rehabilitation loan signed


    ALBANIA: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has agreed a €98·75m sovereign loan to support the €373m rehabilitation and electrification of the 120 km railway from Vorë to Hani i Hotit on the border with Montenegro. The line is Albania’s only rail connection with a ...

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    EU funding to enhance Warszawa cross-city railway


    POLAND: The European Commission has approved the provision of more than €425m from the Cohesion Fund to finance the first stage of work to modernise Warszawa’s cross-city railway. This will involve the modernisation of track, electrification equipment and telecoms, as well as water and sewage management. ...

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    Hudson Bay Railway funding announced


    CANADA: The federal and provincial governments have announced up to C$60m of funding for capital works on the Hudson Bay Railway, which provides year-round all-weather access to the port of Churchill and remote communities in northern Manitoba. The 1 000 km railway from The Pas to ...

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    In depth

    China: Water Rabbit delivers network growth


    More than 3 500 km of new railway was opened in China during 2023, expanding the national network to almost 160 000 route-km. Toma Bačić reviews recent developments.

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    In depth

    High Speed: FRA grant kick-starts Brightline West


    Construction of a high speed inter-city passenger railway in the congested corridor between Las Vegas and Southern California is expected to get underway this year, following the approval of federal funding for the Brightline West project. Dave Lustig investigates.

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    Strait of Messina bridge design approved


    ITALY: The final design for a long-proposed rail and road bridge to link Sicily with the mainland has been approved by the board of project company Stretto di Messina. The company’s work was suspended for 10 years until it was reconstituted by the government in March ...

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    In depth

    Iran: International connections take shape slowly


    Work is progressing on various cross-border rail links as Iranian Railways seeks to strengthen its role as a Eurasian rail hub. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Rack line track renewals


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager Správa Železnic has called tenders for track renewals on its steepest section of line and its only rack railway, between Tanvald and Kořenov on the Liberec – Jelenia Góra cross-border route to Poland. Ordinary services do not use the Abt rack and ...

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    Procurement of Portugal’s broad gauge high speed line begins


    PORTUGAL: Tenders have been called for the starter section of the proposed high speed corridor between Lisboa and Porto. The first tenders covers Stage 1 between Porto and Oiã near Aveiro. Infrastructure manager Infraestruturas de Portugal held a ceremony at its headquarters at Almada on January ...

  • The European Investment Bank and the government have signed a €900m loan agreement to support a €2·6bn programme to modernise around 500 km of regional railway lines and acquire rolling stock.

    EIB backs €2·6bn Croatian rail enhancement programme


    CROATIA: The European Investment Bank and the government have signed a €900m loan agreement to support a €2·6bn programme to modernise around 500 km of regional railway lines and acquire rolling stock. ‘This loan will enable us to make further investments in railway infrastructure, for the ...

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    Iarnród Éireann awards GSM-R support contract


    IRELAND: National railway Iarnród Éireann has awarded Kontron Transportation a long-term contract to support its existing GSM-R systems until a new generation of radio mobile communication system is deployed and approved for use. ‘As a driving force in the definition of future communication standards, we offer ...

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    Polish new line planning contracts awarded


    POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has awarded Infra Centrum Doradztwa contracts to produce documentation for the construction of a proposed Lublin – Łęczna – Bogdanka line and modernisation of the Chełm – Włodawa route. The proposed 25 km single track electrified would run from the regional ...

  • Pakistan Railways Board Chairman Syed Mazhar Ali Shah

    Four-pronged strategy to develop Pakistan Railways


    PAKISTAN: A four-pronged strategy for financial autonomy, governance and growth, private sector participation and leveraging technology at Pakistan Railways has been set out by Railways Board Chairman Syed Mazhar Ali Shah. Financial Autonomy Shah said Pakistan Railways’ statutory position as a government ...

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    Turkish rail sector receives another bumper budget


    TURKEY: The government has announced a 2024 rail programme which includes continued high levels of investment in both infrastructure and operations, and in the domestic design and manufacture of rail vehicles. State railway infrastructure manager TCDD has been allocated TL49·4bn towards its portfolio of agreed capital expenditure ...

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    Ourense station remodelling contract awarded


    SPAIN: High speed infrastructure manager ADIF Alta Velocidad announced on February 1 that it had awarded Copasa, Constructora San José and Syneox Rail a €112m contract to remodel Ourense station as a hub for rail and bus transport in northwestern Spain. The ...

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    Madrid Atocha through platforms contract awarded


    SPAIN: High speed rail infrastructure manager ADIF Alta Velocidad has awarded Dragados, Tecsa, San José and Puentes y Calzadas an 83-month contract worth €451·6 m to build low-level platforms at Madrid Atocha station The two island platforms on the 1 435 mm gauge cross-city route from ...

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    Danish railway ready for 200 km/h operation


    DENMARK: The railway between København and Ringsted via Køge Nord is now ready for 200 km/h running, infrastructure manager Banedanmark has announced.