Infrastructure news – Page 10

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    Liberian railway extension and access negotiations make progress


    LIBERIA: Mine development company High Power Exploration and the Liberian government have signed an amended framework agreement for the Nimba Iron Ore Project in southeast Guinea to make use of existing and expanded rail and port infrastructure in Liberia. The framework announced on March 31 sets ...

  • Portren has begun construction of a US$25m workshop and operations centre near Juanicó

    Portren workshop construction gets underway


    URUGUAY: Nascent rail freight operator Portren has begun construction of a US$25m workshop and operations centre near Juanicó where it will maintain its growing rolling stock fleet Portren is a three-way joint venture formed by Deutsche Bahn International Operations, Christophersen of Uruguay and the Spanish company ...

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    Alstom awarded London Victoria Area Re-signalling Programme Phase 5 contract


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Alstom a £69m contract to deliver Phase 5 of the Victoria Area Re-signalling Programme, covering an area from London Victoria to Sydenham Hill, Elephant & Castle and Ravensbourne. The announcement on March 30 follows the £37m Phase ...

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    ‘Beautiful but usable’ proposal wins Budapest Nyugati station design competition


    HUNGARY: A team led by architects Grimshaw has been selected to design the redevelopment of Budapest Nyugati station, following an international architectural contest organised by the Budapest Development Agency, BFK. The plans envisage a 13-track surface station with a new hall, and ...

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    Thessaloniki – Idomeni line upgrading contract awarded


    GREECE: The national railway group’s major projects division Ergose has awarded a joint venture of Alstom and Avax a €41m contract to modernise signalling, track and electrification to enable 160 km/h operation on the 70 km section of Pan-European Corridor X between Thessaloniki and Idomeni on ...

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    Channel Tunnel track contracts awarded


    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel has awarded Colas Rail two contracts for maintenance and renewal of the 200 km of track at its two terminals and in the tunnel. One contract covers routine maintenance and is worth €2·5m over three years, with an option for a ...

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    In depth

    Southeast Asia: Philippines’ slow revival gathers pace


    Development of the North-South Commuter Railway in Manila has lent fresh momentum to plans for rail and metro projects both in Luzon and elsewhere in the Philippines. David Carmona investigates.

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    Regionerate Rail selected to build Gowrie – Kagaru section of Inland Rail corridor


    AUSTRALIA: Australian Rail Track Corp has selected the Regionerate Rail consortium as preferred bidder for a PPP contract to build and maintain the 128 km Gowrie – Kagaru section of the 1 700 km Inland Rail corridor. Regionerate Rail comprises Clough, GS Engineering & Construction, Webuild, ...

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    CFR studies electrification of secondary route to Bulgaria


    ROMANIA: CFR Infrastructură has awarded a nine-month contract worth €586 000 to Consis Proiect to conduct a feasibility study into the electrification of the Videle – Giurgiu railway line. It is estimated that it will cost €46m to electrify the line from Rădulești to Giurgiu Nord ...

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    Beograd – Novi Sad line reopens following 200 km/h upgrade


    SERBIA: Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attended a ceremony on March 19 to mark the completion of the modernisation of the 77·6 km Beograd – Novi Sad route, and the launch of 200 km/h inter-city services on this section of the ...

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    UK export financing to support completion of Ankara – Izmir high speed corridor


    TURKEY: UK Export Finance has agreed to guarantee £1·8bn through its Buyer Credit Scheme to support construction of the Polatlı – Izmir high speed line, which will create a more direct route between the capital and Turkey’s third largest city.

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    Swedish start-up develops sound damping modules to mitigate railway noise


    SWEDEN: Lerum-based start-up Wavebreaker has developed a passive sound damping module designed to mitigate traffic and railway noise in urban environments. Tested in a pilot project with Stockholm transport authority SL last year, the Wavebreaker modules are based on the principle of ...

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    MainRail to digitalise ADIF maintenance records


    SPAIN: Aldesa Group company Coalvi and Rover Rail have selected the MainRailMT digital platform for tracking and asset condition and managing maintenance tasks in real time. The two companies will deploy the technology to support their contract to maintain more than 2 700 km of ADIF’s ...

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    Movable overhead electrification to decarbonise freight


    UK: The use of a movable overhead conductor rail to eliminate the need to use diesel locomotives at freight terminals where traditional fixed electrification equipment would obstruct loading and unloading is being demonstrated in the UK, and a trial in India is planned. ...

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    Out-of-use Serbian railways to be dismantled


    SERBIA: Infrastruktura Železnice Srbije has begun dismantling 435 km of track on lines which were abandoned between 1978 and 2014. The move is expected to generate €2·7m through the sale of scrap metal. Novi Sad based company ZGOP is undertaking the work. The lines are: ...

  • SAD Nahverkehr will continue to operate local passenger services in South Tirol.

    RFI endorses northern link to Riva del Garda


    ITALY: An assessment by infrastructure manager RFI commissioned last year by the Trentino-South Tirol region has backed the idea of building a railway from Rovereto to Riva del Garda as ‘technically and economically feasible’.

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    Thales selected for Dutch ERTMS Central Safety System contract


    NETHERLANDS: Infrastructure manager ProRail has selected Thales as preferred bidder for a contract to develop, install and maintain an ERTMS Central Safety System on the 7 000 track-km network. The contract is potentially worth €420m over its maximum duration of 37 years. Siemens had also been ...

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    RFI awards €500m ERTMS framework agreement


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a partnership of Hitachi Rail, Alstom Ferroviaria and Ceit a €500m framework agreement to design and deploy ERTMS in Sicily (480 km), Umbria (150 km) and on the Roccasecca – Avezzano line (80 km).

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    Turkey – Bulgaria reconstruction contract halted


    TURKEY: The country’s highest administrative court has cancelled the contract awarded in June last year for reconstruction of TCDD’s main line between Ispartaküle and Halkalı, which forms the southern section of the Turkey’s principal rail link with western Europe.

  • The Association of German Transport Undertakings has put forward proposals to accelerate the rate of railway electrification (Photo: DB/Martin Busbach)

    Electrification still best for climate protection, says VDV


    GERMANY: The Association of German Transport Undertakings has put forward proposals to accelerate the rate of electrification, emphasising that more of the national rail network needs to be electrified to encourage modal shift and meet the federal government’s climate protection objectives. In a position paper aimed ...