Infrastructure news – Page 10

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    Lineas orders TBL1+ interface as an app


    BELGIUM: Freight operator Lineas has commissioned The Signalling Company to develop a mobile app providing TBL1+ functionality as an add-on to its digital onboard ETCS platform. Lineas is a partner with ERTMS Solutions in the TSC joint venture, and has already commissioned the company to develop ...

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    Etihad Rail tracklaying heads for Dubai


    UAE: With work progressing on Stage 2 of the planned 1 200 km national rail network, project promoter Etihad Rail has completed the first section of trackwork for its new line connecting the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Tracklaying on the ...

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    Lhasa – Nyingchi line inaugurated


    CHINA: The first electrified railway in Tibet was inaugurated on June 25, with ceremonies in Lhasa to mark the start of operations on the Lhasa – Nyingchi section of the Sichuan - Tibet railway. Diverging at Xierong from the Lhasa – Xigatse line opened ...

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    Italy: ERSAT moves into the roll-out phase


    Having amassed nearly 10 years of cumulative experience of satellite technologies for use with ERTMS, including virtual balises and radio frequency interference, RFI has gained sufficient confidence to start work on its first operational application.

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    Metre-gauge infrastructure measuring vehicle


    SWITZERLAND: Rhätische Bahn is using a track and electrification inspection and measuring vehicle designed to provide metre-gauge railway operators with detailed data to help plan maintenance and renewal works. The vehicle has been developed in a joint project by RhB, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz ...

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    CAF Signalling awarded Istanbul – Bulgaria contract


    TURKEY: The joint venture which is modernising the line linking Istanbul with Bulgaria has appointed CAF Signalling as subcontractor to install signalling on the 153 km western section between Çerkezköy and the border at Kapıkule.

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    Turkey: Canal plan puts brakes on rail projects


    Turkey’s plans to build a ship canal connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara are being carefully monitored by the European Commission in case the scheme interferes with the project to upgrade Turkey’s main line link to Bulgaria and the rest of Europe. David O’Byrne reports.

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    Guinean bauxite railway inaugurated


    GUINEA: President Alpha Condé attended the inauguration on June 18 of the 125 km Santou – Dapilon railway, which has been built by the Société Minière de Boké-Winning consortium to link bauxite deposits at Santou II and Houda with the River Nunez port of Dapilon near Kolabouio. ...

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    Hungary to Romania line to be doubled


    HUNGARY: A consortium of Strabag Rail (66%) and a local partner V-Híd has been awarded a €364m contract to double-track and renew the 30 km line between Békéscsaba and Lőkösháza at the Romanian border on the route to Arad. Announcing the contract on June 22, Strabag ...

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    Stuttgart S-Bahn automatic train operation and ETCS contract awarded


    GERMANY: DB Regio has awarded Alstom a €130m contract to supply ETCS and automatic train operation technology as part of a project to upgrade the Stuttgart S-Bahn network under the Stuttgart 21 programme ETCS onboard equipment suitable for Level 2 or Level 3 operation will be ...

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    Lake Balaton line electrified


    HUNGARY: Electric services have been launched on the 55 km Szabadbattyán – Balatonfüred section of the railway around the north side of Lake Balaton, following the completion of a HF24bn modernisation and electrification programme. The journey time from Balatonfüred to Budapest has been reduced by up ...

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    We need a simpler, sustainable and more user-centric railway, says Network Rail Chief Executive


    UK: ‘This is a fantastic time to look at reshaping the industry, as we come out of Covid’, says Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines. ‘The government is committed to growing the railway’ and to decarbonisation, and ‘there is no appetite to use Covid as an excuse to shut the railway.’

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    Conegliano – Belluno line electrified


    ITALY: Electric services on the 47·6 Conegliano – Ponte nelle Alpi-Polpet – Belluno line were inaugurated on June 11, with Alstom Coradia Stream EMUs now running through from Venezia to Belluno to offer a 12 min reduction in journey time. The €55m project undertaken by a ...

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    Rail reopenings to support climate-friendly transport


    GERMANY: Infrastructure manager DB Netz has identified 20 lines totalling 245 route-km which it intends to reactivate for both freight and passenger services by 2030 as part of an initiative to provide environmentally friendly transport alternatives.

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    Orlík bridge replacement contractor selected


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager Správa Železnic has selected Metrostav for a Kc544m contract to replace the Orlík bridge near Červená nad Vltavou. The current bridge opened in 1889 and limits the maximum weight of the trains on the 59·8 km Tábor – Písek line. The new ...

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    Bi-mode diagnostic trains ordered


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a consortium of Stadler and Mermec a contract to design, manufacture and supply five electro-diesel multiple-units which will be used for real-time inspection of track and overhead electrification equipment. The diagnostic units will have three cars plus a power module, ...

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    Prototype modular footbridge unveiled


    UK: The prototype Flow modular footbridge built from lightweight, cost-effective and high strength fibre-reinforced polymer and designed to meet current technical standards while also creating a ‘welcoming, enjoyable and safe’ crossing has been unveiled by Network Rail. Knight Architects was appointed to develop the design concept ...

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    Texas Central signs $16bn high speed line civil works agreement


    USA: Dallas – Houston high speed railway project promoter Texas Central has signed a $16bn final agreement for the civil works including viaducts and depots with Webuild and its US subsidiary Lane Construction. The agreement announced on June 15 follows four years of work by Webuild ...

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    Cross-border line to be electrified


    SLOVAKIA: Infrastructure manager ŽSR has awarded Reming Consult a €427 650 contract to draw up plans for the modernisation of the cross-border bridge over the River Morava/March in preparation for the long-planned 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the 2·4 km single-track line from Devínska Nová ...

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    Commercial services begin on Lagos – Ibadan standard gauge railway


    NIGERIA: Nigerian Railway Corp launched full commercial services on the 157 km Lagos – Ibadan standard gauge line on June 15, President Muhammadu Buhari having attended an inauguration ceremony on June 10. The President said the government’s aim is to revitalise the ...