Infrastructure news – Page 2

  • El Berrón (Photo: Smiley.toerist, CC BY-SA 4.0)
    News

    Gijón to Pola de Laviana line closes for track renewals

    2022-08-31T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF is to launch a €50m programme of track renewals on the metre gauge line between Gijón, El Berrón and Pola de Laviana. The existing track dates from when the line was converted from 1 445 mm to 1 000 mm gauge in 1983.

  • Rail Baltica impression
    News

    Rail Baltica shadow operator appointed

    2022-08-30T15:39:00Z

    EUROPE: A joint venture of the German national railway’s DB Engineering & Consulting business, Spanish national operator RENFE Operadora and consultancy Ineco is to act as shadow operator for the Rail Baltica project. The €8m contract was signed by Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail and ...

  • Belford-OHE-maintenance
    In depth

    Infrastructure: Connected workers inspect catenary

    2022-08-30T10:29:00Z

    A novel workflow tool has been trialled by Network Rail on the East Coast Main Line in northeast England to combine the benefits of monitoring overhead lines using drones with the elimination of paper-based processes at the worksite.

  • Regiobahn DMU at Hahnenfurth/Düssel (Photo: WF203/CC BY-SA 4.0)
    News

    Rhein-Ruhr operating contract and electrification

    2022-08-30T05:00:00Z

    Source: WF203/CC BY-SA 4.0 GERMANY: Rhein-Ruhr transport authority VRR has announced its intention to direct award local authority owned Regiobahn a contract to operate new passenger service RE47 between Remscheid-Lennep, Solingen and Düsseldorf. The contract is to run for six years from the December 2022 timetable ...

  • Budapest bridge
    News

    Budapest bridge reconstruction completed

    2022-08-29T11:00:00Z

    HUNGARY: The third track on the 500 m bridge over the River Danube on the Southern Rail Link in Budapest has been commissioned for regular operation. This strategic section of line carries 90% of traffic between the eastern and western regions of the country, including three ...

  • Ukraine UK transport pact
    News

    Ukraine-UK transport partnership to support rebuilding of war damaged infrastructure

    2022-08-26T10:59:00Z

    UKRAINE: The UK and Ukraine have signed an agreement to share engineering expertise for the rebuilding of rail, road, port and air transport infrastructure damaged by the Russian invasion. Further details have also been given of a £10m package of British support for Ukrainian Railways, which ...

  • Arad station (Photo Toma Bacic)
    News

    Timișoara – Arad route modernisation contracts

    2022-08-26T08:00:00Z

    ROMANIA: Infrastructure manager CFR has selected a joint venture of Webuild and Salcef to modernise two sections of the Caransebeș - Timișoara – Arad line. The first contract is worth €448m and covers rehabilitation and double-tracking of the 56 km between Arad and the Ronat Triaj ...

  • DB decided to impose immediate speed restrictions or to close lines while checks were made.
    News

    Sleeper checks trigger widespread disruption in Germany

    2022-08-23T12:27:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn is checking the condition of around 200 000 prestressed concrete sleepers of a specific type installed at numerous locations across its network.

  • Regional-train-at-Forli
    In depth

    Italy: Accelerating the national rail investment programme

    2022-08-23T07:00:00Z

    Managing Director of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana Vera Fiorani  and Enrico Giovannini, Minister of Infrastructure & Sustainable Mobility, have confirmed plans to meet sustainability targets and accelerate investment in railway infrastructure as part of Italy’s post-Covid economic recovery programme. Christian Scasso  reports.

  • Pekel_01
    News

    Tunnel breakthrough on Slovenia – Austria route

    2022-08-22T13:00:00Z

    SLOVENIA: The 1 530 m Pekel tunnel which is being built as part of the upgrading of the route from Maribor to the Austrian border was broken through on August 18. The route modernisation comprises three work packages with a total cost ...

  • tn_us-amtrak-stlouis-train_04.jpg
    News

    US inter-city rail grants announced

    2022-08-22T12:00:00Z

    USA: The Department of Transportation has announced the award of more than $233m from the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair programme for 11 projects to improve inter-city passenger rail services in eight states. Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair programme grants ...

  • Ukraine Moldova border
    News

    Ukraine – Moldova rail link reinstated ahead of schedule

    2022-08-22T11:22:00Z

    EUROPE: The reinstated 23 km railway linking Berezyne in Ukraine to Basarabeasca in Moldova was reopened on August 22. The line provides a rail connection from the Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi – Izmail line in the southern part of Odesa oblast to the River Danube port of Reni, transiting ...

  • Merseyrail Train at Liverpool Central (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Liverpool City Region to take control of Merseyrail network

    2022-08-19T06:00:00Z

    UK: Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Department for Transport have reached an agreement in principle on a memorandum of understanding for the devolution of the infrastructure of the Merseyrail network. Whilst discussions are at a relatively early stage, it is understood that a ...

  • Abu Road railway station front view (Photo: Raviraj96/CC BY-SA 4.0)
    News

    Indian railway construction project approved

    2022-08-18T05:00:00Z

    INDIA: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of a proposed 116·7 km railway to serve the pilgrimage centre of Ambaji on the border between Gujarat and Rajasthan.

  • Freight train in North Macedonia (Photo: Toma Bacic)
    News

    Contracts signed for next phase of North Macedonia – Bulgaria rail link

    2022-08-17T10:00:00Z

    NORTH MACEDONIA: Contracts have been signed for work on two sections of the planned rail link between North Macedonia and Bulgaria, which will form part of Pan-European Corridor VIII from the Adriatic to the Black Sea. Austrian company Strabag has been awarded a €40m two-year contract ...

  • HLB Hessische Landesbahn DMU (2)
    News

    Hessen updates list of railways for reopening

    2022-08-17T06:00:00Z

    GERMANY: The Land of Hessen has updated its list of closed railways which are considered potentially suitable for reopening, adding seven routes to take the total to 24.

  • RAISE grant announcement
    News

    RAISE grants awarded for US transport projects

    2022-08-16T12:00:00Z

    USA: The Department of Transportation has announced the award of $2·2bn of grants for 166 projects to modernise transport infrastructure under the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity programme. The grants include $25m for the Florida East Coast Corridor Trespassing & Intrusion ...

  • Trans-Afghanistan railway survey (Photo: ARA)
    News

    Trans-Afghanistan railway survey finds no technical problems with route

    2022-08-16T09:00:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: A preliminary field survey has identified no technical problems with the proposed route for a 780 km trans-Afghanistan railway which would link Uzbekistan with Kabul, Jalalabad, the border with Pakistan and Peshawar. The proposed railway is a joint initiative by Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan which ...

  • KDvxl_kryss_cst_D_R3361
    In depth

    Infrastructure: A change of track

    2022-08-16T08:52:00Z

    Advances in turnout design, greater use of digital technologies and a strong focus on performance are helping to improve the capacity and reliability of Sweden’s rail network. Chris Jackson reports from Örebro.

  • VR Transpoint train (Photo: VR/Juho Kuva)
    News

    Finland responds to European Commission regauging proposal

    2022-08-15T11:00:00Z

    FINLAND: Minister of Transport & Communications Timo Harakka has described as ‘unreasonable’ the European Commission’s proposal to require the use of 1 435 mm gauge throughout the TEN-T rail network, arguing that Finland should be regarded as a special case. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, ...