Infrastructure news – Page 2

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    Iran – Iraq rail link agreement signed


    ASIA: An agreement has been signed to complete the 30 km Shalamcheh – Basra railway which would connect the national rail networks of Iran and Iraq. Islamic Republic of Iran Railways and Iraqi Republic Railways expect to establish a joint venture within two months to implement ...

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    Vale orders autonomous track inspection technology


    BRAZIL: Vale has awarded ENSCO Rail a contract to provide a suite of track inspection systems and analysis software over the next 12 months for use on its 2 000 km rail network. This will include an ENSCO-designed, manufactured and installed Autonomous Track Geometry Measurement System ...

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    Electrification of Ankara – Kayseri line completed


    TURKEY: Electric services have been launched over the entire 352 km length of the Ankara – Kayseri main line, after infrastructure manager TCDD completed wiring work between Nenek and Şefaatli, Closing the final gap enables electric trains to run directly from Turkey’s three main cities of ...

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    National Gauging Database replacement contract awarded


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Cordel Group a £3·2m contract to supply the Railway Gauging Data Solution which will replace the current National Gauging Database. Cordel will provide a software-as-a- service platform for the storage and processing of gauge and clearance information for the entire network, ...

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    Royal opening marks launch of Madrid – Ourense standard gauge services


    SPAIN: Guests including King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez joined a special high speed train between Madrid and Ourense on December 20 to mark completion of the Galician high speed line, over which commercial services began the following day.

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    Railway bill clears Brazilian Congress


    BRAZIL: Legislation setting out a new regulatory framework for railway concessions and simplifying the approval of new rail projects was passed by the Chamber of Deputies on December 14.

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    Siemens to retrofit SNCB fleet for ETCS Level 2 operation


    BELGIUM: National passenger operator SNCB has selected Siemens Mobility to upgrade the ETCS onboard equipment on selected electric multiple-units and push-pull driving trailers for Level 2 operation.

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    New York MTA awards $2∙9bn Penn Station Access contract


    Photo: Amtrak USA: New York MTA has awarded a 63-month design and build contract to a joint venture Halmar International and RailWorks for work on the Penn Station Access programme. To be completed within a budget of $2∙9bn, the programme covers the four-tracking of a 30 ...

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    PTC reaches Naugatuck valley


    USA: Working with Connecticut Department of Transportation, Metro-North Railroad has completed the installation of signalling and Positive Train Control on the Waterbury Branch. The single-track line had been the last section of MNCR still relying on manual block operation, and its resignalling completes the roll-out of ...

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    Berlin – Hamburg relaying completed


    GERMANY: Work to relay tracks on the busy Hamburg – Berlin main line via Wittenberge was completed on schedule on December 12, allowing reintroduction of 230 km/h running for inter-city services with timings of around 1 h 45 min between the Hauptbahnhof in each city. The ...

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    ATACS to support ATO on Tokyo suburban routes


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has confirmed plans to install its ATACS radio-based train control on Tokyo suburban lines over the next decade, in order to support an expansion of driver-only and automatic train operation.

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    First Pro Trilhos construction schemes approved


    BRAZIL: The federal government signed contracts with six groups on December 9 authorising them to progress nine railway construction projects which would add an estimated 3 507 km to the national network using R$50bn in private funding.

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    Inland Rail trackwork contractor selected


    AUSTRALIA: Australian Rail Track Corp has selected Martinus for the Rail Corridor Programme contract, which covers tracklaying and level crossing works on 574∙5 km of the Inland Rail corridor in New South Wales and southern Queensland. The agreement announced on December 7 covers the route between ...

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    Finland – Sweden rail link to be electrified


    FINLAND: Funding has been agreed for the electrification of the 24 km line from the junction at Laurila near Kemi to Tornio and across the border to Haparanda in Sweden.

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    In depth

    Japan: Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen nears completion


    Due to open in autumn 2022, the 66 km Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen is isolated from the rest of Japan’s high speed network. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Work starts on Algarve electrification


    PORTUGAL: Infraestruturas de Portugal has formally launched a €20∙4m electrification scheme covering the 56 km route between Faro and Vila Real de Santo António on the Algarve coast in the south of the country.

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    Turkish track order


    TURKEY: Vossloh has announced an ‘economically significant’ order to supply infrastructure contractor Kalyon Group with 147 turnouts of various geometries, along with spare parts and additional track materials, for the Bandirma – Bursa – Yenişehir – Osmaneli High Standard Railway Project. Deliveries are scheduled to run ...

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    ERTMS axle counter framework contract awarded


    NETHERLANDS: ProRail has awarded Thales its ‘Generic Axle Counter System for ERTMS’ framework contract, which covers the supply of axle counting systems for use in ERTMS deployment projects over eight years plus the provision of 25 years of maintenance. With the infrastructure ...

  • A three-stage integrated railway development strategy building on the Etihad Rail network was announced by the government on December 5, during the Expo 2020 world fair.

    UAE Railways Programme aims to connect the emirates


    UAE: A three-stage integrated railway development strategy building on the Etihad Rail network was announced by the government on December 5, during the Expo 2020 world fair. The 50bn dirham UAE Railways Programme aims to provide reliable transport connections between the emirates and support the economy, ...

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    Brenner Base Tunnel exploratory bore reaches the border


    ITALY: Celebrations were held in the Brenner Base Tunnel on November 24 to mark tunnel boring machine ‘Serena’ reaching the Austrian border, after completing the 14·1 km exploratory drive on the Italian side of the project over the past 3½ years. Operated by Italian construction contractor ...