Infrastructure news – Page 3

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    ETCS takes priority as Bane NOR postpones Brynsbakken expansion


    NORWAY: Infrastructure manager Bane NOR confirmed on December 3 that it intends to prioritise the implementation of ETCS around Oslo by 2026, having been forced to postpone the construction of additional tracks through the Brynsbakken district.

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    Test running starts on privately financed high speed line


    CHINA: The 267 km Hangzhou – Taizhou high speed line in Zhejiang province is on course to open by the end of this year, following the start of trial running on November 26.

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    Tadami Line transfer brings vertical separation to Japanese passenger market


     JAPAN: Part of the storm-damaged Tadami Line in central Honshu has been transferred from JR East ownership to management by the local prefecture, the Tohoku Transport Office within the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism announced on November 30.

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    Freight-only launch for Laos – China rail link


    LAOS: The 418 km railway linking Vientiane and the Chinese border at Boten was formally opened for revenue services with a ceremony on December 3, marking the 46th anniversary of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The government hopes that the line will help to stimulate the ...

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    Germany – Poland cross-border upgrade begins


    EUROPE: Work has begin on the first phase of a project to reduce the journey time between Berlin and the Polish city of Szczecin by 20 min to 90 min. A ceremony on November 30 marked the start of work by Deutsche Bahn to upgrade the ...

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    EU’s Global Gateway to offer ‘values-driven’ alternative to China’s Belt & Road Initiative


    INTERNATIONAL: The European Commission has unveiled its Global Gateway international investment programme, which aims to offer countries around the world a ‘values driven’ alternative to China’s Belt & Road Initiative when they are deciding how to meet their infrastructure development needs. Global Gateway aims to provide ...

  • Construction of the German side of the 18 km Fehmarn Belt immersed tube road and rail tunnel between Germany and Denmark was officially launched with a sod-turning ceremony on Puttgarden (Photo: O Malzahn/Femern AS)

    Groundbreaking launches work on German side of Fehmarn Belt tunnel


    GERMANY: Construction of the German side of the 18 km Fehmarn Belt immersed tube road and rail tunnel between Germany and Denmark was officially launched with a sod-turning ceremony on Puttgarden on November 29. Attendees included Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of ...

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    Alstom awarded Turkish signalling contract


    TURKEY: Contractor Kalyon has awarded Alstom a contract to supply electromechanical systems for the Bandirma – Bursa – Yenişehir – Osmaneli High Standard Railway Project. The 201 km line in northwestern Turkey is being built to link the cities to the Istanbul – Ankara high speed ...

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    ‘New era’ as German coalition prioritises rail spending over road


    GERMANY: The so-called ‘traffic light coalition’ formed by the Social Democratic, Green and Free Democratic parties as the next federal government has committed to launching a ‘Rapid Capacity Expansion’ to enhance railway infrastructure as part of its wider transport strategy.

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    EBRD loan boosts Istanbul – Kapıkule route modernisation


    TURKEY: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is to provide Turkey with a €150m loan for reconstruction of the 67 km long Ispartakule – Çerkezköy section of the 233 km main line linking Halkalı on the western edge of Istanbul with Kapıkule on the border with Bulgaria.

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    Etihad Rail tunnelling completed


    UAE: All of the tunnels required for Stage 2 of the national rail network have now been holed through, project promoter Etihad Rail announced on November 21.

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    Integrated Rail Plan promises benefits earlier as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail plans scaled back


    UK: The government has published its Integrated Rail Plan for the North & Midlands, setting out revised plans for High Speed 2, new and upgraded infrastructure on trans-Pennine routes, and projects including Midland Main Line electrification and reducing journey times on the East Coast Main Line which run to the 2040s.

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    Melbourne tenders airport station package


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Major Transport Infrastructure Authority has invited expressions of interest in construction of a station at Tullamarine international airport as part of the Melbourne Airport Rail project. The national and state governments have each committed A$5bn to fund the airport rail link, as part of ...

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    Pantograph condition monitoring system deployed in Scotland


    UK: Ricardo has completed the roll out of its PanMon pantograph condition monitoring system on selected electrified routes in Scotland, including the East and West Coast main lines, the North Clyde line and between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Gantry-mounted high-definition cameras capture 3 000 frames per second, ...

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    Elz valley electrification completed


    GERMANY: Electric services on the 19·3 km Elz valley line from Denzlingen to Elzach in Baden-Württemberg were launched on November 14, following the completion of work by DB to modernise and electrify the branch as the fifth and final phase of the Breisgau S-Bahn project. There ...

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    Sri Lanka Railways rolls out Hytera radio network


    SRI LANKA: Hytera Communications Corp is deploying an island-wide radio communications system covering 1 561 km of the Sri Lanka Railways network under a US$7∙39m contract The Chinese company has supplied 20 dispatching controllers, three system management devices, three voice recording devices, 1 239 SD1000 IP ...

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    Clockface timetable plan and contract awards as Rail Baltica makes progress


    EUROPE: A strategy for a Swiss-inspired national clockface timetable in Latvia has been published as part of the Rail Baltica programme, and further contracts for development of the 870 km standard gauge line have been awarded.

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    Milano suburban enhancements funded


    ITALY: The Lombardia provincial government has approved €59m of funding for enhancements to the suburban network around Seveso, north of Milano, which is part of the Ferrovienord network.

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    Uetlibergbahn electrification conversion planned under SZU modernisation programme


    SWITZERLAND: Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn has unveiled a phased programme of infrastructure enhancements and standardisation to complement its fleet renewals, paving the way for a more intensive service to operate over its two routes west of Zürich.

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    Norfolk Southern inaugurates Atlanta headquarters


    USA: Norfolk Southern formally inaugurated its new headquarters in Midtown Atlanta on November 10, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp, Senator Raphael Warnock, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and other civic leaders. When Norfolk & Western merged with Southern ...