Infrastructure news – Page 5

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    Next phase of Portuguese coastal railway upgrading underway


    PORTUGAL: Work is set to start on rebuilding and electrifying the central section of the Linha do Oeste corridor between Torres Vedras and Caldas da Rainha following signature of a contract between Infraestruturas de Portugal and the construction consortium on June 28.

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    Padma rail and road bridge inaugurated


    BANGLADESH: The 6 241 m long rail and road bridge over the River Padma was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 25. The bridge is intended to improve links between Dhaka and the southwest of the country, with one estimate being that it could ...

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    California high speed starter section set for completion as state funding finalised


    USA: The state of California appears finally to be on course to complete the Initial Operating Section of its high speed rail network between Bakersfield and Merced after the programme was allocated $4·2bn in the annual state budget on June 30.

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    Madrid tunnel unites Spain’s standard gauge high speed networks


    SPAIN: A cross-city tunnel between Madrid Atocha and Chamartín with two 1 435 mm gauge tracks opened on July 1, integrating the standard gauge lines to the north and south of the capital. Through trains no longer need to use gauge-changers at Atocha and Chamartín, reducing ...

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    South Africa: PRASA revival hangs by a thread


    Infrastructure theft and vandalism brought South Africa’s passenger railways to their knees during the pandemic lockdown of spring 2020. Restoration of PRASA’s Western Cape suburban services is now offering hope for the future, but in populous Gauteng the outlook seems bleak, with many routes rendered inoperable. Benjámin Zelki visited in early 2022.

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    Digital track monitoring on test in Finland


    FINLAND: VR Group’s rolling stock maintenance company VR FleetCare is testing technology it has developed for the digital monitoring of the condition of track equipment including track circuits. A pilot project with national infrastructure manager Väylävirasto was launched last year and has recorded more than a ...

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    Western Balkan railways need better integration and more maintenance, conference hears


    EUROPE: Planned major projects, available financing mechanisms, and the need for international integration of railways including the expansion of the Trans-European Transport Network were discussed at the Connecting the Western Balkans to the EU rail market through investment and reform conference. The online event was ...

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    Ankara – Sivas high speed line to open ‘this year’ despite tunnelling problems


    TURKEY: Completion of the Ankara – Sivas high speed line is facing more potential delays because of an error in the excavation of emergency access tunnels. A member of parliament for the city of Sivas, Ulaş Karasu, has asked Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu to explain why ...

  • Dual Inventive and Plasser & Theurer have signed a co-operation agreement with a view to developing tools and processes aimed at improving track worker safety.

    Plasser and Dual Inventive sign track worker safety technology partnership


    NETHERLANDS: Dutch technology specialist Dual Inventive and Plasser & Theurer have signed a co-operation agreement with a view to developing tools and processes aimed at improving track worker safety. The partners are aiming to increase the output of on-track plant, with a specific focus on minimising ...

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    Tetra communications deployed on Gobi desert railway


    MONGOLIA: Teltronic has deployed a Tetra communications network for the 240 route-km heavy haul railway which is under construction to link the Tavan Tolgoi coking coal mines with Gashuun Sukhait on the border with China. The Spanish company has installed a complete communications system based on ...

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    New York Penn Station renewal design contract awarded


    USA: A contract to produce preliminary design options for the railway infrastructure elements of the planned redevelopment of New York Penn Station has been awarded to a team led by Arup and including Grimshaw, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Hatch LTK and Lendlease.

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    Rail Business UK

    Government confirms further funding for ECML ETCS rollout


    UK: The government has confirmed a £950·5m tranche of funding for the East Coast Digital Programme to deploy ETCS Level 2 on the section of the East Coast Main Line between London’s King’s Cross and Stoke Tunnel, south of Grantham. The funding announced by Secretary of ...

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    South Shore Line double tracking project gets underway


    USA: Indiana Governor Eric J Holcomb has officially launched work to provide a double-track alignment along the whole 41 route-km section of the South Shore Line between Michigan City and Gary. This involves 29 km of double tracking, including a new 3 km segregated alignment to ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Flexible wagons to refresh infrastructure fleet


    UK: Swiss wagon leasing group Wascosa marked its entry into the UK freight market with an event at London Victoria station on June 28 to unveil three designs of wagon it is delivering to refresh Network Rail’s infrastructure maintenance fleet. The company is supplying 570 vehicles ...

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    Virtual exclusion zones aim to protect worker safety


    UK: Virtual exclusion zone technology has been developed by asset tracking and industrial internet-of-things company Pathfindr and railway contractor QTS Group to help protect track workers and people in other hazardous environments. Zonr uses GPS tracking and ultra-wideband technology to locate workers ...

  • SBB confirmed on November 30 that it will launch the first Twindexx double-deck EMUs in commercial service during 2018.

    Consultation starts on Swiss Bahn 2050 programme


    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Council has put forward proposals for a further long-term programme of investment in the national rail network. Enhancement of the existing network to allow more intensive use is now seen as preferable to starting more major infrastructure projects.

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    CFR launches trans-Carpathian route modernisation


    ROMANIA: Infrastructure manager CFR SA has commissioned technical and feasibility studies to support a comprehensive modernisation of the 409 route-km trans-Carpathian railway across the northeast of the country.


    Installation robot to accelerate ETCS roll-out


    NETHERLANDS: Strukton Rail is to work with Trackbot robot developers AMT Group and No Man Trackwork to produce a prototype autonomous machine for the fast and accurate installation of balises and axle counters as part of the national ERTMS deployment programme. The partners hope that a prototype ...

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    Go-Ahead condemns quality of rail infrastructure in southern Germany


    GERMANY: Private operator Go-Ahead Deutschland has issued a strongly-worded statement criticising DB Netz for the quality of the railway infrastructure in Bayern and Baden-Württemburg, where the company has train operating contracts.

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    Network Rail CEO says productivity changes are essential as strikes begin


    UK: Talking to Rail Business UK the day before the first day of strikes by RMT union members at Network Rail and 13 train operating companies, NR Chief Executive Andrew Haines reflects on the causes of the dispute and how far the infrastructure manager may be from finding a resolution.