Infrastructure news – Page 6

  • Ahrtalbahn (Photo: Deutsche Bahn/Dominic Dupont)

    Ahrtal and Eifel electrification agreed


    GERMANY: Agreement has been reach to finance electrification of Deutsche Bahn’s Ahrtal and Eifel lines as part of repairs being undertaken following the severe flooding in July 2021 which causes the suspension of services. The €388m agreement signed on June 14 by the Rheinland-Pfalz Ministry of ...

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    Atkins and NIRAS to design Vestfyn fast line


    DENMARK: Atkins has been appointed as lead consultant for the US$430m Vestfyn Line project to build a 250 km/h railway between Odense Vest and Kauslunde near Middelfart on the island of Fyn. Atkins will work with engineering consultancy NIRAS to design the 35 km line and ...

  • Rail Baltica Salaspils Intermodal Freight Terminal (3)

    Rail Baltica freight terminal design contract awarded


    LATVIA: A joint venture of local company BRD Projekts and Italian firm Sintagma has been awarded a contract for detailed technical design of the Salaspils intermodal terminal to be served by Rail Baltica. The terminal near Rīga will have 1 520 and ...

  • Hotan - Ruoqiang railway

    Hotan – Ruoqiang opening completes Taklimakan desert loop


    CHINA: The 825 km Hotan – Ruoqiang line in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region opened on June 16. In conjunction with other lines, this completes a 2 769 km railway ring around the Taklimakan desert. Construction of the non-electrified single-track railway between Hotan and Ruoqiang began ...

  • Koper second track Mlinarji tunnel breakthrough (Photo: Toma Bačić)

    First tunnel breakthrough on Divača – Koper line


    SLOVENIA: The first tunnel for the Divača – Koper Second Track project has been holed through by contractor Yapı Merkezi. The 27·1 km single-track line is being built on a new alignment and in conjunction with the existing line will provide a double-track route to and ...

  • Berthold Huber

    Huber and Sandvoß to lead DB Netz


    GERMANY: The current DB AG board member for Passenger Transport, Berthold Huber, has been selected as the next head of the group’s infrastructure business, following the departure of Ronald Pofalla at the end of April. Huber’s appointment as board member Infrastructure was proposed by DB CEO ...

  • Reading station (front)
    Rail Business UK

    Digital twin aims to cut station energy usage


    UK: Real-time data on Reading station’s energy usage is to be fed into a digital twin in a project which aims to improve the station’s energy performance and cut its carbon emissions by up to 20%. The project is being undertaken by Network Rail with Atkins ...

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    Adelaide – Gawler electrification finally inaugurated


    AUSTRALIA: Electric suburban services between Adelaide and Gawler were launched in June 12, following the completion of a long-delayed electrification programme.

  • Topping out ceremony for the Fehmarnbelt link’s tunnel factory

    Fehmarn Belt tunnel element factory topped out


    DENMARK: The first of the buildings which will be used to produce the 217 m long, 73 500 tonne concrete elements for the Fehmarn Belt immersed rail and road tunnel between Denmark and Germany has been topped out by project promoter Femern A/S and main contractor ...

  • RFI has awarded four geographical contracts totalling €2·7bn for the deployment of ERTMS on 4 220 km of line.

    RFI awards €2·7bn of ERTMS contracts


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded four geographical contracts totalling €2·7bn for the deployment of ERTMS on 4 220 km of line. The programme is being financed by the National Plan for Recovery & Resilience, and is in addition to a €500m contract previously awarded to Hitachi ...

  • Manila South Commuter Railway impression

    Manila South Commuter Railway financing packages approved


    PHILIPPINES: The Asian Development Bank has approved a US$4·3bn loan package to finance construction of the South Commuter Railway between Manila and Calamba. Future services will offer a journey time of around half the 2½ h taken by road. The US$1·75bn first tranche is to be ...

  • Ferrocarril Central bridge (Photo: IDB Invest)

    IDB Invest structures Ferrocarril Central financing package


    URUGUAY: Inter-American Development Bank Group’s private sector arm IDB Invest has structured a US$250m financing package for the Ferrocarril Central PPP project to rehabilitate the 273 km north-south main line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros. The fixed rate B-bond is the largest B-bond structured ...

  • Rails

    Lower carbon footprint rails delivered


    RUSSIA: Evraz has delivered a pilot batch of ‘green rails’, which the steelmaker says were manufactured with a carbon footprint of 0·5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per tonne of steel, four times lower than traditional blast furnace/converter technology.

  • DB Energie has awarded Hitachi Energy a contract to install a 120 MW converter station

    Hitachi Energy to supply 120 MW converter station


    GERMANY: The national railway’s traction power business DB Energie has awarded Hitachi Energy a contract to install a 120 MW converter station to convert electricity from the 50 Hz three-phase public distribution network to the 16·7 Hz single-phase used by the traction network. The converter station ...

  • Rail Baltica train concept

    Rail Baltica electrification procurement begins


    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has begun procurement of the electrification systems for the future standard gauge line between Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, saying it will be the largest railway electrification scheme in Europe to be implemented as a single project. The energy ...

  • Linsinger hydrogen machine IAF

    Hydrogen-powered milling machine ready for testing


    INTERNATIONAL: Linsinger says its hydrogen fuel cell powered rail milling machine is attracting interest from urban rail operators around the world, as its prepares to trial the vehicle on two European metros during July and August. Speaking at the IAF trade show in Germany on June ...

  • Class 43 New Measurement Train
    Rail Business UK

    Class 43 ETCS retrofit project makes progress


    UK: Thales and leasing company Porterbrook have announced the successful retrofitting of three Class 43 HST power cars with ETCS onboard equipment complying with UNISIG baseline B3R2. Following successful ETCS Level 2 Testing at Network Rail’s Melton Rail Innovation & Development Centre ...

  • Train camera

    Automatic lineside vegetation recognition technology on test


    UK: Trials have demonstrated that the species of lineside trees and other plants can be automatically identified safely, cheaply, quickly and at scale by using AI systems to analyse photographs taken by on-train cameras. The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and ...

  • DB Netz Chairman Frank Sennhenn

    DB Netz targets faster project approval and digital capacity boost


    GERMANY: DB Netz Chairman Frank Sennhenn says the infrastructure manager is targeting a 30% gain in capacity on existing lines ‘depending on the exact traffic mix’ from digitalisation including traffic management, automation and the roll-out of ERTMS. Speaking at the opening of the IAF track technology ...

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    Freight priority in Beira Alta route modernisation


    PORTUGAL: Infraestruturas de Portugal and national operator CP have updated local residents, policymakers and other stakeholders on progress with the €550m modernisation of the Beira Alta railway between Pampilhosa and Guarda.