Infrastructure news – Page 8

  • Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail Line inauguration locos
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    Nigerian coastal railway to go ahead

    2021-08-09T14:06:00Z

    NIGERIA: Funding to enable the construction of the 650 km east-west coastal railway was approved by a meeting of the Federal Executive Council on August 4, Minister of Information Lai Mohammed has told local media. The FEC also approved plans for lines from Kano to Jibia ...

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    Station modernisation programme contracts awarded

    2021-08-09T09:00:00Z

    LATVIA: National Railway LDz has awarded two design and build contracts for the modernisation of a total of 48 stations by 2023. A partnership of BMGS and FIMA was awarded the contract for stations on the lines from Rīga to Jelgava, Tukums II and Krustpils and ...

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    Rail infrastructure laser scanning system launched

    2021-08-07T05:00:00Z

    SCANNING: Trimble has launched the GEDO GX50 kinematic laser scanning system, which is designed to operate with its GEDO track measurement technology to support clearance analysis and asset data collection. The GEDO GX50 features new Trimble-designed profiling lasers for high-accuracy data collection, and is available with ...

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    In depth

    India: Building towards a high speed network

    2021-08-06T07:55:00Z

    With construction of the Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line starting to ramp up, National HSR Corp is finalising detailed project plans for another seven corridors, as outgoing Managing Director Achal Khare* explains to Chris Jackson.

  • India - Bangladesh freight train (Photo: Ministry of External Affairs, India)
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    Bangladesh – India cross-border freight services revived

    2021-08-05T11:37:00Z

    ASIA: Regular freight services on the 10 km cross-border line between Haldibari in India and Chilahati in Bangladesh restarted on August 1 after a hiatus of 56 years. Indian Railways dispatched a train loaded with aggregates from Damdim on the Northeast Frontier Railway for export to ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Crossrail 2 and major infrastructure investment still required on South West Main Line despite Covid-19 effect, warns Network Rail

    2021-08-05T11:17:00Z

    UK: A report issued by Network Rail indicates that the expected drop in commuter and business travel caused by Covid-19 will not be sufficient to remove the need for major infrastructure investment on the South West Main Line serving London Waterloo, including potential resumption of work on Crossrail 2.

  • Bane NOR has awarded Vossloh Nordic Switch Systems a framework agreement for the supply of switches and crossings
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    Vossloh awarded Norwegian turnout framework contract

    2021-08-05T11:11:00Z

    NORWAY: Infrastructure manager Bane NOR has awarded Vossloh Nordic Switch Systems a framework agreement for the supply of switches and crossings, as well as spare parts for existing turnouts, and the development of a range of switches for heavy haul lines. The agreement includes the just-in-time ...

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    ETCS Level 2 goes live on Roskilde – Køge – Næstved line

    2021-08-04T14:46:00Z

    DENMARK: All trains on the Roskilde – Køge – Næstved line in Sjælland began operating using ETCS Level 2 with effect from August 3, after infrastructure manager Banedanmark commissioned the next phase of its national Signalling Programme.

  • Bangkok Red Line opening smoke (Photo SRT)
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    Soft launch for Bangkok’s Red Line suburban services

    2021-08-04T05:00:00Z

    THAILAND: State Railway of Thailand held a soft launch for Bangkok’s Red Line elevated metre-gauge suburban rail corridor on August 2, offering three months of free travel before the start of full commercial services in November. Services on the Red Line were inaugurated by Prime Minister ...

  • DB Netz has approved the national roll-out Strukton data loggers to monitor more than 12 500 point machines (Photo: DB).
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    German associations seek more competition in second rail reform

    2021-08-03T15:25:00Z

    GERMANY: An alliance of industry associations has called for a major reform of railway policy that would introduce full vertical separation of infrastructure and operations and foster more on-rail competition. In a position paper published on August 2, seven organisations assert that climate change objectives can only ...

  • Flood damage in Belgium (Photo Infrabel)
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    UIC Extreme Weather taskforce gets to work

    2021-08-03T07:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways’ Taskforce on Extreme Weather Conditions has been launched, and will initially focus on addressing the impact of heavy rain and floods. Strong winds are proposed as a focus for next year, and earthquakes in 2023. UIC’s Safety Platform decided to ...

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    CPTM locomotive rolled out

    2021-08-02T14:52:00Z

    BRAZIL: Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos has received the first of two diesel-electric locomotives that will be used for hauling maintenance trains on São Paulo’s 1 600 mm gauge suburban network.

  • Karawanks tunnel (Photo Toma Bacic) (19)
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    Karawanken tunnel reopened

    2021-08-02T14:14:00Z

    EUROPE: Cross-border rail services have resumed on the Villach – Ljubljana route between Austria and Slovenia, following the completion of a 10-month refurbishment of the Karawanken tunnel. Dating from 1906, the 7 975 m bore had been closed to all traffic from September 7 ...

  • Train coming out of Port Botany
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    Port Botany freight capacity enhancement contracts awarded

    2021-07-30T13:23:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Australian Rail Track Corp has awarded two contracts for works to increase freight capacity on the Port Botany line in Sydney. John Holland has been awarded a design and build contract for the Botany Rail Duplication project to double-track the remaining 2·9 km of single ...

  • RENFE plans to deploy its Series 102 and 112 AVE trainsets on the Granada services.
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    ADIF AV lets contract to build first section of Cantabrian high speed line

    2021-07-30T09:35:00Z

    SPAIN: ADIF Alta Velocidad has awarded Sacyr Construcciones a 36-month contract worth €77∙3m to for civil works on a 20∙8 km section of high speed line between Palencia Norte and Amusco.

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    Second Baikal tunnel bore opened

    2021-07-29T14:12:00Z

    RUSSIA: President Putin has inaugurated the second bore of the Baikal tunnel, built as part of a double-tracking project which will increase capacity on the Delbichinda to Daban section of the Baikal – Amur main line from 17 to 85 trains each way per day. ...

  • Impression of the new Friesen Bridge (1)
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    Friesen Bridge replacement project gets underway

    2021-07-28T09:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A ceremony has been held to symbolically launch work to build the largest swing bridge of its kind in Europe, which will replace the Friesen Bridge over the River Ems near the Dutch border which was irreparably damaged by a cargo ship in December 2015. ...

  • Birmingham New Street signal and platform (Network Rail)
    In depth

    Comment: Modal shift still key to rail’s green agenda

    2021-07-28T05:08:00Z

    In the transport sector, the urge to decarbonise is manifesting itself in an increasingly frenetic push for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell and battery technology to replace internal combustion in everything from cars to small aircraft. These offer significant potential for decarbonising rail too, but should not be prioritised over the need to deliver modal shift from more polluting forms of mobility, argues our Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

  • Brno new main station design (1)
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    Brno selects ‘grand and human, monumental and tangible’ design for new main station

    2021-07-27T10:46:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: The city of Brno has selected a team of Benthem Crouwel Architects and urban design company West 8 as the winner of an international competition to design a new main station in the Trnitá urban redevelopment area. Completion is envisaged in 2032-35 at a ...

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    Collapsed bridge replaced in two days

    2021-07-27T08:33:00Z

    RUSSIA: A bridge on the trans-Siberian line has been replaced within two days of being destroyed by flooding. The bridge between Kuenga and Ukurey collapsed on July 23. Trains had already been suspended after structural faults were identified, with local passengers being transported by bus between ...