Infrastructure news – Page 9

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    Plasser emphasises services and customer support at IAF


    GERMANY: Plasser & Theurer’s presence at the IAF infrastructure construction and maintenance trade fair on May 31-June 2 will be encapsulated by the theme ‘future track technology — NOW’. Among the developments being highlighted in Münster by the Austrian track machine specialist will be the addition of Mauritius as its 110th export market.

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    Swedish snow clearance contract extended


    SWEDEN: Transport infrastructure manager Trafikverket has exercised an option to extend Railcare’s contract for snow removal on the rail network for a further three years to April 30 2025. Under the SKr40m/year agreement Railcare provides a number of machines and personnel that are strategically deployed across ...

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    War and cost increases delay Dutch electrification scheme


    NETHERLANDS: ProRail has cancelled a tender for electrification of the Maaslijn between Nijmegen and Roermond, saying the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the increasing cost of materials and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the supply chain had forced it to reconsider its approach to upgrading ...

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    Portugal: Algarve electrification gets up to speed


    Award of the second main contract for the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of IP’s east-west Algarve Line should see the wires stretching from one end of the country to the other by the end of 2024, explains Andre Pires.

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    Jakarta – Bandung high speed railway tracklaying underway


    INDONESIA: Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi attended a ceremony at Tegaluar depot on April 20 to mark the installation of the first rails for the KCJB high speed line which will link Jakarta with Bandung. Sumadi said the line being built by Indonesian-Chinese design-build-operate concessionaire ...

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    TekTracking awarded Tri-Rail inspection and testing software contract


    USA: Infrastructure maintenance contractor Transdev has awarded TekTracking a contract to supply its TIMPS and SITE track and signalling inspection and maintenance planning software for use on South Florida Regional Authority’s 115 km Tri-Rail commuter rail route from West Palm Beach to Miami. TIMPS provides digitised ...

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    Work begins on third stage of Tanzania’s standard gauge line


    TANZANIA: Minister of Works & Transport Makame Mbarawa laid a foundation stone in Tabora on April 12 to officially launch construction of the third stage of the 1 211 km Dar es Salaam – Mwanza standard gauge railway project.

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    Electric locos and ERTMS confirmed in Toronto’s GO Expansion programme


    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and the ONxpress Transportation Partners consortium have signed the On-Corridor Works agreement, covering the largest and most complex elements of the GO Expansion programme to replace infrequent diesel-powered commuter services in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area with an all-day two-way network of ...

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    France: Éole makes a critical breakthrough


    The completion of tunnelling works for the western extension of Paris RER Line E paves the way for the start of revenue services on the first section in mid-2023, as Project Director Xavier Gruz explains to Jérémie Anne.

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    Base tunnel station contract


    FRANCE: A consortium of Systra, WSP and Richez_Associés has won a project management contract for the construction of the international station at Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne at the French entrance to the future 57·5 km base tunnel beneath Mont Cenis on the planned new line linking Lyon and Torino. ...

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    Three Ds in focus at Robel’s IAF display


    GERMANY: Maintenance vehicle and small plant specialist Robel Bahnbaumaschinen will be highlighting technology to address three key megatrends at this year’s IAF infrastructure and maintenance show in Münster: decarbonisation; digitisation and demographics.

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    Invasion of Ukraine ‘has increased the geopolitical relevance of Rail Baltica’


    EUROPE: ‘The Russian invasion of Ukraine reaffirms the need to connect the Baltic states to the rest of Europe’, said Catherine Trautmann, the European Commission’s co-ordinator for the North Sea – Baltic TEN-T corridor, on April 13, when Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail set out ...

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    São Paulo suburban line upgrading contracts awarded


    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban lines 8 (Diamante) and 9 (Esmeralda) operating and maintenance concessionaire ViaMobilidade Linhas 8 e 9 has awarded Siemens Mobility two contracts to modernise the signalling and electrical systems. For the 41·6 km Line 8, Siemens Mobility will design, supply and install an ...

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    Germany: FRMCS testbed takes shape


    As part of the national Digitale Schiene Deutschland programme, Nokia and Kontron are working together to build a 5G-based communication network in the Erzgebirge mountains to test the Future Railway Mobile Communication System.

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    EU accelerates funding for military transport projects


    EUROPE: The European Commission has brought forward the awarding of EU grants to co-fund projects to support military mobility, explaining that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has increased the urgency of making Europe’s transport infrastructure fit for dual civilian and defence use. The first Military Mobility ...

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    Digitalisation: Keeping the trains on track


    Funding has been allocated in the 2022-23 national budget to roll out the locally developed Kavach train collision avoidance system on more than 2 000 route-km of Indian Railways. Raghu Dayal investigates.

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    Spain: ‘Basque Y’ inches ahead


    Located in a mountainous area presenting formidable engineering challenges, the Y-shaped 1 435 mm gauge high speed network linking San Sebastián, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Bilbao in Spain’s Basque region has been designed to handle both passenger and freight trains. Mike Bent reports.

  • Schleswig-Holstein transport authority NAH.SH has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a fleet of Flirt Akku battery-powered multiple-units.

    Electrification islands to charge battery train fleet


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn is to install discontinuous 15 kV 16·& Hz electrification ‘islands’ on regional routes in Schleswig-Holstein by December 2023, enabling battery-electric multiple-units to replace diesel traction. In 2019 Land transport authority NAH.SH awarded Stadler a contract to supply 55 Flirt Akku battery-electric multiple-units. These ...

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    Composite mast aims to cut electrification costs


    UK: A prototype composite mast designed to reduce the costs and carbon emissions of railway electrification projects has been unveiled, ahead of extensive testing to understand the full scope of its capabilities. Branded IMAGE (Innovative composite MAst for Green Electrification), the mast ...

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    Six options in Santander – Bilbao railway study


    SPAIN: The Ministry of Transport, Mobility & the Urban Agenda has published details of its ‘Informative Study’ for a new railway line between Santander and Bilbao. Prepared by WSP Spain-Apia and Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas under a €1∙2m contract awarded in September 2020, the study puts ...