Infrastructure news – Page 7

  • Opening ceremonies for the rebuilt station at Kita-Ayase were held on March 15, with regular services starting the following day. Photos: Akihiro Nakamura
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    Chiyoda Line branch runs through


    JAPAN: Tokyo Metro has started running through services onto the 2·1 km Kita-Ayase branch of the capital’s Chiyoda Line, in order to serve a developing area in the northeast of the city. The branch running north from Ayase station, where the Chiyoda Line connects end-on with JR East’s Joban Line, ...

  • The first section of the London Underground network has been switched over to a Thales signalling system which is being rolled out across the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.
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    First stage of ‘highly complex’ London Underground resignalling goes live


    UK: The first section of the London Underground network has been switched over to a Thales signalling system which is being rolled out across the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines under Transport for London’s Four Lines Modernisation programme. The complex network of interlinked tracks collectively known as ...

  • President Erdoğan officially opened the 77 km Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul.
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    Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul opened


    TURKEY: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially opened the 77 km Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul on March 12, 15 years after construction began. The President rode an inaugural train from the opening ceremony at Kartal on the Asian side of the route east as far as Gebze, where suburban ...

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    Boston subway signalling contract awarded


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has awarded Alstom and construction contractor Barletta Heavy Division an €80m contract to modernise the signalling on Boston’s Red and Orange metro lines, covering a total of 72 km and 41 stations. The project which is scheduled to be completed in 2020 is expected to ...

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    Accessibility and sustainability at the heart of Berlin transport plan


    GERMANY: The Senate of the Land of Berlin on February 26 issued a 2019-23 transport plan, with accessibility and emissions reduction key components. As well as the bus, tram, U-Bahn and ferry networks operated by municipal company BVG, the plan also addresses multimodal transport investment and integration with the regional ...

  • CFR has called tenders for the design and construction of a 2·95 km rail connection to Terminal 1 at Henri Coandă International Airport.
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    București airport rail link tendering underway


    ROMANIA: Infrastructure manager CFR has called tenders for the design and construction of a 2·95 km rail connection to Terminal 1 at Henri Coandă International Airport, which would allow the operation of a direct rail service from the airport to București Nord station. The alignment would include a 1·5 km ...

  • East Japan Railway is to build a third rail route to Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
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    Third rail route to Tokyo Haneda Airport finalised


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway expects to start work in May on its Haneda Airport Access Line, which would provide a third rail link to Tokyo’s largest airport. This is currently served by the Tokyo Monorail from Hamamatsucho and the independent Keikyu Airport Line. Announcing the project on February 15, ...

  • Both Bangalore metro lines are being extended as part of Phase 2.
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    Alstom wins Bangalore metro electrification contract


    INDIA: Bangalore Metro Rail Corp has awarded Alstom a €71m contract to provide power supplies and electrification for the extension to the city’s two metro lines being built as part of Phase 2 of BMRC’s network development plan. Alstom is to install 750 V DC third-rail electrification, along with ...

  • Siemens is to modernise signalling on Line A of the Medellín metro.
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    Siemens to upgrade Medellín metro signalling


    COLOMBIA: Siemens Mobility has won a €42m contract to modernise signalling on Line A of the Medellín metro, the company announced on February 19. Siemens is to install the wayside equipment outside operating hours, with the work on Line A and in the Patio de Bello depot due to ...

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    Tokyo metro’s Shibuya roof in place


    JAPAN: The final section of the overall roof for Tokyo Metro’s new Ginza Line station at Shibuya was winched into place on the night of February 6-7, marking a major milestone in the ¥29bn station reconstruction project to improve interchange with JR East’s Yamanote Loop suburban services. Designed by ...

  • The maintenance vehicle to be used on SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line has snow ploughs at both ends.
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    Maintenance vehicle delivered to Philadelphia


    USA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has taken delivery of a maintenance vehicle and a flat wagon with driving cab for use on the Norristown High Speed Line rapid transit route. The Plasser American PMC50 vehicle is fitted with a National Crane 400B crane, a hydraulic tool power circuit and ...

  • Transport for London is among the recipients of funding for the purchase of emission-free buses.
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    Emission-free bus funding announced


    UK: The government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles is providing a total of £48m for emission-free buses and associated infrastructure in various cities, Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani announced on February 6. The 19 successful bidders that took part in the ultra-low emission bus scheme competition last year are to ...

  • Stuttgart is to receive 58 more Class 430 EMUs (Photo: DB/Wolfgang Klee).
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    Extra Stuttgart S-Bahn EMUs will support ATO project


    GERMANY: The Stuttgart regional government has approved the purchase of 58 four-car Class 430 electric multiple-units and the installation of ETCS Level 2 and automatic train operation on the entire S-Bahn fleet. Trains from the €421·8m order are to be delivered by 2022. The Land of Baden-Württemberg is providing ...

  • King Mohammed VI officially opens Casablanca’s second tram line.
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    King opens second Casablanca tram line


    MOROCCO: King Mohammed VI officially opened Casablanca’s second tram line on January 23, with revenue services starting the following day. Line T2 runs between Sidi Bernoussi and Aïn Diab. It has a total length of 22·5 km, including 15 km of new alignment and 7·5 km of existing line between ...

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    Lucknow Metro begins using automatic train operation


    INDIA: Lucknow Metro trains began running in attended automatic train operation mode on January 21. Trains have been running under manual driving with automatic train protection since the initial 8·5 km Transport Nagar – Charbagh section of the north–south line opened in September 2017. The train operators now give a ...

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    Testing commences on full length of Sydney Metro Northwest


    AUSTRALIA: The first test along the full length of the Metro Northwest route in Sydney took place on January 14, when a train travelled the 36 km from Tallawong in the northwest to Chatswood. The initial phase of the city’s first metro line is due to open in the ...

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    Maharashtra approves Nagpur metro Phase 2


    INDIA: Plans for the second phase of the Nagpur metro network were formally adopted by the Maharashtra state government on January 8, and the Detailed Project Report submitted to the national government for endorsement. Expected to take four years to build, Phase 2 would add a further ...

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    Manila Line 3 upgrade contract awarded


    PHILIPPNIES: The Department of Transportation has awarded a ¥35·5bn contract for the rehabilitation and maintenance of Manila metro Line 3 to a consortium of Sumitomo Corp and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering. Sumitomo group company TES Philippines will also work on the project. Work is due to start this month ...

  • A joint venture of Implenia and Hochtief has been awarded the €394m contract to build Marienhof S-Bahn station (Image: DB).
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    München second S-Bahn crossing contracts awarded


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has awarded three further major contracts for the construction of the second cross-city S-Bahn route through central München. The 11 km route including a 7 km tunnel under the city centre is scheduled to open in 2026, relieving pressure on the existing S-Bahn tunnel where trains operate ...

  • The first section of elevated metro line in Toshkent is under construction.
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    Toshkent elevated metro line under construction


    UZBEKISTAN: The first section of an elevated metro line in Toshkent is being built by national railway company UTY to designs by the Boshtransloyiha engineering institute. Starting at the Olmazor terminus of the Toshkent metro’s existing Chilonzor Line, the 7·1 km Sergili Line will run south above Choshtepa, Mirzo Tursunzoda ...