Infrastructure news – Page 9

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    Vertical platform gates to be tested in Paris


    FRANCE: SNCF’s Transilien business unit is to test vertically-rising platform edge gates from South Korean technology company sTraffic at Vanves-Malakoff station in southern Paris. Under a contract awarded at the end of 2017, the gates are due to be installed by April 2019 for a one-year trial. sTraffic has set ...

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    Work starts on Wien metro reconfiguration


    AUSTRIA: A groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future Matzleinsdorfer Platz station on October 8 marked the start of work on the reconfiguration of Wien metro Line U2 and new driverless Line U5. The event was attended by Transport Minister Norbert Hofer, Deputy Mayor Maria Vassilakou, city transport senator ...

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    Work begins on T13 Express tram-train route in Paris


    FRANCE: Work on the T13 Express tram-train project in the western suburbs of Paris was officially launched on October 5, with the start of construction of a new depot at Versailles. The first 18·8 km phase would introduce tram-train services from the existing RER station at Saint-Cyr to Noisy-le-Roi ...

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    Grand Paris signalling contract awarded


    FRANCE: Société du Grand Paris has awarded a consortium of Siemens Mobility and Thales a contract to supply signalling for the driverless lines 15, 16 and 17 of the Grand Paris Express metro project. Siemens Mobility will supply CBTC signalling and act as systems integrator. Thales will be responsible ...

  • Société du Grand Paris reports that two tunnel boring machines are already in use on the programme, but this number will rise to more than 10 by the end of 2019.
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    Grand Paris Line 15 South unlikely to meet Olympics deadline


    FRANCE: Line 15 South of the Grand Paris Express automated metro project around Ile-de-France is unlikely to be open in time for the French capital to host the Olympic Games in 2024, the project promoter has said. Speaking to the Le Parisien newspaper on September 25, Thierry Dallard, ...

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    Orange County Streetcar construction contract awarded


    USA: Orange County Transportation Authority has awarded Walsh Construction Co a $220·5m contract to build the OC Streetcar line. Construction of the 6·7 km route between Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center and Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove is due to begin later this year for opening in 2021. ...

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    Grand Paris fit-out contract awarded


    FRANCE: Société du Grand Paris has awarded a consortium of Colas Rail (70%) and Alstom (30%) a €155m contract to supply track and rigid catenary for the eastern part of Line 15 South of the Grand Paris Express. The 69-month contract covers 17 km of Line 15 with eight ...

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    Sydney metro station contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded Macquarie Group a A$378·6m contract to develop Martin Place station on the southern section of the future Sydney metro line. Macquarie Group submitted an unsolicited proposal to develop the underground station and buildings above it. The company has appointed Lendlease as ...

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    Harsco wins Singapore metro grinder contract


    SINGAPORE: Land Transit Authority has awarded Harsco Rail a contract to supply a 16 stone grinder custom designed for Singapore’s metro network. Modifications include electric motors and a small profile to operate in metro tunnels. ‘We have developed a strong partnership and open communication with LTA over the last ...

  • The Surrey – Newton – Guildford LRT would be the first light rail line in British Columbia.
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    Vancouver light rail and metro funding announced


    CANADA: Federal and provincial funding for the Surrey – Newton – Guildford Light Rail Transit and Broadway Subway projects in Vancouver was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier of British Columbia John Horgan Federal on September 4. The national government is to contribute C$1·37bn towards the two projects, ...

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    New York seeks funding to build Brooklyn light rail


    USA: Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio has confirmed the city’s intention to develop a modern light rail route serving districts of Brooklyn and Queens which are poorly served by the Subway network. Issuing a statement on August 30, De Blasio said that an environmental impact study would ...

  • A tram route serving the northwest suburbs of Brussels was inaugurated by King Philippe on September 1.
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    Brussels tram extension inaugurated


    BELGIUM: A new tram route serving the northwest suburbs of Brussels was formally inaugurated by King Philippe on September 1. Having taken a short ride on the line, he participated in ceremonies at Place Reine Astrid, which has been remodelled as part of the project. Revenue services began the following ...

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    Hitachi to supply Panamá City monorail trains


    PANAMA: Metro de Panamá has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hitachi, Ansaldo STS and Mitsubishi Corp for the supply of vehicles and railway systems for Panamá City metro Line 3, the consortium announced on August 30. Hitachi will supply 28 six-car monorail trainsets, with Ansaldo STS to supply ...

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    Crossrail opening delayed


    UK: The opening of the Crossrail tunnels under London has been delayed from December 2018 until ‘autumn 2019’, project promoter Crossrail Ltd announced on August 31. The Paddington – Abbey Wood section of the future Elizabeth Line will open later than scheduled because the contractors need more time to ...

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    Hyundai Rotem wins Seoul metro driverless train contract


    SOUTH KOREA: Hyundai Rotem has been awarded a 361·5bn won contract to supply driverless rolling stock and railway systems for a metro line being developed in Seoul. Rotem is to supply 50 two-car trainsets to operate the 13·4 km underground line connecting Seongdong-gu and Nowon-gu in northeast Seoul. The ...

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    Italian urban transport funding allocated


    ITALY: The Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport has allocated a total of €1·4bn to urban transport projects throughout the country. Roma is the largest recipient, with a total of €425·5m. The larger part of this, €291·1m, would be spent on upgrading metro lines A and B, including the power ...

  • The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail network serves the important multimodal hub at Hoboken, where PATH metro services and ferries provide connections across the Hudson River to Manhattan.
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    Light rail extensions supported in NJ Transit budget


    USA: On August 8 New Jersey Transit announced that it would be spending $3·8bn in the 2019 financial year as the operator seeks to address an urgent shortfall in investment. The budget allocates $2·3bn for ongoing operations and $1·5bn for capital spending. As well as operating a large main ...

  • A similar GRP mast has been tested at Oostende on the Belgian coastal tram line.
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    GRP overhead electrification mast trial


    GERMANY: Karlsruhe regional light rail operator AVG is to test glass-reinforced plastic electrification masts supplied by the Powerlines Group at a turning loop in Ettlingen from September. A similar GRP mast has been on test at Oostende on the Belgian coastal tram line since 2013, where it is exposed to ...

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    Sydney light rail depot energised


    AUSTRALIA: Randwick Stabling Yard, the depot for Sydney’s CBD & South East Light Rail line, has been energised. Daytime testing of trams on the route is expected to begin in the coming months; night testing started in February. As well as facilities for light maintenance and tram washing, the ...

  • Kadmar Group’s specialist heavy load logistics company EGL has won a contract to transport equipment for the construction of a 68 km electrified rail link which is being built to link Cairo with the new administrative capital.
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    Cairo construction fleet delivered


    EGYPT: Kadmar Group’s specialist heavy load logistics company EGL has won a contract to transport equipment for the construction of a 68 km electrified rail link which is being built to link Cairo with the new administrative capital development to the east. In August 2017 the National Authority for Tunnels ...