All Infrastructure articles – Page 13

  • The half-hourly service on the single track route linking Naumburg's old town with the main station is operated using a fleet of historic East German trams.

    Smallest tramway gets longer


    GERMANY: What claims to be Germany’s smallest tramway grew by 440 m to reach a total of 2·9 km on December 1, with the opening of a one-stop extension from Vogelwiese to Salztor in Naumburg. The extension returns trams to a further section of what was once a circular route ...

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    København metro extension contractors selected


    DENMARK: København metro authority Metroselskabet announced on November 27 that it had selected contractors to build and fit out the southern section of Line M4. The TUNN3L joint venture of Hochtief Infrastructure and Vinci Construction Grands Projets is to build 4·5 km of twin tunnels and five stations. A ...

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    Parramatta light rail shortlists announced


    AUSTRALIA: New South Wales Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced shortlisted bidders to build and operate Stage 1 of the Parramatta light rail project on November 22. Two bidders have been shortlisted for the civil works contract: John Holland, and a joint venture of CPB Contractors and ...

  • The award of a design and build contract for Boston’s Green Line light rail extension was approved by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on November 20.

    Boston Green Line light rail extension contract awarded


    USA: The award of a design and build contract for Boston’s Green Line light rail extension was approved by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on November 20. The winning bidder was the GLX Constructors joint venture led by Flour and including Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Herzog Contracting Group and The Middlesex Corp. ...

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    Work starts on Istanbul driverless metro extension


    TURKEY: Work has started on the second phase of Istanbul metro Line M7. The western section of the driverless line will run from Mahmutbey to Esenyurt, serving 10 stations. A consortium of Akyol, Astur and IC İçtaş was awarded the construction contract for the 18·5 km route on July ...

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    Putin approves Moscow RER


    RUSSIA: President Vladimir Putin approved the first phase of an RER-style network planned for Moscow on November 15. Earlier this month Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced plans to create links between the existing radial rail routes into the city. At least five such RER routes are to be developed at ...

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    Alstom wins Singapore signalling contract


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has awarded Alstom a contract to supply signalling for the Circle Line 6 project. Alstom would supply its Urbalis CBTC signalling for the three-station extension of the Circle Line, which is due to be completed in 2025. The 4 km section between HarbourFront and Marina ...

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    RER proposal in Moscow transport investment plans


    RUSSIA: Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has announced that the city plans to spend 550bn roubles per year on transport projects in 2018-20. Planned projects include the development of an RER-style network by providing links between the existing radial rail routes into the city. Some existing lines would be upgraded, ...

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    Helsinki orbital light rail contractor chosen


    FINLAND: Helsinki transport operator HKL and the City of Espoo have selected a consortium of YIT and VR Track as construction contractor for the Raide-Jokeri orbital light rail line. The contract is expected to be signed by the end of November. The project costs and timescale will be finalised ...

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    Final civils contract awarded for Singapore CCL6


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has awarded the final civils contract for the Circle Line 6 project, it announced on November 10. The Singapore branch of China State Construction Engineering Corp won the S$205m contract for the construction of Cantonment station. Work on the three-level underground station is due to ...

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    EIB lends €200m to Madrid Metro


    SPAIN: Metro de Madrid announced on November 10 that it had been granted a €200m loan by the European Investment Bank. Being provided over a period of three years on what the metro says are ‘very advantageous’ terms, the loan will fund investment projects. Major projects to be undertaken ...

  • The proposed orbital urban railway around Toshkent is to be built to metro rather than suburban rail standards.

    Toshkent to build elevated orbital metro


    UZBEKISTAN: The proposed orbital urban railway around Toshkent is to be built to metro rather than suburban rail standards, the government has decided after evaluating technical studies compiled by transport institute Boshtransloyiha with the assistance of foreign experts. The original proposal approved by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in ...

  • Tunnelling has been completed on the London Underground’s Northern Line extension.

    Northern Line extension tunnelling completed


    UK: Tunnelling on the London Underground’s Northern Line extension was completed on November 8, when tunnel boring machine Amy broke through at Kennington. Amy began tunnelling in May, following sister machine Helen the previous month. Helen broke through into a shaft at Kennington Park at the end of October. ...

  • Storstockholms Lokaltrafik has terminated the contract for Ansaldo STS to resignal the Stockholm metro Red Line.

    Stockholm metro resignalling contract terminated


    SWEDEN: A contract for Ansaldo STS to resignal the Stockholm metro’s Red Line was unilaterally terminated by transport authority Storstockholms Lokaltrafik on November 7. ‘There are fundamental shortcomings in Ansaldo STS's delivery and we do not trust Ansaldo STS to deliver under the agreement, so we cancelled the contract’, said ...

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    Class 345 testing starts in Crossrail core


    UK: The Crossrail commissioning programme has reached a further milestone, with the first gauging run of a Class 345 trainset through part of the cross-London tunnels scheduled to take place on the night of October 27-28. Engineering trains have been operating through the tunnels since the completion of tracklaying earlier ...

  • Holborn station is currently used by 63 million passengers a year.

    Transport for London consults on Holborn capacity upgrade


    UK: Transport for London is undertaking public consultation until November 17 on proposals to increase capacity at Holborn station on London Underground’s Central and Piccadilly lines. Handling 63 million passengers a year, Holborn is currently the 11th-busiest station on the LU network, and TfL estimates that by 2031 demand ...

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    Tunnelling begins on Dubai metro extension


    UAE: Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum officially launched tunnelling on the Route 2020 metro extension on October 24. Twin tunnels 8·8 m in diameter are being bored by 103 m long tunnel boring machine Al Wugeisha Expo 2020. The 3·2 km section from Discovery Gardens ...

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    Abbey Wood Crossrail station opens


    UK: The rebuilt Abbey Wood station in southeast London opened on October 23, as management of the station was transferred to Transport for London. The station was previously operated by Southeastern and is now operated on behalf of TfL by MTR Crossrail. Network Rail began work on the new ...

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    Line 2 tram depot work begins in Ulm


    GERMANY: A groundbreaking ceremony for a new tram depot in Ulm took place on October 18. The 184 m long, 17 m wide building with four tracks is being built to help accommodate a fleet that is being enlarged as a second tram line nears completion. Siemens is supplying ...

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    Work begins on new Hamburg U-Bahn workshop


    GERMANY: Hamburg Transport Senator Frank Horch and Hamburger Hochbahn Technical Director Jens-Günter Lang laid the foundation stone for a new workshop on October 12. Due to open in early 2019, the €44m facility is being built east of the U2 and U4 line between Legienstraße and Billstedt stations. It ...