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  • Beograd Centar station.

    Serbia to invest €3·5bn in rail infrastructure


    SERBIA: The government has announced planned railway infrastructure spending of €3·5bn as part of the €14bn Serbia 2025 national investment programme. The rail elements include modernisation of the 208 km Valjevo – Vrbnica section of the Beograd – Bar line, and construction of an integrated traffic ...

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    EU co-financing for Galician high speed line


    SPAIN: The European Commission is to provide a €226m grant to support the €2·1bn cost for constructing 48·5 km of the 83·3 km Lubián – Taboadela section of the high speed line running north west from Olmedo to Zamora and Ourense. The route traverses a remote ...

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    New York MTA to study passenger options for Brooklyn freight corridor


    Photo: J M Calisi The Bay Ridge line is primarily used by freight operator New York Atlantic Railway. USA: New York MTA is to launch a formal study of proposals to introduce passenger trains over the 27 km Bay Ridge line in ...

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    Border link reopens as South International Corridor progresses


    PORTUGAL: The 11 km link between Elvas and Caia on the border with Spain near Badajoz was reopened in late January, following an investment of €20·4m. Much of the rehabilitation work was done by Teixeira Duarte under a €15m contract. Elvas station has been remodelled so ...

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    ‘Father Christmas’ helps fund Bordeaux – Toulouse high speed line


    SNCF Réseau has estimated that TGVs could link Toulouse with Paris in just over 3 h using the Tours - Bordeaux high speed line which opened in July 2017. FRANCE: Construction of the 222 km high speed line from Bordeaux to Toulouse may start in two ...

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    Work starts on Roskilde – Holbæk electrification


    Source: Banedanmark DENMARK: Preparatory works are to get underway this month on the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the Roskilde – Kalundborg line in western Sjælland, infrastructure manager Banedanmark announced on January 22. This includes the removal of lineside vegetation on the first section ...

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    Kattegat road-rail fixed link to be studied


    DENMARK: There are good prospects for a road and rail fixed link across the Kattegat between Sjælland and Jylland, the government has announced. Further studies are to be undertaken, building on preliminary studies initiated by the previous government. The proposed east–west link would shorten the travel ...

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    Seoul Great Train Express engineering services contract awarded


    SOUTH KOREA: The SG Rail special purpose company formed to design, finance and build Line A of the Great Train Express network of commuter lines around Seoul has appointed Ricardo Rail to provide engineering and assessment services during the construction phase running to 2024. Three GTX ...

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    Metrolink marks $32m modernisation of Van Nuys station


    USA: California commuter operator Metrolink has held a ceremony to mark the $32m rebuilding of Van Nuys station in Los Angeles under a two-year project which is nearing completion. The station is on Metrolink’s Ventura Line, a Union Pacific route which is also served by Amtrak ...

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    250 km/h ‘high speed metro’ in Guangzhou urban rail plan


    CHINA: The Guangzhou municipal government has approved a 15-year plan to increase public transport’s market share to 80% through the development of a comprehensive urban rail network based on three metro, ‘express metro’ and ‘high speed metro’ networks. The journey time between the major cities ...

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    Farandou reshapes SNCF leadership team


    FRANCE: A new management structure for the ‘unified’ SNCF group was unveiled by President & CEO Jean-Pierre Farandou on January 16, following the first board meeting of the national railway group since the 2018 reforms came into effect on January 1.

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    Barcelona – Valencia trains accelerated as Vandellòs cut-off opens


    SPAIN: Commercial services began using a 46·5 km cut-off between Camp de Tarragona and Vandellòs on January 13, when ADIF completed a further section of upgrading on the Barcelona – Valencia Mediterranean Corridor.

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    ERTMS roll-out timetable extended


    SWEDEN: The timetable for installation of ETCS Level 2 in southern Sweden has been extended by two years, Trafikverket announced on January 13.

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    ‘The wow effect is coming’ as German government signs €86bn rail programme


    GERMANY: The €86bn LuFV III railway operating and financing agreement running to 2030 was signed by Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, Deutsche Bahn CEO Richard Lutz and Board Member for Infrastructure Ronald Pofalla on January 14, at a ceremony attended by Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz.

  • Haramain high speed line.

    Haramain signalling maintenance contract awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: Xrail Group has been awarded a seven-year contract to undertake corrective and preventive maintenance of the ETCS Level 2 signalling and technical buildings on the Haramain High Speed Rail line, acting as subcontractor to Siemens Mobility. Xrail will provide 24/7 support from six maintenance ...

  • Reopening of the line to Židlochovice was marked by the operation of a steam-hauled inaugural train (Photo: Jihomoravský Kraj)

    Czech branch line reopened


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The reopening of the 2·7 km Hrušovany u Brna – Židlochovice branch more than 40 years after scheduled passenger services ended in June 1979 was marked by the operation of a steam-hauled inaugural train on December 8, ahead of the start of regular services from ...

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    ARTC shortlists Port Botany contractors


    AUSTRALIA: Five civil engineering groups have been shortlisted by Australian Rail Track Corp to undertake improvements to the freight lines serving the busy Port Botany south of Sydney. The government has committed A$400m to improving rail capacity in order to meet a projected 77% increase in ...

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    Sarajevo resignalling contract


    BOSNIA: Railways of the Federation of Bosnia Herzegovina has awarded AŽD Praha a €1·2m contract to modernise signalling equipment in the Miljacka junction area west of Sarajevo and the Stup freight facility. The Czech company is to design, deliver and install a Type ESA ...

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    Rail infrastructure manager adopts shorter name


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager Správa Železniční Dopravní Cesty was renamed Správa Železnic with effect from January 1. The change which had been approved by the government in December is intended to shorten the complicated name and enhance the organisation’s image with the general public. SŽDC ...

  • Lithuanian railway track

    Vilnius – Klaipedia electrification and upgrading contracts awarded


    LITHUANIA: Contracts have been awarded to increase capacity and complete electrification on the Lithuanian section of Pan-European Corridor IX between the Belarusian border and the Baltic Sea port of Klaipeda. The east–west corridor carries three-quarters of the national operator’s freight and two-thirds of all passenger journeys. ...