All Infrastructure articles – Page 10

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    Väylä to test synthetic sleepers


    FINLAND: Transport infrastructure agency Väylä has started testing FFU synthetic sleepers from Sekisui on the 1 524 mm gauge national network, to assess their suitability for use in very low temperatures.

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    Full electrification in record infrastructure spend


    AUSTRIA: ‘More than €17bn is being spent on railway projects across the whole country’, said Federal Minister for Climate Protection Leonore Gewessler on October 16, announcing with Austrian Federal Railways CEO Andreas Matthä ‘the biggest railway investment package that the Republic has ever seen’.

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    CP to acquire full ownership of Detroit River rail tunnel


    NORTH AMERICA: Canadian Pacific has entered into an agreement to acquire full ownership of the Detroit River Tunnel Partnership, which owns the 2·6 km immersed tube tunnel that has linked Windsor in Canada with Detroit in the USA since 1910. CP currently holds a 16·5% stake ...

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    Eppenberg tunnel opens for traffic


    SWITZERLAND: As part of its project to four-track the 13·4 km Olten – Aarau line, SBB formally inaugurated its new Eppenberg tunnel on October 12.

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    EU track access rebates approved


    EUROPE: A regulation permitting European Union member states to waive or defer track access charges in order to support the rail sector through the coronavirus pandemic has been formally adopted by the EU Council and European Parliament.

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    Southern Java double-tracking inaugurated


    INDONESIA: The completion of double-tracking work on the majority of PT KAI’s 1 067 mm gauge southern Java main line was marked by a ‘soft launch’ ceremony at Solo Balapan on October 8, attended by Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi. Work began in 2015 on ...

  • The EU’s Cohesion Fund is to provide €318·5m to support railway electrification in Latvia.

    Latvia and Estonia join Rail Freight Corridor 8


    EUROPE: Latvia and Estonia have formally joined the North Sea-Baltic Rail Freight Corridor with effect from October 12, almost five years after the corridor was originally established in November 2015.

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    Chicago – Minneapolis enhancements funded


    USA: Plans to launch a second daily inter-city service between Chicago and Minneapolis-St Paul are set to move forward following the award of federal funding under the Consolidated Railroad Infrastructure & Safety Improvement grant programme.

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    JR East to speed up Tohoku Shinkansen


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway is to raise the line speed limits on key sections of the Tohoku Shinkansen in order to make its train services between Tokyo and northeast Honshu more competitive with airlines.

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    Bang Sue hub opening pushed back to 2021


    THAILAND: Opening of Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station has been delayed until late 2021, with State Railway of Thailand saying this is largely a result of the Covid-19 pandemic which has prevented Japanese contractors from visiting the site for several months.

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    Auckland awards P2P electrification contract


    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has awarded the eTRACS joint venture of John Holland and McConnell Dowell an early contractor involvement contract to develop the southern extension of Auckland’s suburban electrification from Papakura to Pukekohe. The NZ$371m P2P Electrification Project will see the installation of 25 kV 50 ...

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    RZD completes replacement Kola bridge


    RUSSIA: Trains have started using a replacement bridge across the River Kola near Murmansk, following an opening ceremony attended by RZD Chairman CEO Oleg Belozerov, Deputy Transport Minister Vladimir Tokarev and the Governor of Murmansk region Andrey Chibis. Construction of ...

  • Railcare has unveiled a battery-powered multi-purpose vehicle for railway maintenance work.

    Battery-powered railway maintenance machine unveiled


    SWEDEN: Railcare has unveiled a battery-powered multi-purpose vehicle for railway maintenance work, which, as well as eliminating emissions at the point of use, also offers operators reduced noise levels. The MPV is intended to complement the company’s vacuum excavator and snow melter, and can haul wagons ...

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    HS2 slab track contract awarded


    UK: Project promoter High Speed 2 Ltd has awarded a consortium of Porr UK and Aggregate Industries UK the contract to design and manufacture modular slab track for HS2. The £260m contract announced on October 5 covers all track for the London – West Midlands Phase ...

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    Dual-mode tamper approved in Germany


    GERMANY: The Federal Railway Office has authorised unrestricted use of a dual-mode continuous-action tamping machine. Operated by Krebs Gleisbau, the Unimat 09-32/4S Dynamic E 3 universal tamper from Plasser Theurer was previously approved for operation in Austria and Switzerland. It can now be used ...

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    Crossrail governance transferred to Transport for London


    UK: Responsibility for governance of the Crossrail programme formally transferred from the independent Crossrail board to Transport for London with effect from October 1, as the project to build an east–west commuter line across London transitions from the current construction phase to operations and maintenance. ...

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    ASFA Digital infrastructure contract awarded


    SPAIN: National infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded a €50·3m contract to a joint venture of Indra (75%) and Instalaciones y Técnicas Eléctricas Asturianas (25%) for the installation of ASFA Digital trackside equipment as part of its programme to update and expand automatic train protection across the 1 668 mm gauge conventional network.

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    North Macedonia approves line towards the Albanian border


    NORTH MACEDONIA: A proposal to extend the 103 km Skopje – Kičevo line 62·6 km southwards to Struga as the first phase of a railway corridor to Albania was appoved by the government on September 22. The Ministry of Finance will now seek €426m of funding ...

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    North Carolina to buy line for proposed passenger service


    USA: North Carolina Department of Transportation has been awarded a $47·5m Consolidated Rail Infrastructure Safety Improvements federal grant to support the acquisition of a CSX corridor between Raleigh and Ridgeway near the border with Virginia. The former Seaboard Air Line main line has been ...

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    Rail Broadcast Week reaches a global audience


    INTERNATIONAL: Around 1 700 registered viewers across the globe participated in Railway Gazette Group’s inaugural Rail Broadcast Week from September 21 to 25 2020. Supported by headline sponsor Siemens Mobility, Rail Broadcast Week brought together a wide mix of industry leaders, decision-makers and academics ...