All Railway Gazette International articles in January 2020

All articles published this month.

  • Singapore Malaysia RTS Woodlands groundbreaking ceremony
    Metro Report International

    Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System Link groundbreaking ceremony


    ASIA: Construction of the Singapore end of the cross-border metro line to Malaysia has been launched with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future Woodlands North terminus. The opening of the Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System Link is planned for the ...

  • East West Rail connection stages map
    Rail Business UK

    Aylesbury plans reviewed as East West Rail project phasing revised


    UK: Protect promoter East West Railway Co has revised the phasing of the project to develop a railway corridor between Oxford and Cambridge, saying this will now be delivered in three ‘connection stages’ planned on the basis of ‘a full journey, not just the building of ...

  • The first of Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Transportation Class 720 Aventra EMUs has entered passenger service (Photo: Greater Anglia).
    Rail Business UK

    Greater Anglia Class 720 Aventra EMUs enter service


    UK: The first two of 133 Aventra electric multiple-units which Bombardier Transportation’s Derby factory is supplying for Greater Anglia’s commuter routes entered passenger service on November 26. A pair of Class 720 EMUs formed the 16.10 service from Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street, returning as ...

  • cn Guangzhou metro Line 8 station
    Metro Report International

    Guangzhou metro Line 8 extended north to Baiyun


    CHINA: Guangzhou Metro Corp opened an extension of Line 8 from Cultural Park on the west side of the city centre to Jiaoxin in Baiyun District to the north on November 26, adding 16·3 km and 11 stations. Two further stations on the new section ...

  • Swan training picture
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    This week’s round-up of news from the UK railway industry

  • Palace of Westminster from the river
    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry responds to Chancellor’s Spending Review


    UK: Organisations from across the rail industry have responded to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review speech on November 25. Railway Industry Association Chief Executive Darren Caplan said ‘it is positive to see the continued commitment by government to transport infrastructure, with the announcement today of ...

  • Grand Central is to restart services on December 3 as the lockdown restrictions in England change
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central to restart services


    UK: Grand Central is to restart services on December 3 as the lockdown restrictions in England change, but the open access operator warned that it would only be offering a reduced and reservation-only timetable and no onboard catering. ‘While it’s great to be back, we can’t ...

  • Northrail_Smartron_CMYK

    Northrail orders locomotives to help operators modernise fleets


    GERMANY: Paribus Group’s rail leasing business Northrail has placed a firm order for a further three Siemens Moblity Smartron electric locomotives. Scheduled to be available for short term lease to customers from December, they will take Northrail’s Smartron fleet to a total of 14 locomotives. All ...

  • The Railtex and Infrarail 2021 trade fairs have been postponed to September 7-9 2021, organiser Mack-Brooks Exhibitions has confirmed.
    Rail Business UK

    Railtex and Infrarail postponed to September 2021


    UK: The Railtex and Infrarail trade fairs have been postponed to September 7-9 2021, organiser Mack-Brooks Exhibitions has confirmed. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organiser decided that the Infrarail 2020 event which was to have been held at London’s Olympia on May 12-14 this year ...

  • Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle at Long Marston
    Rail Business UK

    Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle prepared for testing


    UK: The prototype Revolution Very Light Rail railcar has been delivered to the Quinton Rail Technology Centre at Long Marston, where final assembly, system integration and performance validation testing will be completed by early 2021 ahead of demonstration to potential railway project sponsors and stakeholders. Revolution ...

  • coronavirus

    Rail ticket refunds offered to Chinese customers unable to travel because of the coronavirus


    UK: Passenger operators in Great Britain have agreed to offer fee-free refunds for rail tickets purchased in China, following the suspension of flights in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Train operators and independent ticket retailers Assertis, Atomised, Click Travel, Evolvi, On Track ...

  • The first 3·2 km section of SMRT’s Thomson–East Coast Line has opened.
    Metro Report International

    Singapore’s Thomson–East Coast metro line opens


    SINGAPORE: The first 3·2 km section of SMRT’s Thomson–East Coast Line opened for passenger service on January 31. This adds three stations to the SMRT network: Woodlands North, Woodlands – which acts an interchange with the North South Line – and Woodlands South. When finished, ...

  • thales

    High speed line signalling contract renewed


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded Thales a €68·8m contract to continue to undertake preventive and corrective maintenance of signalling and traffic control systems on the Madrid – Sevilla and Córdoba – Málaga high speed lines for a further 48 months. Thales now has similar contracts ...

  • tw-taipei-metro-hitachi2
    Metro Report International

    First section of Taipei Circular Line opens


    TAIWAN: The first section of Taipei Metro’s fully automated Circular metro line is now in operation, serving the Daipinglin district in the south of the city. The 15·4 km route has been developed by Hitachi Rail as part of its first turnkey metro ...

  • de- Volkswagen_press_conference,_IAA_2017,_Frankfurt_(1Y7A2075) by Matti Blume
    Metro Report International

    Qatar orders self-driving electric shuttles


    QATAR: Volkswagen AG and the Qatar Investment Authority have announced a deal for a fleet of self-driving electric shuttles ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The partnership will deliver 35 autonomous, electric ID. BUZZ AD cars capable of carrying up to four passengers, as well ...

  • Rail has been allocated a NZ$1·1bn share of a NZ$6·8bn package of transport infrastructure funding.

    New Zealand government announces investment in commuter capacity and freight


    NEW ZEALAND: Rail has been allocated a NZ$1·1bn share of a NZ$6·8bn package of transport infrastructure funding announced by the government on January 29. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said the rail investment was targeted at getting lorries off the roads and improving passenger services, particularly at ...

  • tn_vn-hanoi_metro_line_2A_testing_1.jpg
    Metro Report International

    Hanoi Metro lets three-year ticketing contract for Line 3


    VIETNAM: French company RATP Smart Systems has signed a €12m contract with Hanoi Metro covering design and supply of the future Line 3’s ticketing system. The three-year contract includes the development of a contactless card and token system, as well as the installation of access control ...

  • Long Marston rail facility
    Rail Business UK

    Porterbrook aims to put Long Marston on the global map for rail innovation


    UK: Rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook has taken a 15-year lease on property company St Modwen’s Long Marston site in Warwickshire, and will take responsibility for the future direction and development of the rail technology centre on the 55 ha former military site. The site will ...

  • Ukraine

    Ukraine seeks local content in locomotive renewal programme


    UKRAINE: National railway Ukrzaliznytsia will need funding of 51·2bn hryvnia over six years to modernise its locomotive fleet, according to management board member Frantisek Bures. He said that this programme ‘should always support Ukrainian rolling stock producers’. UZ will need to acquire around 135 new AC ...

  • RailVision team

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Rail Vision Ltd says it is in advanced negotiations with ‘a leading European train operator’ for a €0·5m prototype deployment of its vision sensor and machine learning technology in a shunting yard. The system is designed to automatically detect and classify objects such as people, vehicles ...