All Railway Gazette International articles in July 2015 – Page 4

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    World rolling stock market July 2015


    Argentina: Ex-Madrid metro cars have entered service on Buenos Aires metro Line B. Azerbaijan: Three five-car Alstom metro trainsets have entered service in Baku. Belgium: De Lijn has placed a €97m firm order for a further 40 Bombardier Flexity 2 low-floor trams to replace older vehicles in ...

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    CMA consults on increasing on-rail competition


    UK: The Competition & Markets Authority has published a consultation document seeking feedback on the desirability and feasibility of four options for significantly increasing on-rail competition between passenger train operators. The aim would be to produce competition ‘in the market’, which the CMA suggests could be more effective at ...

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    Honolulu awards metro stations contract


    USA: Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has awarded a contract to build the three westernmost stations on the Honolulu light metro line, it announced on July 16. Nan Inc. submitted the lowest bid to build Hoopili, University of Hawaii West Oahu and East Kapolei stations. Its bid of $56·1m ...

  • Test running of a Talgo 350 trainset is underway on the Haramain high speed line.

    Saudi Railways Organization cancels Talgo order


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has announced that ‘following the reassessment of our rolling stock needs’ it has decided not to proceed with an order for six 200 km/h Talgo diesel trainsets for use on the Riyadh – Dammam line. The US$201m contract was announced on February 12 but ...

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    Freiburg puts Urbos trams into service


    GERMANY: The first passengers rode an Urbos 100 tram in Freiburg on July 16 in a special event held ahead of the trams’ entry into regular passenger service on July 27. Public transport operator VAG signed a contract with CAF in March 2013 for 12 seven-section 100% low-floor trams ...

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    Kai Tak topping out ceremony


    CHINA: A topping out ceremony for Kai Tak station on the Shatin – Central Link in Hong Kong was held on July 16. This is the second station on the future metro line where civil works have been completed. Construction started in 2013. Three entrances lead to a concourse ...

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    Rail industry news in brief - July 2015


    Austria’s Federal Administrative Court has rejected a legal challenge to the Semmering Base Tunnel project, ruling that the environmental studies are adequate and the existing line’s World Heritage status is not threatened. Belarus Railways has moved the date of its annual timetable change from the end of May to ...

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    EIB and KfW to fund RRX trains


    GERMANY: The European Investment Bank is to provide a €340m long-term loan to help fund the Rhein-Ruhr-Express project in Nordrhein-Westfalen, as part of a financing package announced on July 16. A credit of €283m will be provided by KfW IPEX-Bank, and additional funding is coming from Helaba (Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen). The ...

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    MÁV-Start signs Flirt order


    HUNGARY: The first of 21 additional Flirt electric multiple-units to work Budapest suburban services will be delivered later this year, under the terms of a €125m contract between national passenger operator MÁV-Start and Stadler Bussnang AG signed in Budapest on July 15. ‘This day will be written in bold letters ...

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    Funding arrives for Belgrano upgrade


    ARGENTINA: Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo announced on July 10 that state-owned company Belgrano Cargas & Logística had received US$9m to fund work to upgrade infrastructure in the provinces of Santa Fe, San Juan and Jujuy. This was the first tranche of the U$1⋅23bn that is being ...

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    California high speed rail delivery partner appointed


    USA: California High Speed Rail Authority has appointed a consortium led by Parsons Brinckerhoff, and including Network Rail Consulting and management consultancy LeighFisher, as its rail delivery partner. The contract for project management and integration services runs to 2022 and has an estimated total value of up to $700m. Network ...

  • Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu flagged off the inaugural train on the Gandhidham - Tuna Tekra line using video conferencing facilities.

    Port link opened under non-government railway policy


    INDIA: What the Ministry of Railways says is the first line to be built using independent finance under the non-government railway policy announced in 2012 was officially opened on July 14, when Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu used teleconferencing facilities to flag off the inaugural train. The 1 676 mm ...

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    Hyundai Rotem trainset in service in Cairo


    EGYPT: The first Hyundai Rotem trainset on Cairo metro Line 1 has entered passenger service. This is four weeks ahead of the original schedule, as the National Authority for Tunnels was sufficiently satisfied with the results of test running, which started in March. The NAT signed an E£2·16bn contract ...

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    Government invites bids for 171bn pesos PPP concession


    PHILIPPINES: The Department of Transportation & Communications has issued a prequalification request for a 171bn pesos PPP project worth covering the rehabilitation and extension of the Main Line South, which links Manila with Bicol province on the island of Luzon. According to DOTC, the project is the largest PPP to ...

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    Ragna Forslund


    Legal Director Ragna Forslund has taken over as Acting CEO of Stockholm transport authority SL following the resignation on May 25 of Anders Lindström, who had been convicted of shoplifting in Hong Kong.

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    ‘Beauty contest’ to assess high speed line offers


    INDONESIA: The government is to hold a ‘beauty contest’ to evaluate rival bids for construction of a 150 km Jakarta – Bandung high speed line, Co-ordinating Economic Minister Sofyan Djalil said on July 13. Rival offers backed by their respective governments have been put forward by consortia from China and ...

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    Freight operators fined €49m for operating cartel


    EUROPE: The European Commission has fined subsidiaries of Austrian Federal Railways and Deutsche Bahn €17·4m and €31·8m respectively for operating a cartel in the block train sector between July 2004 and June 2012. Kühne+Nagel was also part of the cartel with the Express Interfracht and Schenker businesses, but was ...

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    Population growth underpins metro expansion


    JAPAN: Tokyo metropolitan government has announced plans for two new metro lines to be completed after the 2020 Olympic Games, which the city is hosting. The lines form part of a wider transport plan the metropolitan government will submit to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism this ...

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    Charlotte opens Gold Line


    USA: The CityLYNX Gold Line tram route in Charlotte opened for passenger service at 13.00 on July 14. The 2·4 km line runs on-street from Time Warner Cable Arena to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with six stops. There are services every 15 min in the peaks and 20 ...

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    Apple Pay arrives on London’s transport network


    UK: Apple’s Apple Pay system which links payment card accounts to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watches can be used pay for travel on public transport within London from July 14. Apple Pay has the same validity and is used in a similar way to contactless bank ...