All Railway Gazette International articles in June 2015 – Page 5

  • Alstom's SRS concept would see roof-mounted supercapacitors charged via a single short section of conductor rail at each tram stop.

    Build a tramway in 30 months


    ALSTOM: The construction time for a new light rail or tram line could be reduced to just 30 months according to Alstom Transport, which launched its Attractis package at the UITP World Congress and Expo in Milano on June 8. Bringing together experience gained in the construction of 16 light ...

  • The proposed airport rail link would use the existing Hedjaz Jordan Railway corridor.

    Amman airport rail link pre-feasibility study


    JORDAN: The Ministry of Transport is developing plans for a light rail link between central Amman and Queen Alia International Airport. The proposed line would run for around 35 km on the existing Hedjaz Jordan Railway corridor between Amman station in the Al Mahatta district of the ...

  • The final DC train was decorated to mark the conversion of the Mumbai network to AC electrification (Photo: Central Railway).

    Mumbai network switches from DC to AC


    INDIA: Central Railway has announced that ‘a historic milestone was achieved’ at 05.37 on June 8, with completion of the conversion of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – Mumbra slow lines and CST – Thane fast lines from 1·5 kV DC to 25 kV AC electrification. The Mumbai CST – Kalyan ...

  • Prime Minister David Cameron marks the completion of tunnelling for the Crossrail project.

    Crossrail tunnelling complete


    UK: Prime Minister David Cameron joined Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Mayor of London Boris Johnson at Farringdon on June 4 to mark the completion of tunnelling for the Crossrail project. Since the summer of 2012, eight TBMs have bored 42 km of running tunnels under London with a diameter ...

  • The UP Express service between Toronto’s Union Station and Pearson International Airport was launched on June 6.

    Toronto airport rail link opens


    CANADA: The UP Express service between Toronto’s Union Station and Pearson International Airport was launched on June 6. ‘This is a great day to see UP Express service open and Toronto join the ranks of other global cities’, said Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca. ‘It will give people ...

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    Andrew Constance


    Andrew Constance has been appointed as Minister of Transport & Infrastructure in the New South Wales state government, succeeding Gladys Berejiklian who has moved to become state Treasurer.

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    Rail.One to restructure into two businesses


    RAIL.ONE: Concrete sleeper and ballastless track manufacturer Rail.One has announced plans for a corporate restructuring. Expected to be implemented during the third quarter of 2015, this will see separate companies formed for Germany, which it describes as ‘our most important market’, and for the ‘systematic further development’ of the company’s ...

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    Tanzanian standard gauge contracts announced


    TANZANIA: A Chinese consortium led by China Railway Materials has been awarded a US$7·6bn contract to build a 2 561 km standard gauge railway from Dar es Salaam to Burundi and Rwanda, Minister of Transport Samuel Sitta told parliament on May 30. Construction could be formally launched within weeks Sitta ...

  • Bombardier double-deck driving car for GO Transit.

    GO Transit driving cars unveiled


    CANADA: Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca visited GO Transit's Willowbrook depot on June 2 to unveil the first of 67 double-deck driving cars ordered by regional transport authority Metrolinx to increase capacity around on Toronto commuter services. Metrolinx has ordered a total of 127 coaches to an updated ...

  • Timo Huges has resigned as Chief Executive Officer of Dutch national passenger operator NS.

    NS CEO resigns in wake of Qbuzz bidding scandal


    NETHERLANDS: Timo Huges resigned as Chief Executive Officer of national passenger operator NS with immediate effect on June 5, after the supervisory board withdrew its confidence as further details emerged about the irregularities in the Qbuzz subsidiary’s bid for the Limburg operating contract. No severance payment will be made. ...

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    Ostlänken consultants appointed


    SWEDEN: A consortium of Cowi and Systra has been selected to undertake technical planning work on the third section of the 150 km Ostlänken line linking Stockholm and Linköping. Diverging from the current Stockholm – Göteborg trunk line at Järna, west of Södertälje, the ‘East Link’ would run southwest through ...

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    Jorge Bastos


    Brazillian President Dilma Rousseff has appointed Jorge Bastos as Director General of national transport agency ANTT.

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    Mumbai Metro passes 100 million in a year


    INDIA: Mumbai Metro Line 1 has carried 100 million passengers in its first year of revenue service, operating concessionaires RATP Dev and Transdev announced on June 4. Opened on June 8 2014, the 11·4 km east-west line is run jointly by the two French companies on behalf of the Reliance-led ...

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    Vossloh signs Russian track collaboration agreement


    RUSSIA: A memorandum to co-operate in the development of track components for high speed lines and for localised production was signed by Russian Railways and Vossloh AG during the 10th International Railway Business Forum Strategic Partnership 1520 in Sochi on June 5. RZD and Vossloh have been testing a turnout ...

  • Barcelona metro Line 9.

    Spanish urban rail infrastructure concessions sold


    SPAIN: Allianz Capital Partners and Bastion Infrastructure Group have bought construction firm Comsa Emte’s stakes in three urban rail infrastructure concessions for an undisclosed price. Two of the concessions are for the management of infrastructure on Barcelona metro Line 9. The third covers the operation and maintenance of light rail ...

  • Bombardier Transportation is to supply 119 Flexity trams to Wien.

    Wien places firm order for 119 trams


    AUSTRIA: Wien transport authority Wiener Linien has formally awarded Bombardier Transportation a €431m contract to supply 119 Flexity trams with an option for 37 more, the manufacturer announced on June 4. Bombardier had been named preferred bidder on December 1. The firm contract includes 24 years of maintenance support under ...

  • Transnet has ordered 232 diesel and 359 electric locomotives from CNR and CSR.

    Transnet and China Development Bank sign R30bn locomotive loan


    SOUTH AFRICA: State-owned freight transport company Transnet signed a R30bn loan agreement with China Development Bank on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Cape Town on June 4. The loan is part of a bilateral memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries’ presidents last December. The proceeds ...

  • Moorebank will be the largest integrated warehouse rail terminal precinct in Australia.

    Sydney intermodal terminal agreement


    ​AUSTRALIA: An agreement for the development and operation of a major intermodal freight terminal in southwest Sydney was signed by the federal government’s Moorebank Intermodal Co and the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance of Qube Holdings (67%) and Aurizon (33%) on June 4. The development would be on federal and ...

  • The first phase of the Jaipur metro opened on June 3.

    Pink city’s first metro line opens


    INDIA: Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje flagged off the inaugural train to open the first phase of the Jaipur metro on June 3. Public services began at 14.00. Trains will initially operate every 10 to 15 min from 06.45 to 21.00, with off-peak fares to be charged all ...

  • DB's S-Bahn Berlin subsidiary is to operate North-South and Stadtbahn services under transitional contracts (Photo: DB/Hans-Joachim  Krumnow).

    DB to be directly awarded Berlin S-Bahn operating contracts


    GERMANY: The Länder of Berlin and Brandenburg have announced their intention to award the incumbent S-Bahn Berlin GmbH subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn two ‘transitional’ contracts to continue to operate the Berlin S-Bahn network’s North-South and Stadtbahn service groups until planned competitively-tendered contracts are awarded. This follows the direct award ...