All Railway Gazette International articles in June 2015 – Page 6

  • Modernised ŽPCG Class 412 electric multiple-unit (Photo: Toma Bačić).

    Montenegro fleet modernisation


    MONTENEGRO: Zagreb-based TŽV Gredelj is modernising Montenegrin passenger operator ŽPCG’s fleet of five Class 412 electric multiple-units, which were built by RVR in Riga in 1985. The work includes installing new seats, toilets and windows. In addition, ŽPCG signed a contract last month for TŽV Gredelj to modernise four couchette ...

  • The future Wien metro Line U5 will have driverless operation (Photo: Wiener Linien).

    Wien announces driverless U-Bahn plan


    AUSTRIA: The future Wien metro Line U5 will have driverless operation, city transport company Wiener Linien announced on June 2. Managing Director Günter Steinbauer said U5 would provide a good opportunity to test fully automatic operation. This is expected to permit shorter headways and better service regulation and fault response. ...

  • Federal Passenger Co's Talgo trainsets have begun entering service.

    Talgo trains enter service in Russia


    RUSSIA: The first of Federal Passenger Co’s seven Talgo trainsets was inaugurated by Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin and Talgo Chairman Carlio de Palacio with a ceremony at Moscow’s Kurskaya station on June 1. The first service operated by the Talgo stock was the 14.00 from Moscow to Nizhny ...

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    Elisabeth Borne


    Elisabeth Borne has been confirmed as President of Paris transport operator RATP, following her predecessor Pierre Mongin’s move to GDF-Suez.

  • Arriva has been selected to operate rail and bus services in Limburg, taking over from Veolia (Photo: Veolia).

    Arriva wins re-awarded Limburg operating contract


    NETHERLANDS: The province of Limburg announced on June 2 that second-ranked bidder Arriva would be awarded a €55·5m/year contract to operate rail and bus services for 15 years from December 11 2016. The Abellio Limburg business of NS subsidiary Qbuzz had been named as the winner of the contract on ...

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    Saudi Arabia offers 1 000 railway scholarships


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Ministry of Education and Saudi Railways Organization have signed a partnership agreement to provide scholarships which will enable 1 000 Saudis to undertake specialist railway courses abroad over the next five years. Minister of Education Dr Azzam bin Mohammad Al-Dakhil said this would provide ...

  • Refurbished ČKD Class 740 locomotive supplied to Corporación Ferroviaria del Uruguay by Loko Trans Slovakia.

    Locomotive delivered for Uruguayan upgrade


    URUGUAY: Infrastructure company Corporación Ferroviaria del Uruguay has taken delivery of a refurbished ČKD Class 740 diesel-electric locomotive supplied by rolling stock repair and freight transport company Loko Trans Slovakia. The locomotive was delivered to the Port of Montevideo on May 24, and is to be deployed on works ...

  • CRRC Corp Ltd has been formed through the merger of China CNR Corp and CSR Corp.

    Chinese rolling stock manufacturers merge to form CRRC Corp


    CHINA: CRRC Corp Ltd was officially launched on June 1 with the completion of the merger of rolling stock manufacturers China CNR Corp and CSR Corp. CRRC has inherited all the businesses and assets of CNR and CSR, which between than had a greater than 90% market share in ...

  • Bombardier Flexity 2 Albatros tram for Gent (Photo: De Lijn).

    De Lijn orders more Albatros trams


    BELGIUM: Flemish public transport operator De Lijn has placed a €97m firm order for a further 40 Bombardier Flexity 2 low-floor trams to replace older vehicles in Gent and Antwerpen. The contract announced by Bombardier on June 2 is an option on a September 2012 deal and takes De Lijn's ...

  • Eversholt Rail has awarded Wabtec a £60m contract to refurbish Class 321 electric multiple-units.

    Class 321 EMUs to be born again


    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail has awarded Wabtec a £60m contract to refurbish its fleet of Class 321 outer-suburban electric multiple-units, under a programme which is designed to provide ‘maintainability, cost effectiveness and the look and feel of a new train’. The contract signed on May 28 covers engineering ...

  • Marseille tram route T3 opened on May 30.

    Marseille opens tram route T3


    FRANCE: Jugglers, acrobats and musicians led the celebrations on Rue de Rome to mark the opening of Marseille’s third tram route on May 30. Local traders were offered 7 000 tickets for distribution to their customers, to highlight how the new tram service can facilitate car-free shopping, The northern end ...

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    East Anglia franchise shortlist announced


    UK: Three current or former incumbents have been shortlisted to bid for the next East Anglia franchise, which is due to take over from Abellio Greater Anglia in October 2016. Abellio had been awarded a 29-month contract to operate the franchise from February 5 2012, and a further direct award ...

  • Two coaches and a T669 diesel locomotive have been modernised.

    Trains return to outskirts of Tiranë


    ALBANIA: A revived passenger service between Durrës and a modernised station at Kashar, 7·6 km from central Tiranë, were inaugurated by parliamentary Speaker Ilir Meta and Minister of Transport & Infrastructure Edmond Haxhinasto on May 26. Two coaches and a T669 diesel locomotive have been modernised for the service of ...

  • Aarhus Letbane will have a fleet of Stadler light rail vehicles.

    Aarhus unveils ‘timeless and comfortable’ tram designs


    DENMARK: Aarhus light rail project promoter Aarhus Letbane revealed the final designs of Denmark’s first modern light rail vehicles on June 1. The design brief aimed to create an easily-recognisable identity ‘with clear references to the Scandinavian design tradition of stylish minimalism and high functionality.’ The ‘timeless and comfortable ...

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    Wilfredo Rodriguez


    Wilfredo Rodriguez has been appointed President of Uruguay's state-owned railway operator AFE in succession to María del Carmen Melo. Luis Rivero becomes Vice-President, Americo Fernandez General Manager and Fernando Valls Secretary.

  • June 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.

    Feature articles in the June 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International


    Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today. Comment A corridor in crisis News Main Line Urban Rail Market Industry Innovations Pointers Analysis ...

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    ETCS Level 2 for Barcelona suburban network


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF is to call tenders for the first installation of ETCS Level 2 signalling on the Barcelona suburban network, covering the 56 km between L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and Mataró. A total budget of €92∙9m has been set for the contract, of which €56∙8m would cover the design ...

  • A fund to invest in Chinese metro infrastructure PPPs has been launched by Greenland Group, China Construction Bank and other partners.

    Chinese metro PPP fund established


    CHINA: A fund to invest in Chinese metro infrastructure project public-private partnerships was launched by Greenland Group, China Construction Bank and other partners on May 26. The China Urban Rail Transportation PPP Fund plans to invest a total of 100bn yuan in metro design, build, finance and management PPP concessions ...