All Railway Gazette International articles in March 2021

All articles published this month.

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    Metro Report International

    Study sets out the benefits brought by Manchester Metrolink


    UK: The £1·5bn Metrolink expansion programme which tripled the size of Greater Manchester’s light rail network has had a major impact on the region, according to research undertaken by Transport for Greater Manchester. The report produced in-house with support from external specialists looked at the Phase ...

  • IE MkIV set passes Kildare heading to Dublin in 2016
    In depth

    Ireland: Iarnród Éireann looks to post-Covid bounce


    CEO Jim Meade believes the Irish national railway is well-placed to expand after the coronavirus pandemic, with the government committing to significant investment. Tony Miles reports.

  • RENFE EMU (Photo: Marc Pascual/Pixabay)

    RENFE sees Covid-19 recovery


    SPAIN: Passenger traffic on the national rail network has recovered to around 50% of pre-pandemic levels, RENFE Present Isaías Táboas has reported, adding that RENFE is anticipating that the figure would reach 70% by the end of 2021. Citing operations in Andalucía as an example, on ...

  • Forth Bridge view down (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Forth Bridge visitor experience on hold


    UK: The Network Rail-led project to create a Forth Bridge tourist attraction with a visitor centre and walkway tours has been put on hold as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The experience was expected to be similar to the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. It was ...

  • LNVG has awarded incumbent and sole bidder Bentheimer Eisenbahn a contract to contiune operating the RB56 Regiopa Express service

    Bentheimer Eisenbahn awarded 15-year contract to operate revived passenger service


    GERMANY: Following a European tender, Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has awarded incumbent and sole bidder Bentheimer Eisenbahn a contract to contiune operating the RB56 Regiopa Express service on the Bad Bentheim – Nordhorn – Neuenhaus route for 15 years from December 12 2021. ‘We are very ...

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    Urban In Depth

    Istanbul: Metro expansion forges ahead


    After several years of delays, Istanbul’s ambitious metro and tramway expansion programme is back on track, reports David O’Byrne. Several new lines are set to open while others are moving from planning to construction.

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    Spanish fruit and vegetables reach Denmark by rail


    EUROPE: Transfesa Logistics and Euro Pool System have expanded the CoolRail network of refrigerated services to Denmark, with the first trial delivery of a container of fresh fruit and vegetables. This travelled from Almussafes near Valencia in Spain to Denmark via Köln, with a transit time ...

  • Global Centre of Rail Excellence Wales plan
    Rail Business UK

    Global Centre of Rail Excellence funding confirmed


    UK: The Welsh Government has confirmed a £50m capital funding loan to Powys Council to support development of the planned Global Centre of Rail Excellence testing facility on a former mining site. This follows the UK government’s announcement of up to £30m of funding in its ...

  • East Croydon aerial view (Network Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    Mobile coverage to be enhanced on London – Brighton line


    UK: Network Rail has awarded mobile telecoms mast operator Cellnex UK a 25-year contract to provide continuous connectivity on the 80 km line from London Bridge and London Victoria to Brighton. Mobile network operators will be provided with additional capacity through the installation of towers along ...

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    Back-up batteries for Serbian signalling


    SERBIA: Colas Rail has awarded Saft and local distributor Goltech a contract to provide almost 800 batteries to provide backup power for trackside signalling, safety and communication equipment along a 58 km section of Corridor X. Colas Rail is modernising the route in partnership with local ...

  • RFI has selected a 51:49 consortium of Webuild and Implenia as low bidder for a €1·07bn contract to design and build the southern access route to the Brenner Base Tunnel.

    Brenner southern access contract awarded


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has selected a 51:49 consortium of Webuild and Implenia as low bidder for a €1·07bn contract to design and build the southern access route to the Brenner Base Tunnel. Running mostly underground, the 22·5 km double-track alignment will diverge from the existing ...

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    Catania airport station opens


    ITALY: RFI inaugurated a new station to serve Fontanarossa airport in Catania on March 13, built as part of its ongoing programme to modernise the main line between Messina and Palermo in Sicily.

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    Biotren fleet unveiled


    CHILE: The 15 Chinese-built multiple-units ordered by national operator EFE to work regional services in the south of the country were formally unveiled on March 23. As part of the government’s Chile on Rails investment strategy, EFE awarded contracts in 2018 ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

  • Victoria station aerial view
    Rail Business UK

    Siemens Mobility awarded Victoria resignalling Phase 3


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Siemens Mobility the contract to deliver Phase 3 of the Victoria resignalling programme. This covers the area between London Victoria and Streatham Hill, plus the West London Line from Clapham Junction towards Shepherd’s Bush. As principal contractor, Siemens Mobility will be ...

  • Lisboa Oriente station (Photo: Ricardo Adelaide/Pixabay)

    Barraqueiro forms Portuguese open access operator


    PORTUGAL: Bus and coach group Barraqueiro has established B-Rail as a subsidiary to run open access passenger train services along the Atlantic corridor linking cities in the north and south of the country as part of an integrated multi-modal transport strategy. B-Rail has applied to national ...

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    Interlocking lab opens


    RUSSIA: Transmashholding company LocoTech-Signal has opened a research laboratory in Moscow where it will test the HMR9 computer based interlocking developed by Progress Rail’s Italian subsidiary ECM and adapt it to suit conditions in the 1 520 mm gauge region. LocoTech-Signal is developing its Ctrl@Lock400 platform ...

  • it Torino Hitachi rail tram impression
    Metro Report International

    Torino brake contract awarded


    ITALY: Knorr-Bremse has been selected to supply brakes, doors and HVAC for the next generation of Sirio trams which Hitachi Rail is to build for Torino operator GTT. The contract is valued in the ‘low double-digit million euro’ range. In May 2020 GTT and Hitachi ...

  • An INIT technician installing one of Merseyrail's new validators
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

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    Medway to launch daily intermodal train linking Portugal with Germany


    EUROPE: Private freight operator Medway plans to launch a direct daily intermodal train branded Vasco de Gama from terminals in Portugal to Stuttgart in Germany in the fourth quarter of this year. Initially the train carrying general freight shipments will run via the break of gauge ...