All Railway Gazette International articles in May 2015

All articles published this month.

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    Urban rail news in brief


    The first Kyiv metro Line 1 cars arrived at KVSZ’s workshops for modernisation last month. KVSZ is modernising 50 Line 1 cars in conjunction with Itochu, J-TREC, Mitsubishi Electric, Fuji Electric and Knorr-Bremse; this is the second phase of modernisation following the completion of phase 1 in 2014. ...

  • Arriva Danmark train.

    Arriva’s Jylland operating contract extended


    DENMARK: The Ministry of Transport has exercised an option for DB subsidiary Arriva Danmark to continue to operate local passenger services in central and western Jylland for a further two years. ‘We are obviously very pleased,’ said Arriva Danmark director Ivan Skødt Andersen on May 20. ‘We see it as ...

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    FS appoints privatisation advisors


    ITALY: Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane has appointed advisors to assist with the flotation of a minority stake in the business, the state railway holding group announced on May 28. The advisory team will be led by McKinsey & Co, working with Ernst & Young Financial Business Advisors Spa and the ...

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    Tel Aviv Red Line contractor selected


    ISRAEL: Project authority NTA has selected a Chinese-Israeli joint venture to undertake civil works for the Red Line of the Tel Aviv light metro. The joint venture comprises the China Railway Tunnel Group subsidiary of China Railway Group (51%) and the Solel Boneh Infrastructure subsidiary of Shikun & Binui Group ...

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    Transport MEPs call for cross-border intermodal ticketing


    EUROPE: Member states in the European Union should co-operate to share timetable and fare information in order to boost the development of intermodal ticketing, according to a report adopted by the European Parliament’s Transport & Tourism Committee on May 28. Due to be presented to the full Parliament in July, ...

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    Lead role for Boswell


    Hitachi Rail Europe Chairman Alistair Dormer has announced the appointment of Karen Boswell (photo) as Managing Director with effect from June 1. Formerly Managing Director of UK passenger operator East Coast, she succeeds Keith Jordan who is to take up an international role where he will be involved in the ...

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    Michael Finger


    Supercapacitor and battery supplier Maxwell Technologies has named Michael Finger as Senior Vice-President of Global Sales.

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    Suzanne Tarplee


    London-based legal practice Stephenson Harwood has seconded partner Suzanne Tarplee to high speed delivery company HS2 Ltd where she will serve as interim General Counsel and Company Secretary.

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    Sherrye Hutcherson


    Sherrye Hutcherson joined US Class I Union Pacific from Omaha Public Power District on May 4; she becomes UP’s Vice-President for Human Resources.

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    Steve Creighton


    Siemens’ UK rail automation business has named Steve Creighton as Delivery Director, Central East. He will have responsibility for a number of signalling projects in eastern England.

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    Bryan Nye


    Following a decision to separate safety agency RISSB from the Australasian Railway Association, ARA Chief Executive Bryan Nye (photo) left the organisation on April 30. Bob Herbert has been named Interim Chair to oversee a review of ARA’s role and status within the industry.

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    Lucky moves on


    The Chief Executive of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa Lucky Montana has revealed that he will not seek to renew his contract with the operator when it ends in March 2016. Speaking to local media, Montana said that his decision to leave PRASA was partly a result of health ...

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    Urgent action needed to reverse TET decline


    FRANCE: Urgent action is needed to save SNCF’s network of conventional long-distance passenger services, says Philippe Duron in his foreword to a report on the future of these Trains d’Equilibre du Territoire, submitted to the government on May 26. Socialist MP for Calvados, Duron has presided over a committee of ...

  • MerMec’s V-Cube technology integrates track surface inspection and measurement systems and a head-check inspection system in a single platform.

    JR West picks MerMec inspection technology


    JAPAN: West Japan Railway Company has selected MerMec to supply machine-vision technology for its track inspection fleet, the railway’s General Manager Eiji Tsubone announced at a meeting of the EU-Japan Industrial Dialogue on Railways & Urban Transport Suppliers in Brussels on May 21. Following ‘a long tendering and evaluation period’, ...

  • Alstom has bought Balfour Beatty’s 50% stake in the Signalling Solutions Ltd joint venture.

    Alstom acquires Balfour Beatty stake in Signalling Solutions Ltd


    SSL: Alstom announced its acquisition of Balfour Beatty’s 50% stake in the Signalling Solutions Ltd joint venture on May 28, giving it sole ownership. The price was not disclosed. Alstom said the business would ‘continue to trade as SSL for the foreseeable future.’ The 50:50 joint venture was established by ...

  • Impression of Hitachi Rail Europe AT200 EMUs for ScotRail.

    Hitachi Rail Europe opens Milton Keynes office


    UK: Hitachi Rail Europe has opened an office in Milton Keynes to house its Learning & Development division and also the project team working on the AT200 electric multiple-units ordered for Abellio's ScotRail franchise. There will initially be 25 staff at the office, with capacity for up to 50. Hitachi ...

  • SBB says the timetable change in December will be ‘the most ambitious since the introduction of Bahn 2000 in 2004’ (Photo: SBB).

    Switzerland unveils biggest timetable shake-up since Bahn 2000


    SWITZERLAND: This year’s timetable change on December 13 will be ‘the most ambitious since the introduction of Bahn 2000 in 2004’, Swiss Federal Railways announced on May 26. Long-distance services are set to expand by 660 000 train-km, or about 1%, while regional services will increase by 2·3 million train-km, ...

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    Ineco studies Cairo - Luxor high speed line


    EGYPT: Spanish state-owned engineering consultancy Ineco announced on May 27 that it is to carry out a feasibility study for building a high speed line between Cairo and Luxor. According to Ineco, this 600 km route between the country’s two principal cities would be major addition to Egypt’s tourist infrastructure. ...

  • ITE Management and the Rail Connection Inc subsidiary of Appalachian Railcar Services have formed a joint venture to acquire, lease and operate wagons.

    Rail Connection wagon leasing joint venture formed


    USA: Industrial and transport sector investment advisor ITE Management and the Rail Connection Inc subsidiary of wagon repair and maintenance company Appalachian Railcar Services have formed a joint venture to acquire, lease and operate wagons. The companies said the Rail Connection LLC joint venture would ‘focus on ...

  • ProRail and the province of Overijssel have awarded VolkerRail a contract to electrify the Zwolle – Wierden line.

    VolkerRail awarded Zwolle – Wierden electrification contract


    NETHERLANDS: Infrastructure manager ProRail and the province of Overijssel have awarded VolkerRail a contract to electrify the 40 km Zwolle – Wierden section of the 67 km Zwolle – Enschede route. The 1·5 kV DC electrification will enable electric multiple-units to replace diesel in December 2017, when operations are ...