News – Page 8

  • Auckland CRL flood protection (2)

    Planning reduces cyclone damage to Auckland rail project


    NEW ZEALAND: Extensive flood response planning at construction sites has enabled Auckland’s City Rail Link project to withstand Cyclone Gabrielle and the earlier Auckland Anniversary with minimal lasting impacts, project promoter CRL Ltd reports. CEO Dr Sean Sweeney said the advance cyclone warning allowed CRL and ...

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    Trans-Namib route modernisation completed


    NAMIBIA: A three-year project to renovate a 108 km section of the Trans-Namib main line between Walvis Bay and Arandis has been completed.

  • Lewisham track renewals
    Rail Business UK

    Custom concrete bearers produced for track renewal scheme


    UK: Concrete sleeper manufacturer Cemex adapted its production process to provide Network Rail with a bearers of a ‘never-seen-before’ design for a ‘challenging’ track replacement project at Lewisham. ‘Production of bearers of this size had never been done before’, said Terence Clair, S&C Business Manager for ...

  • The auditors are particularly critical of the average speeds achieved on parts of the Spanish high speed network.

    Madrid airport high speed rail link contract awarded


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded a consortium of Lantania and ASCH Infraestructuras y Servicios a €21·3m contract to undertake works for an 8·8 km long 1 435 mm gauge line which will enable high speed trains to access Barajas Airport in Madrid.

  • GATX RCA grain wagon

    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • National Centre for Accessible Transport launch event
    Rail Business UK

    National Centre for Accessible Transport launched


    UK: The National Centre for Accessible Transport has been launched to undertake research into ways of ensuring that rail, road, air, sea and other modes are accessible to all. ‘It is vital that we listen to what disabled people have to say about their experiences of ...

  • Robel ROMIS
    Metro Report International

    MTR Corp orders Robel mobile maintenance train


    CHINA: Hong Kong’s MTR Corp has awarded Robel Bahnbaumaschinen a contract to supply a ROMIS mobile maintenance train to increase worker safety and optimise the use of limited track possessions on the Tuen Ma and East Rail lines. It comprises two units. ...

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    Gilgandra – Coonamble upgrading funded


    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales state government has approved funding for improvements to the 96 km Gilgandra – Coonamble line north of Dubbo, as part of its A$400m Fixing Country Rail Program. The A$24m upgrading scheme will see the maximum axleload on the branch raised from 21 ...

  • Vilnius railway station aerial view (Photo Vilnius municipality) (4)

    Vilnius Railway Node design tender announced


    LITHUANIA: Infrastructure manager LTG Infra launched design procurement for Rail Baltica’s Vilnius Railway Node on February 13. The procurement covers the design of Vilnius station, which will become the country’s main hub for Rail Baltica international passenger services, the regional stations at Vilnius Airport and Lentvaris, ...

  • Impression of Stadler Flirtnex train for Norske Tog

    Stadler to supply Norwegian long distance trains making the journey an ‘experience in itself’


    NORWAY: State-owned rolling stock company Norske Tog has selected Stadler as the winner of a contract to supply 17 long distance trainsets to be branded as Flirtnex, with options for 100 more. ‘This is a big day’, said Norske Tog CEO Øystein Risan on February 17. ...

  • Länderbahn train

    Bayern operating contracts awarded


    GERMANY: Incumbent Netinera’s Länderbahn subsidiary has won two contracts tendered by Bayern railway agency BEG for the operation of regional passenger services. The Lot 1 Oberpfalz contract includes services RB23 Regensburg – Marktredwitz, RB27 Schwandorf – Furth im Wald, RB28 Cham – Lam and RB 29 ...

  • Operail Finland
    In depth

    Nurminen sees opportunities for growth following acquisition of Operail Finland


    FINLAND: Nurminen Logistics says its purchase of Estonian national freight operator Operail’s Finnish business has attracted great interest from its customers in Finland, central Europe and China. Nurminen announced the completion of the transaction on February 14, saying it was now a full-service rail freight operator ...

  • ST Extruded Products Group

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    This week’s news from the global railway supply chain.

  • PKP Energetyka

    PKP Energetyka green energy initiative gets EU research funding


    POLAND: Traction power supply infrastructure company PKP Energetyka has signed a funding agreement with the Europe’s Rail research partnership. The funding to support energy-efficiency projects is worth an initial €3·4m in 2023-26 and could be worth a further €5·6m by 2031. This will be co-financed under ...

  • Trento bypass

    Trento avoiding line contract awarded


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI awarded a consortium led by Webuild a €934m contract to design and build the 13 km Trento bypass, most of it in tunnel. This section is part of the Italian section of the Verona – München corridor, which will link the southern ...

  • Vivarail Class 230
    Rail Business UK

    GWR buys Vivarail battery train assets to secure Greenford trial


    UK: Great Western Railway has agreed contracts to buy Vivarail’s battery train related assets, saying this will secure the future of planned trials of the technology in London. The deal announced on February 16 includes intellectual property, rolling stock and equipment relating to the development of ...

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    In depth

    USA: Hurricane-resistant workshop inaugurated


    A ‘storm-resilient’ depot has opened to serve New York City Transit’s Staten Island Railway.

  • Ermewa grain wagon (Photo Ermewa)

    Research to make wagon maintenance more efficient


    FRANCE: The Maintenance 4·0 project to improve the efficiency of condition-based and predictive wagon maintenance has been launched by manufacturer Inveho, leasing company Ermewa and French research institute IRT Railenium, building on an agreement signed at InnoTrans in September last year. Maintenance 4·0 aims to combine ...

  • Impression of Stadler Flirt Akku battery train for the North American market

    Partnership to develop North American battery train


    USA: A contract for the development and testing of a battery multiple-unit for the North American market based on Stadler’s Flirt Akku design for Europe has been signed by the Swiss manufacturer, Utah State University and the Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification engineering research centre.

  • Generic Wascosa wagons

    Wagon sale generates attractive returns


    EUROPE: Leasing company Wascosa has signed an agreement to acquire infrastructure fund manager DIF Capital Partners’ Rota Rail II portfolio of 564 wagons in tranches during the first half of 2023. DIF acquired and expanded the fleet in 2019-21. It said the portfolio proved to be ...