News – Page 9

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    Metro Report International

    Paris ticket machines to be replaced


    FRANCE: Paris transport operator RATP has awarded the Easier subsidiary of Bolloré Group a six-year contract to supply and maintain customised ticket vending machines across its urban rail network. Replacement of the 2 400 ticket machines at RER and metro stations is set to begin in ...

  • The co-operation agreement was signed in Astara by Hytera Kazakhstan Country Manager Ivan Wang, KTZ Chief Engineer Batyr Kotyrev, and BT Signal Director B M Bayzakov.

    Communications joint venture formed


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ has signed an agreement with Hytera Communications and BT Signal to develop a centre of competence for broadband railway communications systems. This is intended to help accelerate the introduction of future-proof communication systems to the Kazakh rail network. It will provide a ...

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    Prototype battery multiple-units ordered as suburban EMUs unveiled


    CROATIA: HŽPP has awarded Končar KEV a contract to supply two prototype battery-only and battery-electric multiple-units.

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    Venezia Marco Polo link let as RFI pushes ahead with airport rail connections


    Italy: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a €428m contract to construct a rail line to Venezia’s Marco Polo Airport, while it called tenders for rail links to Brindisi Salento Airport and Bergamo’s Orio al Serio airport.

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    Rail replacement buses added to scheduling software tool


    DENMARK: National passenger operator DSB is planning rail replacement services in København using IVU.rail resourcing and scheduling software. This enables DSB’s planners to view rail and substitute bus services as one integrated timetable and automate several manual tasks. ‘The fact that we can now plan rail ...

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    Brussels – Amsterdam – Berlin night train launch date announced


    EUROPE: Dutch night train start-up European Sleeper has announced the start date for a Brussels – Amsterdam – Berlin service.

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    In depth

    Greece: Rail revival struggles to gain momentum


    Despite a macroeconomic recovery and an injection of EU funding for infrastructure, Greece’s rail recovery is still facing headwinds, typified by the low-key launch of Pendolino services between the country’s two principal cities. Toma Bačić reports from Athens.

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    Work starts on Gaspésie realignment


    CANADA: Work has started on the reconstruction of a section of the Gaspé Railway in Québec, as part of a programme to restore freight and passenger trains to the Gaspé peninsula. VIA Rail long-distance passenger trains between Montréal and Gaspé were suspended in 2011 owing to ...

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    $9bn to fund Northeast Corridor upgrading


    USA: The Department of Transportation is making available nearly $9bn in funding to support infrastructure renewals and expand passenger services along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor

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    Rail logistics and fleet management collaboration


    USA: Railinc and Commtrex have announced a collaboration to provide outsourced logistics and fleet management services for the rail industry. Association of American Railroads subsidiary Railinc can now provide fully outsourced or on-demand services using its TransmetriQ Rail Management System software, while Commtrex will utilise the ...

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    Metro Report International

    Four tram-train studies commissioned


    SPAIN: Catalunya operator FGC has awarded four contracts for studies to estimate the construction costs, potential demand and operating characteristics for proposed tram-train networks totalling 280 km. Ayesa Ingeniería y Servicios has been awarded a €88 200, eight month contract for the study of a proposed ...

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    Chinese east-west high speed line inaugurated


    CHINA: A further 91 km section of the Yuxia high speed line was opened on December 26, with the start of revenue services between Changde and Yiyang.

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    In depth

    Australia: Reshaping Brisbane’s rail connections


    With construction of the Cross River Rail link well underway, Queensland’s state government has unveiled a comprehensive strategy for development of Brisbane’s regional rail network to accommodate projected population growth. Chris Jackson  explores the proposals.

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    JR Freight to transport bonded cargo for airlines


    JAPAN: JR Freight is to begin the regular transport of bonded cargo between warehouses and Tokyo’s main airports in April 2023, as part of a programme to reduce emissions and provide reliable logistics services as Japan faces a shortage of lorry drivers. During the coronavirus pandemic, ...

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    Nuclear fuel and radioactive waste wagon prototype ordered


    USA: The Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy has awarded ENSCO a contract to manufacture and test a prototype eight-axle heavy duty wagon branded Fortis for the transport of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Commercial spent nuclear fuel is packaged in containers weighing ...

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    Metre-gauge line to be resignalled


    SPAIN: ADIF has awarded Thales a 27-month contract worth €20·8m to supply ASFA Digital ATP to replace telephone block working on the 101 km single track, non-electrified Ortigueira – Ribadeo section of the Oviedo – Ferrol metre gauge line along the north coast. Existing colour light ...

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    First Seoul GTX trainset unveiled


    SOUTH KOREA: The first EMU for Line A of the Great Train Express commuter rail network currently under construction in Seoul has been unveiled by manufacturer Hyundai Rotem at its Changwon plant. The trains have a maximum operating speed of 180 km/h, reflecting GTX’s status as an ...

  • Great Western Railway has announced an agreement to lease 19 Class 769 Flex electro-diesel multiple-units from Porterbrook Leasing.
    Rail Business UK

    GWR fleet to shrink further as it abandons Class 769 introduction


    UK: Great Western Railway is to hand back all 19 of the Class 769/9 multi-system ‘Flex’ multiple-units to leasing company Porterbrook in April 2023.

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    Short line natural disaster recovery funding bill introduced


    USA: A bill has been introduced to Congress which would authorise the Department of Transportation to provide emergency funding to assist short line railways with recovery from natural disasters.

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail leaders frustrated as DfT tightens grip and cuts loom


    UK: Rail Business UK has taken soundings from across the train operating companies, Network Rail and from sources close to the Department for Transport, finding a bleak outlook. Industry leaders fear having to implement stark cuts to rail provision, even if the industrial relations issues plaguing the sector can be resolved.