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  • Expansion of Lausanne station is likely to involve substantial alterations to the urban realm around it.
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    Lausanne station to be rebuilt

    2019-06-13T10:02:17Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Office for Transport has approved plans for Swiss Federal Railways to proceed with the reconstruction of Lausanne station. Announcing the decision on June 3, BAV said that the government would contribute SFr900m towards the SFr1∙3bn cost. The main objective is to extend the platforms to a ...

  • The 140 km first phase of LGV Rhin-Rhône opened in December 2011.
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    Borne backs early extension of Rhin-Rhône high speed line

    2019-05-31T13:22:51Z

    FRANCE: Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne has agreed to ‘look again’ at the timescale for completing the second phase of the LGV Rhin-Rhône high speed line, serving Dijon and Mulhouse. LGV Rhin-Rhône opened with the December 2011 timetable change, covering an initial 140 route-km between Auxonne, east of Dijon, and ...

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    World rail market - May 2019

    2019-05-31T05:00:00Z

    Germany: DB has begun a €30m project to install Icomera wi-fi technology across its inter-city fleet by 2021. Hamburger Hochbahn is to use a Worldline SAM server for online and app payments as part of the conversion of its tickets from UIC barcode to VDV-KA standards. Italy: ...

  • The CDG Express project includes work to increase capacity on the corridor used by RER Line B and Paris - Laon regional trains northeast of Paris.
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    CDG Express delayed to 2026

    2019-05-30T10:54:40Z

    FRANCE: The CDG Express project to provide a dedicated airport express between central Paris and Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport is to be delayed by two years, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne announced on May 28. Running for 32 km between Paris-Est and the LGV Interconnexion station at Charles-de-Gaulle airport Terminal 2, CDG ...

  • The proposed 250 km/h rail link would incorporate the existing standard gauge route serving Suvarnabhumi airport.
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    Thai government backs ‘three airports’ rail link

    2019-05-29T15:58:17Z

    THAILAND: Proposals to develop a fast passenger line between three airports in the south of the country under a PPP model were approved by the government on May 28. Covering a total distance of approximately 220 km, the 1 435 mm gauge railway would make use of the existing ...

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    ADB’s largest ever rail loan to support Manila commuter project

    2019-05-27T09:30:00Z

    PHILIPPINES: In what the organisation says is its ‘largest single infrastructure project financing’, the Asian Development Bank on May 23 agreed a loan worth US$2·75bn for construction of the Malolos – Clark suburban railway. This long-standing scheme has been revived by the current government in Manila under its ‘build, ...

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    Doncaster hub prepares to maintain Azuma fleet

    2019-05-24T08:34:00Z

    UK: Hitachi Rail Ltd is ramping up maintenance activity at Agility Trains East’s new Doncaster depot as the roll-out of Class 800/801 Azuma trainsets begins on the East Coast Main Line. The first Azuma entered service on May 15, and four more were being used for driver training in late ...

  • VIA Rail is installing beehives on the rooftops of its stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Québec City in partnership with Alvéole.
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    VIA Rail gets buzzy

    2019-05-20T12:34:48Z

    CANADA: VIA Rail is installing beehives on the rooftops of its stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Québec City in partnership with Alvéole, a company which combines beekeeping with education. The national passenger operator hopes this will help to raise awareness among urban populations of the decline of bees and ...

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    More Frecciarossa trains to come as FS unveils €58bn investment plan

    2019-05-14T09:56:27Z

    ITALY: State railway holding FS Group’s 2019-23 business plan envisages total investment worth €58bn across various modes, with a core focus on enhancing the conventional rail network and improving suburban passenger services. According to FS, the ‘unprecedented’ spending programme, unveiled in Roma on May 10 by Chief Executive Gianfranco ...

  • YRP’s 10th annual black tie dinner took place in London on April 11.
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    YRP celebrates 10 years of success

    2019-04-24T07:33:00Z

    Professional networking and educational group Young Rail Professionals has developed an important role in a fragmented UK rail sector. Nick Kingsley asks co-founder Paul Cooper and former Chair Sabrina Ihaddaden to reflect on the organisation’s achievements in its first decade.

  • Much of the Turkish network still relies on telephone or manual dispatch, making investment in signalling and train control a priority for TCDD.
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    Yapı Merkezı enters signalling market

    2019-04-22T10:05:00Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has begun testing signalling equipment developed by Yapı Merkezı Idis, the industrial controls and communications subsidiary of construction group Yapı Merkezı. The company has installed an interlocking, fixed block signals and level crossing control units compatible with future deployment of ERTMS. The equipment was commissioned ...

  • Tüvasaş displayed a mock-up of the National Train EMU at Eurasiarail in Istanbul in 2017.
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    ‘National Train’ EMUs on course for delivery this year

    2019-04-17T07:15:00Z

    TURKEY: State-owned passenger train manufacturer Tüvasaş expects to begin construction of the first of 21 five-car electric multiple-units under the National Train programme ‘within the next two months’. The first trains should be handed to operator TCDD Tasımacılık before the end of the year, the company told Railway Gazette ...

  • Stagecoach currently runs the Inter-City West Coast franchise in joint venture with Virgin Group.
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    Stagecoach disqualified from three franchises in pension dispute

    2019-04-10T11:30:16Z

    UK: Stagecoach Group has been disqualified from the Department for Transport’s three current passenger franchise competitions, the company announced on April 10. Incumbent Stagecoach had been shortlisted for the East Midlands franchise, which the DfT announced on April 10 had been won by Abellio, and for the West Coast ...

  • The Kazan soda plant was formally opened in January 2018.
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    TCDD awards soda plant link contract

    2019-04-08T11:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD announced on April 2 that it had awarded contracts for construction of an 18·5 km branch to a soda plant at Yenikent. The contract award to a consortium of HCA Insaat, Imaj Altyapi Ust Yapı and Efecemler Ins Nak Madencılık is valued at TL353·5m; TCDD received ...

  • The rebuilt Napoli - Bari main line will diverge from the existing high speed network at Napoli Afragola.
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    €600m contracts awarded as Napoli – Bari rebuilding progresses

    2019-03-29T10:28:34Z

    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI awarded design and construction contracts worth €608m on March 29 for rebuilding of the Apice – Hirpinia section of the Napoli – Bari line. A consortium of Salini Impregilo, Astaldi, Rocksoil, Net Engineering and Alpina will undertake civil works and install railway equipment, including new ...

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    DB to dispose of Arriva

    2019-03-27T19:24:05Z

    EUROPE: The Deutsche Bahn AG supervisory board confirmed on March 27 its intention to dispose of the company’s international operating subsidiary Arriva, Railway Gazette ’s sister publication Rail Business has reported. DB’s management team has been tasked with developing options for the transaction, which could either take the shape ...

  • A PRASA Metrorail EMU at Kalk Bay on the Western Cape suburban network.
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    Cape Town seeks suburban rail devolution

    2019-03-27T13:45:49Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Plans to transfer the operation of commuter services from Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to an organisation appointed by the city council were confirmed on March 26 when the city announced that four bids had been received for a tender to provide consultancy services. Through its ...

  • The Portal Bridge at Kearny on the Northeast Corridor causes delays to rail services when it fails in the 'open' position.
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    FTA stalls federal support for Gateway Programme

    2019-03-20T11:14:54Z

    USA: The Federal Transit Administration on March 18 announced that it had ranked the Gateway Programme to increase rail capacity between New York and New Jersey with a ‘medium to low’ financing status, making it ineligible at present for federal Capital Investment Grants. The ranking applies both to the ...

  • The expansion of the national network is putting strain on human resources in the Israeli rail sector.
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    An academic route to train track specialists

    2019-03-18T14:03:00Z

    ISRAEL: The first intake of students is expected to enrol in May at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa as ISR and the Ministry of Transport launch a programme to train more track engineers. Historically, the national railway was able to draw on a large ...

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    Oil traffic to benefit from Kırıkkale electrification

    2019-03-13T15:33:11Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD announced on March 12 that it had awarded the contract for electrification of 231 km of single track on the Nenek - Şefaatli route to a consortium of domestic companies Ultra Teknoloji and Emeray Insaat Enerji. The contract is valued at TL69·9m. TCDD received two bids. ...