Railway supply industry news round-up
The Malaysian Rail Industry Consortium has put forward proposals for the development of an rail-sector industrial park and export hub in Rawang. 'The cluster-based park will involve infrastructure sharing as well as co-operation between companies as it would be a good way to develop the industry further, creating a platform for exports', said MRIC President Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman.
Polish infrastructure manager PKP PLK was the only bidder for the assets of Przedsiębiorstwo Napraw Infrastruktury. National railway holding company PKP SA sold PNI to construction company to Budimex in 2011 for 225m złoty, but PNI later went into administration after losing PKP PLK maintenance contracts.
UK company Total Rail Solutions has launched a new website providing information on its range of on-track plant for hire, with live links to compliance data on its fleet of more than 70 vehicles and attachments, and a new online customer ordering portal.
US project and construction management firm LiRo Group has acquired Boston-based DiGiorgio Associates, DAI and Monitor Builders, which are active in the New England region. LiRo Group’s current projects include work on MTA’s Long Island Rail Road East Side Access tunnel connection in New York.
UK infrastructure manager Network Rail is asking contractors, suppliers and other stakeholders to proactively suggest changes to its standards to encourage greater innovation, cost efficiency and attract third party funding. Stakeholders can submit a standards challenge application when they consider the standard to be incorrect, not enabling best practice, or driving increased cost without comparable benefit. Network Rail will then conduct a ‘rigorous‘ assessment.