A 2·4 km elevated extension of Barcelona’s driverless metro Line 10 from Zona Franca to ZAL/Riu Vell opened on November 7. The three stations have roof-mounted photovoltaic panels


Singapore’s Land Transport Authority has awarded Hock Lian Seng Infrastructure a S$320m contract to design and build of Aviation Park station and tunnels for Cross Island Line Phase 1, and Nishimatsu Construction Co a S$446m contract for the design and construction of the 2·9 km twin-track bored tunnel between Tampines North and Defu stations. This 12·6 m diameter tunnel will use the largest tunnel boring machine yet to be deployed in Singapore.

Göteborgs Spårvägar permanently withdrew all 48 of its M28 trams at short notice on October 28, after inspections identified severe corrosion problems. The 56-year old trams had long been due for withdrawal, but were retained to handle rising ridership over the past decade. As a result of the reduced fleet size, Route 14 has temporarily been suspended.

Washington metro extension

The Capital Rail Constructors design and build joint venture of Clark Construction Group and Kiewit Infrastructure South Co has announced ‘substantial completion’ of the Package A Silver Line Phase 2 project to extend the Washington DC metro 18 km from Wiehle-Reston East to Dulles International Airport and Ashburn, serving six stations.

Osaka Monorail (Photo: Jorudan)

Mobile ticketing is being piloted on the Osaka Monorail, with Jorudan’s Japan Transit Planner and Norikae Annai journey planning apps incorporating Masabi’s Justride mobile ticketing platform. ‘Our partnership in Japan with Jorudan continues to go from strength to strength, and we are now working with more than 28 transit agencies in the country’, said Masabi CEO Brian Zanghi.

Sumitomo Electric cables

Sumitomo Electric Industries has supplied Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with 2 800 km of electrification, low and medium voltage power supply, signalling and other cables for Bangkok’s Red Line commuter rail project.


The Greater Dayton, Duluth, Rochester-Genesee and St Louis transport agencies are the first to provide their Transit app users with a free upgrade to the Transit Royale subscription service, which unlocks additional features, agency branding, customisation options and complete access to the app across more than 300 cities worldwide.

The Hong Kong SAR government has reappointed Dr Rex Auyeung as non-executive Chairman of MTR Corp for a second 2½ year term starting on January 1 2022.

VolkerRail Croydon tram works

VolkerRail has completed the latest phase of track renewals on the London Trams network in Croydon, replacing embedded track at Reeves Corner and Tamworth Road and renewing a road crossing in Lower Addiscombe where flat bottom rail was replaced with grooved rail, drainage improved and composite sleepers installed in the transition areas. Concrete shoulders have been installed so that future rail replacement will not require breaking the road surface.

The Australian state of Victoria has called for expressions of interest in for the continued operation and upgrade of the Myki ticketing system when the current contract with NTT Data expires in 2023. Proposed improvements will include credit card tap-on and tap-off, additional smartphone payment options, and account-based functionality.