St Petersburg Uraltransmash retro-styled tram impression

Uraltransmash has unveiled the appearance of the 1950s retro-style low-floor trams that are to be delivered to St Petersburg in 2023. The order includes 12 two-section four-axle Type 71-421 Petrogradka trams, and 42 three-section six-axle Type 71-431 Kolomna cars, named after districts of the city.


SMRT Trains has signed an 11-year services support agreement for Thales to provide spare parts, repair services, cybersecurity enhancements and obsolescence management to increase the reliability and availability of the SelTrac CBTC on Singapore’s North-South and East-West lines.

Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment is to provide Opt-ONIX traction inverters, motors and auxiliary converters for 258 metro cars which CRRC Puzhen is to build for the future 32 km, 19-station Nanjing metro Line 6. Xi’an Alstom Yongji Electric Equipment will supply the traction motors.

London Underground Piccadilly Line new Siemens Mobility train impression

UK Power Networks Services has begun work on a contract to upgrade 21 substations and install electrical control systems and cables to support the introduction of Siemens Mobility trains on London Underground’s Piccadilly Line. The initial framework contract runs for six years, with potential for two more.

Melbourne Yarra Trams 'spy tram'

An Asset Survey Tram has collected data on Melbourne’s 250 km network this month to inform future infrastructure works. It was specially equipped with laser sensors and cameras to analyse details including rail smoothness and the condition of the surrounding concrete roads.

The Singapore Institute of Architects and Land Transport Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding to offer joint courses to help architects deepen their transport infrastructure planning and design capabilities. This will cover non-architectural aspects such as basic transport engineering principles to help architects better incorporate engineering considerations into the earlier stages of their designs.

TfL Book Club (Photo Eleanor Bentall)

Transport for London and Hodder & Stoughton have announced TfL Book Club, a £4·99 monthly subscription service enabling customers to choose one of three eBooks each month, with access to special author content and additional discounts. TfL hopes this will encourage customers back onto the network, ’as public transport can offer many people the often rare opportunity of having time to themselves, with reading a book being a perfect pastime while making a journey’.