All Railway Gazette International articles in November 2015 – Page 3

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    Bangalore inaugurates second section of Purple Line


    INDIA: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah flagged off an inaugural train on the second section of Bangalore’s Namma Metro Purple Line on November 16. Passenger services started on November 18. Known as Reach 2, the 6·8 km elevated route with six stations runs from Mysore Road to Magadi Road. It ...

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    World rail market November 2015


    France: RATP has awarded Faiveley Transport and Eiffage Energie Ferroviaire a €15m contract to supply platform screen doors for the four stations on the Paris metro Line 14 northern extension to Mairie de Saint-Ouen. Kazakhstan: Grandi Stazioni is to assist Vokzal Service in the modernisation of Astana, Almaty-1 and ...

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    World rolling stock market November 2015


    Brazil: Nexans is supplying power, data and control cables for 32 trams which Alstom is building for Rio de Janeiro. Bulgaria: Sofia Metropoliten has awarded a contract to a Siemens-Newag consortium for the supply of 20 three-car trains for Line 3. Delivery is due within 36 months. The deal ...

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    First tram-train heads for Sheffield


    UK: The first of seven Citylink vehicles for the Sheffield – Rotherham tram-train pilot project left Vossloh España’s factory near Valencia on November 18. Expected to leave the port of Santander on November 23, it is due to arrive in Southampton on November 28 before making the final leg of ...

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    Eurostar e320 enters service


    EUROPE: The first of Eurostar’s 17 Siemens-built Velaro e320 trainsets began operating in limited commercial service on November 20, having been authorised for passenger operation through the Channel Tunnel the previous day. According to Eurostar, ‘we received the final piece of safety authorisation earlier than expected’, allowing the company to ...

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    Michael Clausecker


    Michael Clausecker, formerly Chairman of Bombardier Deutschland, has been appointed CEO of Düsseldorf light rail operator Rheinbahn AG. He will take over in March, succeeding Dirk Biesenbach.

  • The Siemens Desiro diesel multiple-unit fleet is to be fitted with wi-fi, information screens and sliding steps to improve accessibility (Photo: ODEG).

    ODEG wins Netz Spree-Neiße operating contract


    GERMANY: Following an open tender conducted by transport authority VBB, on November 19 the Land of Brandenburg and Oberlausitz-Niederschlesien transport auithority ZVON announced that incumbent Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn had been selected to operate Netz Spree-Neiße services for 12 years from December 2018. The contract covers the operation of 1·9 million train-km/year ...

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    Manfred Rudhart


    DB Regio CEO Manfred Rudhart is to replace David Martin as CEO of DB subsidiary Arriva when he steps down at the end of the year.

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    Henrik Hololei


    Former Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission Henrik Hololei has been appointed DG Move Director-General, replacing João Aguiar Machado who became Director-General for Maritime Affairs & Fisheries in June.

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    S Mookerjee


    Former Director General of the National Academy of Indian Railways S Mookerjee has replaced Rajalakshmi Ravi Kumar as Financial Commissioner of Indian Railways.

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    Jo Kaye


    Network Rail has appointed Jo Kaye as Director, Network Strategy & Planning. She succeeds Paul Plummer who has left NR to take up the post of Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group and the Association of Train Operating Companies.

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    TfL Commissioner named


    Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the TfL board have confirmed the appointment of Mike Brown as Commissioner of Transport for London, following an international recruitment and selection process. Formerly Managing Director of London Underground & Rail at TfL, he had been Interim Commissioner since July following the departure of ...

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    Wilder to head DB Schenker Rail


    Jürgen Wilder has been confirmed as Chief Executive of freight operator DB Schenker Rail, with effect from December 1. He was formerly CEO of the High Speed & Commuter Rail Business Unit at Siemens, where — among other projects — he was responsible for construction of the ICx trainsets for ...

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    Tacoma Link Expansion alignment selected


    USA: Sound Transit announced on November 19 that it had selected the alignment for the Tacoma Link Expansion light rail project. The scheme would extend the existing 2·6 km light rail line, which serves six stations, from Theater District to the Stadium and Hilltop districts. The 3·9 km extension ...

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    Railway supply industry news in brief


    SilverRail Technologies and Expedia have announced a strategic technology partnership which will see SilverRail’s global rail ticketing platform used to provide a ‘simple, consistent search and booking experience’ covering multiple rail companies through a standard interface to be launched in 2016. The Russian government has agreed to provide wagon builder ...

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    Crossrail train design revealed


    UK: The design of the 66 Aventra Class 345 electric multiple-units which Bombardier Transportation is building for the Crossrail project was unveiled by Transport for London on November 20. Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby of Barber & Osgerby are TfL and Bombardier’s design advisors for the Crossrail trains. According to ...

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    Late braking caused TGV derailment, says SNCF


    FRANCE: SNCF President Guillaume Pepy emphasised the ‘over-riding importance of organisational and human factors’ following the publication on November 19 of an initial report into the fatal derailment near Strasbourg on November 14 of a TGV during commissioning trials for Phase 2 of LGV Est-Européenne. The accident claimed the lives ...

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    CDPQ to buy 30% stake in Bombardier Transportation for US$1·5bn


    BOMBARDIER: A definitive agreement for pension and insurance fund investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to make a US$1·5bn investment in a new holding company for Bombardier Transportation was announced on November 19. The transaction values Bombardier Transportation at US$5bn, and subject to regulatory approval is expected to ...

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    Slovakia calls tenders for long-distance operating contract


    SLOVAKIA: The Ministry of Transport has called for tenders for its first contract to operate subsidised long-distance passenger services. This is intended as the initial stage in a long-term plan to liberalise the passenger market. The tender announced on November 6 covers the 230 km Bratislava – Banská Bystrica ...

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    Rwanda announces DIKKM railway shortlist


    AFRICA: The shortlist for a PPP contract to develop and implement the proposed 1 672 km railway which would link Dar es Salaam in Tanzania with Kigali in Rwanda and Musongati in Burundi was announced on November 17. Rwanda Transport Development Agency is leading procurement on behalf of the ...