All Railway Gazette International articles in October 2023

All articles published this month.

  • Dubai metro
    Metro Report International

    Dubai invites expressions of interest for metro Blue Line


    UAE: Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority has invited expressions of interest in a design and build contract covering civil works, railway systems and rolling stock for the planned metro Blue Line. Around 15·5 km of the 30 km line would be underground and 14·5 km elevated. ...

  • Belgrano line TAC video 2

    Freight railways revived in northern Argentina


    ARGENTINA: Trenes Argentinos Cargas has restarted freight services on a 158 km section of the Belgrano Cargas metre-gauge network in the north of the country after a 10-year hiatus. The railway connecting Pichanal with Río Del Valle has reopened following extensive reconstruction. The inaugural train on ...

  • ApexAuctions-Logo-(1)

    British Rail Class 156 Super Sprinter Diesel Multiple Unit Passenger Train Available Immediately

    Organisation: Apex Auctions
    Location: UK
    Deadline: 6 December 2023

  • New Orleans - Baton Rouge Amtrak agreement (Photo  Office of Gov John Bel Edwards)

    New Orleans – Baton Rouge passenger train agreement signed


    USA: Amtrak has signed an agreement with Louisiana’s Department of Transportation to develop a long-planned inter-city service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. ‘An Amtrak line connecting Louisiana’s capital to the largest metropolitan area in the state will have immense economic benefits for both cities and ...

  • Twickenham station ticket office
    Rail Business UK

    Ticket office closure proposals scrapped after passenger watchdogs object


    UK: The government has asked train operators to withdraw proposals to close most station ticket offices in England, after watchdog bodies Transport Focus and London TravelWatch formally objected. Announcing the decision on October 31, Transport Secretary Mark Harper said the government would ‘continue our work to ...

  • Alexandria metro photos NAT (1)
    Metro Report International

    Alexandria metro contract signed


    EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels has awarded a consortium of Orascom Construction and Colas Rail a €1·3bn contract to build the first metro line in Alexandria. The contract covers engineering, procurement and construction of the 21·7 km first phase of the metro line, serving 20 stations. ...

  • Schleswig-Holstein photos Stadler (2)

    Flirt Akku battery-electric multiple-units enter service


    GERMANY: The first of the Stadler Flirt Akku battery-electric multiple-units ordered by Schleswig-Holstein transport authority NAH.SH have entered revenue service with operator Erixx Holstein. ‘We are taking a huge step towards zero-emission local transport with the 55 battery trains that will run on 11 lines in ...

  • Rhenus UTY memorandum (Photo Rhenus)

    Joint venture to expand Uzbek rail freight terminals


    UZBEKISTAN: Rhenus Group and the Uztemiryulkonteyner subsidiary of national railway UTY have signed a memorandum of co-operation to establish two joint ventures to operate and expand road-rail transshipment terminals in Andijon and Samarkand. They also agreed to take strategic measures to expand capacity and increase rail ...

  • Metro do Porto
    Metro Report International

    Porto light rail extension agreed as expansion plan announced


    PORTUGAL: Metro do Porto has awarded a consortium of Alberto Couto Alves, FCC Construcción and Contratas y Ventas a €379·5m contract for the construction of light rail line H (Ruby). The 6·4 km Line H would connect Casa da Música on lines A, B, C, E, ...

  • Dawlish
    Rail Business UK

    Automated cliff monitoring protects Dawlish railway


    UK: Smart cameras, sensors, Telent’s MICA workforce automation platform and Purple Transform’s SiYtE insights software have been combined to alert staff to safety risks where the railway at Dawlish runs below potentially unstable cliffs. IoT sensors fitted along the cliffs detect any rock fall and send ...

  • Lisboa OCC (Photo: Thales)

    Hitachi Rail’s acquisition of Thales GTS approved


    EUROPE: The European Commission has approved Hitachi Rail’s proposed €1·66bn acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation Systems business, subject to agreed divestments to preserve competition in the signalling market. The announcement on October 30 means the deal has now been cleared by all 13 competition authorities which ...

  • CEVA-Ferrari-RailTransport2

    Ferrari Formula 1 team switches to rail


    NORTH AMERICA: CEVA Logistics is organising the rail transport of Scuderia Ferrari’s Formula 1 equipment between three North American Grand Prix races as part of plans to reduce the sport’s carbon emissions. CEVA has been managing Scuderia Ferrari’s logistics since 2022, and says the movement of ...

  • 20231014_praha_slivenec1 photo DPP
    Metro Report International

    Two Praha tram extensions open to serve regeneration zones


    Dědina extension CZECH REPUBLIC: Two tram extensions opened in mid-October in Praha, serving two newly built regeneration areas. Dědina route A 2 km tramway opened in the northwest of the city on October 23, running from Divoká Šárka to Dědina. The four-stop extension is served by ...

  • Middle Corridor Multimodal Ltd JV (Photo KTZ)

    Middle Corridor joint venture to co-ordinate China – Europe rail freight


    INTERNATIONAL: The national railways of Kazakhstan, Georgia and Azerbaijan have formed an equally-owned joint venture to develop multimodal services on the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route between China and Europe. The agreement to create Middle Corridor Multimodal Ltd was signed at the Silk Road forum in Tblisi ...

  • Transport for Greater Manchester and Great British Railways Transition Team
    Rail Business UK

    Rail bodies get busy on Bee plans


    UK: Transport for Greater Manchester and the Great British Railways Transition Team have formally begun developing plans for a more locally accountable and integrated local rail network, supporting the Trailblazer Deeper Devolution Deal agreed between Greater Manchester and the government in March. The work which got ...


    World rail freight news round-up


     News from the world rail freight market.

  • Masabi open payment (Photo Masabi)
    Metro Report International

    Ticketing collaboration aims to simplify deployment


    INTERNATIONAL: Ticketing technology supplier Masabi and payments processing company Worldpay are collaborating to supply off-the-shelf EMV payment systems that can be easily implemented and operated by public transport agencies large and small. Operators can start by enabling open payments, and then upgrade to other modules of ...

  • London Liverpool Street virtual tour (Image Greater Anglia)
    Rail Business UK

    Accessibility focus for station virtual tour


    UK: The Virtual Tour Experts has worked with Greater Anglia and Network Rail to create an online representation of London Liverpool Street station, which Managing Director Neil Henderson says is the first to incorporate an accessibility widget, guided tours and subtitled scene guides. ‘The user-first attitude ...

  • UZ coach

    Ukrainian Railways orders replacement night train coaches


    UKRAINE: National railway Ukrzaliznyitsya has awarded domestic manufacturer KVSZ a 1·95bn hryvna contract to supply 44 night train coaches over the next two years. The order announced on October 17 includes 20 sleeping cars with four-berth compartments, 12 with two-berth compartments, nine 56-berth platskartny cars and ...

  • Belgrano Sur lines to Lozano (Photo Trenes Argentinos)

    Belgrano Sur network reaches Lozano


    ARGENTINA: Trenes Argentinos has extended the González Catán – Villars suburban service by one station to Lozano. The suburban service is part of the metre-gauge Belgrano Sur network, serving the areas southwest of Buenos Aires. Since September 29, a single return trip has been operating on ...