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    Further delay to Elizabeth Line opening

    2019-11-08T10:18:00Z

    UK: Elizabeth Line project promoter Crossrail Ltd has announced further delays and cost increases to the project. Earlier this year Crossrail Ltd announced that it had identified a six-month delivery window between October 2020 and March 2021. Its updated forecast is that the tunnels under central ...

  • Yamraj, lord of death, has been deployed to discourage people from trespassing on Western Railway’s heavily used suburban lines in Mumbai.
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    God of death enforces railway safety rules

    2019-11-07T10:02:00Z

    INDIA: Yamraj, lord of death, has been deployed to discourage people from trespassing on Western Railway’s heavily used suburban lines in Mumbai. The costumed member of the Railway Protection Force provides safety awareness information to the public and intervenes to stops ...

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    Bangkok Red Line suburban trains delivered

    2019-10-24T15:04:00Z

    THAILAND: The first two electric multiple-units that Hitachi is supplying to operate on Bangkok’s Red Line suburban railway arrived at the Bang Sue depot on October 22. One four-car and one six-car trainset arrived at the port of Laem Chabang on October 12, having left Hitachi’s Kasado factory in ...

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    First RER NG EMU emerges

    2019-10-18T09:56:00Z

    FRANCE: The first of 255 double-deck EMUs being built by Alstom and Bombardier for Paris RER lines D and E has been completed, and is expected to start testing shortly, Île-de-France Mobilités announced on October 18. The regional transport authority has committed to a complete replacement ...

  • Refurbishment of Paris RER Line B MI84 EMU (Photo: Jean-Paul Masse).
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    Paris Line B train refurbishment underway

    2019-10-10T12:50:00Z

    PARIS: The refurbishment of 31 RATP-owned MI84 electric multiple-units used on Paris RER Line B is underway at Alstom’s Reichshoffen plant, with the first two expected to return to service in December. The similar SNCF-owned MI79 sets have already been refurbished. ...

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    Tokyo’s Joban Line to get ATO

    2019-10-09T13:46:00Z

    JAPAN: Automatic Train Operation is to be introduced on Tokyo’s Joban Line (Local) services next year, East Japan Railway announced on October 8.

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    Merseyrail’s first Stadler train heads for testing

    2019-10-07T16:47:00Z

    The first of 52 EMUs which Stadler is building for Merseyrail has been sent for dynamic testing (Photo: Stefan Schulthess Railroad, Aviation Landscape Photography, Switzerland). UK: The first of 52 bespoke four-car electric multiple-units which Stadler Bussnang is building for Liverpool area commuter operator ...

  • Arriva Rail London has launched a rail-specific deaf awareness training course
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    Rail-specific deaf awareness course developed

    2019-10-01T05:00:00Z

    UK: London Overground concessionaire Arriva Rail London has launched a rail-specific deaf awareness training course to bolster its existing disability awareness training as part of customer service induction. The course was developed with Signly, Deafax and University College London’s Deafness Cognition Language Research Centre ...

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    TfL confirms details of Reading services

    2019-09-27T14:06:00Z

    UK: Details of the transfer of London Paddington – Reading stopping services from Great Western Railway to TfL Rail from the December 15 timetable change have been confirmed by Transport for London. The services are to be operated under the TfL Rail brand, which will be ...

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    Atlanta consults on draft Regional Transit Plan

    2019-09-27T09:11:00Z

    USA: Commuter rail, metro and light rail projects form the centrepiece of proposals to improve public transport in the 13-county greater Atlanta metropolitan region. Established last year, the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority has been mandated to develop a ‘seamless’ regional transport network, bringing together and augmenting ...

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    New York MTA proposes ‘largest ever’ capital plan

    2019-09-17T13:22:00Z

    Photo: Gregory Grice USA: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced its 2020-24 Capital Plan on September 16. The proposed $51·5bn investment is 70% more than the current five-year plan, making it the largest capital plan in MTA history, according to the authority. The investment is ...

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    Seoul’s Shinansan Line breaks ground

    2019-09-16T08:58:00Z

    SOUTH KOREA: A groundbreaking ceremony for the Shinansan suburban railway was held on September 9 at Ansan City Hall, southwest of Seoul. The 44·7 km route with 15 stations will link Hanyang University in Ansan to Yeouido in central Seoul, where interchange will be provided with ...

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    ​RER Line A control centralised

    2019-09-05T15:35:00Z

    FRANCE: Operational control of Paris RER Line A has been concentrated at a single location with effect from September 2, although ownership of the route remains split between SNCF and RATP. Under a project launched earlier this year, the SNCF Réseau and SNCF Mobilités staff responsible ...

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    Melbourne Suburban Rail Loop delivery body created

    2019-09-03T13:38:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The government of Victoria has established an authority to deliver the Suburban Rail Loop, and has selected a preferred alignment for the first phase. The 90 km orbital suburban rail line would link existing stations at Cheltenham in the southeastern suburbs and Werribee in ...

  • The Greater London Authority’s East London Line - Growth Capacity programme aims to support the development of new homes.
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    East London Line capacity increase project receives government funding

    2019-08-27T11:00:00Z

    UK: The Greater London Authority’s East London Line – Growth Capacity programme has been allocated an £80·8m from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. This project envisages an increase in the frequency of London Overground services on the core section of the East London Line between Dalston Junction and ...

  • Alstom is to supply a fleet of C-series EMUs for the Transperth network.
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    Alstom to supply next generation of EMUs to Perth

    2019-08-20T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Authority of Western Australia announced on August 19 that it had selected Alstom Transport Australia as preferred bidder to supply the next generation of electric multiple-units to operate on the Transperth network serving the state capital. Details of the A$1·6bn contract are expected to be ...

  • CRRC Changchun has supplied two builds of four-car EMUs for use in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: SuperVia/Henrique Freire
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    Mitsui and JR West take over Rio suburban network

    2019-08-19T14:58:00Z

    BRAZIL: A consortium of Mitsui and West Japan Railway has purchased a majority stake in Rio de Janeiro suburban railway operator SuperVia, at a reported cost of around ¥20bn. The Japanese trading group had previously held a 24% stake in the concessionaire, through its stake in SuperVia parent Odebrecht ...

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    Moscow Sheremetyevo airport rail link expansion underway

    2019-08-19T14:02:00Z

    RUSSIA: Russian Railways has begun construction of a rail link to serve terminals B and C at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport’s northern terminal complex. The first stage, to be completed in 2022, includes a 3 km mostly double-track line from the existing Sheremetyevo-2 station at the southern terminal complex to ...

  • Class 710 Aventra electric multiple-units have taken over operation of London Overground’s Gospel Oak – Barking Line.
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    London Overground Gospel Oak – Barking Line fleet replacement complete

    2019-08-06T10:41:17Z

    UK: Class 710 Aventra electric multiple-units have now taken over operation of London Overground’s Gospel Oak – Barking Line, Transport for London announced on August 6. The eight four-car trainsets, of which six are required for regular services, replace the fleet of two-car DMUs that operated the orbital ...

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    Work begins on Ankara suburban rail extension

    2019-07-29T13:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Construction has started on an extension of Ankara’s Başkentray suburban railway from the current western terminus of Sincan to Yenikent. The 8 km northwestern extension is being funded from public sources. Completion of the TL353m project is due by the end of June 2022. From ...