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    Knorr-Bremse enters signalling market with North American acquisition


    NORTH AMERICA: Knorr-Bremse announced on April 19 that it had agreed to buy Alstom’s North American conventional signalling business, with a deal that is expected to be formally concluded ‘in summer 2024’. The former General Railway Signal Co was established in 1904 through the merger of ...

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    Stadler’s Spanish suburban EMUs on test


    SPAIN: The first of 44 double-deck EMUs which Stadler is supplying to RENFE are now being tested at the manufacturer’s plant at Albuixech near València. In March 2021, RENFE placed a contract which covered an initial 24 EMUs 100 m long and 25 sets 200 m ...

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    Metro Report International

    Paris Line C investment plan outlined


    Photos: Jérémie Anne FRANCE: Paris regional transport authority Ile-de-France-Mobilités has set out revised plans to develop RER Line C, one of the busiest and most operationally challenging in the conurbation. Line C is 176 route-km long and features six branches; it carries up to 540 000 ...

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    Prasa restores more suburban rail services


    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has restarted its Metrorail suburban rail services on five sections of the networks in the provinces of Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape. Local rail services across the country had been disrupted by a spate of vandalism and cable ...

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    Metro Report International

    Cubic to upgrade ticketing in the Twin Cities


    USA: Metro Transit has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems a contract to upgrade the fare payment system in Minneapolis-St Paul to enable the use of contactless bank cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay. The existing Go-To smart card will be enhanced with an account management system. This ...

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    Spain: Plan de Cercanías promises an end to inaction


    Over the past three decades, much of Spain’s rail investment has been channelled into its expanding high speed network. Government plans now envisage a substantial boost for suburban services which account for 90% of all ridership. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Two prequalify for København automation Supporting Systems contract


    DENMARK: Two suppliers have prequalified for the contract to provide Supporting Systems for the automation of København’s S-tog suburban rail services. They are Siemens Mobility and Thales company Ground Transportation Systems Denmark. The Supporting Systems contract will cover the supply of a wide range of technical ...

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    First C-Series EMU enters service in Perth


    AUSTRALIA: The first Alstom C-Series electric multiple-unit has entered service on the Perth suburban network’s Joondalup and Mandurah lines. More than 10 000 people entered a competition to win around 150 tickets for the inaugural ride on April 7, ahead of start of regular operation the following day.

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    Rail Business UK

    Burnham urges rail sector to accelerate integration into Manchester’s Bee Network


    UK: Greater Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham has pledged to accelerate integration of local rail services into the nascent Bee Network of public transport provision if he is re-elected on May 2. The Bee Network is a locally developed brand already being applied to Manchester Metrolink light ...

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    Manila passenger services suspended to accelerate commuter rail construction


    PHILIPPINES: March 27 marked the last operation of passenger services for five years in the Manila metropolitan area in order to accelerate construction of the North-South Commuter Railway. Philippine National Railways suspended its diesel-worked operations on the Governor Pascual – Manila Tutuban and Tutuban – Alabang ...

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    Siemens Mobility awarded Toronto infrastructure maintenance contract


    CANADA: Greater Toronto area transport agency Metrolinx has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to provide track, signalling and right-of-way maintenance services for its Central Region. The contract starts this summer. It builds on existing contracts covering the provision of similar services for the West Region, and ...

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    Metro Report International

    First section of Seoul’s GTX Line A opens


    SOUTH KOREA: The initial 28 km section of the Great Train Express commuter rail network in the Seoul conurbation, linking Suseo with Dongtan has opened.

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    Metro-North Railroad to trial automated rolling stock inspection


    USA: The automated inspection of commuter rolling stock is to be trialled on New York’s Metro-North Railroad, supported by a $2m grant from the federal Department of Transportation’s Strengthening Mobility & Revolutionizing Transportation programme. The automated inspection portal incorporating a suite of sensors and analytical software ...

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    Service increase in new Köln S-Bahn operating contract


    GERMANY: Following a European tender, transport authorities go.Rheinland and VRR have selected incumbent DB Regio for a contract to operate Köln S-Bahn services until December 2032. The contract is backdated to December 10 2023 and will see operations increase from 12·3 million to 14·2 million train-km/year. ...

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    Metro Report International

    Seoul Metro to operate GTX-A when it opens on March 30


    SOUTH KOREA: Seoul Metro has been selected as operator for Line A of the capital’s Great Train Express commuter rail network, ahead of the opening of the first section on March 30. When complete, the 82 km line with 11 stations will link Unjeong in the ...

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    Passenger services to be restored on Porto orbital line


    PORTUGAL: Agreement has been reached to restore passenger services on an orbital line in the northern suburbs of Porto. The first trains are expected to begin running this year, following a 13-year hiatus. A protocol to restore passenger services was signed at São Mamede de Infesta ...

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    Communication training to improve suburban train accessibility


    AUSTRALIA: Adelaide suburban train operator Keolis Downer Adelaide has been accredited under the Communication Access Symbol initiative to help passengers with communication difficulties. Accreditation involved 234 front line staff completing nine months of specialised training. Tools include communication cards and vision boards showing stations and key ...

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    Basque region to take over RENFE suburban routes


    SPAIN: On March 11 the Spanish government announced that management of all suburban services in the Basque region would be transferred from national operator RENFE to the Euzkadi autonomous community. The national government will set up a €400m fund to launch the project, some of which ...

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    Rail Business UK

    London trial of all-day Friday off-peak fares agreed


    UK: Agreement has been reached to trial all-day off-peak rail and Underground fares in London on Fridays from March 8 until May 31. The aim of the trial is to help Transport for London and train operators understand the impact of lower fares on ridership and ...

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