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  • Hamburg S-Bahn Alstom Class 490
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    Hamburg to study second S-Bahn tunnel


    GERMANY: After years of discussions, Deutsche Bahn, the federal government and the Hamburg municipality signed an agreement on January 21 to conduct a €1·5m feasibility study into building a second cross-city S-Bahn tunnel linking Hamburg Hbf, Dammtor and Altona. The stations are currently linked by the ...

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    Ticketing: Expanding the use of Japan's IC cards


    Originally developed as a form of smart travel ticket, IC cards are now in widespread use across Japan. They can be used for many types of transaction, and further applications are being added as rail operators strive to make travel more convenient.

  • Auckland CAF EMU (Photo CAF)

    CAF to supply more EMUs to Auckland


    NEW ZEALAND: CAF has been awarded a firm order to supply a further 23 electric multiple-units to Auckland. The contract announced on January 25 is worth in excess of €130m including maintenance until the end of 2025. There is an option for up to five more ...

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  • London Underground Piccadilly Line new Siemens Mobility train impression
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    Late-stage design changes increase cost of London Underground fleet renewal


    UK: Late design changes have brought a £34m increase in the cost of the trains which Siemens Mobility is to supply for London Underground’s Piccadilly Line, after the operator discovered that it would not be able to accept the fleet into service as originally specified. ...

  • Argentina China railway modernisation MoUs signed

    Buenos Aires suburban railway modernisation MoUs signed


    ARGENTINA: Three memoranda of understanding for co-operation to modernise the Belgrano Norte, Sarmiento and Urquiza suburban railways in Buenos Aires have been signed by the Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure and representatives of Chinese companies CRRC Qingdao Sifang and China Railway International Group. It is envisaged ...

  • Chongqing Metro Line 9
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    Chongqing metro passes 400 km as Line 9 opens


    CHINA: The first phase of Chongqing metro Line 9 opened on January 25. The route runs 32·3 km northeast from Gaotanyan to Xingkedadao serving 23 stations, of which nine provide interchange to other metro lines. Two infill stations are under construction, along ...

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    Busan – Ulsan suburban services launched


    SOUTH KOREA: Commuter services on the Donghae Line between Bujeon station in Busan and Taehwagang station in Ulsan were inaugurated on December 28, providing a 76 min journey time to create what the Busan city government called a ‘1 h megalopolis’ in the region. Construction of ...

  • Paris metro (Photo: RATP)
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    Hitachi and RATP extend Paris metro and tram maintenance partnership


    FRANCE: RATP has awarded Hitachi Rail a further maintenance contract covering signalling and train control systems on nine Paris metro lines and seven tram routes. The four-year, renewable €33m contract builds on ‘more than a century of partnership between Hitachi Rail’s French entity and the Paris ...

  • Tyne & Wear Metro start of work on Metro Flow project (3)
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    Metro Flow work begins to eliminate South Tyneside bottlenecks


    UK: Preliminary work on the £103m Metro Flow double-tracking project in South Tyneside has begun. Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, which last year won a £55m contract for the construction stage of the scheme, will now begin upgrading and electrifying at 1∙5 kV DC an infrequently used ...

  • São Paulo Monorail Line 15 (Photo: Benjámin Zelki)
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    São Paulo orders 19 monorail trainsets


    BRAZIL: São Paulo’s Metrô has approved an order for 19 Innovia 300 monorail trains to be supplied by CRRC Puzhen Alstom Transportation Systems. This will expand the Line 15 fleet to 46 sets to enable a reduction in headways and handle the increase in ridership which ...

  • Passengers on London Underground's Piccadilly Line wearing coronavirus face coverings
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    TfL executive management team slimmed down


    UK: London’s Transport Commissioner Andy Byford has announced a restructuring and reduction in size of Transport for London’s executive team with effect from February 1. TfL said this would be ‘ensure that TfL is in the best possible shape to become an even more efficient organisation ...

  • Bilbao (Photo: SnapwireSnaps/Pixabay)
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    Bilbao tramway extension agreement


    SPAIN: Bilbao municipality and the Basque region’s transport department have signed an agreement to extend the city’s tram network by 2.4 km and five stops through Olabeaga to Zorrozaurre, northwest of the centre. The estimated cost of construction, not including new trams, is €40m, and the ...

  • Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University light metro (Photo: Hitachi Rail)
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    Women’s university awards Hitachi Rail new operating contract


    SAUDI ARABIA: Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University has awarded Hitachi Rail a €72·5m contract to continue to operate and maintain the driverless light metro on its Riyadh campus for a further three years. The four-line network serving the women’s university campus totals 11·5 km with 14 ...

  • TMH Ivolga EMU

    TMH to supply 70 EMUs to Buenos Aires


    ARGENTINA: The Ministry of Transport has awarded Transmashholding a US$864m contract to supply and maintain 70 eight-car electric multiple-units for use in Buenos Aires. The stainless steel bodied EMUs will be a 1 676 mm gauge variant of the 1 520 mm gauge Ivolga family which ...

  • West Midlands Metro tram and bus (Photo WMCA)
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    West Midlands transport investment priorities agreed


    UK: The West Midlands Combined Authority board agreed a ‘wide-ranging’ list of more than 50 preferred schemes to improve rail, tram, bus, road, cycling and walking routes on January 14. The list includes the proposed Very Light Rail line in Coventry city centre, Aldridge station, developing ...

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    Brazil: Private participation keeps metro momentum building


    Led by São Paulo, Brazilian cities are making use of private sector funding and operating models to accelerate urban rail development across the country. Benjámin Zelki reports.

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  • The Auckland One Rail joint venture took over from Transdev Auckland on January 17 as operator of suburban passenger services around the country’s largest city.

    Auckland One Rail takes over from Transdev under integrated operating contract


    NEW ZEALAND: The Auckland One Rail joint venture took over from Transdev Auckland on January 17 as operator of suburban passenger services around the country’s largest city. Transport authority Auckland Transport had selected the 50-50 joint venture of Singapore’s ComfortDelGro and Australia’s UGL Rail Services to ...

  • Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has unveiled the designs for the CQ400 metro trains to be supplied by Stadler from 2023.
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    Comfort, technology and sleek minimalism selected for Atlanta metro trains


    USA: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has unveiled the designs for the CQ400 metro trains to be supplied by Stadler from 2023. This follows a public outreach programme which MARTA said led to its users choosing ‘comfort and technology for the interior and sleek minimalism for ...