Urban transport news

  • Hyundai Rotem tram design concept
    Metro Report International

    Tram subsystem framework agreement signed

    2022-08-08T13:16:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Knorr-Bremse has signed a framework agreement to supply Hyundai Rotem with subsystems for more than 200 light rail vehicles in 2023-28. Valued in the ‘mid-double-digit million-euros’ range, the agreement announced on August 8 covers ‘field-proven and robust’ electro-hydraulic braking systems including sanding equipment and magnetic ...

  • Manila South Commuter Railway impression
    News

    President Marcos commits to rail investment

    2022-08-08T07:49:00Z

    PHILIPPINES: President Ferdinand Marcos Jr underlined his commitment to continuing and expanding the previous administration’s investment in rail during his first state of the nation address. ‘The infrastructure programme of the Duterte administration must not only continue but, wherever possible, be expanded’, he said. ‘We must ...

  • Signpost to public transport
    Rail Business UK

    City regions want formal role in rail reform

    2022-08-08T05:00:00Z

    UK: City regions have been sidelined in the government’s plans for rail reform, according to the Urban Transport Group of transport authorities, which has called for them to be given a statutory role in managing and developing the rail network. UTG said it welcomed many of the ...

  • São Paulo Line 6 construction works aerial view (Photo: Concessionária Linha Universidade)
    Metro Report International

    São Paulo metro Line 6 financing secured

    2022-08-05T09:26:00Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo metro Line 6 PPP consortium Concessionária Linha Universidade has closed a R$6·9bn financing deal with development bank BNDES. The consortium of Acciona (47%), Societe Generale (39·7%), Stoa (12·3%) and Transdev (1%) said the R$18bn public-private infrastructure project to build the 15·3 km line ...

  • Singapore refurbished escalator (Photo: SMRT)
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    Metro escalator refurbishment matches speed to the time of day

    2022-08-05T05:00:00Z

    SINGAPORE: Otis has completed a six-year project to refurbish 231 escalators at 42 stations on the North-South and East-West metro lines, installing additional safety features, improving efficiency and enabling operation at different speeds depending on the time of day. The escalators are programmed to move at ...

  • Several of the Bombardier-built NGR EMUs are currently being tested on the Queensland Rail network around Brisbane. (Photo: John Kirk)
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    Queensland unveils Brisbane rail expansion strategy

    2022-08-04T14:49:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A pipeline of investment valued at more than A$20bn will support the long-term expansion of the southeast Queensland rail network under proposals published by the state government on August 2.

  • Los Angeles Metrolink refurbished coach (9)
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    Metrolink unveils refurbished coach

    2022-08-04T12:00:00Z

    USA: Los Angeles commuter rail operator Metrolink has returned to service the first of 50 coaches which are undergoing mid-life refurbishment, and has been allocated funding for a capacity enhancement programme. The contract for the refurbishment work was awarded to a Talgo-Systra joint venture in June ...

  • CRRC Zhuzhou ART optically guided bus at Yibin in China (Photo: 来斤小仓鼠吧/CC BY-SA 4.0)
    Metro Report International

    Scope of Transport & Works Act legislation to be expanded

    2022-08-04T11:00:00Z

    UK: The government is to enable the Transport & Works Act process to be used to grant powers for transport projects using non-physical guidance systems.

  • Helsinki trams (Photo: Jori Samonen/Pixabay)
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    Helsinki smart ticketing contract

    2022-08-04T04:00:00Z

    FINLAND: Helsinki regional transport authority HSL has awarded Conduent Transportation a contract to supply fare collection equipment for buses, trams, trains, metros and ferries. There were 238 million passenger boardings on these services in 2021. The first phase of the project is scheduled to begin in ...

  • London Underground roundel and Palace of Westminster clock tower (Photo: xxolaxx/Pixabay)
    Metro Report International

    Transport for London funding agreement expires

    2022-08-03T14:25:00Z

    UK: The most recent extension of Transport for London’s extraordinary funding agreement expired at 12.00 on August 3. TfL had sought a short extension to continue discussions about the government’s draft proposal for a long-term funding settlement, but was offered 5½ days instead of the two ...

  • Koeln KVB LRV mock-up 2
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport industry news round-up

    2022-08-03T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of news from the urban transport sector.

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    Metro Report International

    SmartMetro sets out the digital future of urban rail

    2022-08-02T09:58:00Z

    GERMANY: Senior metro, tram and light rail technology leaders will meet at SmartMetro in Hamburg this November to discuss the challenges facing urban rail.

  • Barcelona tram connection impression
    Metro Report International

    Barcelona tram link to get ground-level power supply

    2022-08-02T09:45:00Z

    SPAIN: Barcelona transport authority ATM has awarded Alstom a contract to supply its APS ground-level power supply for the first phase of the project to connect the city’s Trambaix and Trambesos tram networks. The currently separate networks are to be linked by building a 3∙9 km ...

  • Bosch collision warning system
    Metro Report International

    Parramatta tram collision warning system

    2022-08-02T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A collision warning system developed by Bosch is to be installed on the 13 seven-section trams that CAF is to supply for Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail network in western Sydney. The 12 km, 16-stop Stage 1 connecting Westmead to the Parramatta CBD, ...

  • PRASA has reinstated suburban services in Cape Town (Photo: Metrorail)
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    Cape Town commuter services restored

    2022-08-01T11:00:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has reinstated suburban services on the Cape Town – Mutual – Langa; Cape Town – Pinelands – Langa; and Cape Town – Ysterplaat – Lavistown – Bellville routes after a long hiatus caused by the pandemic and vandalism. ...

  • Öskemen cityscape (Photo: Andriej Szypiłow/CC BY-SA 3.0)
    Metro Report International

    Öskemen orders Belarusian trams

    2022-08-01T05:00:00Z

    KAZAKHSTAN: Sole bidder BKM Holding of Belarus has been awarded a contract to supply trams to Öskemen. The order covers four partly low-floor AKSM-62103 four-axle vehicles costing 182·5m tenge each, with delivery scheduled by December 6. The manufacturer said the vehicles would be built to a ...

  • Girona (Photo: Ron van der Steeg/Pixabay)
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    Catalunya studies tram-train networks

    2022-07-29T11:00:00Z

    SPAIN: The government of Catalunya and railway operator Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya have called tenders to undertake studies for four tram-train networks which would have a combined length of around 280 km. The four planned schemes are: Terres de l’Ebre, a 41 km, two-line ...

  • Transport for London's extraordinary funding agreementhas been extended until midday on August 3.
    Metro Report International

    Transport for London needs time to consider funding proposal

    2022-07-29T07:44:00Z

    UK: Transport for London announced on July 28 that its extraordinary funding agreement, which was due to expire the same day, had been extended until midday on August 3, to give it time to discuss the government’s draft proposal for a long-term funding settlement. Mayor of ...

  • Macau light metro
    Metro Report International

    Macau – Hengqin metro tunnelling begins

    2022-07-29T05:00:00Z

    CHINA: Tunnelling has begun for a light metro line connecting the Macau Special Administrative Region with Zhuhai’s Hengqin Port across the Shizimen canal. Being built at an overall cost of US$437m, Macao Light Rail Transit’s Hengqin Line will run for 2·2 km from an interchange with ...

  • RegioTram Kassel (Photo: RTG)
    Metro Report International

    RegioTram operating contract awarded

    2022-07-28T11:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Following an international tender, Nordhessen transport authority NVV has awarded incumbent RTG the next contract to operate RegioTram tram-train services on three routes around Kassel. RTG is a joint venture of Kassel transport operator KVG and Hessische Landesbahn and has operated the RegioTram services since ...