Contractor appointed for second phase of Sydney Metro tunnelling

A John Holland CPB Contractors Ghella Joint Venture has been awarded the $2.81 billion contract to construct a twin-bore tunnel beneath Sydney Harbour for the Sydney Metro project. Work will begin straight away, says Transport for NSW, with the first of five tunnel boring machines set to begin its drive by the end of next […]
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Project partners appointed to Digital Railway programme

Arcadis and Ramboll have won a contract which will see them partner with Network Rail on the development of the Digital Railway. The two companies will become programme partners and will help to create the Digital Railway Toolkit which will guide the programme’s roll-out. Arcadis and Ramboll will also lead the creation of a Digital […]
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First Elizabeth line train enters passenger service

The first train built for London’s Elizabeth line has gone into passenger service on the capital’s rail network. It is the first of 66 Class 345 EMUs being built by Bombardier in Derby for the Elizabeth line, which is being opened in stages up to 2019. Transport for London (TfL) has said 11 of the […]
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Alstom to carry out Akiem loco mid-life overhaul

Alstom’s Belfort site will carry out the mid-life overhaul of 23 BB 36000 locomotives owned by SNCF leasing subsidiary Akiem. The BB 36000 series of locomotives were manufactured in Belfort and are now helping support the future of the site, as Alstom looks to diversify the factory’s activities. Alstom said the €20 million overhaul would […]
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Bidders shortlisted for West Coast Partnership and South Eastern franchises

The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has published bidder shortlists for both the West Coast Partnership (WCP), which will incorporate the first HS2 services, and future South Eastern franchise agreements. The WCP will replace the current InterCity West Coast franchise operated by Virgin and Stagecoach from April 2019. As well as the existing intercity service, […]
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New traffic control centre for Argentina

Argentina is hoping a new traffic control centre will reduce the risk of accidents and derailments on a major part of its freight railway network. State-owned Trenes Argentinos Cargas has built the centre to monitor the position and speed of trains in real time across 9,000km of its track. By installing technology developed by Brazilian […]
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Section of Bangalore metro’s Green Line opens to the public

The newest section of Bangalore’s Namma metro, India, has entered commercial service. Connecting the northern, central and southern parts of the city, the new opening on the Green Line marks the completion of Phase 1 of the metro system. Alstom manufactured and installed the train control and signalling and telecommunications systems on the line as […]
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Brookville awarded $33m contract for Arizona trams

Manufacturer Brookville Equipment will design, build and deliver a fleet of trams for the Valley Metro Rail, Arizona, USA. The $33 million deal will see the firm deliver six off-wire capable Liberty Streetcars for the Tempe Streetcar – a future extension of the light rail system. The Liberty Streetcars will be fitted with onboard battery energy […]
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RIA concern at government’s failure to commit to Crossrail 2

The Railway Industry Association has spoken of its concern over the government’s failure to commit to Crossrail 2 in the Queen’s Speech. Chief executive Darren Caplan also said that he was disappointed at the lack of a commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail (HS3) but welcomed the inclusion of powers to progress HS2 Phase Two – between Birmingham […]
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Construction of Moynihan train station to go ahead after $1.6bn deal struck

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that construction will begin on New York’s new Moynihan station following the closure of a final deal for the Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex redevelopment. The agreement between financiers Empire State Development and Related Companies, Vornado Realty and Skanska USA means that work will commence to transform part of the James Farley Post […]
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360 Rail Services acquires Railroad Specialties

Less than six months after it was launched, 360 Rail Services has announced it has acquired Railroad Specialties. 360 Rail Services, which is based in Englewood, Colorado, USA, was established by industry veterans Larry Stockton and Robert Olin in April, 2017. It provides engineering, design, construction, maintenance, logistics and transloading services to the railway industry […]
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Bangladesh Railway awards Indonesian rolling stock firm 200 vehicle contract

Indonesian rolling stock manufacturer Inka has won a contract for 200 metre-gauge train vehicles for Bangladesh Railway following an international tender. Also known as the Indonesian Rolling Stock Manufacturing Corporation, the state-owned company said it will sign the contract in July or August, 2017, after Bangladesh Railway issues a notice of award – the official announcement from […]
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