Council appoints contractor for new Worcestershire Parkway station

Buckingham Group has been appointed by Worcestershire County Council to design and build the new Worcestershire Parkway Regional Interchange Station. The station, which is located at Norton, will serve the North Cotswold Line that links Worcester, Oxford and London Paddington. Having been approved by the Department for Transport (DfT) last month, the station is scheduled to open […]
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Ordsall Chord bridge lifted in

The largest crane in the UK was used to hoist a 600-tonne bridge into place on the Ordsall Chord today. The scheme will link all three of Manchester’s main railway stations – Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria – for the first time. Ordsall Chord forms part of the Great North Rail project, which aims to […]
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PTV adds to X’Trapolis EMU fleet

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has placed a €100 million order with Alstom for nine more six-car X’Trapolis trainsets. When the final train is delivered at the end of next year, PTV’s fleet of X’Trapolis EMUs will have grown to 101. PTV ordered the very first train in 2002. All of the trains will have been built by Alstom’s […]
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Cityringen tunnelling complete

Four years since starting work, the four tunnel boring machines excavating Copenhagen’s Cityringen railway have completed their journey. Nora, Tria, Minerva and Eva have now finished the 15.5km twin-bore tunnels for the new line, keeping it on course to open in 2019. Cityringen, which translated into English means City Circle, is a new orbital rail […]
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Decrease in German rail freight

Unlike in the UK, where the growth in rail freight seems only to be limited by network capacity, the sector seems to be struggling in Germany. Figures released on 17 February 2017 by the Federal Office of Statistics show that, while the total volume of freight grew in 2016, the portion transported by rail fell […]
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Regional resilience for West Midlands

In anticipation of congestion caused by future major construction projects, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved its Regional Resilience Plan. Major rail projects don’t only affect train passengers, they can also cause disturbance to surrounding roads, interfering with traffic flows. Road construction, sewer works and telecommunication improvements can all have the same effect. […]
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Caltrain electrification in limbo as decision on government grant is deferred

The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has deferred a decision on whether to award a $647 million grant to fund the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) in California. Caltrain announced on February 17 that the decision would not be made until after the new administration’s 2018 budget had been outlined. Caltrain said the delay would “jeopardise” the […]
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High Output’s new ballast cleaner

Network Rail’s high output track renewals (HOTR) project has recently taken delivery from Plasser & Theurer of some significant new additions to its fleet, the largest of which is its fifth high output ballast renewal system (BCS5). This is unique as it is designed to work on the third rail network. Other equipment procured includes […]
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Siemens confirms order for DB Regio’s Rhine Valley fleet

DB Regio has confirmed an order with Siemens for two new fleets of electric trains for regional services in Germany’s Rhine Valley. From 2020, DB Regio will run regional express services on the Karlsruhe – Offenburg – Basel route and regional services on the Offenburg – Freiburg – Basel/Neuenburg (Switzerland) route. Today, Siemens has confirmed an […]
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SNCF Logistics acquires 45 per cent stake in BLS Cargo

SNCF Logistics has bought a 45 per cent share in rail freight operator BLS Cargo. The deal, which still needs to be approved by competition authorities, will leave BLS with a 52 per cent majority stake in the business. Ambrogio Group (IMT) will retain its 3 per cent shareholding. BLS Cargo said the acquisition would […]
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Stadler announces multiple traction equipment orders with ABB

Stadler has agreed orders totalling US $70 million with ABB for traction and power equipment for its trains. ABB will supply integrated onboard power supplies and traction transformers for 80 Stadler trains bound for operators in Switzerland, Sweden and Hungary. Stadler will install ABB traction converters and traction transformers on 11 new FLIRT EMUs for Schweizerische […]
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Northern line extension TBMs lowered into position

The two tunnel boring machines that will excavate the twin-bore tunnels for London Underground’s Northern line extension have been lowered into the ground. When tunnelling work begins next month, the two TBMs will begin a 3.2km journey from Battersea Power Station to Kennington, via Nine Elms. The new link will extend the Charing Cross branch […]
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