Approval for catenary-free trams in Birmingham

Catenary-free CAF tram in Birmingham's Victoria Square.Batteries are to be fitted to Midland Metro’s fleet of CAF Urbos 3 trams to allow catenary-free operation in parts of the city. Approval from the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority[...]
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Concerns raised over weakening competition for rail franchises

Photo: i4lcocl2 / shutterstock.com.A government committee has raised concerns about an apparent decline in competition within the Department for Transport’s franchising programme. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published a report looking at[...]
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Consortium awarded Valley Line LRT

TransEd BombardierTransEd Partners – a Bombardier, Bechtel, EllisDon and Fengate consortium – has been chosen to design, build and finance the first stage of the Valley Line LRT in Edmonton, Alberta. Stage 1[...]
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Contract signing for Manila metro extension

Photo: joyfull / shutterstock.com.Alstom and Bouygues Travaux Publics have signed a contract with Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) to upgrade and extend Line 1 of the Manila metro. Worth around €450 million, the contract includes[...]
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NS extends contract for Wi-Fi and passenger information services

Photo: Marcel van den Bos / shutterstock.com.Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) has signed a five-year extension with Nomad Digital for on-board Wi-Fi and passenger information systems. During the course of the framework, Nomad will deliver an upgrade to[...]
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Alstom increases stake in Kazakhstan joint venture

Photo: Alstom.Alstom has completed a deal to double its stake in its Kazakhstan joint venture, EKZ. Alstom now has a 50 per cent shareholding in the company, which was set up to[...]
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Caltrain electrification receives funding boost

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 12.20.33President Obama has included $125 million in the 2017 federal budget to move forward with the planned electrification of the Caltrain commuter railway in California. The Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP)[...]
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Ansaldo STS and Linbrooke awarded Ferriby-Gilberdyke resignalling scheme

Photo: Roger Geach/ CC BY-SA 2.0.Ansaldo STS and Linbrooke Servers have been awarded a £34.5 million contract to resignal 56 kilometres of railway in the East Riding of Yorkshire between Ferriby and Gilberdyke. In a statement, Linbrooke[...]
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Back in steam

NNP-FLYING_SCOTSMAN_TODAY_2360103 Flying Scotsman is back in public view following a decade- long restoration project, easing itself in with a series of test runs on the East Lancashire Railway. Once commissioning is complete in late February, Flying Scotsman season will begin, but not before a quick stop at the Bury workshop where 60103 has been restored to swap […]
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CBTC signalling for Paris RER E

Photo: Kiev.Victor / shutterstock.com.SNCF has awarded Siemens a €186 million contract to introduce Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling on the western extension of RER E in Paris. CBTC signalling will allow SNCF to[...]
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Transforming the East Coast

EDITORIAL USE ONLY David Horne, Managing Director, Virgin Trains East Coast at the launch of Virgin Trains East Coast at London’s King’s Cross station. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 2, 2015. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA WireTo see one of the problems that train companies sometimes face, one only had to look out of the window. The river, normally placid, had burst its banks and the tops of safety railings had all but disappeared. With no let-up in sight, it had been raining all day, things could only get worse. The sodden […]
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Looking to do business with the German rail sector?

Photo: DB.UKTI Yorkshire and the Humber will lead a trade mission to Germany next month to try and forge new relationships between the UK rail supply chain and Deutsche Bahn (DB).[...]
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