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Order for more Regio 2N trains for Île-de-France region

Bombardier will supply another 83 Regio 2N train sets for the Île-de-France region following the signing of a new deal with SNCF and STIF. The new double-deck trains, which will be financed by Syndicat des Transports d’Ile-de-France (STIF), are a call-off on a framework order placed in 2010 for up to 860 trains. Worth around €867 million, the […]
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DSB agrees sale of IC2 trains to unnamed buyer

Denmark’s DSB has reached an agreement to sell 15 of its IC2 train fleet to a ‘foreign buyer’. DSB said in an announcement today (June 23) the trains had been sold ‘without any warranties’ to an undisclosed buyer. DSB encountered problems with both the delivery and introduction of its IC4 and IC2 diesel fleets, and […]
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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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Analysis: Discussions continue but Class 707s face uncertain future

FirstGroup and MTR have today confirmed an order with Bombardier for 90 new Aventra EMUs. Their arrival in the middle of 2019 will bring an end to the Class 707’s short spell on the South Western main line. The First/MTR joint venture announced its intention to replace the Class 707s earlier this year – the […]
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Plans submitted for Midland Metro’s Brierley Hill extension

Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) has submitted planning documents for a proposed £200 million extension of the Midland Metro between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill. The seven-mile extension would serve Great Bridge, Horseley Heath, Dudley Port, Dudley town centre, the Waterfront, Merry Hill and Brierley Hill town centre. Much of the route will make use of […]
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SJ becomes first to trial microchip train ticket

Sweden’s SJ believes it is the first train operator in the world to trial a microchip implant ticket on its services. Passengers signed up to the company’s loyalty scheme, SJ Prio, will be among the first to use the new system. The idea came from SJ’s innovation partner, Epicenter, which gives its members the option […]
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GE to supply 100 locomotives to Egyptian National Railways

GE has signed a Letter of Intent with Egypt’s Ministry of Transportation (MoT) and Egyptian National Railways (ENR) to supply 100 locomotives for passenger and freight operations. The order, which has been valued at $575 million, is for 100 GE ES30ACi Light Evolution Series Locomotives and includes a 15-year deal for spare parts and technical […]
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