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Alstom delivers first Riyadh Metro train

Alstom has delivered the first of its Metropolis trains for Riyadh. The French manufacturer, part of the FAST consortium working on the Riyadh Metro project, is building 69 trainsets for lines 4, 5 and 6 (Yellow, Green and Purple). Bombardier and Siemens are supplying the trains for lines 1, 2 and 3. Alstom said it […]
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Shortlist for new East Midlands franchise published

Arriva, Stagecoach and First Trenitalia have been shortlisted for the new East Midlands rail franchise. In 2015, the end date of the current franchise agreement with Stagecoach was extended from October 18 that year to March 2018. This deadline has now been extended again by up to a year. The shortlist includes Arriva Rail East […]
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Royal assent for HS2

The hybrid bill for Phase One of HS2, which will deliver a high-speed rail link between London and the West Midlands, has received royal assent. Royal assent is the final legislative hurdle for this phase of the project, allowing construction of the railway to begin this year as planned. The bill successfully negotiated its third […]
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Preferred contractor named for Wolverhampton station rebuild

Galliford Try has been announced as the preferred contractor for a £132 million project to build a new station in Wolverhampton’s city centre. The existing station will be demolished and rebuilt under plans approved in November last year. The new modern station will include a link to the Midland Metro tram network, for which enabling […]
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SNCF: Next-generation intercity trains in service

SNCF has begun the renewal of some of France’s oldest intercity trains. The national operator brought the first new Coradia Liner V160 train into service earlier today. Built by Alstom, the first train has been deployed between Paris, Troyes and Belfort. Alstom is building 34 of the trains, which are based on the Coradia Polyvalent design, for SNCF […]
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Solely solar: Renewable energy to power Melbourne trams

The Australian state of Victoria is investing in new solar farms to power Melbourne’s tram network. Large solar plants capable of producing 75 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity will be built in the state by the end of 2018, leading to an estimated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 80,000 tonnes a year. A tender […]
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Midland Metro begins prepping route of extension to Brierley Hill

The Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) will start clearing vegetation later this week along the proposed route of an extension of Birmingham’s light rail network from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill. The 11km route will reinstate part of the disused South Staffordshire Line. Overgrown sections of the route will be cleared over the next couple of weeks to allow […]
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Midland Metro begins prepping route of extension to Brierley Hill

The Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) will start clearing vegetation later this week along the proposed route of an extension of Birmingham’s light rail network from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill. The 11km route will reinstate part of the disused South Staffordshire Line. Overgrown sections of the route will be cleared over the next couple of weeks to allow […]
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Planning approval for Stage 2 of Sydney Metro

Stage 2 of Sydney Metro, which will extend the line from Chatswood to Sydenham and on to Bankstown, has received planning approval. Stage 2, Sydney Metro City & Southwest, will involve the construction of 16.5 km of new railway and seven new stations between Chatswood and Sydenham – the most significant part of which will be 15.5km of […]
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First phase of New York’s Second Avenue Subway opens

An inaugural ride on New Year’s Eve marked the completion of the first phase of New York’s Second Avenue Subway project – a project almost 100 years in the making. Phase 1 of the project is now operational between 96th Street and 63rd Street, and includes new stations at 96th Street, 86th Street and 72nd Street. […]
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Network Rail and train operators to jointly manage Britain’s rail infrastructure

Route-based management teams which include representatives from Network Rail and the train operator will run Britain’s railway in the future under reforms announced by the Transport Secretary today. The changes, which appear less radical than many earlier reports had suggested, will see future franchises adopting alliance structures similar to those used in the South West and Scotland […]
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