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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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Final S Stock train delivered to London Underground

The last train of the new S Stock fleet has been delivered from Bombardier’s site in Derby to London Underground’s Ruislip depot. The new fleet is one of the components of a major upgrade of the sub-surface lines, known as the Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) project. As well as the S Stock fleet – the first Underground’s […]
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UK electrification projects deferred as government scales back Great Western modernisation

The UK government is deferring several electrification projects along the Great Western route, believing the money will benefit passengers more spent elsewhere. The decision has been taken following a review conducted by Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy last year. Rail minister Paul Maynard announced today (November 8) that four electrification schemes will be sidelined: Oxford […]
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Hull Trains confirms £60m bi-mode train order

Hull Trains has confirmed a £60 million order for five new bi-mode intercity trains from Hitachi. Financed by Angel Trains, the new units are due to enter passenger service in 2019. Earlier this year, Hull Trains, an open access operator owned by FirstGroup, was awarded a new 10-year track access deal by the ORR taking […]
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