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Virgin and Stagecoach partner with SNCF for West Coast franchise bid

Virgin and Stagecoach, the current operators of the West Coast rail franchise, have established a new joint venture with SNCF to bid for the future West Coast Partnership operating contract. Virgin and Stagecoach said they’d brought France’s national rail operator onboard to meet a requirement in the future franchise agreement for experience in high-speed rail […]
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Tunnelling breakthrough on Berlin U5 extension

Transport body BVG has achieved a milestone in the construction of an extension of the Berlin U-Bahn which will connect the U5 and U55 lines. Berlin’s mayor, Michael Mueller, attended a ceremony to witness the final breakthrough for the ‘U5 gap closure project’ into Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) station on March 22. Two-kilometre long, twin-bore […]
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New South West Trains franchise awarded

First MTR South Western Trains has beaten the incumbent operator, Stagecoach, to the new South West Trains franchise. The new contract, which runs for seven years from August 2017, promises to add tens of thousands of extra peak-time seats into and out of London Waterloo, free Wi-Fi on all trains and at all stations, smart […]
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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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