Archive for category: Infrastructure

Funding for Ely North Junction remodelling study

Local enterprise partnerships in East Anglia have joined forces to fund a feasibility study into capacity improvement works around Ely, including the remodelling of Ely North Junction. The study itself will be completed by Network Rail but funding is being provided by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, New Anglia LEP and the Strategic Freight Network. […]
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Tandem tamping

After the success at Belford last year, where newly relaid switches and crossings (S&C) were handed back at 125 mph line speed using 928001, a Plasser & Theurer Unimat 09-4×4/4S Dynamic Tamper, Swietelsky/Babcock Rail (SBR) has continued its innovative collaboration with the S&C North Alliance to deliver another 125mph handback of an S&C renewal, this […]
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Midland Metro operation to be brought in-house

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), the public body responsible for public transport planning in and around Birmingham, will take over the operation of Midland Metro light rail services when the current concession runs out in 2018. Midland Metro has been operated by National Express since 1999. TfWM announced today (March 22) that rather than awarding […]
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Midland Metro operation to be brought in-house

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), the public body responsible for public transport planning in and around Birmingham, will take over the operation of Midland Metro light rail services when the current concession runs out in 2018. Midland Metro has been operated by National Express since 1999. TfWM announced today (March 22) that rather than awarding […]
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Fehmarnbelt fixed link consultants appointed

Consultancy framework contracts for the design and construction of Denmark’s Fehmarnbelt fixed link have been awarded by Femern A/S. A Ramboll/Arup/TEC consortium has won the client consultancy services contract for the world’s longest immersed tunnel. Ramboll/Arup/TEC will be supported by sub-consultants Schønherr A/S and WTM Engineers GmbH. ÅF – Hansen & Henneberg has been appointed separately to provide in-house […]
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Hitting the right note: the Ordsall Chord

In a tandem lift using the UK’s largest crawler crane, contractor Skanska BAM, working for Network Rail, installed a pair of steel arches over the River Irwell to form the UK’s first network arch railway bridge. Set to become an instantly recognisable part of the Greater Manchester skyline, the bridge is the centrepiece of the […]
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San Jose LRT electrification modernisation awarded to Siemens

Siemens is to upgrade electrification equipment on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s Guadalupe Corridor light rail line. The project includes new traction power substations, protection communication devices and circuit breakers and controllers. Adof Daaboul, senior transportation engineer at Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), said: “VTA is pleased that Siemens is on board to upgrade our […]
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New lightweight, modular bridge design launched

Arup and Mabey have launched a new modular, glass-fibre-reinforced polymer bridge that they believe will revolutionise the installation of pedestrian footbridges on challenging railway work sites. The development of the Pedesta post-tensioned bridge design has been partially funded by the RSSB. The lightweight, modular design means the bridges don’t require large cranes or heavy lifting […]
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Preston-Blackpool line upgrade underway

Network Rail and its contractors have begun the main construction phase of a scheme to electrify the Preston and Blackpool line. Track lowering works started at Poutlon at the end of February. Once this is completed at the end of May, work will begin on the installation of over 200km of overhead catenary. The upgrade […]
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Network Rail and DfT urged to learn from Great Western electrification’s failings

Network Rail and the Department for Transport have been told they must learn from the issues that have dogged the Great Western electrification project as they move forward with future schemes. A report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said issues with the design and planning of the electrification of the Great Western Main Line raised […]
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Quito mayor launches metro TBM

Quito mayor Mauricio Rodas has launched the first of three tunnel boring machines that will be used to construct the Ecuadorian capital’s new metro. The TBM, named ‘La Guaragua’, began its tunnelling drive on February 24. Over the next 21 months, the TBM will excavate a 7.5km tunnel between El Labrador and La Alameda. The TBM’s cutting […]
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