Archive for category: Rail Projects

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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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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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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HS2 – What happens next?

Royal assent represented the final piece of a complex legislative puzzle for Phase One of HS2. The announcement came as no surprise in the end. Following the hybrid bill’s third reading in the House of Lords in January, it was a simple formality. It means that after several years of consultation and debate HS2 now […]

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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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Manchester Second City Crossing opens

The expansion of Manchester’s Metrolink network has been completed with the opening of the Second City Crossing on Sunday, February 26. Termed the ‘Big Bang’ expansion, work started in December 2009 on a new line to East Disbury. Since then, the £1.3 billion project has resulted in new lines to MediaCityUK, Rochdale via Oldham, Ashton […]
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Preferred route for Parramatta light rail revealed

The preferred route for a new light rail line in Parramatta, New South Wales, has been unveiled. Phase phase of the route will be 12km long and include stops in Westmead, Parramatta, Camellia and Carlingford. Transport for NSW has highlighted 16 potential stop locations. These will be finalised following a public consultation. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “This […]
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Ottawa scales up Stage 2 light rail extension

Planners in Ottawa have extended the proposed route of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project. A new report for Stage 2 LRT has now been produced. It will go before the city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee on February 24 and then the City Council on March 8. The document includes details of an extended alignment, procurement […]
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Ottawa scales up Stage 2 light rail extension

Planners in Ottawa have extended the proposed route of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project. A new report for Stage 2 LRT has now been produced. It will go before the city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee on February 24 and then the City Council on March 8. The document includes details of an extended alignment, procurement […]
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