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Hokkaido Shinkansen trainsets ordered Wednesday 23 April 2014 08:00:00
JAPAN: JR Hokkaido confirmed on April 16 that it had ordered four 320 km/h trainsets from Hitachi and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to operate its share of services on the Hokkaido...
LED tram energy saving specified Tuesday 22 April 2014 15:00:00
AUSTRIA: Bombardier has upgraded a Flexity tram in Innsbruck with LED external and interior lighting.
‘The lifespan of LED lamps is 100 times longer than conventional lamps’, according to Martin...
Singapore awards five metro contracts Tuesday 22 April 2014 13:21:00
SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority announced on April 21 that it had awarded S$1·15bn worth of contracts covering stations and signalling on the Thomson and Eastern Region lines.
Construction of...
Alger tramway extends east Tuesday 22 April 2014 12:23:00
ALGERIA: Minister of Transport Amar Ghoul opened a 4·2 km extension of the Alger tram line on April 16. The new section runs east from Bordj El Kiffan to Café Chergui with six stops. Seven...
Toronto orders 10 more Rockets Tuesday 22 April 2014 11:10:00
CANADA: Toronto Transit Commission has ordered 10 more six-car Rocket metro trainsets from Bombardier Transportation.
The C$160m contract is an option on orders in 2006 and 2010 that total 420...
Stéphane Rambaud-Measson Tuesday 22 April 2014 10:14:00
Stéphane Rambaud-Measson has been appointed Group Executive Vice-President at Faiveley Transport.
KŽC awarded Praha suburban contract Tuesday 22 April 2014 08:00:00
CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha urban transport authority Ropid has awarded private operator KŽC Doprava a 10-year contract to operate subsidised services on the 19 km suburban route S34 between Praha...
News in Brief - April 2014 Monday 21 April 2014 06:00:00
With the aim of taking work back in-house to reduce its reliance on contractors, Polish regional train operator Przewozy Regionalne is to invest 7m złoty in its rolling stock repair facility at...
World rail market April 2014 Sunday 20 April 2014 08:00:00
France: SNCF Gares & Connexions has awarded Selecta a 10-year contract to operate 2150 snack vending machines at 819 stations.
RATP has awarded Thales a contract to supply CCTV for 1 000...
More capacity needed in Sweden Saturday 19 April 2014 06:00:00
SWEDEN: In a report commissioned by the government, infrastructure manager Trafikverket has recommended that planning for a Y-shaped high speed network linking Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö should...
LEO Express plans Košice service Friday 18 April 2014 13:33:00
SLOVAKIA: Following the failure of its plans to enter the Polish market, Czech open access passenger operator LEO Express has announced its intention to extend its Praha - Ostrava - Bohumín -...
Loans to fund Croatian upgrading Friday 18 April 2014 08:00:00
CROATIA: Infrastructure manager Hrvatske Željeznice Infrastruktura has applied for a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development to help finance a €120m rehabilitation programme...
East Side Access fit-out contracts awarded Thursday 17 April 2014 16:52:00
USA: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on April 16 that it has awarded two East Side Access fit-out contracts.
Frontier-Kemper Constructors is to build permanent structural...
Bangkok SkyTrain funding approved Thursday 17 April 2014 16:12:00
THAILAND: The cabinet has approved Ministry of Finance loans to Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand for the construction of three SkyTrain lines in Bangkok.
As well as being used to pay off...
S-Bahn Rhein-Main EMU deliveries begin Thursday 17 April 2014 08:00:00
GERMANY: The first of 91 ET430 electric multiple-units ordered in November 2011 for use on S-Bahn Rhein-Main services was displayed to the public at Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof on April 11.
DB Regio...
Financial close on £2·7bn East Coast IEP contract Wednesday 16 April 2014 13:09:00
UK: Financial close on the £2·7bn contract for 65 Hitachi Super Express Trains to operate on the East Coast Main Line was announced on April 16.
The trainsets are being procured from the Agility...
Distributed diesel traction tested on Europe’s longest freight train Wednesday 16 April 2014 12:39:00
EUROPE: On April 12 Fret SNCF operated a 1 524 m long freight train between Sibelin yard near Lyon and Nîmes, hauled at up to 100 km/h by two Euro 4000 diesel locomotives built by Vossloh...
Abidjan urban line contractor selected Wednesday 16 April 2014 12:17:00
CÔTE D’IVOIRE: A consortium of DTP Terrassement, Bouygues Travaux Publics, Hyundai Rotem and Dongsan signed an initial agreement to build an urban rail line in Abidjan on April 11.
Hyundai Rotem is...
Greater Anglia direct award franchise agreed Wednesday 16 April 2014 11:22:00
UK: The Abellio Greater Anglia subsidiary of Dutch national operator NS is to continue operating passenger services between London Liverpool Street and eastern England under a new 27-month franchise...
Beijing - Shenyang high speed line construction begins Wednesday 16 April 2014 06:00:00
CHINA: Construction of a 700 km Passenger-Dedicated Line linking Beijing and Shenyang in Liaoning Province began last month.
The project was approved in 2009, when work had been scheduled to...
MTR Express to launch in March 2015 Tuesday 15 April 2014 16:13:00
SWEDEN: On April 15 MTR Nordic announced that its MTR Express service between Stockholm and Göteborg is expected to launch in March 2015.
MTR has applied to infrastructure manager Trafikverket for...
Tunnelling difficulties delay Express Rail Link completion Tuesday 15 April 2014 15:59:00
CHINA: The expected completion date for the 26 km Hong Kong section of the Hong Kong - Shenzhen - Guangzhou Express Rail Link has been put back to 2016 and the opening to 2017 as a result of...
News in Brief - April 2014 Tuesday 15 April 2014 08:00:00
Turkey's transport minister attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a 40-month upgrade of the Konya - Karaman line on March 13. The 102 km route is being doubled and electrified, and the line speed...
Government approves Dutch ETCS roll-out strategy Monday 14 April 2014 17:43:00
NETHERLANDS: A 10-year programme for the introduction of the European Rail Traffic Management System across the core rail network has been approved by the ruling cabinet of the coalition...
Hanoi metro Line 3 contractor chosen Monday 14 April 2014 16:09:00
VIETNAM: South Korean construction firm Daelim Industrial Co announced on April 11 that it had been awarded an US$84m contract to build the 8·5 km elevated section of Hanoi metro Line 3. Work is...
Tender issued for Singapore high speed route study Monday 14 April 2014 15:33:00
ASIA: Following the summit between Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak earlier this month, the Singapore Land Transport Authority on April 11 called...
Melbourne Airport link endorsed Monday 14 April 2014 11:44:00
AUSTRALIA: A programme for construction of the long-planned rail link to Melbourne Airport will be included in Victoria’s state budget to be published on May 6, the state Premier Denis Napthine...
Dedicated Career & Education Hall at InnoTrans 2014 Monday 14 April 2014 00:35:00
INNOTRANS: The dedicated Career & Education Hall at InnoTrans 2014 will enable companies from across the rail sector to target, contact and inspire potential recruits.
The last exhibition...
World rolling stock market April 2014 Sunday 13 April 2014 06:00:00
Belarus: Metrowagonmash is to supply three trainsets to Minsk Metro.
Brazil: Voith Turbo is supplying DIWA powerpacks, bogies and transmission components for 34 VLT DMUs being built by Bom Sinal...
Trains across borders Saturday 12 April 2014 08:00:00
Comparative studies on international co-operation in railway development
By Dr Martin Schiefelbusch
Reflecting that 'rail is today the mode of transport most negatively affected by the existence...
 
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