Abellio Takes Over East Midlands Franchise

Abellio, which won the East Midlands franchise in April this year has started operating the line, which serves the Midland Main Line. Operating as East Midlands Railway, major calling points include London St Pancras, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Leeds, York and Scarborough. The franchise contract is set to run for eight

Consultation on trans-Pennine route modernisation

UK: Network Rail is to begin public consultation this summer on plans to rebuild and electrify a 13 km section of the trans-Pennine corridor between Manchester and York via Leeds. The plans form part of the infrastructure manager’s £2·9bn Transpennine Upgrade programme, which is intended to modernise the route by adding capacity,

Coal cut-off line approved

INDIA: The government has approved the construction of a 108 km rail link between Kolhapur and Vaibhavwadi, for completion in 2023-24 at an estimated cost of Rs34·4bn. Connecting Central Railway’s current Shri Chhatrapati Shahumaharaj terminus at Kolhapur with Vaibhavwadi Road station on the Roha – Madgaon section of the Konkan Railway, the

Alstom to supply 252 multiple-unit cars to Western Australia

AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Authority of Western Australia announced on August 19 that it had selected Alstom Transport Australia as preferred bidder to supply the next generation of electric multiple-units to operate on the Transperth network serving the state capital. Details of the A$1·6bn contract are expected to be finalised by late

ProRail Increases Capacity for 2020 Timetable

The Dutch railway infrastructure manager ProRail has determined its 2020 timetable. This is a major logistical feat, taking into account 7,000km of track, 400 stations and the wishes of 34 freight and passenger train operators. Creating the new timetable, which always comes into force in December in European countries, is a

Russia’s Busiest Airport to Get New Railway Line

Sheremetyevo International Airport, which is located 30km from Moscow, is to get a new railway line, Russian Railways has said. The new line will extend to the Northern Terminal Complex (NTC), which comprises Terminals B and C. The goal of the project is to increase the airport’s accessibility while taking

HS2’s ‘Sugar Cube’ Design Given the Go-Ahead

The London Borough of Camden has approved the design for HS2′s ‘sugar cube’ structure at Euston. The four-storey building will contain a substation and electrical equipment as well as a ventilation shaft for the London Underground. Contemporary and Functional Design Inspired by historic London Underground, the design is both contemporary and functional.

15 August: news in brief

Man who blocked Eurostar services is jailed A MAN from north London who staged a solitary protest over Brexit and the police by climbing on to a railway tunnel near St Pancras International has been jailed for a year. Terry Maher, 44, of Cubitt Street in London WC1, clambered on to

First/Trenitalia to Operate West Coast Partnership

First/Trenitalia will run the West Coast Partnership franchise from December 2019 to 2031. The two partners – FirstGroup and Trenitalia – have different areas of expertise. For example, the former is highly familiar with the British rail industry, while Trenitalia is incredibly knowledgeable about high-speed trains. The West Coast Partnership replaces

First, Trenitalia win West Coast Partnership franchise

THE government has awarded the West Coast Partnership to a consortium of FirstGroup and Trenitalia. Transport secretary Grant Shapps and Keith Williams, chair of the Rail Review, have described the deal as ‘vital to deliver the swift introduction of significant benefits for passengers’. The new contract is also designed to ‘fit

Northern Takes First Pacer Train Out of Service

UK rail franchise operator Northern has taken its first Pacer ‘train’ – British Rail Class 142 – out of service. The unit in question, 142005, has been in service since 1987 and has completed more than three million miles. On its final journey it carried passengers between Manchester Victoria and

13 August: news in brief

Union calls for action after Caledonian Sleeper overran at Edinburgh THE TSSA union is calling for ‘speedy action’ following the overrun of a Caledonian Sleeper train at Edinburgh almost two weeks ago. The train ran 650m past its intended stopping point before it could be brought to a stand, on 1

Keolis Opens New Section of Songjiang Tram Network

French public transport operator Keolis opened a new stretch of the Songjiang light rail network on 10 August. The total tram network, consisting of two lines, now measures 27km, with 40 stations. The first 13.9km of the network opened in December 2018. This tram network in the suburban Songjiang district of

Sunbury line upgrade package

AUSTRALIA: The Victoria state government has approved the first package of civil works to upgrade the 39·5 km Sunbury suburban line, which forms the electrified suburban section of the Melbourne – Bendigo main line. The upgrading will pave the way for enhanced services following completion of the Metro Tunnel project in 2025.

HS2 to Trial Augmented Reality Training

United Kingdom: HS2 is using augmented reality to train staff who will work at Old Oak Common station. Once built, it will be one of the busiest train stations in the country. HS2 Ltd is collaborating with SME Pauley, the National College for High Speed Rail and Inventya to create augmented

Inquiry launched into power cuts

AN inquiry has been launched by the government after widespread power cuts brought many trains to a stand, particularly in the London area. Tyne & Wear Metro was also disrupted by the widespread outages, on Friday afternoon. The problems were caused by the failure of two generators according to National Grid,

Scottish line to reopen in £70m project

THE disused line to the Levenmouth area of Fife is to be reopened to passenger trains at a cost of around £70 million. Transport secretary Michael Matheson said there would be stations at Leven and Cameron Bridge. The revived link would take passengers to Edinburgh in around 70 to 75 minutes. He

Planned strikes over higher rail fares

The biggest rail workers’ union is planning a series of protests on the day higher rail fares are set to be announced. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will demonstrate outside stations in more than 30 locations including Cardiff, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester. Union activists and

CAF Group Consortium Wins Jerusalem Tram Contract

CAF Group, in a consortium with Saphir, has won the Jerusalem tram project. Jerusalem Light Rail Contract The Jerusalem tram project involves building 27km of new tram lines, 53 stations and a number of depots. The 27km break down as follows: a 6.8km extension to the existing Red Line, which is currently

Levenmouth reopening moves forward

UK: The Scottish Government has given the go-ahead for detailed design work to support the proposed reopening of the 6·5 km railway serving Levenmouth at an estimated cost of £70m, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity Michael Matheson confirmed on August 8. The rail link had been identified as one of

8 August: news in brief

Plans to go in for new station A REVISED planning application for a new station in the south western outskirts of Exeter is to be submitted by Devon County Council in the New Year. A previous proposal for the station at Marsh Barton failed after changes to design specifications caused costs

CAF Wins 120 Million Euro European Signalling Contracts

CAF has won signalling contracts worth more than 120 million euros (134.48 million USD) for Spain, Slovenia and Bulgaria. High-speed train in Spain © Kabelleger / David Gubler under licence CAF Signalling Contract Details for Spain The contract covers the supply of the safety installations for the Nudo de La Encina-Xátiva-Valencia section

Cairo Region to Get Bombardier INNOVIA Monorail 300 System

The consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation, Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors has won the contract to supply and operate two monorail lines in Cairo and the surrounding region. Bombardier Transportation wins monorail contract in Egypt © Bombardier The consortium will design and build the two lines, and then operate and maintain them for

6 August: news in brief

Second station funding boost for West Midlands TWO stations in the West Midlands which were closed in January 1965 have moved a significant step closer to being reopened, with news of a £10 million grant from the Department for Transport. Darlaston and Willenhall were closed as part of the Beeching cutbacks,

Industry Insider Week 31 – 12 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 31 for 29 July–02 August 2019: Rail yard behind the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia © Donnie Nunley under licence Business Stadler manufactures the Berlin S-Bahn at its Pankow site © Railway-News Stadler

Feature articles in the August 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International

Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today. Comment Jumping on the night train News Main Line Urban Rail Market Industry Innovations Pointers Analysis Safety crisis prompts reform in Taiwan, ERA’s cross-authorisation of rolling

Passenger trains start to serve Yakutsk

RUSSIA: Regular passenger trains have started running on the northern section of the Yakutia Railway, following celebrations on July 27 attended by State Counsellor Vyacheslav Shtyrov, on behalf of the President of the Sakha Republic Aisen Nikolayev. Formal approval of the line for passenger operation was granted on July 19, allowing

London’s newest station opens at Meridian Water

Meridian Water station in north-east London opened on June 3, serving a huge regeneration scheme on former industrial land.  The £46million, three-platform interchange will be served by Greater Anglia trains on the Lea Valley route, and replaces nearby Angel Road, one of inner London’s least-used stations.  A 5.5km third

ADLINK Announces New Rugged, Fanless, Real-Time Video/Graphics Analytics AIoT Platform for Railway

ADLINK, a global provider of advanced Edge Computing products, has released its latest rugged, fanless NVIDIA Quadro embedded AIoT (AI and IoT) platform, the PIS-5500, designed for real-time video/graphics analytics applications in the rail industry. ADLINK PIS-5500 AIoT platform © ADLINK Technology Inc. Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are being adopted globally by

Accessible travel policy guidance updated

UK: The Office of Rail & Road has published updated guidance designed to enable train and station operators to provide older and disabled people with greater confidence when travelling by rail. The Accessible Travel Policy replaces ORR’s Disabled Persons’ Protection Policy and broadens its scope. Updated requirements include: better staff training

Trans-Pennine ETCS procurement begins

UK: Network Rail has begun the process of appointing a contractor to supply and maintain ETCS Level 2 for the line between Stalybridge near Manchester and Cottingley near Leeds as part of the Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade Programme. The selected contractor would be expected to maintain the ETCS equipment over its anticipated

IRCON to undertake Sri Lanka railway upgrade

SRI LANKA: A US$91·3m contract for the modernisation of the 130 km Maho – Omanthai line was signed by the government and Indian Railways subsidiary IRCON International on July 18. The 36-month project will raise the line speed from 60 km/h to 120 km/h and eliminate 40 km/h speed restrictions, while reducing maintenance

Sheffield City Region rail vision launched

UK: An ‘ambitious’ Integrated Rail Plan for the Sheffield City Region was launched by Mayor Dan Jarvis on July 18. The plan was produced by the region’s local authorities supported by organisations including Transport for the North. The proposals include a Barnsley Dearne Valley station in Goldthorpe on the Northern Powerhouse

Gautrain success foreshadows expansion

SOUTH AFRICA: Outline plans to extend Gautrain to serve more of the Gauteng region have been drawn up as part of an assessment of the project’s economic and social impact. About R110bn could be allocated for construction of extensions and 19 new stations, plus R24∙4bn on improvements to the existing

Auckland City Rail Link contract signed

NEW ZEALAND: The main contract for construction of the tunnels and stations on the Auckland City Rail Link was formally signed on July 19, at an event attended by Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. Project promoter City Rail Link had selected the Link Alliance consortium in April,

Network Rail Investments: New Trains and New Services

UK: Network Rail has published its annual report and accounts for the year ending 31 March 2019. During that twelve-month period train operating companies added almost 3,000 new services a week. This generated vital additional capacity and seats and was the result of record investment in the country’s rail infrastructure. London Bridge

Industry Insider Week 28 – 10 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 28 for 08–12 July 2019: Jazz train for Trenitalia © Railway-News Rolling Stock British Rail Class 720 Aventra EMU for Abellio Greater Anglia © Bombardier Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Fleet Begins Testing The first of the

‘Drone train’ completes first trial

FRANCE: National operator SNCF has successfully tested a remotely-controlled train over a distance of 4 km in the Paris suburbs. Representing a key stage in SNCF’s programme to develop automated operations, the ‘drone train’ ran from Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to Juvisy and was driven from a control centre established at Vigneux-sur-Seine. Describing the test

Uber Transit Gives Denver Residents Integrated Mobility

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver has partnered with Uber and software developer Masabi to create Uber Transit, allowing passengers in the US city to use the Uber app to plan, book and pay for end-to-end transportation, including public transit.  Uber Transit in Denver gives passengers integrated ticketing © RTD What

From the archive: SAFEGUARDING ON TRANSPORT

The RM backs public transport initiative to protect children at risk Readers are likely to be familiar with the work of the Railway Children charity in India and East Africa, helping and supporting vulnerable youngsters. Lesser known is the fact the charity now provides vital support for children

Industry Insider Week 27 – 9 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 27 for 01–05 July 2019: Siemens Mobility Avenio tram for Munich © www.siemens.com/press Infrastructure DART station on the Blue Line © Michael Barera under licence Dallas Light Rail Gets 60 Million Grant from FTA

South Coast Rail groundbreaking ceremony

USA: A groundbreaking ceremony at East Freetown in Massachusetts on July 2 officially marked the start of work on Phase 1 of the South Coast Rail commuter project. The $1·047bn project will extend Boston’s Middleborough Line commuter rail services to Taunton, New Bedford and Fall River, the only major cities within

£20 million fund to help disabled rail passengers

Disabled rail passengers will benefit from a £20 million fund to boost accessibility, the Department for Transport (DfT) said. Railway station operators will be able to bid for a share of the investment for small-scale improvements such as textured paving, handrails and raising platform heights. Disabled rail passengers will benefit from a

From the archive: BRIDGNORTH STATION: Building for the future

Ben Jones visits Bridgnorth to discover how the Severn Valley Railway is investing in new facilities to cope with ever-increasing visitor numbers.  BRITAIN’S railways are busier than they’ve ever been, and our world-class heritage lines are no exception. From miniature railways to extensive standard gauge operations such as the Severn Valley

BART Begins Traction Power Substation Upgrade Works

San Leandro station is the first on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) network to get a new traction power substation.  Train at San Leandro station © Pi. 1415926535 under licence In November 2016 Californians voted in favour of Measure RR. The question put to voters was: “To keep BART safe; prevent accidents/breakdowns/delays;

More issues mean delays for SWR Class 442 return

PLANS by South Western Railway to re-introduce Class 442s to the third rail network have been delayed again. The refurbished sets were due to enter traffic between London Waterloo and Portsmouth last December, but bodyshell corrosion was greater than envisaged. SWR Class 442 Nos. 442408/411 arrive at Woking, having

Stadler to Supply 55 FLIRT Akku Trains to NAH.SH

On 21 June Stadler announced it had won the contract to supply 55 FLIRT Akku trains to Nahverkehrsverbund Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (NAH.SH) pending a ten-day appeal period. This period has now passed and Stadler remains the winning bidder.  FLIRT Akku for NAH.SH © Stadler Receiving this contract, which contains an option for a

SRPS Railtours: Forth Bridge and Borders Steam Specials

SRPS Railtours is organising steam specials on each Sunday in August 2019, starting at Linlithgow, and picking up passengers at Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Dalgety Bay and Edinburgh Waverley.  The trains will set down at Galashiels and terminate at Tweedbank (approx 12.50).  Evening train crossing to terminate in Inverkeithing. The return departure at about 15.10

Swiss approve SFr13bn infrastructure investment package

SWITZERLAND: The upper house of Parliament (Ständerat) voted unanimously on June 21 in favour of a further phase of rail infrastructure expansion to eliminate bottlenecks, allow more frequent services and make stations more accessible. Worth SFr12∙89bn, the investment package known as STEP 2035 (Strategische Entwicklungsprogramm Bahninfrastruktur) covers around 200 large and

Switzerland approves SFr13bn infrastructure investment package

SWITZERLAND: The upper house of Parliament (Ständerat) voted unanimously on June 21 in favour of a further phase of rail infrastructure expansion to eliminate bottlenecks, allow more frequent services and make stations more accessible. Worth SFr12∙89bn, the investment package known as STEP 2035 (Strategische Entwicklungsprogramm Bahninfrastruktur) covers around 200 large and

Equality. Diversity. Inclusion. This Is Not Altruism.

On 23 June it is International Women in Engineering Day. HS2 Ltd is one of the companies in rail proactively working towards changing the employment landscape in construction and engineering. Curzon Street Station visual © HS2 Ltd At Railtex this year Mark Lomas, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at HS2, gave a

From the archive: The big bird that flew too far

Words: Nick Pigott As the most powerful single-engine diesel locomotive in the world at the time, Kestrel promised a motive power revolution… but it turned out to be ‘too good for its own good’! Shunned by BR despite its 125mph speed potential, it vanished behind the Iron Curtain where it became the

Camira: Made for Travelling in Style

With the ever-increasing demand on rail networks and operators striving to design trains that offer more for passengers, suppliers are being put to the test and asked to up their game in what they can provide to the rail sector. It all comes down to what defines a good train journey

Rail, metro and tram spending in New South Wales budget

AUSTRALIA: Several rail projects have been allocated funding in the 2019-20 New South Wales budget, which was presented on June 18. The state government is providing A$812m as part of a A$1·8bn package over four years towards the New Intercity Fleet. The RailConnect consortium of Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and

18 June: news in brief

South Western strikes begin THE first of five days of strikes has begun on South Western Railway, after new talks last week failed to reach agreement over on-train staffing and the role of guards. The walkouts have closed the Shepperton branch, and trains on the Hampton Court branch will run only

South Western strikes set to go ahead

FIVE days of strikes are set to go ahead on South Western Railway from tomorrow, after new talks failed to reach agreement over on-train staffing and the role of guards. The walkouts will close the Shepperton branch, and trains on the Hampton Court branch will run only when passengers will be

Transforming the Rail Industry with AI and IoT Technologies

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are being adopted globally by all industries to drive efficiency, improve productivity and reduce costs. The rail industry is no exception. Fuelled by intelligence from AI-driven systems and applications, railway operations are becoming safer, smarter and more reliable, significantly enhancing the passenger travel experience and freight logistics

14 June: news in brief

FLIRT accepted NEW trains being built for Greater Anglia by Stadler have received their first approval from the Office of Rail and Road. The ORR has authorised the use of four-car bi-mode FLIRT units, although they can only start to carry passengers after a testing and commissioning programme has been completed.

Thales presents big data software at UITP

THALES: Thales has presented two tools for big data analytics at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019. Thales’ NAIA software captures data on passenger flow, platform crowding, train occupancy and intervals between trains. It then analyses this to help operators to understand how passengers behave and respond appropriately. Using the number

Made of Stone: Tunstead Quarry, Derbyshire

Construction traffic is the biggest growth area for UK railfreight, with millions of tonnes of material being moved every year – much of it to London and the south-east of England. Ben Jones visits one of the country’s most important locations – Tarmac’s Tunstead Quarry in Derbyshire. Less than three miles

7 June: News in brief

Frankenstein A second rail union has called for privatisation to be reversed in the wake of a Transport Focus survey of how much passengers trust the railway industry, which left Southern trailing the list. However, the percentage of users who do trust Southern has risen from 17 per cent to

Critical Communications for Australian Railways

With the increased number of passengers using rail as their mode of transport Frontline Safety Critical Communications becomes ever more vital and also challenging. Getting safety communications accurate, brief, clear and professional will help ensure the safe travel of billions of customers. In this article, Anton Abrahams, Chairman, Australasian Critical

Campania DMUs ordered using Lombardia contract

ITALY: Campania regional train operator Ente Autonomo Volturno has ordered five Stadler diesel-battery multiple-units by using an option within a framework contract for up to 50 units which Lombardia regional railway FNM signed with the Swiss manufacture in November. The two operators said this arrangement would enable them both to order high

Industry Insider Week 22 – 10 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 22 for 27–31 May 2019: Alstom metro for Lyon Line 2 © Alstom/Mobylette Jaune Infrastructure Sydney Metro Rouse Hill Station © MDRX under licence Sydney Metro North West Enters Commercial Service Sydney Metro North West

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