World rolling stock market – August 2019

Australia: The UGL Unipart 70:30 JV has been awarded a five-year extension to its contract to maintain Sydney Trains’ fleet of more than 1 050 vehicles. The contract runs for five years from July 1, replacing a two-year extension announced in January. South Australia has awarded Bombardier a contract to supply

UK Government Launches Oakervee Review into HS2

The High Speed 2 project, which would connect London to the North of England via Birmingham, received a blow yesterday (21 August) as the UK government announced it was opening up an independent review “into whether and how to proceed with the […] project”. Douglas Oakervee, a retired engineer who was

HS2 make or break decision looms

TRANSPORT secretary Grant Shapps says a ‘go or no-go’ decision will be made about HS2 by the end of the year. The DfT said a review will ‘consider whether and how the project should proceed’, and will take into account the benefits, cost and practicality of building lines between London, Birmingham

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

Unipart Joint Venture Wins Five-Year Contract Extension

UGL Unipart Rail Services Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Australian company UGL (a member of CIMIC Group), and Unipart has secured an approximate $900 million, five-year contract extension with Sydney Trains. Replacing the original two-year contract extension, UGL Unipart will continue the delivery of maintenance and logistics services for

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

FSE takes delivery of Newag EMUs

ITALY: FS Group-owned Puglia regional railway Ferrovie del Sud-Est has unveiled the first of five three-car Newag Impuls II electric multiple-units ahead of entry into service on the modernised Bari – Casamassima – Putignano line from September. The €20·2m contract for five EMUs was signed in December 2015. It included an

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

Telly alert – Moors on Channel 5

Channel 5’s television programme about the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) will air on Friday, May 17 at 8pm. Season two of ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’ will include six episodes, which will go behind the scenes of the NYMR, meeting the staff and volunteers that keep the railway

World rolling stock market – April 2019

Australia: The NSW government has awarded the RailConnect consortium of Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and UGL Rail a A$130m contract to supply a further 42 double-deck EMUs cars, taking its New Intercity Fleet order to a total of 554 vehicles. This will enable peak services on the South Coast

Hupac looks to automate route planning

SWITZERLAND: Intermodal freight operator Hupac is to automate its route planning and traffic management processes using sensor data and analytics provided by ETH Zürich spin-off company Nexiot. Hupac has previously equipped wagons with Nexiot sensors which provide information on their location, impact events, border crossings and mileage every 5 min. Nexiot’s

Brisbane Cross River contractors selected

AUSTRALIA: The Queensland government’s Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has selected preferred bidders for the three main works packages to build and equip Brisbane’s A$5·4bn cross-city rail link. Enabling works are already underway for the 10·2 km line linking Bowen Hills with Dutton Park, and major construction is expected to get underway

World rolling stock market – March 2019

Australia: NSW is to ‘fast-track’ the delivery of a further 17 Downer EDI/CRRC Changchun Waratah Series 2 double-deck EMUs for use on the Sydney Trains network from 2020, Minister for Transport Andrew Constance announced on February 6. Meanwhile, the UGL Unipart JV’s contract to provide heavy maintenance and logistics services

NSW inter-city fleet order increased

AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded the RailConnect consortium a A$130m contract to supply a further 42 double-deck electric multiple-unit cars, taking its New Intercity Fleet order to a total of 554 vehicles. The additional vehicles will enable peak services on the South Coast Line to be increased

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