Industry Insider Week 6 2020 · 9 Must-Read Rail News Stories

Welcome to our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 6 2020, covering all the important rail news of the past week:

Network Rail Awards CP6 Signalling Contracts | Infrastructure

Network Rail has awarded signalling contracts covering different regions of the UK to Alstom, Siemens Mobility, and Hitachi in partnership with Limbrooke Services Ltd. These contracts will run for the duration of CP6 (until 2024) and include an option to extend for two years. Alstom will deal with the Southern and Eastern regions, Siemens with Scotland and the North West & Central region, Hitachi and Limbrooke with Wales & Western region.

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DB Agrees Strategic Collaboration with Ukrainian Railways | Business

Deutsche Bahn and Ukrainian Railways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining a plan for strategic collaboration. The MoU will run for a period of 3 years. The goal of this partnership is to transform Ukrainian Railways. The company has around 250,000 thousand employees and a track network of 27,000km. A first co-operative phase will last three months, after which the parties will negotiate a contract to assess the operations of UZ and come up with a roadmap for improvement.

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Sarajevo Gets €20m Loan to Overhaul Tramline | Infrastructure

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as part of its Green Cities programme, is issuing two loans to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first loan is for 20 million euros to overhaul the tramline in Sarajevo, which is ageing. As a result, the city’s residents are resorting to car travel, causing significant congestion and pollution. A second loan of 15 million euros will go towards the purchase of up to 25 new trolleybuses.

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Alstom Wins Contract for Coradia Continental BEMUs | Rolling Stock

Alstom has won a contract with VMS in Germany to manufacture, deliver and maintain 11 Coradia battery-electric trains. These will allow the rail operator to run services on non-electrified lines without having to resort to diesel power. The contract is worth in the region of 100 million euros with the maintenance provision lasting until 2032. Built in Salzgitter, Germany, the new trains will start carrying passengers in 2023.

Read more | Alstom Wins Contract for Coradia Continental BEMUs

Stadler KISS Trains to Operate DB IC2 Services | Rolling Stock

Last July Deutsche Bahn announced it was purchasing 17 Stadler KISS double-decker trains from Austria’s Westbahn and put them into service as IC2 trains starting in March this year. The first nine electric multiple units will operate on the Rostock-Berlin-Dresden line from 8 March. Deutsche Bahn presented the first of these trains, now in full IC colours, to the public at Berlin Central Station.

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