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Winner announced in the Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition

Winner announced in the Network Rail Footbridge Design Ideas Competition Network Rail and RIBA Competitions are delighted to announce the winner and highly commended entry in the competition seeking new design ideas for footbridges. Entrants were set the challenge to design fully accessible footbridges that could be used across Britain’s rail network. The competition was …

New platforms open at Britain’s busiest railway station after £800 million investment

New platforms open at Britain’s busiest railway station after £800 million investment The former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo station reopened permanently this morning (10 December) for the first time since international services moved to St Pancras in 2007, as part of the £800 million project to increase capacity on the South Western Railway network. Passengers …

European Investment Bank loan for Krakow tramways foster clean and green transport

European Investment Bank loan for Krakow tramways foster clean and green transport The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the bus and tram services operator MPK (Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne SA w Krakowie) have announced today at the COP 24 conference in Katowice a new loan for the municipal company’s renewal of the tramway fleet. The EIB will …

Inland Rail tunnelling ahead in Queensland

Inland Rail tunnelling ahead in Queensland The 1700 kilometre Inland Rail project is moving ahead thanks to the Liberal and Nationals’ Government, with ground-breaking geotechnical work underway for one of the most technically complex segments of nation-building project. The Gowrie to Kagaru section of Inland Rail in Queensland of about 130km will require 8.5km of …

Network Rail launches Thomas the Tank Engine book to teach children railway safety

Network Rail launches Thomas the Tank Engine book to teach children railway safety Network Rail has teamed up with the world’s most famous blue engine and pre-schooler favourite, Thomas the Tank Engine™, to help children learn how to be safe when using the railway. Stay Safe with Thomas was officially launched in the Anglia region …

EU bank confirms support for first line of Bogotá metro with US$480m in financing

EU bank confirms support for first line of Bogotá metro with US$480m in financing The European Investment Bank (EIB) today reiterated its commitment to finance the first line of Bogotá metro, a project to which the EU bank is contributing with a USD 480m credit line. EIB Vice-President Emma Navarro, who is currently on an …

Network Rail seeks major digital railway transformation programme partner

Network Rail seeks major digital railway transformation programme partner Network Rail is seeking a private sector partner to deliver a major digital railway transformation programme on the East Coast Main Line (ECML). The Railway Systems Integration Partner (RSIP) will be appointed via a framework contract worth up to £45 million over eight years. The successful …

Two of Western Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects get a priority boost

Two of Western Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects get a priority boost Two of Western Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects—the Thornlie–Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension projects—have been granted priority status by Infrastructure Australia, paving the way for construction. Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the independent advisory board had added the …

Network Rail confirms £2 billion for better railways in Wales and Borders

Network Rail confirms £2 billion for better railways in Wales and Borders Network Rail in Wales and Borders is set to benefit from a record £2billion to provide a safer and more reliable railway for passengers and freight customers. It is the first time that the Wales and Borders funding plan has been developed by …

SENNEBOGEN telescopic crane continues to impress at Grand Paris Express construction site

SENNEBOGEN telescopic crane continues to impress at Grand Paris Express construction site The Grand Paris Express, a large-scale project to construct a new super metro, is Europe’s largest infrastructure project to date. The SENNEBOGEN 673 E, part of ENCO’s fleet, is being used on the future driverless underground railroad network for the second time already. …

Network Rail channels procurement innovations with Innovate UK partnership

Network Rail channels procurement innovations with Innovate UK partnership In a bid to see new ideas, greater efficiencies and more investment in the railway, Network Rail is partnering with Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency that helps grow the UK economy by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas from the …

Parsons meets commissioning milestone on first EDL F-bane rail project in Denmark

Parsons meets commissioning milestone on first EDL F-bane rail project in Denmark On Sunday, October 21, Banedanmark opened and commissioned the first of its f-bane rail lines—Lindholm to Frederikshavn—to passengers. Denmark is the first European country to attempt a complete conversion of a national network to the European Train Control System Level 2 using the …

Network Rail partners with Thomas the Tank Engine to teach children railway safety

Network Rail partners with Thomas the Tank Engine to teach children railway safety Network Rail has teamed up with the world’s most famous blue engine and pre-schooler favourite, Thomas the Tank Engine, to help children learn how to be safe when using the railway. The Stay Safe with Thomas story book sees the mischievous Thomas …

Network Rail hires Hawk to scare off roof-pecking squatters

Network Rail hires Hawk to scare off roof-pecking squatters Network Rail has enlisted the services of a Harris hawk to rid Manchester Victoria station roof of pesky seagulls. In 2015 as part of the station’s £44m transformation, new ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof panels were fitted. Since then seagulls, have taken up residence on the roof and are …

Australasian Railway Association to deliver competency management for rail workers

Australasian Railway Association to deliver competency management for rail workers The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) announced that a new five year contract has been awarded for the delivery of the Rail Industry Worker Program (RIW), the ARA’s national competency management system, on the back of an extensive tender process undertaken by key rail industry organisations. …

Red light enforcement cameras and CCTV rolled out at high-risk level crossings

Red light enforcement cameras and CCTV rolled out at high-risk level crossings A major investment in railway safety in Kent, Sussex and Surrey will see state-of-the-art red light cameras installed at the county’s highest-risk level crossings, Network Rail has announced today. The scheme is part of a roll-out of camera technology at 45 automatic half-barrier …

Network Rail leaf-busting trains travel 4 times around the earth to tackle leaves on the line

Network Rail leaf-busting trains travel 4 times around the earth to tackle leaves on the line Network Rail will be travelling the equivalent of more than four times around the world on the south western rail network to combat leaves on the line, which act like black ice on roads and can cause train delays …

One in every seven drivers dice with death at Railway Level Crossings every day

One in every seven drivers dice with death at Railway Level Crossings every day New research from Network Rail reveals an alarming one in seven drivers report they wouldn’t wait for the barrier or gate to open at a level crossing before driving their vehicle over. In the last five years alone, six people have …

Historic railway artefacts rediscovered by Network Rail after 50 years

Historic railway artefacts rediscovered by Network Rail after 50 years For the first time, members of the public will be able to see detailed plans by George Stephenson – known as the father of the railways – for the world’s first passenger railway to use locomotives. The notebook, dated 1822, was found by John Page, …

Network Rail’s Infrastructure Project Signalling Team scores P3M3 top marks

Network Rail’s Infrastructure Project Signalling Team scores P3M3 top marks Network Rail’s Infrastructure Projects (IP) Signalling team has achieved an industry first, recording the highest ever score in an internationally recognised project management assessment. The Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3), run by the independent body Aspire, looks at an organisation and how it …

Network Rail workers fight back against track defects caused by UK hottest summer

Network Rail workers fight back against track defects caused by UK hottest summer Network Rail engineers are fighting back against the effects of the hottest summer on record by repairing nine miles of track defects with almost 3,000 tonnes of stone to keep passengers moving in the south east. The prolonged drought means the ground …

New GB Railfreight locomotive christened by The Worshipful Company of Paviors

New GB Railfreight locomotive christened by The Worshipful Company of Paviors GB Railfreight, in partnership with The Worshipful Company of Paviors, is pleased to announce the naming of its new locomotive, The Pavior. The locomotive, number 66758, was christened at a ceremony at Tarmac’s Harper Lane site in Radlett. The loco is named in honour …

Rail safety warning issued after motorist level crossing misuse in Anglesey

Rail safety warning issued after motorist level crossing misuse in Anglesey Network Rail in Wales and Borders, British Transport Police and Arriva Trains Wales are calling for motorists in Anglesey to use level crossings safely following a recent rise in reported instances of deliberate misuse at Gaerwen and Valley level crossings. The crossings are controlled …

Luoyang Metro project in China gets $300m financing

Luoyang Metro project in China gets $300m financing On 16 August 2018, Project and Loan Agreements for the New Development Bank’s Luoyang Metro Project were signed in Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province, China. According to the Agreements, the Bank will provide a USD 300 million sovereign project loan to the People’s Republic of …

Eye in the sky set to provide a better railway for passengers in Southern England

Eye in the sky set to provide a better railway for passengers in Southern England Network Rail are now using a helicopter across the south western rail network as part of the drive to provide better journeys for passengers. Inspecting the railway by air allows Network Rail to deliver improvements to performance, reliability and safety, …

Balfour Beatty VINCI announces new Managing Director for HS2 Joint Venture

Balfour Beatty VINCI announces new Managing Director for HS2 Joint Venture Balfour Beatty VINCI announces the appointment of Mark Davies as Managing Director for its HS2 Joint Venture. Mark Davies will take on the role from Mark Cutler who leaves after a short handover period to take on a new opportunity outside of the Balfour …

STRABAG consortium awarded €115 m Oldenburg to Wilhelmshaven rail upgrade line upgrade

STRABAG consortium awarded €115 m Oldenburg to Wilhelmshaven rail upgrade line upgrade A consortium consisting of STRABAG AG, Ed. Züblin AG and STRABAG Rail GmbH has been hired by Deutsche Bahn AG to upgrade a 5.7 km railway line within the municipal limits of Sande in the district of Friesland, Lower Saxony. The contract is …

Melbourne to get further A$530 million improvements on the Hurstbridge Rail Line

Melbourne to get further A$530 million improvements on the Hurstbridge Rail Line Commuters on the Hurstbridge line will have more trains, more seats and fewer delays with a re-elected Andrews Labour Government to continue its massive upgrade of the Hurstbridge line. The Andrews Labour Government said it would deliver locals in Melbourne’s north-east more peak …

EBRD finances rehabilitation of Cairo Metro Line 1

EBRD finances rehabilitation of Cairo Metro Line 1 Millions of commuters will benefit from a €205 million loan provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to support the Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) with the partial rehabilitation of Cairo Metro, the major means of public transport in Egypt’s capital. The funds …

The remodelled Liverpool Lime Street station

The remodelled Liverpool Lime Street station A video released by Network Rail gave train passengers a glimpse of what the newly remodelled Liverpool Lime Street station looks like. The 3D virtual video shows a ‘fly through’ of the station explaining what work has been completed on each of the platforms and the new platform layout. …

Construction of A$8-13 billion Melbourne Airport Rail Link promised

Construction of A$8-13 billion Melbourne Airport Rail Link promised Australian Premier Daniel Andrews today announced that a re-elected Labour Government would provide up to $5 billion towards the Melbourne Airport Rail Link construction project, matching the commitment from the Federal Government. A route options assessment undertaken by Transport for Victoria has shown that of the …

Parramatta Light Rail approved in Sydney

Parramatta Light Rail approved in Sydney Parramatta Light Rail is now full steam ahead with stage 1 of the project now receiving planning approval meaning construction will start within months. Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance, Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee in Parramatta today …

Network Rail prepares for UK’s soaring summer temperatures

Network Rail prepares for UK’s soaring summer temperatures With the extreme hot weather predicted this week, Network Rail has activated its ‘extreme weather action teams’ (EWATs) across the country to ensure passengers are kept safe and our railway keeps running as reliably as possible. Andy Thomas, managing director of England and Wales at Network Rail …

Network Rail launches tender for new 5 billion pound railway track alliances

Network Rail launches tender for new £5bn railway track alliances Network Rail is inviting suppliers to bid for the next generation of track work contracts, the largest of its kind being undertaken for the upcoming funding period. Signalling the start of the tender process, which is valued at up to £5bn, a Contract Notice has …

Metro de Madrid to upgrade and improve its network with EIB financing

Metro de Madrid to upgrade and improve its network with EIB financing The Madrid metro is set to offer improved levels of efficiency, safety and comfort. The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided €85m – the initial tranche of a €200m loan to cover 50% of Metro de Madrid’s investments until 2019 to upgrade and …

Network Rail is streamlining their procurement process to encourage SME’s

Network Rail is streamlining their procurement process to encourage SME’s Network Rail has launched its new technology Supplier Qualification System (SQS), designed to improve market engagement, provide greater visibility of business opportunities and reduce the time it takes to award contracts. The SQS, which includes IT services and goods across Technologies, Professional Services, Solution Delivery …

Abergele in North Wales gets a £50m track upgrade

Abergele in North Wales gets a £50m track upgrade Network Rail engineers have completed track upgrade work in Abergele as part of the £50m North Wales railway upgrade project, providing a more reliable service for passengers. Kevin Roberts, senior project manager for Network Rail Wales and Borders, said: “We’re pleased to have completed the upgrade …

Bold new designs unveiled for Melbourne Metro Tunnel Stations

Bold new designs unveiled for Melbourne Metro Tunnel Stations Melbourne will boast five new stunning landmarks when the underground stations for the Metro Tunnel open in 2025. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today unveiled the final designs for the stations which will combine functionality, space and natural light with the latest in public transport …

GKD Technologies featuring the SensorSafe Rail Range at Rail Live

GKD Technologies featuring the SensorSafe Rail Range at Rail Live GKD Technologies design, develop and produce height, slew and load safety control systems for Road Rail vehicles (RRV’s) and general construction equipment such as excavators. The company will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Rail Live exhibition 20–21 June 2018, Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire, showing …

Network Rail appeals to young people across Britain to take their safety seriously

Network Rail appeals to young people across Britain to take their safety seriously New research from Network Rail reveals only 36% of 18 to 24 year olds believe going on the railway track is extremely dangerous, resulting in young adults risking their lives crossing the railway. Almost 22% of 18 to 24 year olds admit …

telent Technology playing an important part of Britain’s railway technology transformation

telent Technology playing an important part of Britain’s railway technology transformation A technological transformation across more than 70% of the UK rail network is on its way, delivering faster, more frequent, safer services to millions of passengers across the country and due for completion by the time HS2 arrives in Manchester. Network Rail’s vision for …

Paddington Station 24/7 features Network Rail’s aerial survey team

Paddington Station 24/7 features Network Rail’s aerial survey team The second series of the behind the scenes documentary Paddington Station 24/7 aired on Monday 14 May with the programme taking to the skies to join members of Network Rail’s aerial survey team whilst they check railway assets on board a helicopter kitted out with the …

Royal opening for London Bridge Station offers ‘Transformation in Passenger Experience’

Royal opening for London Bridge Station offers ‘Transformation in Passenger Experience’ The country’s fourth busiest railway station, London Bridge, was officially reopened on the 9th May by The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William following a £1 billion transformation by Network Rail nearly doubling its passenger capacity and enabling more and faster connections for passengers. In …

Millions set to benefit as British railway technology transformation takes off

Millions set to benefit as British railway technology transformation takes off By the time HS2 arrives in Manchester, the majority of the UK network – covering some 70% of journeys – will have undergone a technological transformation delivering faster, more frequent safer services to millions of passengers across the country. Mark Carne, chief executive, said: …

Time Lapse video shows Network Rail completing Ashton-under-Lyne works

Time Lapse video shows Network Rail completing Ashton-under-Lyne works Ashton-under-Lyne station reopened by Network Rail today after the work to provide passengers with better journeys between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge was completed. The line was closed for 16 days to allow for an improved track layout at the Ashton Moss North Junction and new tracks …

High-speed passenger trains now run from Ashford International to Paris

High-speed passenger trains now run from Ashford International to Paris The first in the fleet of brand new high-speed passenger trains to call at Ashford International was met on the platform on the 3 April by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. The arrival of Eurostar’s new Siemens e320 class train on the 2.55pm service to Paris …

SENNEBOGEN telescopic crane to the rescue of derailed train in Switzerland

SENNEBOGEN telescopic crane to the rescue of derailed train in Switzerland In early January, winter storm Eleanor battered the village of Lenk in Switzerland, pushing a 19-tonne Montreux Oberland Bernois Railway (MOB) vehicle off its rails in the process. But now, the vehicle is back in action. It was a SENNEBOGEN 673 E crane that …

Network Rail commissions new signalling system for North Wales

Network Rail commissions new signalling system for North Wales Passengers in North Wales are benefitting from a newly commissioned, state of the art signalling system between Shotton and Colwyn Bay which came in to use  on Monday as part of a £50m North Wales railway upgrade project. Over the weekend, engineers carried out final testing …

World class photography exhibition embarks on journey of UK stations

World class photography exhibition embarks on journey of UK stations Visitors to four of the Network Rail managed stations will soon be able to view some of the most breath-taking images of landscapes from across the UK. A free exhibition displaying top entries from the 2017 Landscape Photographer of the Year competition will continue its …

New alliances to be formed as £5bn railway track work tender issued

New alliances to be formed as £5bn railway track work tender issued Network Rail has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) via The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) process for its tender exercise to let the next generation of track works contracts, valued up to £5bn over 10 years, starting 2019. Network Rail …

Traction Power Centralised Management System goes live for Network Rail upgrade

Traction Power Centralised Management System goes live for Network Rail upgrade On the 12th February, telent Technology Services TPCMS (Traction Power Centralised Management System) went live in Romford Electrical Control Room (ECR) as part of the National SCADA Renewal Programme for Network Rail, which will integrate electrical control into a new single system across the …

Carillion’s UK Network Rail contracts acquired by Amey Rail

Carillion’s UK Network Rail contracts acquired by Amey Rail A significant number of Carillion’s Network Rail contracts have today been acquired by Amey Rail Limited, after the company went into liquidation last month. The successful sale provides reassurance to many in the rail industry and continuity for projects around the country. The transfer of Network …

Progress races forward on £68m Network Rail upgrade in East Anglia, UK

Progress races forward on £68m Network Rail upgrade in East Anglia, UK Key rail works were completed last week on the Kings Lynn to Ely line and Norwich, Yarmouth, Lowestoft (Wherry lines) as part of the Network Rail wider Railway Upgrade Plan. Team orange completed a variety of works as part of the continued modernisation …

Network Rail completes £1m bridge strengthening works

Network Rail completes £1m bridge strengthening works Network Rail carried out a £1m package of strengthening work to a six–span railway bridge between Ely and Littleport last week to enable the smooth running of services and prevent future delays on the line between Ely and Kings Lynn. In just 4 days, Team Orange installed 24 …

18 rail bridges in Queensland to get $28m upgrade

18 rail bridges in Queensland to get $28m upgrade The Queensland Government in Australia will invest almost $28 million to upgrade 18 ageing rail bridges on the West Moreton rail network between Ipswich and Chinchilla. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the works would support nearly 200 jobs, with local company Moggill Construction …

ACS Group/HOCHTIEF chosen to develop $1.95b Los Angeles Airport Rail Project

ACS Group/HOCHTIEF chosen to develop $1.95b Los Angeles Airport Rail Project A consortium led by ACS/HOCHTIEF has been chosen as the ‘Recommended Developer’ for a large-scale modernization PPP rail project at Los Angeles International airport. The consortium consists of ACS Infrastructure Development (Iridium), Dragados USA, HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions, Flatiron, Fluor, Balfour Beatty and Bombardier. The …

Ghana announces tenders for Eastern Railway and Boankara Port project

Ghana announces tenders for Eastern Railway and Boankara Port project The Government of Ghana has re-emphasised the need to involve the private sector in the development of public infrastructure by promoting a robust PPP agenda. Through the Ministry of Railways Development and the Ghana Railway Development Authority, the Government intends to pursue a PPP arrangement …

Northern England leaders publish Strategic Transport Plan to transform the region

Northern England leaders publish Strategic Transport Plan to transform the region Civic and business leaders from across the North have come together to publish Transport for the North’s draft Strategic Transport Plan. The thirty year plan is the first of its kind and outlines how transport connections across the North of England need to be …

STRABAG to build rail tunnel in Canada

STRABAG to build rail tunnel in Canada STRABAG SE, the publicly listed European-based technology group for construction services, has had an infrastructure contract in Toronto awarded to its Canadian subsidiary. The scope of the work includes the construction of a 180 m long rail tunnel under Highway 401 to accommodate two tracks operated by Ontario’s …

AECOM to provide site supervision services for Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link project

AECOM to provide site supervision services for Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link project AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, has been appointed by China Communications Construction Company to provide site supervision services for the stations, viaducts, tunnels and depots of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project. “AECOM is proud to be involved …

Valoriza wins €30m maintenance contract for lines 2 and 6 of Santiago Metro

Valoriza wins €30m maintenance contract for lines 2 and 6 of Santiago Metro Sacyr’s subsidiary, Valoriza Facilities, has won the contract to clean and maintain minor lines 2 and 6 of the Santiago de Chile Metro for €30 million. The contract includes the cleaning and maintenance of 32 stations (220,300 m²), intermodal terminals and workshops …

Rail Baltica announces detailed technical design tenders for Estonia and Lithuania railway

Rail Baltica announces detailed technical design tenders for Estonia and Lithuania railway The first tenders for detailed technical design of the railway line in Estonia and Lithuania have been announced in the end of December, thus making one more step further in the project’s design phase. The joint venture of the three Baltic States RB …

Balfour Beatty JV wins US$1.08b contract from Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Balfour Beatty JV wins US$1.08b contract from Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded, in joint venture, the $1.08bn (c. £807m) Green Line Extension design and build contract by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The four-way equal joint venture comprising Balfour Beatty, Fluor Corporation, The Middlesex Corp. and …

Richard Branson named Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One

Richard Branson named Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One Richard Branson Named Chairman After Making Previous Investment This Fall Caspian Venture Capital and DP World Invest $50 Million Ahead of Series C Round Company Achieves A New Test Speed Record in Its Third Phase of Tests Virgin Hyperloop One, the only company in the world that has …

AfDB approves US$153m to improve road and rail transportation in Namibia

AfDB approves US$153m to improve road and rail transportation in Namibia To help speed up travel and transportation in Namibia, the Board of the African Development Bank has approved a loan of ZAR 2,000 million (US$ 153 million) to the Government of Namibia to upgrade a 210km stretch of railway in the west of the …

EIB supports upgrade of Kharkiv Metro in Ukraine

EIB supports upgrade of Kharkiv Metro in Ukraine The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 160m to finance improvements to the public transport system in Ukraine’s second largest city. EIB funds will support the extension of the Kharkiv metro network to a residential area with a high population density, making it more attractive for …

Major Metro Tunnel construction works on display in Australia

Major Metro Tunnel construction works on display in Australia Locals and visitors will be able to watch construction of the biggest public transport project in Victoria, Australia’s history from new viewing areas at City Square, as work ramps up on the Metro Tunnel. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle today …

ADB approves US$400m to modernise Azerbaijan’s North-South Railway Corridor

ADB approves US$400m to modernise Azerbaijan’s North-South Railway Corridor The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved two loans totalling $400 million to help strengthen Azerbaijan’s railway sector and modernize and rehabilitate the Sumgayit-Yalama rail line, a key link in the North-South Railway Corridor. ADB will provide $250 million as a policy-based loan …

Parsons selected as Technical Advisor for Metrolinx enhanced train control and signalling

Parsons selected as Technical Advisor for Metrolinx enhanced train control and signalling Parsons has begun providing technical advisory services for Metrolinx’s Enhanced Train Control and Conventional Signaling (ETCCS) project related to Metrolinx’s 10-year GO Transit expansion program that will deliver $13.5 billion in capital projects and $7 billion in state-of-good-repair works. This program will transform …

Australia announces additional Aus$8.4 billion for Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail

Australia announces additional Aus$8.4 billion for Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail The Australian Government has announced its commitment to Inland Rail with an additional $8.4 billion investment. Inland Rail is forecast to boost Australia’s GDP by $16 billion over 50 years, reduce emissions by 750,000 tonnes and will reduce the number of trucks on our …

Mabey develops new bridge lifting technique for Network Rail

Mabey develops new bridge lifting technique for Network Rail Leading bridge and engineering services specialist Mabey has today unveiled a new bridge lifting technique – the first of its kind in the UK. Developed with Alun Griffiths Ltd, Cass Hayward and Network Rail IP Engineering, the new system has been successfully applied to a trial …

EIB supports modernisation in Poland with €650 million for the Railways

EIB supports modernisation in Poland with €650 million for the Railways From Gdańsk to Katowice, over 1,000 kilometres of Polish railways will be modernized and upgraded with the help of a EUR 650-million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced today. EIB funds will help finance 15 different segments of railway infrastructure across the …

EIB agrees €9.2b financing for rail, climate action, broadband and business

EIB agrees €9.2b financing for rail, climate action, broadband and business Meeting in Luxembourg earlier today the board of the European Investment Bank approved a total of €9.2 billion of new financing for 38 projects in 16 European Union countries and around the world in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This includes support for transformational …

EIB finances new 17km suburban rapid transit system in Tunis

EIB finances new 17km suburban rapid transit system in Tunis The European Investment Bank (EIB) is strengthening its support for the development of efficient and sustainable urban transport infrastructure accessible to Tunisians living in the country. More than 15,600 jobs will be created in the Tunis suburbs thanks to the development of this railway project, …

ADB to support sustainable urban public transport in Jinan, China

ADB to support sustainable urban public transport in Jinan, China The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $150 million loan to support the development of a bus rapid transit (BRT) system for modern electric trolley buses in Jinan, the most congested city in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). “The project …

EIB finances €600m “Y Vasca” high-speed rail line in Spain

EIB finances €600m “Y Vasca” high-speed rail line in Spain Minister of Public Works and Transport Íñigo de la Serna attended the signing of a €600m loan granted by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to Adif Alta Velocidad. This loan is the first tranche of €1.03bn in financing approved by the EIB on 19 September, …

Record €500m EIB loan for India’s Bangalore Metro

Record €500m EIB loan for India’s Bangalore Metro The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide EUR 500 million to support the construction of a new 18 station Rapid Transit line in Bangalore and the purchase of 96 train cars for use on the line. This support for investment to expand the second longest urban metro …

Volvo CE backs high-speed revolution heading North

Volvo CE backs high-speed revolution heading North Britain’s new high-speed rail project, HS2 is on track to provide a swift and low-carbon alternative mode of transport from London to the Midlands and the North of England. Across Europe, a number of public and private infrastructure projects are pushing the construction industry to take carbon emissions …

PORR wins €97m contract to modernise 40km railway line in south of Poland

PORR wins €97m contract to modernise 40km railway line in south of Poland At the end of last week PORR S.A. and PKP PLK S.A signed an agreement to modernise the railway line E30 on the section Kędzierzyn Koźle–Opole Zachodnie. PORR has been charged with the design, planning and construction works. Upon completion, the maximum …

EU Bank supports first tramway line in Tampere, Finland with €150m loan

EU Bank supports first tramway line in Tampere, Finland with €150m loan To meet the needs of the growing city and urban area, a modern tramline system has been designed for Tampere. Fostering sustainable transport projects, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a EUR 150m loan to the City of Tampere for the construction …

High-speed Grinding Technology deployed in France for the first time

High-speed Grinding Technology deployed in France for the first time The operating company Tisséo is commissioning Vossloh to carry out preventive maintenance on Toulouse’s tram network. The three-year framework agreement signed also contains two extension options each for one year. The first grinding deployments took place in the summer of 2017. Toulouse’s Tisséo is the …

London Underground Elizabeth line track installation is complete

London Underground Elizabeth line track installation is complete A significant milestone has been marked today with the official completion of the permanent track for the Elizabeth line – London’s newest railway. Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling and Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross joined Crossrail Chairman Sir Terry Morgan and Chief Executive Andrew …

Hyperloop One announces 10 winners for Hyperloop One Global Challenge

Hyperloop One announces 10 winners for Hyperloop One Global Challenge Hyperloop One, the only company in the world that has built a full-scale Hyperloop system, today announced the winners of its Hyperloop One Global Challenge to identify the strongest new Hyperloop routes in the world. Following a close assessment of the proposals by a panel …

Liebherr, a breath of fresh air for Berlin Transport Authority trams

Liebherr, a breath of fresh air for Berlin Transport Authority trams The Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) recently ordered the delivery and installation of 372 retrofit kits in low-floor trams – this comes after Liebherr-Transportation Systems had installed an occupancy-dependent fresh air control system in a five-section FLEXITY* series vehicle and successfully tested the technology for …

IDB funds General San Martin metropolitan area railway line US$400m improvements in Argentina

IDB funds General San Martin metropolitan area railway line US$400m improvements in Argentina A railway improve project in Argentina has been funded for the section between Retiro Station in downtown Buenos Aires and Pilar Station in the city’s outskirts, cutting travel time and greenhouse gas emissions. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $400 …

Balfour Beatty awarded Great Western Mainline railway contract

Balfour Beatty awarded Great Western Mainline railway contract Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been selected by Network Rail to deliver a contract to electrify a 40-mile train route as part of The Great Western Mainline upgrade. The contract award follows successful collaboration with Network Rail during the four month …

President Trump works to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure

President Trump works to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure The old system for completing environmental reviews in the US was fragmented, inefficient, and unpredictable leading to a call to modernise an outdated system. U.S. President Donald J. Trump, said: “Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and railways gleaming across our very, very beautiful …

China is building a rail tunnel, deep below the Great Wall of China

China is building a rail tunnel, deep below the Great Wall of China China is constructing a 12 kilometre long high-speed train tunnel through a section of the Great Wall to connect Zhangjiakou city, which is due to co-host the 2022 Winter Olympics along with Beijing. Chinese Engineers designed the tunnel to be constructed from …

STRABAG to work on billion euro HS2 project in the United Kingdom

STRABAG to work on billion euro HS2 project in the United Kingdom Main Work Civil Contract packages for lots S1 and S2 of new HS2 high-speed railway link in the United Kingdom. Consortium consisting of STRABAG (32 %), Skanska and Costain. Construction volume: approx. GBP 2 billion. STRABAG, the publicly listed European-based technology group for …

7,000 new jobs will be created in Australia on the Victoria Metro Tunnel Project

7,000 new jobs will be created in Australia on the Victoria Metro Tunnel Project The Andrews Labor Government is creating thousands of local jobs and using Victorian businesses to build the biggest public transport project in Victorian history – the Metro Tunnel. Premier Daniel Andrews visited Spotswood’s Rail Centre to meet with apprentices and workers …

Colas wins contract to build rail extension for Tramway of Rabat in Morocco

Colas wins contract to build rail extension for Tramway of Rabat in Morocco The Tramway Company of Rabat-Salé (STRS) has entrusted Colas Rail and GTR, a road subsidiary of Colas in Morocco with the construction of the extension of line 2 of the Rabat-Salé tramway. The extension will serve the district of Yacoub Al Mansour …

First big HS2 contracts to build Britain’s new railway will support 16,000 jobs

First big HS2 contracts to build Britain’s new railway will support 16,000 jobs Winners of £6.6 billion worth of major construction contracts for HS2 Phase One announced. government confirms plans to extend HS2 from Birmingham to north-west, East Midlands and Yorkshiredecision announced on the first stage of the big construction. contracts – valued at around £6.6 …

EIB lends €1bn to co-finance Romania’s transport infrastructure projects

EIB lends €1bn to co-finance Romania’s transport infrastructure projects The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 1bn to co-finance with European Structural and Investment Funds priority transport infrastructure projects totalling EUR 6.8bn to be implemented across Romania during the 2014-2020 EU programming period. EIB funds will cover the state budget contribution that co-finances priority transport investments under the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme …

Balfour Beatty VINCI JV to be awarded £2.5 billion HS2 rail contracts

Balfour Beatty VINCI JV to be awarded £2.5 billion HS2 rail contracts Balfour Beatty VINCI, a long established joint venture between two global infrastructure leaders recognized for its portfolio of large-scale projects, today announces its notification of intent to be awarded two contracts by High Speed 2 (HS2), worth a combined total of c. £2.5 …

Hyperloop One makes history with world’s first successful Hyperloop full systems test

Hyperloop One makes history with world’s first successful Hyperloop full systems test Test marks historic breakthrough in Hyperloop technology proving that Hyperloop is real. Hyperloop One introduces the first new mode of transportation in over 100 years. Hyperloop One technology will offer cleaner, safer and faster transportation to the world. Company unveils the first Prototype …

Thales supporting modernisation of 36 km or railway through Ankara

Thales supporting modernisation of 36 km or railway through Ankara Turkey’s Başkentray project involves the renovation of the signalling systems for conventional, high-speed and suburban lines along a 36-kilometre section stretching from Sincan to Kayaş through the city of Ankara. Key Points The Başkentray project will help improve mobility and rail transport safety in the …

Heathrow Airport agrees to boost rail services

Heathrow Airport agrees to boost rail services Heathrow agrees new plan with TfL and DfT to boost rail services to the airport Elizabeth line services to serve Terminal 5 From 2019 at least 22 trains per hour connecting Central London and Heathrow – up from 18 today Thousands of rail passengers to benefit from the …

Aus $518 million Ballarat Line upgrade in Australia set to kick start the regions rail revival

Aus $518 million Ballarat Line upgrade in Australia set to kick start the regions rail revival The Andrews Labor Government in Australia has announced Lendlease, Coleman Rail and SMEC are now the preferred bidder to transform the Ballarat line. Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the experienced consortium has been chosen to build the $518 million …

ASTALDI wins € 82 million railway contract in Poland

ASTALDI wins € 82 million railway contract in Poland The Astaldi Group has been awarded the works to updgrade a section of the E-59 Warsaw-Poznań railway line (Lot IV). The contract amounts to EUR 82 million, with Astaldi leading a joint venture with a 95% share. The project calls for the reconstruction of track systems for …

McConnell Dowell and Martinus Rail to deliver Murray Basin Rail Project in Australia

McConnell Dowell and Martinus Rail to deliver Murray Basin Rail Project in Australia McConnell Dowell, in partnership with Martinus Rail, is pleased to announce the award of the Murray Basin Rail Project. The project involves standardising and upgrading 1,055 kilometres of rail freight lines to improve rail access between the Murray Basin and Victoria’s major ports. …

First railless train unveiled in Zhuzhou, China

First railless train unveiled in Zhuzhou, China The world’s first railless train unveiled in Zhuzhou, Central China’s Hunan province on 2 June 2017. The 30-meter train, with three carriages, is part of the intelligent rail express system by the developer, and runs on rubber tires rather than rails. The train can move at a speed of …

Hyperloop One reveals vision for Europe with 9 routes spanning the continent

Hyperloop One reveals vision for Europe with 9 routes spanning the continent Hyperloop One is offering Europe’s transport infrastructure an option that is more efficient, Greener, on-demand and faster. Executives from Hyperloop One joined European dignitaries and policymakers today at its Vision for Europe summit to discuss transforming transportation across the continent with Hyperloop. Hyperloop …

Brexit Britain open for business as the first freight train loaded with exports departs from UK bound for China

Brexit Britain open for business as the first freight train loaded with exports departs from UK bound for China The first ever UK to China export train departed on 10 April 2017 laden with containers full of British goods. The train will make the 7,500 mile, three week journey, departing from DP World London Gateway’s …

Two Chinese companies to build US$1.3 billion 16 km Subway Line in Kiev, Ukraine

Two Chinese companies to build US$1.3 billion 16 km Subway Line in Kiev, Ukraine The China Railway International Group and China Pacific Construction Group have signed an agreement with the Kiev City State Administration to construct a 16km long fourth subway line with an estimated cost of the project of will be about US$1.3 billion, …

China pledges US$122 billion for China to UK Silk Road Rail Route

China pledges US$122 billion for China to UK Silk Road Rail Route Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged an extra $122bn for international infrastructure schemes as part of China’s grand “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative as leaders and top officials from around the world gathered in Beijing for a summit on the plan. The scheme …

ASTALDI GROUP win €171 million railway contract in Poland 

ASTALDI GROUP win €171 million railway contract in Poland The Astaldi Group has been awarded, in a joint venture, a contract to upgrade a section of the N-7 Warsaw Wschodnia Osobowa-Dorohusk railway line. The value of the contract is € 171 million, of which 65% is pertaining to Astaldi. The contract involves demolition, reconstruction and …

Australia’s new A$75 Billion budget outlines their huge investment in road and rail infrastructure

Australia’s new A$75 Billion budget outlines their huge investment in road and rail infrastructure Please note: The currency reflected in this article is the Australian Dollar, which is trading at today’s date at Aus $1 = US$0.74. The 2017 to 2018 Budget announced in Australia delivers a transformational next step in the Coalition Government’s record investment …

Melbourne fast-tracking removal of dangerous and congested level crossings

Melbourne fast-tracking removal of dangerous and congested level crossings The Andrews Labor Government in Victoria, Australia is getting on with the job of removing more dangerous and congested level crossings for good. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced today that contracts for the removal of a dozen level crossings in Melbourne’s north, west and south …

Victoria, Australia announces Aus $42.5 million rail upgrade of the Shepparton line

Victoria, Australia announces Aus $42.5 million rail upgrade of the Shepparton line The Andrews Labor Government has announced a massive upgrade of the Shepparton line and new coach services as part of an ongoing revival of public transport in regional Victoria. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and …

Australia to partner with the private sector on Melbourne Airport Rail plan

Australia to partner with the private sector on Melbourne Airport Rail plan The Labor Government will use $10 million of the money it is owed through the Asset Recycling Initiative to develop a new airport rail plan in partnership with the private sector. Both Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station are privately operated and there …

Australia to spend Aus $1.45 Billion on massive rail upgrade package in Victoria

Australia to spend Aus $1.45 Billion on massive rail upgrade package in Victoria The Andrews Labour Government has unveiled a massive package of regional rail upgrades that will improve services and create more than 1,000 jobs across Victoria. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced that the Victorian Budget 2017/18 …

FCC Construcción awarded €1.634 Billion contract for three new railway sections in Romania

FCC Construcción awarded €1.634 Billion contract for three new railway sections in Romania The Romanian National Railway Company (CFR) has awarded FCC Construcción a contract for the rehabilitation of three new railway sections in the region of Transylvania. The works are valued at €1.634 billion and will be delivered by FCC in a consortium with …

Australia receives bids for the biggest public transport project in Victoria State’s history

Australia receives bids for the biggest public transport project in Victoria State’s history The bids for the Metro Tunnel and five new stations are in, as work ramps up on the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history. Acting Premier Jacinta Allan today announced that the final bids for the $6 billion Tunnel and Stations Public Private Partnership (PPP) …

European Investment Bank loans Belgium’s SNCB €600m euro for new train stock

European Investment Bank loans Belgium’s SNCB €600m euro for new train stock The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 600m loan to the SNCB (Société nationale des Chemins de fer Belges – Belgian National Railway Company) to invest in modernising its rolling stock. The new trains will provide comfort, service and safety to rail users …

BAM wins train depot refurbishment schemes with Stadler UK

BAM wins train depot refurbishment schemes with Stadler UK BAM has been awarded a contract by Stadler Rail Services UK to construct a train depot in Kirkdale and to refurbish to modern standards an existing depot in Birkenhead North. The depot works are due to be completed in 2019. The Kirkdale facility will include washing …

How Hyperloop is changing the calculus of the commute

How Hyperloop is changing the calculus of the commute It’s Monday morning and you’re stuck in traffic again, shoulders tensed as you realize you’re late for work–yet the minutes drag on. Some days you get to thinking about how you could instead be spending these minutes, and hundreds like them, with family and friends and …

L and T Electrical and Automation FZE wins US$33Million order from Qatar Rail Company 

L&T Electrical & Automation FZE wins US$33Million order from Qatar Rail Company L&T Electrical & Automation FZE, the Competency Centre for L&T Electrical & Automation (E&A)’s automation business in UAE, won a major order worth US$33 Million from Qatar Rail Company (QRAIL) for Phase 1 of the Doha Metro. The scope of the order encompasses supply, installation, …

China finances US$1.5 Billion for 156km Lagos to Ibadan Rail link in Nigeria

China finances US$1.5 Billion for 156km Lagos to Ibadan Rail link in Nigeria Construction work on the Lagos to Ibadan Rail Link was signed on 6th March 2017 for the 156km railway line from the coastal city of Lagos to the inland city of Ibadan – a distance of 156km. The target date for completion …

Chinese Contractor finances US$13 Billion for 600km Malaysia East Coast Rail Link

Chinese Contractor finances US$13Billion for 600km Malaysia East Coast Rail Link The Malaysia government have just published the proposed route for the Chinese-financed 600km East Coast Rail Link. The public have three months to comment on the proposals. The East Coast Rail Link starts at Port Klang on the west coast of Malaysia near Kuala …

Italy awards Naples to Bari high-speed rail contract

Italy awards Naples to Bari high-speed rail contract A consortium of Italian contractors – Salini Impregilo and Astaldi has landed a €397m (US$ 420million) contract on the Naples to Bari High-speed Rail Project in Italy Italferr – the Italian State Railways engineering firm, has commissioned the team to design and build the Naples to Cancello …

China to spend US$500 Billion on rail expansion over the next 3 years

China to spend US$500billion on rail expansion over the next 3 years. Government sources report that China is planning to spend around $500 billion on further expansion of its high-speed rail system over the next three years. The network will expand from 20,000km of dedicated passenger lines to 30,000km by 2020. The aim is connect …

Chinese built and funded Djibouti-Ethiopia railway opens for business

Chinese built and funded Djibouti-Ethiopia railway opens for business Africa’s first electrified standard gauge railway entered service yesterday between the suburbs of Addis Ababa and its coastal neighbour, Djibouti. The line will cut the time taken to travel the 750km between Ethiopia and the sea from 3 days to just 12 hours. According to Aboubaker …

Leading International Consulting Group COWI rebrands its UK subsidiaries

Leading International Consulting Group COWI rebrands its UK subsidiaries COWI the Denmark based engineering firm announced that former COWI subsidiaries, Flint & Neill and Donaldson Associates have rebranded as COWI in line with current strategy Effective 1st January 2017, COWI owned companies Flint & Neill and Donaldson Associates became COWI UK Limited. The move brings together COWI …

Tanzania awards a US$1.2 million contract for 300km of Railway

Tanzania awards a US$1.2 million contract for 300km of Railway The Tanzania Government has awarded a US$ 1.2 million contract to a joint venture of Mota-Engil from Portugal and Yapi Merkezi Insaat VE Sanayi from Turkey for the construction of a 300km section of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) network planned for the east African countries …

The World Bank is supporting India’s new railway freight corridor

The World Bank is supporting India’s New Railway Freight Corridor India’s Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) program is building dedicated freight-only railway lines along highly congested transport corridors. The World Bank is supporting India’s Eastern DFC from Ludhiana to Kolkata in three phases. Freight-only corridors will make it cheaper, faster, and more reliable to move goods …

Roadbounce App measures road roughness and driving comfort – on the go!

Roadbounce App measures road roughness and driving comfort – on the go! Road roughness and unevenness play an important role in the quality of driving experience, vehicle fuel consumption, and is a major indicator of problems in the roadway that have developed or are about to develop. To provide an effective system to measure road …

240 Km Railway Link between Dhaka and Payra Port in Bangladesh

Bangladesh High Capacity Railway Project promoted by DP Rail Ltd. A joint venture team consisting of Rendel Consultancy and OTB Engineering in association with HR Wallingford, Railway Engineering Associated and BCL Associates are to provide the engineering services for a 240km freight railway planned for Bangladesh. The team was appointed by the British company DP …

Britain’s HS2 £2.75 billion High Speed Rail to go out to Contract

The UK Department for Transport is to open up bidding for a contract to build up to 60 trains, capable of speeds of about 225mph, for the new HS2 high-speed rail network. The contract valued at around £2.75bn contract will be awarded in 2019, and also involve maintaining the fleet. The trains are for the …

Uganda Standard Gauge Railway Project

Uganda Standard Gauge Railway Project The Uganda government Minister of Works and Transport – Monica Azuba announced that Uganda contractors will participate in the proposed Standard Gauge Railway project and expects that a local content strategy be put in place. The Uganda government had acquired a loan from the Chinese government, and a Chinese contractor …

China funding Uganda’s Kampala to Malaba rail network project

China funding Uganda’s Kampala to Malaba rail network project Construction is due to commence this year on a 237 km electrified standard-gauge railway line linking the Uganda capital of Kampala to Malaba on the Kenya border. This is the first phase of a railway network designed to improve connections between landlocked Uganda and three neighbouring …

SYSTRA and AECOM win the Dubai Tram extension

SYSTRA & AECOM win the Dubai Tram extension The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai has just awarded phases 2 and 3 for the extension of their iconic Light Rail Transit system to SYSTRA, a world leader in the design of transport infrastructures. Specialising in consulting and engineering the group provide populations throughout the world …

Climate Change and Transportation

Climate-smart Transportation is Key to Development Climate Change Issues According to the World Bank, when it comes to climate change, the transport sector is both a victim and a perpetrator. On the one hand, transport infrastructure is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as higher temperatures, increased precipitation, and flooding. At the same time, transport …

China is building and funding Africa’s Rail Transport Infrastructure

East African Railway Masterplan An exciting grand rail project is being implemented in East Africa to connect the countries in the region with an effective transport systems that will take the strain from the regions busy and overburdened highways network which sees thousands of trucks choking the main roads every single day. The East African …

Malaysia to Singapore High-Speed railway approved for bidding

Malaysia and Singapore have signed an agreement that paves the way for bidding for an international High-Speed rail line between Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The 350km High Speed Rail line will have eight stations, will include a bridge across the Straits of Johor, and will cut the travel time between the two …

German Rail approves Alstom’s concrete slab track solution for high-speed main lines

The German rail authority has approved Alstom’s concrete slab track system for both high-speed and conventional rail services. Alstom has received recognition from the Eisenbahn-Bundesamt (EBA), the German Railway Federal Authority, for NBT, its concrete slab track solution for high-speed and conventional rail systems. This non-ballast track solution has been developed for mixed traffic at …

Africa is looking forward, to combat climate change

Africa is looking forward, to combat climate change Africa’s transport infrastructure is the biggest hurdle in the continents increasing economic development, and climate change is now threating to undermine an already vulnerable road and transport network. Africa’s Rural Road Infrastructure Despite major road programmes backed by aid funding, millions still rely on a vast network …

Time-lapse video of Rail Bridge Replacement

Time-lapse video of Rail Bridge Replacement Here’s a great time-lapse video of a rail bridge replacement in Reading, UK. The video was produced by Upper Cut Productions for BAM Nuttall and Network Rail in 2011. www.uppercutproductions.co.uk www.bamnuttall.co.uk