The Chair of the Board of ENR received the official loan authorisation from the Ambassador of Hungary in Egypt. This was the final milestone in the financing approval process.
The financing will come from the Hungarian EXIMBANK and the Russian ROSEXIMBANK, while national export-import agencies of the two countries will provide the insurance coverage. In Hungary this is MEHIB and in Russia it is EXIAR.
“The Egyptian project is among our top priorities. Not only it complements our expertise and ambitions, contributes to bilateral relations of Russia with Egypt and Hungary, helps expand Russian businesses’ international presence, but it also contributes to the development of the Russian transport industry.”
TMH has already manufactured two 3-class prototypes. One of them is being readied for a trial run on ENR’s track in Egypt. The other is undergoing the final stages of certification in Hungary.
“Despite the obstacles posed by the coronavirus pandemic, all involved parties did everything possible to bring the contract into effect. The contract is an illustration of the demand the Russian technology has abroad. The unique financing solution, prepared by the REC Group in partnership with our Hungarian colleagues, which could not be matched by the competition from China, Italy, India, Spain, and Romania, played an important role in it.”
Transmashholding will manufacture 500 3rd class coaches with forced ventilation, 500 3rd class coaches with air-conditioning, 180 2nd class coaches with air-conditioning, 90 1st class coaches with air-conditioning and 30 2nd class diners with air-conditioning.
The vehicles will be suitable for both Egypt’s coastal and continental climates and have an estimated lifespan of 40 years. The delivery contract has a runtime of five years from the date it takes effect.
In its May infringements package the European Commission has said it sent Germany a formal letter of notice about its quiet brakes regulation.
RS-Trans has ordered 25 tank cars from UWC for the transportation of sulphuric acid. The model 15-9545 tank cars have 25t axle load bogies.
TU Dresden, the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) and Rock Rail have launched joint project into battery power.
Bulgarian State Railways has ordered ten 25kV AC Smartron locomotives from Siemens Mobility, for delivery between February and May 2021.
Passenger services in Switzerland can resume fully in June following an easing of restrictions put in place because of coronavirus.
EUROFIMA, a rolling stock financing company with a non-profit mission, has agreed a 200m euro loan with FS Italiane for TRAXX locomotives.
Private railway undertakings in Germany want to seek assistance from the European Commission following a DB-only bailout package approval.
HS2 has received delivery of the first steel girders for the first bridges to be built on the project at the Birmingham Interchange site.
Alstom has won an innovation prize from the German government for its project to test Automatic Train Operation on regional passenger trains.
Siemens Mobility has won a contract with Stockholm Extended Metro Administration to provide electrification services for the expansion works.
There is anger at the coronavirus agreement signed by Deutsche Bahn and the federal government that excludes non-state railways.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has chosen Alstom Signalling LLC to upgrade its SCADA system, which was installed in 1996.
Bombardier has signed two contracts for the delivery of 28 BiLevel rail cars in a procurement overseen by Sound Transit, Seattle.
The ETCS system fitted on a Class 387 EMU has undergone another successful suite of testing by Porterbrook, Bombardier, GWR, DB Cargo & PCMS.
Deutsche Bahn has reached a coronavirus agreement with the German government, union, works council and employers' association.
Private transport operator Transdev has won a number of contracts for bus and rail services in Sweden amounting to 1.2 billion euros.
Network Rail has unveiled plans for the remaining section of new sea wall at Dawlish, with works on the first section ongoing.
Skoda Transtech has delivered the first of 19 trams to the Finnish city of Tampere under a contract it won in 2017.
From June Deutsche Bahn will run train services into all neighbouring countries again, following a gradual resumption in May.
Metronet of Western Australia has awarded 2 works contracts. The first is for Bayswater Station, the second a level crossing removal.
HS2 has adopted the CESAR ECV, an emissions identification scheme, to help keep emissions across its sites as low as possible.
2020 has its challenges to the rail sector with the coronavirus pandemic but there has been good news too: HS2 has its notice to proceed.
Stadler Group CEO Dr Thomas Ahlburg parts ways with the company with immediate effect. Peter Spuhler takes over as interim Group CEO.
The DfT has extended the independent construction commissioner's brief to include HS2 Phase 2a. The role is held by Sir Mark Worthington.
The Ceneri Base Tunnel opening ceremony is to go ahead as planned in September though on a smaller scale due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rail freight operator Lineas has turned one of its locomotives white to say thank you to all the key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Indian Railways has put its first Alstom Prima T8 electric locomotive into commercial service, after a contract for 800 units signed in 2015.
Old Oak Common, one of the new stations being built for HS2, has received planning approval. The JV building it will begin in June 2020.
Bombardier has delivered its 200th Flexity tram to Berlin and will delivery another 31. Berlin has the world's third-largest tram network.
UNIFE takes a look at the impact of the coronavirus on the rail industry in Europe, both passenger and freight.
The Occitanie region in France has received Alstom's 300th Coradia Polyvalent type Régiolis under a 2009 contract with SNCF.
Anna Höjer will take over as CEO of Transdev Sweden in September 2020. She is currently working for Bombardier Transportation.
An interview with Dirk Flege from rail advocacy group Allianz pro Schiene about Germany's coronavirus measures for the rail sector and more.
Kilsby Tunnel on the West Coast Main Line has undergone major repair works during the coronavirus slowdown to fix track flooding issues.
HS2 has formally launched search for signalling contractors. It will shortlist candidates in 2021 and issue contracts in 2022.
Transport for London (TfL) has received coronavirus bailout – a mixture of grants and loans from the government worth 1.6 billion GBP.
RB Estonia has launched its call for tenders for the design of the Muuga multimodal freight terminal and associated infrastructure.
Schleswig-Holstein transport manager NAH.SH has started looking for operators to run services with the new Stadler Akku trains from 2022.
Bombardier Transportation's Flexity trams for Dusseldorf have received authorisation. In total Bombardier is delivering 59 high-floor units.
HS2 says it will pay its suppliers as soon as possible rather than within the contract terms and has asked Tier 1 contractors to do the same.
The Network of European Railways (NEE) expressed alarm over a potential pause to the HGV toll in Germany until 2023.
The Izmir metro westward expansion has received 25m euros in additional funding from Société Générale, adding to the 80m from EBRD from 2018.
Alstom has given an update on its plans to acquire Bombardier Transportation in its 2019/20 full year results.
Talgo publishes its financial outlook and results for the first quarter of 2020 with a solid order book despite delays due to coronavirus.
Three joint ventures are on the short list to design and build phase 2 of the light rail Valley Line in Edmondon, Canada – Valley Line West.
After a 6-week stop to passenger rail services between Germany and France, the first ICE train travelled from Frankfurt to Paris on 11 May.
The tender process for the Rail Baltica Riga International Airport station has entered its second phase with 11 companies in the running.
Monica Barbosa, Xrail Group, writes about the importance of SMEs in delivering large-scale rail infrastructure projects such as HS2.
Croatian Railways and Končar signed a contract for the delivery of 12 electric multiple units for regional and urban-suburban routes.
Siemens Mobility, which first unveiled its Vectron locomotive at InnoTrans 2010, has sold its 1000th unit, to Danish State Railways.
Stadler Rail says it has been the victim of a cyber-attack when it found its IT networks had become infected with malware.
Siemens Mobility has chosen Selby College as its partner to train the new apprentices who will work at the Goole site from 2023.
Bombardier Transportation will supply 210 commuter and intracity train cars (40 trains) for the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System.
Newag S.A. has delivered the first of four Dragon 2 electric locomotives ordered in May 2019 to Laude Smart Intermodal.
UWC has delivered tank cars for transporting technical-grade sulphuric acid to Siberian rail operator Transport Logistics Systems.
Alstom has signed a services partnership for the CBTC signalling and train control solution Urbalis on Singapore's Circle Line.
Deutsche Bahn reduced its timetable significantly during the coronavirus pandemic. DB Regio services are now back up to 90 percent.
Curzon Street is the first of the HS2 stations to receive planning permission. It will form the Birmingham terminus of the high-speed line.
VR subsidiary VR FleetCare has won a 10-year contract to service and maintain Helsinki's 81 Sm5 FLIRT EMUs as part of a competitive tender.
CAF has won a maintenance contract extension for the Translink NIR Class 3000 fleet of DMUs in service in Northern Ireland.
HS2 has officially launched its search for track systems suppliers for Phase 1 and 2a. There are 4 lots. Contracts will be awarded in 2022.
The first test at 275km/h has taken place in the Ceneri Base Tunnel with the ICE-S from Germany. The tunnel will go to SBB on 1 September.
The 27km Semmering Base Tunnel in Austria, which will connect Gloggnitz and Mürzzuschlag for freight and passenger rail has been dug halfway.
HS2 Interchange station near Solihull in the West Midlands is the first in the world to achieve the 'outstanding' classification by BREEAM.
Bombardier has signed a six-year integrated logistics services contract with Trenitalia for its ETR500 Frecciarossa fleet.
The Blue Line extension of the Bangkok Metro has started full revenue services. It is now 48km long with 38 stations out to Lok Song.
Knorr-Bremse has won a contract with Siemens Mobility to supply brake, entrance and HVAC systems for 13 Sapsan high-speed trains for Russia.
Stadler has won a contract to deliver further TANGO trams to Krakow. The delivery will take place in mid-2023.
The RSG is launching a survey to inform its decision-making on how the UK rail supply chain can make a full, fast recovery from coronavirus.
TMH's Ivolga EMUs, which operate in Russia, feature an HVAC system that has air-sanitising equipment to kill microorganisms.
Coronavirus: After suspending non-essential works at its manufacturing sites across Canada on 24 March, Bombardier is resuming operations.
Rail services are to return to normal timetables in Western Australia sooner than planned following the coronavirus pandemic.
DB Cargo creates new department of Marketing and Transport Policy and appoints former marketing chief of BVG, Martell Beck as its new head.
After it was announced that InnoTrans 2020 had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the organisers have published new dates.
Good progress is being made on Melbourne's Metro Tunnel project with all tunnel boring machines now in the ground.
Rail Baltica Online Forum took place with 1000 viewers and the transport ministers of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania as well as Adina Valean.
Alstom's Hesop system has become operational in Hamburg, making Hamburger Hochbahn AG the first adopter of Hesop in Germany.
ROSCO Akiem Group finalised its acquisition of Macquarie European Rail on 23 April, now leasing rolling stock to 65 operators.
UWC will supply leasing company Dessa with specialist 60-foot flat cars for transporting timber that will be used by Sodex.
TBM Sandy broke through at Bayswater so that both of the twin-bored tunnels on the Forrestfield-Airport Link are now complete.
InnoTrans 2020 has been postponed due to a decision by the Berlin Senate to ban all gatherings of more than 5000 people until 24 October.
The Lötschberg Base Tunnel suffered water and sand ingress in March. BLS has cleaned up the damage and the tunnel will reopen on 24 April.
With coronavirus restrictions on public life and businesses in Switzerland being relaxed, rail services will increase again as well.
The advent of split ticketing on online ticket apps reduces prices for passengers but is problematic for train operating companies.
With a loosening of restrictions placed on public life in Germany because of the coronavirus pandemic, more rail services resume operations.
Network Rail's call for more signalling staff to weather the coronavirus pandemic has moved forward with the opening of a training centre.
UWC and EuroChem has signed a contract for tank cars for the transportation of concentrated nitric acid, a hazardous material.
TX Logistik AG, which is wholly owned by Mercitalia Logistics, has doubled the number of freight trains for Coop in Sweden from 10 to 20.
SWM has submitted the planning application for the new Westtangente tram line in Munich that will link five of the city's northern suburbs.
DB has extended its policy to forego track cancellation charges by four weeks with train operators scaling back services during coronavirus.
The MTR East Rail Line extension, which is due to open in 2022, will see the new signalling system and rolling stock phased in this year.
InnoTrans 2020 and coronavirus: options about delaying the event or alternative scenarios will be presented in early May.
An easing of restrictions imposed by the Spanish government in response to coronavirus has allowed manufacturing to resume in the country.
Bombardier Transportation has resumed activities at its UK sites in Derby, Ilford and Crewe as well as at its Beglian site in Bruges.
Bombardier has signed a 10-year operations and maintenance contract with Fraport AG for Frankfurt Airport's INNOVIA APM 100.
Transfesa Logistics has launched a refrigerated train to transport food, medical and hygiene supplies from Spain to the UK.
The rail industry, associations, and unions have responded to the UK government's approval for HS2 Ltd to issue Notice to Proceed.
The first contruction phase on the Naples-Bari high-speed line, between Naples and Cancello, is continuing with safety measures in place.
The UK government has given HS2 Ltd the approval to issue Notice to Proceed to the four main works civils contractors working on the project.
OEBB has seen an increase in demand for its international rail freight services during coronavirus due to border restrictions for lorries.
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