All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 17 for 22–26 April 2019:
Stadler has won a contract to deliver seven four-car multiple units for Ottawa. This contract is part of the second phase of the O-Train Trillium Line expansion, which will see the route grow by 16km. The contract is worth around 106 million Canadian dollars (70.5 million euros / 79 million USD). Stadler will begin delivering the vehicles as of mid-2021.
Deutsche Bahn has published a progress report outlining how the company is performing with regards to reducing and alleviating noise. In 2018 alone, DB has invested around 100 million euros (112.5 million USD) into noise-reducing measures along existing lines with upgrades such as noise barriers and acoustic glazing. It is also investing heavily in ‘whisper brakes’.
Stadler successfully completed the contract it signed with Hungarian railway operator GySEV in September 2016. GySEV ordered ten FLIRT electric multiple units doubling its existing fleet. The 10 new FLIRT trains are four-car units with 208 seats. Compared to their earlier counterparts, these FLIRT trains are 2.8m longer, making them 77.1m in total.
The German Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure is launching a new rail freight noise monitoring programme. The 19 new measuring stations will capture more than 70% of all freight trains in Germany. In addition to installing noise monitoring devices, the German government is making 152 million euros available until 2020 for the fitting of quiet brakes.
Read more | Germany Launches Rail Freight Noise Monitoring
Siemens Mobility has submitted its outline planning application for the rail manufacturing facility in Goole, East Yorkshire. Siemens Mobility wants to invest 200 million GBP (230 million euros / 259 million USD) to create the facility and wishes to develop a site 104 acres in size. The plans involve 80,000 square metres of buildings as well as a four-storey 5,000 square metre office building.
Crossrail Ltd have outlined revised plans for completing the new railway line in London. The central section of the Elizabeth Line was initially due to open in December 2018 but is now estimated to open late 2020. To achieve this, Crossrail Ltd has had to identify and re-sequence in excess of 100,000 interdependent tasks.
Read more | Crossrail Ltd: Our Plan to Get Back on Track
Railtex 2019 is less than a month away and will take place at Birmingham’s NEC. Railtex will welcome more than 420 exhibitors from 22 countries over the space of three days between 14–16 May. The event will showcase the best in railway manufacturing, engineering and technology, with key sectors including rolling stock, infrastructure, digital technology and more.
The UITP Global Public Transport Summit has been announced to take place 9-12th June 2019 in Stockholm. Christoph Niemann will be the keynote speaker at the 3 day event filled with expert-led sessions, exhibition visiting, networking and more. Register by 28 April and receive 25% off the final registration rate
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