Industry Insider Week 24 – 7 Must-Read Rail Stories
All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 24 for 10–14 June 2019:
ERA Set to Become the THE Railway Authority in Europe
Following the adoption of the 4th Railway Package – a set of changes to rail transport regulation in the European Union – the ERA has gained new authority starting 16 June 2019, following a three-year transposition period for Member States. The ERA will play an important part in ensuring European railway legislation is implemented by authorising trains that operate across European borders, issuing safety certificates and making sure any trackside ERTMS implemented is interoperable.
Science and Technology
Bombardier Presents Light Rail Vehicle Safety System
At the UITP 2019 summit, Bombardier Transportation presented its COMPAS (Collision and Overspeed Monitoring and Prevention Assistance System) light rail vehicle safety system. Bombardier developed the technology alongside its research partners, the Austrian Institute of Technology and Mission Embedded. The system helps prevents tram derailing and other issues, increasing safety for tram drivers, passengers and street users. The system is expected to achieve commercial service authorisation by mid-2020.
Bombardier Launches Updated MITRAC Solutions
Bombardier unveiled an updated version of its MITRAC solution at UITP in Stockholm. The latest MITRAC solution will reduce life-cycle costs as well as being more environmentally friendly through better overall energy efficiency. The MITRAC technologies have already been tested in real-life operations. The MITRAC Pulse, for example, was tested on a TALENT 3 battery train and the MITRAC Power 1500 was fitted on a MOVIA C20 metro train.
Read more | Bombardier Launches Updated MITRAC Solutions
Alstom to Supply 18 Coradia Lint DMUs to Baden-Württemberg
Alstom have received an order from the German train operator SFBW for 18 Coradia Lint trains. The contract is worth 80 million euros (90.7 million USD). The regional trains will be manufactured at the Salzgitter site in Lower Saxony and will enter service on the Zollernalbbahn network. Alstom will deliver the vehicles within the second half of 2020. Following the delivery of these trains SFBW will have a total fleet of 33 Coradia Lint vehicles in operation in Baden-Württemberg.
16 New Stadler FLIRT Trains for NordWestBahn
Transdev GmbH, a German subsidiary of the French Transdev Group, has commissioned Stadler to develop, build and deliver 16 FLIRT trains. The contract is worth around 100 million euros (113 million USD). The electric multiple units are expected to be delivered by December 2020 and will enter service on the Regio S-Bahn Bremen/Lower Saxony network. The Transdev subsidiary NordWestBahn GmbH won the contract to operate the franchise in April this year and therefore will operate the EMUs.
Read more | 16 New Stadler FLIRT Trains for NordWestBahn
UK: New Greater Anglia BMUs Receive ORR Approval
The 24 four-car bi-mode FLIRT trains Stadler has been manufacturing for Greater Anglia have now been approved by the Office of Rail and Road, the regulatory authority for rail in Britain. The FLIRT trains will now go through the rest of the testing and commissioning process. The remaining 34 multiple unit trainsets from the contract with Greater Anglia are expected to receive type approval in late summer 2019.
Read more | UK: New Greater Anglia BMUs Receive ORR Approval
The Belt & Road Initiative: 7 Considerations for CEE & Europe
The Poland & CEE: Co-Building the Belt & Road conference took place in Warsaw this week. The key focus of the event was the Chinese-led Belt & Road Initiative (formerly One Belt One Road) from a Central and Eastern European standpoint. Many pressing questions were explored such as how the CEE region can benefit. What are the obstacles? What are the concerns and opportunities? During the two-day event a variety of high-level speakers from both industry and the political sphere addressed the participants in presentations and panel discussions.