All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 33 for 12–16 August 2019:
Russia’s busiest airport, Sheremetyevo International Airport, is to get a new railway line. The airport is located 30km from Moscow. The new railway line will extend to the Northern Terminal Complex (NTC), which comprises Terminals B and C. This new line is part of a project to increase the accessibility of the airport in order to reduce the number of cars on the road. Sheremetyevo International Airport has been undergoing extensive modernisation works. Russian Railways proposes to build the railway line in two phases.
Read more | Russia’s Busiest Airport to Get New Railway Line
Staff who will be working at Old Oak Common station are receiving augmented reality (AR) training from HS2. The training will allow the future staff a look into the station’s workings even though it is not yet built and therefore prepare themselves for the station operations once mass amount of passengers are coming through. Old Oak Common station will be one of the busiest train stations in the country. The AR technology was developed by HS2 in collaboration with SME Pauley, the National College for High Speed Rail and Inventya.
Read more | HS2 to Trial Augmented Reality Training
The Deutsch Bahn company, DB Digital Ventures, is responsible for funding new data-based business models. DB Digital Ventures is now collaborating with Teralytics. The Swiss company specialises in the use of mobility analysis using big data. DB will be able to analyse the wants and needs of passengers through data obtained from mobile phones. DB will then be able to develop their services based on passenger behaviour. The data supplied is only available in an aggregate format and cannot be traced back to any one individual meaning it is fully GDPR-compliant.
Read more | DB to Analyse Passenger Behaviour Using Big Data
On 10 August the French public transport operator Keolis launched a new section of the Songjiang light rail network. This tram network in the suburban Songjiang district of Shanghai consists of two lines and measures 27km, with 40 stations. The tram network is expected to carry around 170,000 passengers per day which will hopefully reduce the number of cars on the road. The first 13.9km of the network opened in December 2018. The trams operating on the Songjiang light rail network are Alstom Citadel trams.
The first British Class 142 Pacer train has been taken out of service by UK rail franchise operator Northern. An additional six Pacer trains will be taken out of service imminently and stored in Northern’s depots. These six trains will be maintained within the depots in case Northern needs to deploy them under special circumstances. Northern’s fleet of 101 Pacer trains will be removed from service by the end of the year and replaced by new trains, 15 of which are already in service. The remaining 91 trains will enter service for Northern in 2019 and 2020.
Read more | Northern Takes First Pacer Train Out of Service
FirstGroup and Trenitalia will work together to operate the West Coast Partnership franchise from December 2019 to 2031. The two companies will come together and share their different areas of expertise. FirstGroup offers extensive knowledge on the British Rail industry whereas Trenitalia is incredibly knowledgeable about high-speed trains. The West Coast Partnership will replace the InterCity West Coast franchise formerly operated by Virgin Trains. It serves the West Coast Main Line in the UK.
HS2’s ‘sugar cube’ structure at Euston has received approval by the London Borough of Camden. The four-storey structure will feature a contemporary and functional design inspired by the historic London Underground. The exterior will be covered in a pattern of 13,000 perforated white tiles in order to allow airflow as well as reflect light on to the surrounding streets. The structure will house a substation and electrical equipment as well as a ventilation shaft for the London Underground.
Read more | HS2’s ‘Sugar Cube’ Design Given the Go-Ahead
Northern is making a 500 million GBP investment in 101 new trains, 15 of which are already operating within the City of Liverpool and much of the North West. These diesel multiple units are being manufactured by CAF. In total CAF will be manufacturing 58 195 diesel trains and 43 Class 331 electric trains for Northern. The first new trains entered service on Monday, 12 August 2019 and are operating between Liverpool and Manchester Airport. A further 20 are due to begin operations in September.
The first new train for Boston’s Orange Line entered service at Wellington Station on 14 August 2019. The six-car train was manufactured by Chinese company CRRC. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) commissioned 152 new cars from CRRC in order to replace their existing Orange Line fleet, which consists of 120 cars. Once all the new cars enter service, the MBTA Orange Line will be able to transport an additional 30,000 riders every day. The ceremony for the new train was attended by Stephanie Pollack, MassDOT Secretary and CEO, Steve Poftak, MBTA General Manager, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
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