All the important rail news of the past week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 43 for 21–25 October 2019:
BLS Cargo has announced it is buying 25 Siemens Vectron multi-system locomotives to operate in Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. The company, which was established in 2001, already owns 15 locomotives of this type.
Network Rail in the UK has partnered with Darf Design, the creator of the ARki app, to allow users to view three new footbridge designs. Available for iOS devices, users will be able to see three designs: ‘The Beacon’, ‘The Ribbon’, and ‘The Frame’. The latter won a Royal Institute of British Architects design award in 2018.
It was in 1994 that Frankfurt Airport got its first Bombardier Innovia APM 100 system. Known as SkyLine, it connects Terminals 1 and 2. Frankfurt Airport was Bombardier’s first customer in Germany to buy the automated people mover. With a reliability of 99.83 percent, the system now carries in the region of 12 million passengers annually.
Rolling stock manufacturer Talgo has announced the establishment of Talgo UK, with Jon Veitch as managing director at its helm. It aims to reinvigorate research and development in the United Kingdom and pursue an ‘all Britain’ approach, where it sources all components from within the country, rather than just performing assembly works in the UK. One of Talgo’s flagship bids in the UK is for the HS2 rolling stock.
France’s Grand Est region has ordered 39 Alstom Coradia Polyvalent trains. Of these 30 are designated for cross-border operations into Germany and nine will add to TER Grand Est’s existing fleet for domestic services.
Crossrail has published its latest completion plan that envisages the new Elizabeth Line in central London entering service between October 2020 and March 2021. As part of this plan, Crossrail is tracking 120 key milestones as part of an in-depth delivery schedule. Of the 30 handovers that have to take place, two have already been completed.
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have awarded the contract to design, build, maintain, operate and finance the Hurontario LRT. The winning bid came from the Mobilinx Hurontario General Partnership consortium. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2024.
Read more | Ontario: Hurontario LRT Contract Awarded
Avignon’s first tram line opened to the public on 19 October with Alstom Citadis X05 ‘compact’ trams. The tramway is 5.2km long and has ten stations. A second line is scheduled to open in 2023.
Network Rail and Arup have published a report entitled Tomorrow’s Living Station to investigate how Britain’s stations might evolve. Rather than stations being mere entry points to the country’s rail network, the report suggests they could become the hub for our mobility experience.
Having exhibited at this year’s IREE 2019 – Indian Railway Equipment Exhibition – Wabtec, which took over GE Transportation earlier this year, is celebrating a couple of milestones for its operations in India. Its Marhowra factory has been in production for one year now and the company is on track to roll out its 100th India-made locomotive.
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