All the important rail news of the past week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 46 for 25–30 November 2019:
Wendy McMillan, President of Bombardier for Southeast Asia and Australia Region in conversation with Railway-News about Australia’s rail infrastructure investment boom and its activities in the Australian rail market. Bombardier is a gold sponsor of AusRAIL, the biggest rail show in the southern hemisphere which begins in Sydney tomorrow.
The Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development tells Railway-News about the opportunities and challenges facing the country’s freight and passenger rail industries. For example, Australia must attract and retain skilled workers in a competitive market in order to maximise the benefits of the unprecedented investment going into the rail sector.
UK train operating company Hull Trains has received its first Hitachi bi-mode intercity train, branded ‘Paragon’, after the Hull Paragon Interchange. These new Class 802 trains, of which Hull Trains has ordered five in total, will operate between Hull and London King’s Cross with 92 services every week. The Paragon is a diesel-electric train with around two thirds of the route currently electrified.
METRONET in Perth, Australia, has commenced the early works for the Joondalup Railway Line extension, which will connect the city to the northern suburbs, terminating in Yanchep. The total length of the extension will be 14.5km. The main construction works will begin in early 2020. Passenger services should then commence in 2022 after major construction works are completed in 2021.
Read more | Joondalup Extension Works to Yanchep Commence
Sydney is hosting AusRAIL PLUS 2019, which takes place 3–5 December. We’ve taken the opportunity to look at some of the biggest rail infrastructure projects for the capital of New South Wales, including the Parramatta Light Rail project and the expansion of the Sydney Metro network. These two projects are to open to passenger service in 2023 and 2024 respectively.
Read more | The Infrastructure Progress Report · Sydney
Melbourne in the state of Victoria is Australia’s fastest-growing city. We’ve taken a look at three of its most exciting rail infrastructure projects. They are: the Melbourne Metro Tunnel, scheduled to open in 2025, the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, projected to open in 2031, and the Suburban Rail Loop, projected to open in 2050. The Metro Tunnel will cost 11 billion AUD and will include five new underground stations.
Read more | The Infrastructure Progress Report · Melbourne
Stadler has signed a contract with Azerbaijan Railways to supply ten FLIRT multiple units. This is not the first time Stadler has done business with Azerbaijan Railways. It has previously supplied sleeper cars and double-decker KISS trains. However, this is the first time Stadler will be delivering FLIRT trains to the country. The contract is worth 115 million euros.
Read more | Stadler Sells First FLIRT to Azerbaijan
Alstom has won a contract for the renewal and automation of the Marseille metro. As part of the 430m euro contract, Alstom will provide 38 new four-car rubber-tyre metro trains, which are scheduled to enter service in early 2024. The new trains will initially operate semi-automatically, with drivers on board, but will eventually switch to fully automatic operation.
Read more | Alstom Wins Marseille Metro Contract
In March 2020 Désirée Baer will become the CEO of SBB Cargo AG. She was previously a member of the management board of SBB Infrastruktur for a period of seven years. In addition, she has been the CEO of Securitrans Public Transport Security AG since 2017. SBB Cargo AG has around 2,300 employees and transports roughly 29.8m net tons of cargo per year.
Read more | Désirée Baer to Take Over as CEO of SBB Cargo
The governments of Australia and Queensland have signed a bilateral agreement to deliver Inland Rail, the 1,700km freight rail project that will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via New South Wales. The Inland Rail line should be fully operational by 2025, with 30 percent of the tracks for the line being new. It will then take less than 24 hours for freight to be moved between the two cities.
Rail Baltica, the high-speed standard-gauge railway line connecting the Baltics to Finland and Poland, has begun construction in Estonia. On 28 November the cornerstone of the Saustinõmme Viaduct was laid in the presence of Estonia’s prime minister and the Director General for Transport at the European Commission.
Read more | Construction on Rail Baltica Begins in Estonia
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