All the important rail news of the past week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 49 for 02–06 December 2019:
The UN Climate Change Conference has been taking place in Madrid under the leadership of Chile. One of the sponsors of the event is Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo. Transport is a key contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and with a 2017 European Commission report finding that 85 percent of offset programmes did not deliver any “real, measurable, and additional” reductions in emissions, a shift to rail is vital to keep warming to below 1.5 degrees. Making rail more environmentally friendly is a further key focus.
Alstom’s Avelia AGV fleet of very high-speed trains began operating for NTV in Italy in April 2012. Now, 7.5 years later, the 25 trains in the fleet have collectively travelled a total of 100m kilometres. Operating in an 11-car configuration, each Avelia AGV is 200m long and can run at speeds of 300km/h. NTV also operates a fleet of 17 Alstom Pendolinos.
Hitachi has been chosen by franchise operator First Trenitalia – Avanti West Coast – to build the new intercity fleet. Avanti West Coast took over the franchise from Virgin on 8 December. The contract with Hitachi is worth more than 350 million GBP and is for 23 new intercity trains. They will enter service in 2022 and consist of 10 seven-car electric trains and 13 five-car bi-mode trains.
Alstom and Bombardier have won the contract to design and manufacture the next generation of metro trains for Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP. The contract for 44 trains is worth 530 million euros. The contract includes options for the clients to purchase an additional 410 metro trains. The 44 trains will consist of 30 five-car trains and 14 four-car trains and will enter into service between 2024 and 2026.
Ferrovienord has awarded Alstom a contract for 31 regional trains for Lombardy. This contract is part of a framework agreement for a maximum of 61 trains that the two parties signed on the same occasion. Alstom will deliver the electric trains, from its Coradia Stream range, from 2022 onwards. The initial order is worth 194 million euros.
In September 2019 McKinsey published a report entitled ‘Australia’s Infrastructure Innovation Imperative’. Two of its authors, Ishaan Nangia and Steve Joseph, talk to Railway-News about their findings, with a specific focus on investment in the country’s railways, saying: “Rail accounts for a large proportion of total major project spend. In some states it’s well over 50%. Recent rail projects tend to drive attraction of market entrants and global expertise, development of the financing models and risk allocation, and evolution of new project techniques and innovations.”
Stephanie Salter, the Director of the Transport Digital Accelerator in New South Wales explains how the accelerator came into existence and how it aims to help shape the ‘Future Transport Technology’ roadmap. Located inside the Sydney Startup Hub, the Accelerator has already completed a number of trials and proofs of concept with its partners, such as a trial with Cisco.
Australia’s largest railway event, AusRAIL, took place in Sydney last week (3–5 December). The UK’s Railway Industry Association (RIA) had a pavilion at the show, following RIA and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) – the event organiser – announcing a partnership earlier this year as part of a UK rail trade delegation visit. RIA says Australia is a priority market for its members.
The first Alstom Citadis tram for the T9 tram line for Île-de-France was inaugurated in Orly on 3 December. In total Alstom will supply 22 Citadis X05 trams, which will enter into service in December 2020 when the tram line opens. Alstom began delivering on the order in November 2019. The new tram line will be 10.3km long and feature 19 stations.
Siemens Mobility and Bozankaya were to deliver 22 metro trains for the Green Line of Bangkok’s Skytrain system. All 22 of these metro trains are now carrying passengers on the line. As part of the contract, Siemens Mobility will maintain this rolling stock for a period of 16 years. Further extensions to the Green Line are already under construction and in planning.
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