All the important rail news of the past week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 49 for 09–13 December 2019:
The Public Transport Authority of Western Australia has placed the biggest railcar order in the history of the Australian state, ordering 246 cars (43 trains) from Alstom for a value of 800 million euros. An important part of this contract is that at least fifty percent of the railcars will be built in Western Australia. To this end Alstom is building a manufacturing and assembly plant in Bellevue, which will also maintain the railcars for 30 years.
On 10 December Qatar’s capital, Doha, saw the opening of its green line and the second section of its red line, completing the city’s metro network which has already seen the running of the first section of the red line and the gold line. The total length of the network is 76km, with 37 stations. In 2020 Doha will also get the Lusail tram network to complement the city’s public transport offering.
Read more | Doha Metro Network Now Complete
One of the new EC President’s flagship projects is the European Green Deal. On 11 December Ursula von der Leyen gave a powerful speech highlighting the importance of acting now, while emphasising that this project will only work for Europe if no one is left behind. The goal behind the European Green Deal is for Europe to be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
Read more | Rail Sector Welcomes Europe’s Green Deal
Bombardier’s Vado Ligure site in Italy held an open day to celebrate Family Day during which it displayed the 2000th locomotive manufactured at the site. It took the site 86 years to manufacture its first 1000 locomotives, reaching that milestone in 1994. In just 25 years the site has manufactured its second 1000 locomotives, resulting in an average annual production of 40 locomotives.
Rail Baltica has published the first visualisations for various infrastructure elements that will be present along the new high-speed line. The elements include things such as noise barriers, pedestrian overpasses and tunnels and regional stations. The company tasked with producing the visualisations was 3TI Progetti.
Read more | Rail Baltica Reveals First Visualisations
The Spanish railway infrastructure manager Adif and Adif high speed have said that they intend to reduce their carbon footprint by up to 86% by 2030, based on 2016 levels, taking into account their goal of purchasing green electricity. In addition it is seeking to improve the climate resilience of its infrastructure.
Two of Bombardier’s joint ventures in China have formed a consortium, which has won the contract to upgrade the automated people mover system at Terminal 3 in Beijing. As part of the contract the consortium will upgrade the existing 18 INNOVIA APM 100 cars and supply an additional nine INNOVIA APM 300 cars. The consortium will also provide Bombardier’s MITRAC train control and management system and propulsion equipment, and upgrade the signalling system from CITYFLO 550 to CITYFLO 650.
Bombardier Transportation has revealed a new 6,500 square metre test centre at its site in Bautzen, Saxony. it can accommodate three different vehicle types of up to 120m in length simultaneously. Overall, this test centre is equipped such that it enables a car capacity increase of 600 annually. Saxony’s Minister President Michael Kretschmer was present at the unveiling.
Read more | Bombardier Reveals New Test Centre in Germany
The Angers Loire Metropole in France has ordered an additional 20 Citadis trams from Alstom. The metropole already operates 17 Alstom Citadis trams, so this order would bring the total up to 37. The contract is worth almost 55 million euros. The trams will then gradually enter service from 2022 onwards.
Read more | Angers Loire Metropole Orders 20 Citadis Trams
Transport is one of the major contributors to the planet’s carbon emissions and in order to keep warming below the necessary 1.5 degrees, much needs to happen in this sector to reduce its footprint. Rail, especially when electrified from renewable sources, is a clean way to move goods. A modal shift to rail away from road and air is therefore a vital component of the solution – as long as this isn’t taken as licence to increase the overall volume resulting in no net improvement. Transfesa Logistics has now taken the UN sustainable development goal no. 13 Action for Climate and put it on one its locomotives to highlight the message that it is now #timetoact.
After having recently revealed a life-size mock-up of the new metro earlier this year, Alstom has now begun manufacturing the units for Mumbai’s Line 3. According to the contract Alstom will manufacture a total of 31 trainsets – 248 cars – and will begin delivery in November 2020. The contract is worth 452 million euros. In addition to providing the rolling stock Alstom will also supply signalling technology, its Urbalis 400 solution.
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