Welcome to our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 6 2020, covering all the important rail news of the past week:
Network Rail has awarded signalling contracts covering different regions of the UK to Alstom, Siemens Mobility, and Hitachi in partnership with Limbrooke Services Ltd. These contracts will run for the duration of CP6 (until 2024) and include an option to extend for two years. Alstom will deal with the Southern and Eastern regions, Siemens with Scotland and the North West & Central region, Hitachi and Limbrooke with Wales & Western region.
Read more | Network Rail Awards CP6 Signalling Contracts
Deutsche Bahn and Ukrainian Railways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining a plan for strategic collaboration. The MoU will run for a period of 3 years. The goal of this partnership is to transform Ukrainian Railways. The company has around 250,000 thousand employees and a track network of 27,000km. A first co-operative phase will last three months, after which the parties will negotiate a contract to assess the operations of UZ and come up with a roadmap for improvement.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as part of its Green Cities programme, is issuing two loans to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first loan is for 20 million euros to overhaul the tramline in Sarajevo, which is ageing. As a result, the city’s residents are resorting to car travel, causing significant congestion and pollution. A second loan of 15 million euros will go towards the purchase of up to 25 new trolleybuses.
Read more | Sarajevo Gets €20m Loan to Overhaul Tramline
Alstom has won a contract with VMS in Germany to manufacture, deliver and maintain 11 Coradia battery-electric trains. These will allow the rail operator to run services on non-electrified lines without having to resort to diesel power. The contract is worth in the region of 100 million euros with the maintenance provision lasting until 2032. Built in Salzgitter, Germany, the new trains will start carrying passengers in 2023.
Last July Deutsche Bahn announced it was purchasing 17 Stadler KISS double-decker trains from Austria’s Westbahn and put them into service as IC2 trains starting in March this year. The first nine electric multiple units will operate on the Rostock-Berlin-Dresden line from 8 March. Deutsche Bahn presented the first of these trains, now in full IC colours, to the public at Berlin Central Station.
Read more | Stadler KISS Trains to Operate DB IC2 Services
Phase 2 of the East West Rail project has received the green light from the UK government. The full project will connect Oxford with Cambridge via Bedford, Milton Keynes and Bicester. Phase 1, which is already completed, connects Oxford with Bicester. Phase 2 then will connect Bicester with Bedford. It will also extend from Milton Keynes to Aylesbury. The proposal for phase 3 is currently under development.
Read more | UK’s East West Rail Phase 2 Gets Green Light
As of 30 April Eurostar will start running direct services from Amsterdam to London. Eurostar already runs direct services from London to Amsterdam because London St. Pancras has the necessary security infrastructure to perform passport checks. However, up until now Amsterdam has not had these facilities and passengers have therefore had to disembark in Brussels, which does have the relevant infrastructure. Starting in May there will also be direct Eurostar services from Rotterdam to London.
Read more | New Direct Amsterdam-London Eurostar from April
Following serious operational problems with the IC2 TWINDEXX trains Bombardier has already delivered to Deutsche Bahn, the German state rail operator has halted the delivery of the remaining 25 IC2 trains – from a total order of 42 trains – until the issues are resolved. The problems with the trains have been so severe that the IC2 trains have regularly been cancelled and even the operational ones have required two drivers on board.
Read more | Deutsche Bahn Halts Acceptance of IC2 Trains
Hitachi Rail commissioned the first phase of Taipei Metro’s new circular line. The project is the first system turnkey project Hitachi has delivered in Taiwan. Hitachi Rail developed the driverless system for the 15.4km line. It uses GoA 4 for its CBTC. Hitachi Rail Italy delivered 17 four-car trains to operate on the Circular Line. Each train has a capacity of 650 passengers and a maximum speed of 80km/h.
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