The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is set to begin construction on four new Red Line stations at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr.
Alstom has presented the first of 106 six-car high-capacity trains for the East-West and North-South lines of Singapore’s MRT system.
The city of Uppsala has selected Systra to provide project management services for the construction of its first tramway.
Siemens Mobility has been awarded a contract extension for the maintenance of 51 Class 185 trains operating in the north of England.
Aurizon has contracted Progress Rail to build a zero-emissions capable battery-powered freight locomotive in Australia.
Taking place in Derby, UK on 6 July 2023, the Rolling Stock Networking event is back bigger and better than ever.
Rolling stock manufacturer, CRRC has officially launched its new intercity smart train, CINOVA2.0 at an event in Qingdao, China.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced the preferred route alignment from Bedford to Cambridge for the new East West Rail line.
Tunnel-boring machine (TBM), Phyllis has broken through to the Broadway-City Hall Station on the Broadway Subway Project in Vancouver.
Minnesota legislature has approved 195 million USD in funding for the Northern Light Express (NLX) passenger rail project.
International fleet maintenance and depot managers will come together at Rolling Stock Maintenance & Depot Innovation Europe, 27–29 June.
The Pärnu City government has issued a construction permit for Rail Baltica to build the Pärnu international passenger terminal in Estonia.
The first of Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) Class 387 Great Northern Electrostar trains has completed static testing retrofitted with ETCS.
Alstom NUG Propulsion System Co. has successfully applied its silicon carbide and permanent magnet motor propulsion system on a demo train.
The first Talgo Avril very high-speed trains will be ready to enter commercial service on Renfe's network from November 2023.
Alstom, Gulermak and Arcada have been contracted by Cluj-Napoca in Transylvania, Romania to construct the city's metro line 1.
The UK government has announced a 72 million GBP package to help deliver more reliable trains in Manchester.
Washington Metro has presented the latest design concepts for its future fleet of trains that will be produced by Hitachi Rail.
Dawlish Sea Wall is set to open to the public at 2pm on 25 May following an 80 million GBP investment to help protect the key railway line.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has appointed DB ESG to deliver the tram safety improvement programme for its Metrolink service.
LA Metro has announced that the Regional Connector light rail transit project will officially open to the public on 16 June.
The Cross River Rail project has reached new milestones in testing ETCS Level 2 signalling on the Shorncliffe Line in South East Queensland.
HS2 workers have completed the first base slab concrete pour at the western end of Old Oak Common station, advancing progress on the key infrastructure project....
Network Rail has announced the next step in its plans to deliver digital signalling across the first section of the East Coast Main Line.
Network Rail has published its 44 billion GBP five-year plan to improve the railway in England and Wales throughout Control Period 7 (CP7).
Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway (MTR) has contracted Wabtec to modernise 25 Mk3 battery-electric locomotives.
The penultimate train has arrived in Hawaii prior to the Honolulu Rail System commencing passenger service on 30 June this year.
The London boroughs have collaborated on a list of infrastructure projects that should be prioritised, including the Bakerloo line extension.
Hitachi Toshiba Supreme Consortium has been awarded a contract to supply 12 high-speed trains for the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation.
LNER, Agility Trains and Hitachi Rail have signed an agreement to define how they will effectively collaborate over the next three decades.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced a 2 billion EUR investment in 73 new ICE trains from Talgo and Siemens Mobility.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has selected three prequalified teams to submit proposals for its Red Line Extension (RLE) project.
Stadler has laid the foundation stone for its new maintenance plant for battery trains in Rendsburg, Germany.
A consortium of Webuild, Ghella and Impresa Pizzarotti has been awarded two RFI contracts to construct high-speed rail lines in Italy.
ORR has written to Network Rail to express concerns about its backlog in examining the condition of railway structures.
Alstom and Danish State Railways (DSB) have unveiled a full-size model of the new IC5 Coradia Stream train to the Danish public.
Brightline has become the first passenger rail service to offer Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband service on its trains.
Siemens Mobility has completed a re-signalling project in Gauteng, South Africa to improve the reliability and safety of PRASA services.
LNER is introducing simpler and more flexible fares across its network as part of its mission to transform the UK's ticketing system.
FS Italiane Group has ordered 40 Siemens Mobility Vectron locomotives for TX Logistik AG to operate on the Rhine-Alpine Corridor.
Transport Secretary: Transpennine Express won't have its contract renewed. Instead, it will be brought into Operator of Last Resort.
The FRA has announced the availability of 5.8 million USD in funding for the Interstate Rail Compacts (IRC) Program.
Amtrak has announced plans to renovate its maintenance facilities in Seattle, Boston, New York City and Washington, DC.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will supply Singapore’s LTA with an additional 8 two-car trains for the Sengkang-Punggol LRT network.
Northern has upgraded its depot in Barrow-in-Furness to enable longer trains to operate between Cumbria and Manchester.
The city of Belgrade has contracted DB Engineering & Consulting to project manage the construction of its first metro.
The FTA has awarded 703 million USD in funding to six projects in six states to replace aging passenger railcars.
Professor Mariana Mazzucato will take to the stage for the UITP Global Public Transport Summit as 2023 keynote speaker.
Metro trains have commenced testing under Sydney Harbour as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.
The New Zealand government has approved funding for 18 new tri-mode trains for the Lower North Island Rail line.
Shahar Hania, CEO and Founder of Rail Vision, says it is time for trains to be fitted with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
As construction continues on the Riga Central Railway Station, Rail Baltica has presented its vision for the future station building.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has unveiled a Rail Inspection Vehicle (RIV) manufactured by MERMEC to identify issues along the track.
Adif has contracted Alstom to develop a new European Traffic Management System (ERTMS) for low-density lines.
Early construction activities are now underway on Amtrak's B&P Tunnel Replacement Program, which commenced in March 2023.
Siemens Mobility has presented the final designs of the Mireo Plus H and Plus B trains for Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB).
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have released a RFQ for the Advance Tunnel Contract package for the Yonge North Subway Extension.
Škoda Group has been awarded a contract to modernise six Nightjet couchette coaches for ÖBB in Austria by 2024.
Under a new group order, Alstom will supply the metropolitan areas of Toulouse, Brest and Besançon in France with a total of 22 Citadis trams
The 2023 edition of Rolling Stock Networking will be the place to network, make new industry contacts and strengthen existing relationships.
The Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) has taken delivery of its first rail carriage, marking the start of a new partnership with Talgo.
Île-de-France Mobilités has received the final tram for the T10 tramway, which will connect Clamart and Antony in just 25 minutes.
Alstom has been awarded contracts worth 54 million EUR to provide train-control and signalling systems for Delhi MRTS Phase-IV.
Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that the full peak Elizabeth line timetable will be introduced on Sunday 21 May 2023.
With Railtex taking place in Birmingham, we take a look at the history of Birmingham’s Curzon Street within the context of HS2.
Alstom has been contracted to supply SNCF Voyageurs with 60 additional RER NG trains for lines RER D and RER E on the Île-de-France network.
Jonn Elledge on the absolute madness that is terminating HS2 at Old Oak Common rather than Euston for the foreseeable future.
Railtex will once again explore the latest products and services aimed at improving the efficiency, safety and sustainability of rail.
Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) first Class 387/1 Electrostar train has been retrofitted with ETCS in-cab signalling.
Canadian National (CN), Union Pacific (UP) and GMXT have established Falcon Premium, an intermodal service between Mexico, the US and Canada.
LA SkyRail Express (LASRE) has partnered with Keolis to deliver a high-capacity SkyRail system between the San Fernando Valley and Westside.
Québec City has awarded a 900 million EUR contract to Alstom for the supply of 34 Citadis trams for the Québec City Tramway.
The FRA has concluded a series of meetings with stakeholders on its Amtrak Daily Long-Distance Service study.
We've published our second issue of the year of our digital magazine, in anticipation of Railtex, which takes place in Birmingham in May.
Danske Statsbaner (DSB) has ordered an additional 8 Talgo 230 trains under a 2020 framework agreement with Talgo.
Great Western Railway (GWR) and Eversholt Rail have extended their maintenance partnership with Hitachi Rail.
Schneider National has signed an agreement with Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) to provide an intermodal service on CPKC’s corridor.
Brightline has unveiled its new station at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and has announced that tickets for the service will go on sale in May.
The Greater Cleveland RTA has selected Siemens Mobility as the preferred vendor to replace its ageing rolling stock.
CZ Loko has delivered a EffiShunter 1000 four-axle shunting locomotive to chemical company, BorsodChem in Hungary.
A consortium consisting of Siemens Mobility and Rail Vikas Nigam will provide rail electrification technologies for Gujarat Metro.
HS2 has received design approval for Small Dean Viaduct, which will take HS2 trains across the A413 and local rail lines.
The Eurometropole of Strasbourg and CTS have selected Alstom to supply new trams for the city of Strasbourg, France.
Alstom will supply Level 2 European Train Control System (ETCS) signalling for 37 HLD77 locomotives in SNCB’s fleet in Belgium.
Hitachi Rail will test the latest rail technologies, including battery systems and digital solutions at the Global Centre of Rail Excellence.
Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) have officially combined to create Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC).
Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded contracts to Siemens Mobility and ST Engineering for the Cross Island Line (CRL).
Amtrak has commenced the procurement phase for the construction of the New York East River Tunnel Rehabilitation project.
Siemens Mobility's Vectron locomotive has received official approval to operate on the Scandinavian Corridor.
Siemens Mobility has announced that Brightline will implement Sqills' S3 inventory and reservation system to support its Orlando expansion.
PANYNJ has announced that the first of 72 new rail cars will enter service next week as part of its PATH Improvement Plan.
GB Railfreight (GBRf) has contracted Stadler to provide full service for up to 30 Class 99 bi-mode Co’Co locomotives.
The China-Laos Railway commenced cross-border passenger services between Kunming and Vientiane on Thursday 13 April.
The first Class 93 tri-mode locomotives for Rail Operations Group has completed testing at Stadler’s facility in Valencia, Spain.
The government has published its UK Wireless Infrastructure Strategy, which includes a focus on improving mobile coverage for rail.
Skanska Costain STRABAG JV has launched HS2's third London tunnel boring machine (TBM), 'Lydia' to construct the Atlas Road Logistics Tunnel.
Knorr-Bremse has begun testing its digital automatic coupler (DAC) in real-world conditions on a freight train in Sweden.
Alstom has been awarded a contract to provide operations and maintenance services for the Maryland Area Rail Commuter network.
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have issued RFPs for two major works packages for Toronto's Ontario Line.
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06 Dec 2018
Inland Rail: The Future of Freight in Australia
The Inland Rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane, which is being built in Australia, is designed to transform the capacity, productivity and interoperability of the freight network in the country by improving intermodal transport between the two port cities.
The route will transect the states of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. The 1,700km line is designed for freight services but passenger trains might operate on it as well.1,200 km of the route will be existing track upgraded to meet the requirements of the project. Services are expected to start in 2024–25. Construction on the first section, between Parkes to Narromine, was formally approved in September 2018.
In this article Richard Wankmuller, Chief Executive Officer of Inland Rail, tells Railway-News why the project is so important for freight transport in Australia.
One of the greatest transport challenges Australia faces is to service its fast-growing east coast with a freight network that has been optimally configured to handle the future freight task.
The east coast of Australia is home to more than 70 percent of the population and contributes about 75 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. During the next 40 years the population is expected to more than double, while the volume of freight moving in Australia is also expected to double or even treble in the next 50 years.
Continued reliance on road transport, which today handles around 74 percent of the inter- capital freight moving between Melbourne and Brisbane, would pose significant impacts in terms of safety, energy efficiency and the environment, particularly as road transportation increases to accommodate growing freight volumes.
One of the key drivers of Inland Rail is to provide a service that is competitive with road, enabling the rail market share between Melbourne and Brisbane to increase from 26 percent in 2013–14 to 62 percent by 2049–50. The development of the Inland Rail programme scope, which is being delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for the Australian Government, has been shaped by market needs and stakeholder feedback as much as engineering requirements. Following extensive consultation with train operators and the freight logistics industry, ARTC developed a detailed service offering and established four key parameters – 98 percent reliability, road competitive pricing, less than 24 hours’ transit time, and freight availability in line with market needs.
Transit time is key for operators and the Inland Rail route will reduce the journey from around 32 hours to a road-competitive 24 hours or less, allowing freight to move between the Victorian and Queensland capitals without having to thread its way through the congested Sydney region. Customers also want provision for longer trains to improve productivity, while also providing interoperability with the interstate mainline standard gauge network. Inland Rail isn’t just about a single railway line that runs between Melbourne and Brisbane. As a result of Inland Rail, Australia will have a very resilient freight rail network with multiple pathways that will build contingency and flexibility.
This is not just an engineering project – what it does is link together intermodal terminals, regional areas and capital cities with a rail backbone that is world- class, that is efficient, and that can deliver cost benefits to our customers and broader economic benefits for the nation.
Sharing the Journey
Inland Rail will serve a variety of freight markets, not just Melbourne to Brisbane, with significant demand to link in with regional commodities and interstate freight.
Inland Rail is an enabler for an innovative, entirely new supply chain. This innovation is made possible because Inland Rail drives the speed, the reliability, the consistency, the predictability and the efficiency to allow that supply chain to flourish. It takes us to a new way of doing business – a new reality of how and where to source products – a new reality of how and when we can send them to market.
Inland Rail will be a catalyst for other complementary investments in the supply chain including new intermodal terminals, processing facilities and distribution centres. For this major infrastructure “spine” to optimally support productivity improvements and for freight to be moved around in the most efficient manner, a substantial commitment is required to the integration of rail infrastructure with associated intermodal facilities such as terminals and adjacent warehouse precincts.
Government at all levels and different political persuasions understand this and are making provident investments and planning for complementary developments.
We have State Governments stepping up and spending on their respective rail networks and thinking ahead as to how additional investments can be made to optimise further the benefits from those already underway.
We have great leadership at the local government level thinking ahead about inland ports – they’re being proactive trying to drive investment in their communities. They are thinking about how to engage the private sector, where the needs are, how to get things going, and how their communities can participate and benefit, both in the short and longer terms. There’s also leadership in the private sector driving intermodal terminals and shifting added value activities from where they are today out to the regional areas. Value-adding activities like food processing and others that can be done in these lower cost areas and provide a complete product for the market.
Planning for new or expanded freight hubs is well advanced in key regional centres on the alignment such as Parkes and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and Toowoomba in Queensland.
ARTC will continue to work closely with governments and the private sector providing relevant advice and technical support to help ensure the benefits of complementary investments are maximised for local economies and the national freight network.
Reaping the Benefits
Currently, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin are the only capital cities in Australia that can receive and dispatch 1.8 kilometre trains with double-stacked containers. However, Inland Rail will transform that interoperability. It provides a consistent standard which enables freight operators to use the same rolling stock anywhere on the national rail freight network. Inland Rail has been designed to pass through four of Australia’s most productive farming regions, offering supply chain benefits and cost savings for agricultural producers, boosting competitiveness and flow-on effects to regional communities. It will also stimulate new demand and create opportunities thanks to improved accessibility and greater efficiency.
Inland Rail provides a highly efficient, inter-capital trunk rail line that regional and branch rail lines connect into, opening up regional producers to domestic markets as well as export ports right around the country. As Inland Rail will improve those connections and provides a cheaper, long-distance transport network to road, farmers will reap end-to-end supply chain improvements.
Bringing the Private Sector On Board
The most complex section of Inland Rail, involving large-scale tunnelling between Gowrie and Kagaru in Queensland, will be delivered through a Public Private
Partnership (PPP). This will enable ARTC to harness innovative design solutions and more efficient construction methodologies on this section.
One of the most exciting projects will be the construction of a 6.4km long tunnel near Toowoomba to carry the line under the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane. It will be the largest diameter diesel freight tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere.
This section of the Inland Rail not only comprises tunnels, but numerous viaducts are also required throughout southern Queensland. Some of these viaducts will be up to 40m high and others over 1km long in order to traverse mountain ranges or to span floodplains.
Completing the Link
For our cities to remain liveable, our roads to be safer, our environment to be better protected – a world-class freight supply chain is a non-negotiable. It will re-balance modal share between road and rail to optimal levels akin to best practice elsewhere, making our country more productive, transport more efficient, and Australian businesses more competitive.
With Inland Rail we will have completed a key missing link.