East West Rail to Receive 760 Million GBP in Funding
The government has awarded 760 million GBP in funding for the construction of East West Rail between Bicester and Bletchley.
Network Rail has won a Green Apple Award for its work protecting biodiversity during the design and construction for a new flyover at Heathrow Junction, as part of the Crossrail project.
The Green Apple Awards are presented annually in recognition of companies, councils and communities carrying out projects that enhance the environment.
The new flyover is a major new piece of infrastructure which will allow the Crossrail and Heathrow Express trains to join the Great Western Mainline towards Paddington without causing disruption to other services.
Aware of the impact this work could have on the biodiversity of the area, the team undertook thorough environmental and tree protection surveys on areas identified for the work and a number of animals and plants were relocated, including 46 slow worms, 30 wild orchids, 593 smooth newts; 599 fish and a metre-long European eel.
The award was presented to Clare Rice, Network Rail construction manager, Dave Jones, designer Jacobs senior ecologist and Elwen Tasker, contractor Carillions environmental manager at the award ceremony held at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon on 24 June 2013.
Rob McIntosh, Crossrail Programme Director, Network Rail said: This award really goes to highlight the excellent work being done on the Crossrail programme to ensure that we protect the environments that we are working in. When trains start running in 2018, not only will the passengers be able to use a fantastic new rail service, but we can also be extremely proud of the whole development process, knowing that huge efforts were made to be sustainable and protect the environment they are travelling through.
The government has awarded 760 million GBP in funding for the construction of East West Rail between Bicester and Bletchley.
The first of five high-speed trains, an Alstom Pendolino ETR470, has arrived in Greece. It will start carrying passengers in March 2021.
French transport minister confirms to the National Assembly that France would make sure it supported Eurostar and was in talks with Britain.
Railway Division Virtual Annual Luncheon 2021: Celebrate and network with senior railway industry colleagues on 5th March.
IMechE's Young Engineers and Apprentices Railway Seminar: A New Era in Rail will take place on 28th and 29th January 2021.
Stalder has delivered the first of 12 Citylink tram-trains to Hungary where they will start serving Szeged and Hódmezővásárhely from Q4 2021.
Alstom has won the contract to provide the signalling, train control and telecommunications systems for the Delhi-Meerut railway line, India.
The CAF-Bombardier consortium has been chosen as the preferred bidder to supply 146 double-decker MI20 trains for RER Line B in Paris.
Bombardier Transportation's joint venture in China, BST, has won a contract to provide maintenance services for 280 high-speed train cars.
Siemens Mobility has won its biggest-ever service contract from Deutsche Bahn. It is to revise 40 ICE 4 trains, with an option for 50 more.
There are renewed calls on the UK government to provide support to Eurostar to prevent Britain's only international rail link from folding.
RailTech Europe 2021 (March 30 – April 1): ProMedia Group has opened registration for RailTech Europe 2021 and announced its first speakers.
Following clearance from the European Commission, the German transport ministry is funding ERTMS for rolling stock for the first time.
Bombardier will overhaul 143 first-generation double-decker TWINDEXX coaches for Israel Railways, including modernising the doors.
The European Commission has published the 7th monitoring report (2015–2018) on the development of the rail market in the EU.
Siemens Mobility has signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of 1,000km of high-speed rail lines in Egypt.
Stadler has signed a framework agreement with Austrian Federal Railways for up to 20 fire-fighting and rescue trains.
Ballard Power Systems announces order from Arcola Energy for modules to power Scotland’s first fuel cell-powered train.
Bombardier has signed a contract with SNCF for three additional OMNEO Regio 2N trains for the Île-de-France region (Paris).
Alstom's Citadis X05 trams have started carry passengers on the South Circular section of the Circular light rail line in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
BNSF and Wabtec are testing a battery-electric locomotive between Barstow and Stockton (CA) to test the viability of battery technology.
Network Rail and its partners have launched the tram train pilot learning hub, a "comprehensive body of learning" that is free to access.
A look at Edmonton's Valley Line Southeast, which is due to open in 2021. 2021 will also see the start of phase 2 construction.
Stadler will supply eight electric multiple units for the Centovalli railway between Switzerland and Italy starting in 2023.
During the Christmas closure of London King's Cross, Network Rail engineers lifted all four tracks going into the station to divert a sewer.
A look at three rail line extensions that will open in the United States in 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle, and the Boston area.
Colorado Pacific Railroad will challenge a deal between Union Pacific and Rio Grande Pacific to run rail services on the Tennessee Pass Line.
Bombardier will supply 33 OMNEO Regio 2N double-decker trains to SNCF for the Hauts-de-France region. Delivery will begin in 2024.
Alstom has deployed its ground-charging technology for the Eminonu-Alibeykoy tramway in Istanbul, Turkey, 9km of which opened on 1 Jan 2021.
Bombardier will maintain the rail vehicle fleet and wayside track and overhead line assets for a Toronto light rail project for 30 years.
Alstom has completed the first test run for the Mostaganem tramway project in Algeria. The rolling stock for the 14km line is the Citadis.
Skoda Transportation will deliver a further 79 low-floor RegioPanter electric multiple units to Czech Railways (České dráhy) over four years.
TransLink has ordered 205 rail cars – 41 five-car metro trains – for Vancouver's SkyTrain from manufacturer Bombardier Transportation.
The new S-Bahn trains for Berlin, built by a Stadler-Siemens Mobility consortium, will enter passenger service on the city's Ringbahn line.
Bombardier has completed the first ZEFIRO Express for Västtrafik. The high-speed train will now undergo testing and commissioning.
Alstom has won a contract with Toulouse Metropole to supply systems for the Toulouse Aerospace Express metro line, including rolling stock.
Bombardier will upgrade 73 of Railpool's TRAXX MS2 locomotives from ETCS Baseline 2 to Baseline 3 to deliver safety and performance benefits.
HS2 has started its search for a switches and crossings supplier for Phase 1 and Phase 2a of the high-speed line between London and Crewe.
Success for the Autonomous Train project: a Prima BB 27000 locomotive ran semi-autonomously on the French national rail network under ERTMS.
Berlin will get up to 117 new FLEXITY trams after Bombardier and Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) signed a framework agreement worth €571m.
President-elect Joe Biden has nominated former Mayor of South Bend as his transportation secretary, a move welcomed by the rail industry.
The National Infrastructure Commission has published its Rail Needs Assessment report, causing widespread dismay over possible cuts to HS2.
Hitachi has partnered with Eversholt Rail to install batteries in a Class 802 Intercity Express Train, removing one of the diesel engines.
Seth Moulton introduced the American High-Speed Rail Act which proposes to invest $205 billion in the US's high-speed rail infrastructure.
Estonia's rail infrastructure manager Esti Raudtee has awarded a contract to electrify the country's rail network to a Spanish JV.
Bombardier has revealed its first body shell for its FLEXITY trams for Dresden, which have undergone testing and have been accepted by DVB.
On Sunday, 13 December, timetabled passenger and freight services started operating through the Ceneri Base Tunnel, completing the NRLA.
Alstom is the latest member to join the US High Speed Rail Association following Deutsche Bahn prior to Biden's inauguration.
Zurich will get a further 40 FLEXITY trams as VBZ has signed a contract with Bombardier based on an option in the original 2017 contract.
The European Commission has presented its Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy with ten flagship ideas to decarbonise transport.
Siemens Mobility has won a contract to provide signalling and train control technology for the Yellow Line of the Bangalore Metro, India.
There will be new international night trains in Europe from 2021, as agreed by the bosses of Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, OEBB and SBB.
Bombardier has won a contract to modernise the 430 and 423 fleets for S-Bahn Stuttgart, which is operated by DB Regio.
The Siemens Mobility Mireo is among the winners of the German Sustainability Award Design in the pioneer category.
United Wagon Company has received a further order from leasing company Dessa for flat cars for the transportation of timber.
DB Cargo is trialling automatic shunting locomotives and automating brake inspections at its shunting yard in Munich-North.
Amtrak will operate the Metrolink services in Southern California from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2025, having beaten four competing bids.
HS2 Ltd has revealed the first images of the north portal for the Long Itchington Wood tunnel site southeast of Birmingham.
Bombardier has handed over its 200th TRAXX locomotive to Railpool, which has ordered a total of 232 units since 2009, 10% of the global total.
BNSF has won a court case in Oklahoma challenging a state law banning trains from stopping for more than 10 minutes on a level crossing.
The Mayor of London, TfL, the DfT and the treasury have agreed a funding and financing package for the final phase of Crossrail.
Alstom's hydrogen train, the Coradia iLint, has successfully completed 3 months of test operations in regular passenger service in Austria.
Alstom and Bombardier have announced the expected closing date for Alstom's acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.
Brexit: the European Commission has proposed a regulation giving extensions covering the Channel Tunnel infrastructure and train licences.
CSX, a United States Class 1 railroad, has announced that it will acquire Pan Am Railways, expanding its presence in New England.
Jure Mikolcic, CEO of Stadler Pankow GmbH, at the VDB Digital Dialog Forum "Rail Revolution 4.0: Picking up Speed after the Crisis".
Northern has removed the last of its 102 Pacer trains from service, following regulations requiring rolling stock to be accessible.
Train operator Grand Central to resume services from December at a reduced level. These will be reservation-only to enable social distancing.
Bombardier's TRAXX Africa locomotives, operated by Transnet Freight Rail in South Africa, have completed 10 million kilometres in service.
Italy is to get its first hydrogen trains with delivery starting in 2023. FNM has ordered six Coradia Stream trains from Alstom for Lombardy.
State aid: the European Commission has approved Austrian measures to support passenger and rail freight affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Talgo has unveiled its plans to get into the hydrogen train market, with the Talgo Vittal-One, named in honour of hydrogen's atomic number.
HS2 and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will work together on utility diversions in readiness of the metro eastside extension.
Railtex 2021, which was to be held jointly with Infrarail in May 2021, has been postponed to 7–9 September because of COVID-19.
Alstom and Kiepe Electric have won a contract with the Cologne Public Transport Authority (KVB) for 64 low-floor Citadis trams.
The FRA has published its third quarter 2020 update on the implementation of positive train control on the mandated route miles.
Reearch by City & Guilds and the National Skills Academy for Rail says the rail industry will face a critical skills shortage by 2025.
Bombardier has announced it is opening an engineering academy in Cairo, Egypt, to train engineers for its monorail project in the capital.
Deutsche Bahn and Siemens Mobility launch the H2goesRail partnership to trial a hydrogen train (Mireo Plus H) and refuelling infrastructure.
Network Rail has announced major works at Euston for the construction of the HS2 terminus and on the West Coast Main Line in 2021.
Bombardier's BST joint venture in China has won a contract to supply 14 CR300AF high-speed electric multiple units. Delivery by January 2021.
Following the funding agreement reached between TfL and goverment, consultancy work on Crossrail 2 will end, safeguarding will continue.
Deutsche Bahn has become a member of the US High Speed Rail Association, which aims to promote support for high-speed rail in America.
CFL cargo has signed a contract with Bombardier Transportation for 10 TRAXX multi-system locomotives, which run on AC and DC, plus last mile.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 10-Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution aims at incentivising driving and doesn't mention rail.
Amtrak, SEPTA and PennDOT have received 15.9m USD in grant funding from the FRA to upgrade signalling equipment on the Harrisburg Line.
The University of Leeds has entered into a research collaboration worth 1 million GBP with the West Coast Parnership, which will operate HS2.
Alstom will supply an additional 13 Citadis Dualis tram-trains for the Île-de-France region. These are an option from a 2007 contract.
USHSR has published a 5-point plan for developing high-speed rail in the US, starting with a new High Speed Rail Development Authority.
Hong Kong's MTR Corporation has announced that the first new Phase 5 light rail vehicles will start carrying passengers on 17 November 2020.
Project Connect was on the ballot for voters as they went to the polls on 3 November 2020 and they voted in favour of light rail in Austin.
The American Public Transportation Association says all commuter railroads in the United States are on track to meet the 2020 PTC deadline.
The European Parliament and Council have reached a provisional agreement on making 2021 the European Year of Rail.
Alstom has completed the first phase of the Lusail light rail project in Qatar. It will run 28 low-floor Citadis X05 trams.
Although hydrogen and fuel cell technology can play its part in the rail sector, it will not decarbonise transport. It is a fringe component.
Midlands Voices report by the High Speed Rail Group says the eastern leg of HS2 up to Leeds is crucial for levelling up the country.
9 new VLocity trains have entered service on Victoria's regional rail network. In total Victoria has ordered 18 new three-car VLocity trains.
Alstom gives an update on its acquisition on Bombardier Transportation in its H2 2020 financial results, including a timetable of events.
The second section of the Dawlish sea wall is being built using the 'Wavewalker', a floating barge that can withstand high tidal ranges.
Siemens Mobility has unveiled its Mireo Smart EMU. Based on its more bespoke Mireo platform, this is a cost-effective, easy alternative.
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