NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has announced the start of the tender process to build almost 50km of railway tunnels for the Sydney Metro West project.
The government of NSW has called for expressions of interest for the first two big infrastructure packages of this project: the delivery of twin tunnels between Westmead and The Bays. The first tunnelling contract will cover the Westmead-Sydney Olympic Park section and the second the Sydney Olympic Park-The Bays section.
The aim is to have the first of four tunnel boring machines at work by the end of 2022.
“Now more than ever, infrastructure projects like Sydney Metro West support jobs, communities and the economy – Sydney Metro West will create more than 10,000 direct new jobs and 70,000 indirect jobs, with thousands of these being generated by these new tunnelling contracts.
“These contracts will require tunnellers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, concrete workers, truck drivers, labourers and security guards.”
Once operational, the Sydney Metro West line will double the rail capacity on the Parramatta-Sydney CBD corridor. Travel time between the two centres will be around 20 minutes.
“Sydney Metro West is a truly once-in-a-century city shaping project that will forever change how we get around Sydney.
“Just as importantly, the construction of this mega project will create many thousands of new jobs and support families across Sydney.”
The underground driverless metro will feature fully-air conditioned trains and stop at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Burwood North, Five Dock, The Bays Precinct, and Sydney CBD. Stops at Pyrmont and Rydalmere are also being considered.
Sydney Metro West is part of the Sydney Metro network that also includes Sydney Metro Northwest, and Sydney Metro City & Southwest. The Sydney Metro West line is expected to open to the public by 2030.
HS2 Ltd has published the updated designs for the Canterbury Works vent shaft headhouse, which will sit above the Euston tunnel in London.
The ground-breaking ceremony for Germany's second hydrogen refuelling station for passenger trains has taken place in Hesse.
Bombardier has signed a 3-year contract extension with CrossCountry for maintenance and servicing of its Voyager and Super Voyager fleets.
HS1 Ltd has lauched its sustainability strategy, unveiling the goal of becoming the first UK railway run entirely on renewable energy.
Because of coronavirus developments, the InnoTrans organisers say they can't provide planning certainy and have postponed the 2021 event.
The Welsh Government is taking the Wales & Borders franchise under public control starting in February 2021 as a result of COVID-19.
Stadler has won a contract with Portugal's state-owned rail operator CP to manufacture and supply 22 broad-gauge FLIRT multiple units.
The renovation of The Broadmoor Cog Railway has reached its halfway milestone, prior to its expected reopening in May 2021.
Belgorail has certified Alstom for its latest ETCS standard, making Alstom the first fully certified company in the world in this arena.
Bombardier is divesting one of its assets in Huehuetoca, Mexico: it is selling the activities of EWIS to Motherson Rolling Stocks (MRS).
HS2 Ltd has unveiled the design of two viaducts in Northamptonshire as a four-week consultation period for local residents gets underway.
The track repair works are getting underway at the site of the Stonehaven derailment, following the clearance of the wreckage.
London: TfL has agreed with the government that its funding package can be extended by 2 weeks as discussions about future funding continue.
The first successful test runs for a locomotive equipped with Alstom's latest ERTMS Baseline 3 Release 2 have taken place in Norway.
The UK Department for Transport and Arriva CrossCountry have signed a three-year agreement to align the franchise with the ERMAs.
Alstom has completed the Matai section of the Beni Suef-Asyut line in Egypt, the sixth section of the line Alstom has upgraded.
The HS2 rail project has generated more than 400 apprenticeships to date, with a goal of creating 2,000 over the course of the project.
Siemens Mobility has overhauled its 500th bogie at its Bogie Service Centre in Lincoln, which opened in November 2018.
Alstom's WAG 12B electric locomotives have been approved for operations at 120km/h by the Ministry of Railways in India.
Siemens Mobility will supply 109 Avenio HF light rail vehicles to Duisburg and Dusseldorf, with delivery beginning in 2025.
Deutsche Bahn International Operations, as part of a consortium has won a major rail freight line operating contract in Uruguay.
The first MP14 metro train by manufacturer Alstom has entered passenger service on Line 14 in Paris between Olympiades and Saint-Lazare.
The Australian federal budget includes more than half a billion dollars in funding for rail infrastructure projects in the state of Victoria.
HS2 Ltd has signed a contract with contractor Skanka Costain STRAVAG JV for the first 2 tunnel boring machines to start on the HS2 project.
Alstom has won a contract to supply 49 Citadis trams to Nantes Métropole. The Citadis trams operate in 23 French cities to date.
HS2 Ltd has launched a public consultation on proposed changes the Phase 2b of the high-speed rail project, including additional platforms.
Alstom has won a three-year signalling contract with Network Rail to upgrade the equipment in the London Victoria area.
Siemens Mobility has won the German Mobility Award 2020 for its 'RRX - digital and optimally networked' project. There were 300 entries.
Deutsche Bahn has announced it is opening a new maintenance facility for ICE trains in Nuremberg. It is due to be ready in 2028.
Bombardier has announced it is opening a Global Innovation Centre to develop energy-efficient propulsion systems for transport in Sweden.
Newag has handed over the first of five 6-axle Dragon 2 electric locomotives to its customer Rail Capital Partners (RCP) in Nowy Sącz.
Île-de-France Mobilités, Société du Grand Paris and Alstom have revealed the design of the metro trains that will run on lines 15, 16 and 17.
The European Commission said it welcomed the provisional adoption of changes to rail passenger rights in the EU, which it proposed in 2017.
The last of the 50 12-car ICE 4 trains has been delivered to Deutsche Bahn and underwent a naming ceremony in Dusseldorf.
Hitachi Rail has won a contracty worth 798 million USD to install a modern CBTC system in the San Francisco Bay Area (BART).
Siemens Mobility has received an order from Valley Metro, Phoenix, Arizona, for a further 14 S700 light rail vehicles.
Bombardier has delivered the first INNOVIA monorail 300 vehicle which will enter service in Bangkok from 2022.
Crossrail Ltd has handed over the governance of the Crossrail project (Elizabeth Line) to Transport for London (TfL) prior to trial running.
The test runs of Alstom's hydrogen train, the Coradia iLint, have been deemed a success by the Province of Groningen, Netherlands.
A hydrogen train has run on Britain's mainline rail network for the first time. The HydroFLEX has been developed by Porterbrook and BCRRE.
Newag has dispatched the first of four DMUs that will enter passenger service for Koleje Wielkopolskie after completing testing in Żmigród.
A private rail freight protest train made its way through Berlin to draw attention to the German government's one-sided support of DB.
UWC has delivered on a flat car order for the transportation of timber products. The customer was Arkhbum in Russia.
ATM (Milan) and Stadler have signed a framework agreement for up to 80 TRAMLINK trams. ATM has placed an initial order for 30 units.
Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a ten-year contract by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to provide services support for 636 MOVIA metro cars it is ...
The design for the new trains that will run on the regional rapid transit system between Delhi and Meerut, India, has been unveiled.
Deutsche Bahn has launched Europe's largest rolling wifi network, [email protected], covering more than 100 stations, all ICE and some regional trains.
Bombardier has delivered the first of 40 M33 FLEXITY trams to Gothenburg, with all 40 due to be delivered by the end of 2022.
Siemens has won a contract with the LTA in Singapore to provide platform screen doors and CTBC technology for the Jurong Region Line.
Alstom, as part of a consortium, has won a rail infrastructure project in Romania. This contract, Lot 2, completes the project (Lots 1 & 3).
LNVG (Lower Saxony, Germany) has ordered an additional 14 Bombardier TWINDEXX Vario coaches to enter service in autumn 2022.
The EU and EFTA transport ministers have signed the Berlin Declaration voicing their support for the rail freight sector.
The Warrnambool Line Upgrade, which will see signalling upgrades and a new crossing loop, is now underway. Completion is expected for 2021.
The proposed high-speed railway between Dallas and Houston has reached an important milestone with regulatory approvals from the FRA.
Keolis has won a 1.32 billion euro contract to operate and maintain Adelaide's commuter rail network for a period of eight years.
The RTA has received a 15 million USD Build grant that will help pay for the new heavy rail Red Line fleet it wishes to procure.
The UK government is abolishing rail franchising in the wake of coronavirus and has set up Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements (ERMAs).
EU: The Parliament has voted for regulations allowing Member States to authorise infrastructure managers to waive track access charges.
The Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line was serious damaged by flooding on 12 August. Following repairs, it will reopen on 21 September.
Talgo has presented its hydrogen propulsion system at the Hydrogen Convention in Extremadura, as its offering to help decarbonise rail.
Alstom has signed the sale and purchase agreement of Bombardier Transportation. The transaction is expected to close in Q1 of 2021.
Coronavirus has changed the way TOCs operate in Britain. Gareth Dennis believes this is and should be the nail in the coffin for franchising.
A look back at InnoTrans 2000 and a couple of its main attractions on the bigger Outdoor Display: the ICE TD and Alstom Lirex.
The convention is going digital for InnoTrans 2020, despite the main event being postponed to April 2021 due to coronavirus.
Passengers had to be evacuated from their train in the Ceneri Base Tunnel due to technical problems with the vehicle.
The Australian state of Victoria will receive an additional 18 three-car Bombardier VLocity trains, in a mix of broad and standad gauge.
Line 3 of the Guadalajara has been inaugurated. It measures 21km with 18 stations and operates Alstom Metropolis rolling stock.
Katie Farmer will take over from Carl R. Ice as CEO and President of BNSF starting on 1 January 2021, following his retirement.
Network Rail has published the Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy, outlining how to remove diesel-only trains from the network.
Bombardier has delivered the first of 47 FLEXITY trams to the city of Duisburg. They will have its image-based driver assist system ODAS.
OEBB and Alstom are testing the Coradia iLint hydrogen train in Austria for 10 weeks to determine the efficacy of the green technology.
Alstom has conducted a digital track inspection using its TrackTracer technology on the Metro Ligero network in Madrid, Spain.
BLS and Stadler have rolled out the first of the new generation FLIRT trains, named MIKA. The total order is for 58 units.
Deutsche Bahn and CRO are conducting a joint study into the risks of contracting coronavirus for conductors on trains.
Network Rail has published its interim report on the Stonehaven derailment as commissioned by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
West Midlands Trains has revealed a first look at the new fleet of electric trains that will enter passenger service under WMR in 2021.
VTG and DB Cargo have presented their new m2 – modular and multi-functional – freight wagon, following several years of working together.
Alstom has delivered the first two of 25 Citadis X05 trams to Athens, following an order placed by Attiko Metro in July 2018.
Bombardier's joint venture in China has won a contract to supply 390 metro cars – 65 6-car trainsets – for Lines 2 and 3 of the Harbin Metro.
Deutsche Bahn has signed a framework agreement with Siemens Mobility for up to 400 Vectron dual mode locomotives. First order: 100 units.
Following preparatory works, including building a 900m road and bridge over farmland, the work of recovering the derailed train can begin.
Bombardier has delivered the first of 3 TRAXX MS locomotives to Poland-based ROSCO Cargounit. It will deliver the other 2 later this month.
The Ceneri Base Tunnel has formally opened, completing the New Railway Link through the Alps (NRLA). Regular services will begin in December.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is trialling different alternative fuels and traction systems in order to eliminate diesel fully from its vehicles by 2050.
HS2 Ltd has today (4 Sep 2020) announced the formal start of construction on the high-speed railway line, a major milestone for the project.
NJ TRANSIT has exercised an option from a 2008 contract for a further 8 ALP-45 dual-power locomotives from Bombardier Transportation.
The VDB, DB, and EBA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to speed up the implementation of digital signal box technology.
Bombardier has won a contract with Singapore's LTA to upgrade the communication system on the MOVIA metro trains on the Downtown line.
DB has premiered the first trial of digital automatic coupling technology for its freight wagons in a project that will run until 2022.
Transmashholding (TMH) has delivered five electric freight locomotives type 3ES5K to Uzbekistan Railways, following an order from May 2020.
Bombardier Transportation has appointed Makgola Makololo as the new managing director for South Africa, replacing Aubrey Lekwane.
Siemens Mobility has won a contract with Transport for Wales for the renewal and replacement of signalling equipment for the Valley Lines.
Solihull Council has awarded planning permission for the HS2 Interchange Station, the surrounding landscaping and the automated people mover.
The third metro line in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Green Line, has been commissioned and will run Inspiro trains built by Siemens and Newag.
Bombardier has completed the final assembly and fit-out of the first of 108 INNOVIA Metro 300 vehicles for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Network Rail has launched a weather action task force and an earthworks management task force following the recent Stonehaven derailment.
France says it will waive railway track access charges for the rest of 2020 and reduce them by half for the duration of 2021.
Dynamic testing begins on the full length of the Tuen Ma Line, the Sha Tin to Central Link. This second phase is due to open in 2021.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has published an update on the Stonehaven Derailment that occurred in Scotland on 12 August.
HS2 Ltd has revealed the design for the vent shaft headhouse at Amersham, one of five such structures along the Chiltern tunnel.
Please fill in the contact form opposite. A member of the team will be in touch shortly.