11 Jan 2016
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It is an exciting time for the railway industry international cooperation has never been more pronounced, innovations and sustainable technologies have made trains the most environmentally sustainable form of transit. Even the United States, a country renowned for its love of cars, has begun to seriously invest in high-speed rail.
Europe leads the way in political and financial investment in its railway network, encouraging a modal shift towards trains. Committees and working groups have united industry stakeholders across the continent towards this goal, improving constantly to make it the most cutting-edge in the world.
UNIFE, the representative body for the European railway industry, is a leading organisation which hosts several groups and committees with the express purpose of focusing on the important issues for railways in Europe and enhancing the prominence of the railway industry on the European Parliaments agenda. The publication of its Annual Report provides an ideal opportunity to look at the key issues in the industry today.
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Regulation is a European Commission-funded project which supports cross-border projects and those projects which tackle the main bottlenecks on the TEN-T multimodal Core Network Corridors on the continent, as well as encouraging private investment in the sector.
As part of this, the European Cohesion Fund aims to support Central and Eastern European Member States to invest in their infrastructure by benefitting from the experience of the Western European counterparts.
The TEN-T programme currently supports 112 rail projects with a total worth of 9.83billion throughout Europe, with the 2016 call for proposals offering a futher 7.5billion of funding for new projects.
The Fourth Railway Package is an ambitious initiave which aims to create a Single European Railway Area; a standardised railway network operating on uniform lines, signalling and control systems in order to create a cross-continental railway network which will in turn enhance European cohesion.
The Technical Pillar is a principal focus of UNIFEs activities; aiming to simplify the currently complicated and costly authorisation procedures which stifle the mobilisation of 1.2billion worth of assets.
2015 was an exceptionally successful year in the furtherance of the Technical Pillar, not only was a taskforce created by the EC to drive the preparatory work for the implementation of the Technical Pillar, dialogue also took place at the highest level and with the support of Member States to agree upon a legislative framework. It will be formalised later in 2016 to make the European Railway Agency (ERA) the regulation authority for the industry throughout Europe by 2019.
Shift2Rail is a relatively new initiative established by a European Joint Undertaking in 2014 which will oversee a programme of research and development for the railway sector. With a budget of 920million (from 20142020) it supports market-driven solutions by enabling and investing in new and cutting-edge rail product innovations. The initiative is part of the Horizons 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
The overall ambition of Shift2Rail is to enhance the competitiveness of the European railway industry, in a market increasingly dominated by Chinese companies. It will do this by doubling the capacity of the European railway system, increase its reliability and service quality by 50% and halve lifecycle costs.
Shift2Rail is part-funded by private investors and the EC. Its eight founding members are heavy-hitters Alstom, Ansaldo STS, Bombardier Transportation, CAF, Network Rail, Siemens, Thales and Trafikverket. It also has 19 associate members and input from academic, industry and regulatory bodies on a number of committees which serve in an advisory capacity.
A key goal of the CEF is to deploy the European Railway Traffic Management Signalling (ERTMS) system as a uniform standard across Europe. ERTMS took prominence in 2015 with a report on its longer-term future. An ERTMS Breakthrough Programme was recommended to speed up the deployment, and specifies the various challenges faced and recommends how they can best be overcome.
The original European Deployment Plans have been revised in accordance with Member States intended level of investment . The centralised role ERTMS will play in the creation of a single railway area was reaffirmed as a key part of the Commissions Transport in Europe strategy.
With heavyweight political and technical support, ERTMS is becoming an industry standard not only in Europe but also in Asia, and is making headway into the African and Latin American railway networks. With the support of various committees and working and advisory groups, it appears inevitable that the System will become the industry standard throughout the world.
The European Railway Industry is experiencing a renaissance creating itself as an exemplary network of cross-border cooperation and standardisation. Following the success of COP21 in December 2015, the world now looks for alternatives to air and road for environmentally sustainable transit solutions, and the railway industry has stepped up to meet the challenge. It leads the way in innovation, technology and sustainability, making itself commercially competitive whilst at the same time ethically minded.
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Alstom and SBB have signed a second ten-year maintenance contract for 25m euros for on-board ETCS equipment installed between 2003 and 2008.
Stadler's board of directors has nominated former President of Switzerland, Doris Leuthard, to join it starting in April 2020.
OEBB spent one month putting its Cityjet eco through its paces in passenger service. The electric-battery multiple unit performed well.
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MARTA and Stadler have signed a contract for 127 two-car METRO trains to be delivered between 2023 and 2028. The contract is worth 646m USD.
After signing a contract with DB Regio, Alstom will deliver 19 Coradia Continental trains to Baden-Württemberg.
Deutsche Bahn has opened a new training centre in Cologne, where it will train new apprentices and upskill its existing workforce.
The Recoletos Tunnel in Madrid has been undergoing upgrade works worth 45 million euros. Alstom has now completed the signalling works.
Stadler has won its first contract for a hydrogen train, the FLIRT H2. The SBCTA will operate the train on the Redlands Passenger Rail line.
The first test tram on the Trafford Park Line, the new extension to the Metrolink network in Manchester, took place overnight Sunday.
Rail Baltica has announced its tender for the Riga Airport station and associated works. Candidate selection will occur in January 2020.
UWC will supply 100 gondola freight cars to National Railways of Zimbabwe for cross-border operations. They will run on 1067mm gauge track.
As part of its knowledge transfer strategy Talgo UK has gifted a Rodal to the National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure.
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Serbia: the EBRD is loaning 100 million euros to the Serbian state railway company Srbija Voz for the acquisition of up to 18 trains.
CAF Signalling has won a contract for the Ferrocarril Central project, Uruguay, expanding the CAF Group subsidiary's international operations.
Alstom and MMRC revealed a mock up of the train for the Aqua Line in Mumbai. Alstom is supplying 31 8-car units as part of a 2018 contract.
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Alstom and FS Italiane have reconfirmed their partnership with Bologna University. A four-week course will equip students with vital skills.
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Talgo has signed a framework agreement with Transport Scotland and Scottish Enterprise for a manufacturing base in Longannet, Fife.
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Deutsche Bahn is transforming its rail network with digital signal boxes. The first regulating a long-distance route has entered service.
Vivarail has announced expansion plans with a move to Southam. It has out-grown its premised at Long Marston thanks to a growing order book.
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Network Rail is choosing to use augemented reality to showcase its three new footbridge designs to the public via the ARki app.
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Spanish train manufacturer Talgo has established Talgo UK with Jon Veitch as its new MD. It aims to build an 'all Britain' supply chain.
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France's Grand Est region has ordered 39 Alstom Coradia Polyvalent trains for both cross-border and domestic operations.
BLS Cargo has announced it is buying 25 Siemens Vectron multi-system locomotives to operate in Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy.
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Stadler has won its first major rolling stock contract in the Pacific region, with the Taiwan Railways Authority ordering 34 locomotives.
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Skoda Transportation has won a contract to supply trains for the Warsaw metro. The Czech company will deliver the first unit within 2 years.
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RB Rail AS, which is delivering Rail Baltica, has announced a tender for a Notified Body service provider to assess EU TSI conformity.
The first Stadler train for Merseyrail has been transported to Germany where it will undergo dynamic testing before entering service in 2020.
Engineering company Salini Impregilo has won a contract with Bane NOR to upgrade 13.6km of railway track on the Vestfold Line.
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Leo Express has received its first Sirius EMU from CRRC. It is Velim for the necessary certification tests so it can enter passenger service.
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CAF has won a contract to supply 21 Urbos 3 trams for Birmingham. Just like the city's existing Urbos fleet, they can run without catenaries.
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