The Railway-News Industry Insider week 47 (19–23 November):
Firstly, German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer and Deutsche Bahn CEO Dr Richard Lutz answer questions about digitalisation and sustainability. Additionally, Andreas Scheuer comments on the penalties the EU recently imposed on Germany.
Rafael Santana discusses GE Transportation’s progress. Another key point is that GE Transportation unveiled a new engine at InnoTrans 2018. In addition, he highlighted the importance of digitisation. He said, “digitisation […] triggers cultural change”.
The Swiss Federal Transport Office has issued an operating licence for the double-decker passenger train, Bombardier’s TWINDEXX. These trains will run on intercity and interregional routes. It must be remembered that this operating licence is currently valid for two years. However, this licence will help SBB with the new European timetable that comes into effect on 9 December.
Austrian Federal Railways celebrated a milestone on 15 November. This is when the first Bombardier Cityjet TALENT 3 trains arrived in the country. In order to improve passenger transport in Vorarlberg, these trains will enter service in 2019. The Cityjet TALENT 3 was first unveiled at InnoTrans 2018.
GE Transportation has secured its first business in Moldova. It has signed a contract with Moldovan Railways to supply 12 Evolution Series locomotives. Furthermore, it will take care of parts, training and services.
National French rail operator SNCF has ordered 19 OMNEO Premium trains from Bombardier. These trains are to serve the Hauts-de-France region. They will enter service in 2022. Significantly, these trains will increase capacity by 25 percent on the routes they will serve.
London Underground has contracted Siemens Mobility to design and manufacture the new trains for the city’s Piccadilly line. In particular, Siemens will supply 94 Inspiro London trains. They will replace the rolling stock that has service the line since the 1970s. Additionally, Siemens will provide the rolling stock for London’s other three deep tube lines as part of the Deep Tube Upgrade Programme.
FNM has contracted Stadler to supply diesel-electric trains to service Italy’s Lombard region. The agreement covers a minimum of 30 trains. Each train also costs almost 6.5 million euros. Delivery of these trains is scheduled for 2021.
The high-speed rail line between Tangiers and Kenitra in Morocco opened on 15 November. Significantly, the event was attended by the King. Alstom supplied its Avelia Euroduplex trains. As a result, French president Emmanuel Macron also attended. Another key point is that these 8-car double-decker trains are able to cope with the country’s climate.
OEBB will invest 12 million euros on building a bigger, modern hall to maintain the new Cityjet TALENT 3 trains for Vorarlberg. The site in Bludenz will also safeguard jobs. Construction works should be completed by spring 2020. Meanwhile, the first of these trains recently arrived in the country (see above).
Germany’s national rail operator has increased its target for 2030. It is important to point out that Deutsche Bahn initially set the target at 70 percent. Now, however it says that 80 percent of its electricity will come from renewables by 2030. Significantly, DB is already Germany’s main consumer of green electricity.
Not everyone is happy with the developments in the German rail system, however. Allianz pro Schiene, an organisation that works towards increasing rail’s market share. It says the budget provisions for rail are too little. In addition, the government is investing too much in highways. This, they say, sends the wrong message.
Finally, the CEO and Chairman of Russian Railways attended a discussion panel at the 12th International Forum Transport of Russia. During this event he said that Russian Railways wanted to invest around 150 billion roubles in digital services by 2025.
The British rail regulator, the ORR, has implemented a new measure to record train punctuality: the 'On Time' punctuality measure.
Transport for Wales has published its Station Improvement Vision stating that it will invest £194 in modernising all 247 stations in Wales.
SNCF Mobilités has chosen CAF as preferred bidder to deliver 28 trains to enter service in 2023. The order is worth ca. 700 million euros.
Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA joint venture wins construction management contract for HS2's Old Oak Common station worth 1 billion GBP.
Deutsche Bahn is investing in hybrid technology for its maintenance fleets and shunting locomotives to reduce its environmental impact.
On 16 September Shanghai Keolis opened the Pudong International Airport metro, connecting the terminals to the new satellite halls.
Alstom will deliver 4 additional Coradia Lint trains for Denmark. The operator, Nordjyske Jernbaner, will receive the units by mid-2021.
RegioJet has introduced double-decker coaches in Slovakia, purchased from DB Regio. They are hauled by Siemens Eurorunner locomotives.
Poland’s accession to the EU in 2004 triggered mass economic investment, including in the country’s railway infrastructure and rolling stock.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this week Eurostar has unveiled a picture gallery celebrating travellers’ memorable images.
The 13th TRAKO will be taking place in Poland. TRAKO is a international event with pavilions for Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the UK.
Amtrak passengers are benefiting from an improved booking experience as a result of significant improvements in the company mobile app.
As the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, Lineas wish to offer services to customers which shift their goods from road to rail.
ScotRail amongst other organisations are engaging passengers in conversations about mental health issues on trains and in stations.
Hosted by the RSI, REMSA and RSSI, Railway Interchange takes place every two years. This year the event is being hosted in Minneapolis.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) have renewed their commitment to green energy across the network by signing an agreement with the Nordsee Ost wind farm.
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