Izmir to launch tender for metro extension consultancy services

The city of Izmir is seeking a consultant in assisting the implementation of investments and to provide support to a Project Implementation Unit for its metro extension. Thus, the interested firms or group of firms are invited to submit expressions of interest. The Assignment is expected to start in the first quarter of 2018 and…

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Bangalore Airport may benefit a rail link

The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) has engaged RITES, a Government of India entity, to prepare a feasibility report on upgrading rail infrastructure between the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) serving the city of Bangalore, and the Yesvantpur railway station, in the Indian state of Karnataka. This is one of the many options the government…

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China and Malaysia partner for railway expertise training

China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) signed an agreement with Malaysian partners on a joint railway expertise training program to facilitate Malaysia’s railway development. The training programme, which is sponsored by CCCC and operated by Malaysia Rail Link Company and Universiti Malaysia Pahang, would nurture skilled workers for Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) electric…

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Moscow to convert radial lines

The Moscow city authorities, together with Moscow Region, Russian Railways and the Ministry of Transport will discuss a possibility to convert radial railway lines into thorough diametres. “Every diametre, for example, from Zelenograd to Balashikha or Podolsk, will work like the Moscow Central Circle (MCC),” Sergei Sobyanin said. Beside this project, Moscow will improve traffic…

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Ukrzaliznytsia and General Electric could launch locomotive production in 2018

“Ukrainian Railway Company (Ukrzaliznytsia) and General Electric Transportation could launch in 2018 the production of locomotives, with localization in Ukraine”, announced Ukrainian Prime Minister, Volodymyr Groysman.   According to the Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure, Volodymyr Omelian, a final agreement on the establishment of a joint-venture could be signed this November. The Minister of Infrastructure said…

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German rail industry to annually grow by 3.4%

Germany’s market volume for products and services will rise by an average of 3.4% per year over the next five years, according to the latest report made by SCI Verkehr GmbH. The market volume for infrastructure, system technology and rolling stock will increase from EUR 12.5 billion (in 2016) to EUR 14.6 billion by 2021.…

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Indian Railways to improve digital services for passengers

The Indian Railways will launch soon a revamped website and a new Android-based Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) mobile app to ensure faster and easier ticket-booking and help passengers plan their journeys better. The new website will be passenger-friendly, clutter-free with easier log-in and navigation and will not have the problem of getting…

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Stadler wins the first maintenance contract in Norway

Starting January 2018, Stadler will perform first line maintenance for ten FLIRT trains of NSB Gjøvikbanen, a subsidiary of the state owned operator NSB (Norges Statsbaner). In 2008 NSB had purchased the first 50 FLIRT from Stadler and will expand their fleet to 125 trains until 2020, which makes the NSB fleet one of the…

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ONCF receives EUR 80 million to complete Tangiers-Casablanca HSR

The French Development Agency (AFD) has granted a loan of EUR 80 million to the National Office of Moroccan Railways (ONCF) to finance the final installment of the project high-speed line Tangiers-Casablanca.   „The implementation of this financing brings the contribution of AFD to more than EUR 300 million and that of France to more…

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Alstom’s first passenger locomotive for Azerbaijan presented

October 9, 2017 Alstom presented its first Prima M4 passenger locomotive for Azerbaijan Railways (ADY) in Belfort, France. As part of the contract signed in 2014, ten Prima M4 (AZ4A) passenger locomotives are being manufactured on this site. The locomotives will operate under both 25 kV AC, 50 Hz for the East-West corridor and under…

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