September's top stories: NTV to get Alstom high-speed trains, Astaldi JV €1bn deal

Alstom received a contract to provide four Pendolino trains and related maintenance services to Italian open-access operator Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV); a joint venture (JV) comprising Astaldi, Ghella, Oberosler, Cogeis and PAC secured a €1bn contract to build the Italian stretch of the Brenner Railway Tunnel. Railway-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from September.


Alstom to provide four new Pendolino high-speed trains to NTV

Alstom was contracted to provide four Pendolino trains and related maintenance services to Italian open-access operator Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV).

The contract also extends the maintenance term for NTV’s entire fleet of Pendolino trains from 20 to 30 years.

With the deal, NTV has exercised two options included in a contract signed with Alstom in October 2015 for the purchase of eight Pendolinos high-speed trains and associated maintenance.

Astaldi joint venture wins €1bn contract for Brenner railway tunnel in Italy

A joint venture (JV) comprising Astaldi Group, Ghella, Oberosler, Cogeis and PAC secured a €1bn contract to build the Italian stretch of the Brenner Railway Tunnel.

As part of the deal, the JV will build an exploration tunnel and two main tunnels from Mezzaselva in Fortezza to the Italian border with Austria.

A total of 23km will be dug for the development, with 46km excavated using tunnel boring machines (TBMs).

MTR receives first XRL train from CRRC Qingdao Sifang

MTR received the first of nine new high-speed trains from CRRC Qingdao Sifang for the Guangzhou Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) project.

Before shipment, the train underwent factory testing and inspection, as well as completing dynamic tests on the Shanghai to Kunming High-speed Railway line covering more than 5,000km.

Initially, it will undergo assembly and testing, then multiple static tests. It will then undergo low-speed dynamic tests followed by trialling on the 16km pilot section between Shek Kong Emergency Rescue Siding and Mongkok West Ventilation Building.

PANYNJ approves $400m project to overhaul PATH tunnels

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) approved a $400m project to repair two PATH tunnels E and F damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Work includes replacement of PATH track and rails, as well as electrical, signal and communications infrastructure in the tunnels that link the Exchange Place and World Trade Center stations.

Network Rail completes track installations on Oxford-London Marylebone line

The UK's Network Rail completed the final track installations on the line that connects Oxford city centre with London Marylebone.

Under the £320m project, a team of engineers have transformed the old 20mph-40mph branch route into a 100mph main line.

Out of the total project cost, £130m has been provided by Chiltern Railways. The project was originally announced in 2002 and eventually approved in 2013.

JV team with Granite secures $875m design-build transit contract in Hawaii

A joint venture (JV) comprising Granite Construction Company, Shimmick Construction and Traylor Bros was awarded the Airport Guideway and Stations Design-Build Contract by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation of Hawaii.

Granite will record its 33% share of the $875m joint venture project into backlog in the third quarter of 2016.

Under the terms, the JV team will be responsible for construction of 5.2 miles of elevated line between Aloha Stadium and the Middle Street Transit Center Station in Honolulu.

US FTA to provide $1bn to expand San Diego rail service

The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced it would provide a $1.04bn federal grant to San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to help extend the existing Blue Line Trolley service from downtown San Diego to the University City area.

Once complete, the 10.92-mile extension will provide better access to employment centres and various educational and medical facilities north of downtown.

Locally known as Mid-Coast Trolley, the extension will also serve major activity centres, including Old Town, Mission Bay Park, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Centre, UC San Diego, and Westfield UTC shopping centre.

China Railway Group subsidiaries win $1.2bn deal for Boten-Vientiane railway project

Three subsidiaries of China Railway Group (CRG) secured a CNY8.1bn ($1.2bn) contract from Laos-China Railway to perform civil works on sections I, II and III of the Boten-Vientiane railway project in Laos.

CRG subsidiaries comprise China Railway No 5 Engineering Group, China Railway International Group and China Railway No 8 Engineering Group.

Once complete, the 414km railway line will connect Boten on Laos’s northern border with China, to Vientiane, which is on the border with Thailand in the south.

Transport for NSW gains approval for Panania railway station upgrade

Australia's Transport for New South Wales (NSW) received planning approval for a major upgrade of Panania railway station on the East Hills line. 

Following receipt of approval, the agency has released a tender for the design and construction of the project, with a contractor expected to appointed shortly.

Thales wins maintenance contract for Saudi Arabia's NSR project

Thales secured a maintenance contract for the 2,400km route of the North South Railway (NSR) project across Saudi Arabia.

Said to be the longest route to adopt the European Signalling System (ETCS level 2), the NSR project involves construction of a 2,400km track, sidings, yards, depots, stations and administrative facilities.

The project will create a line that starts in the Saudi capital city Riyadh and runs to Al Haditha, near the border with Jordan.