Deals this week: Thales, Qingdao Sifang, SNCF Mobilites


Thalesis to upgrade and extend the Dubai Metro's Red Line after signing a contract from Alstom and Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA).

The contractual scope includes provision of latest signalling, integrated supervision, security, passenger services, telecommunications and fare collection technologies for the 15km extension.

Scheduled for commissioning in May 2020, the extension will feature seven stations.

CRRC subsidiary Qingdao Sifang has secured a contract to deliver eight hydrogen-powered tramcars.

Designed for a maximum speed of 70km/h, the trams can each carry 285 passengers. The trams will operate on the 17.4km Gaoming Line in Guangdong province, China, which will open for public use in 2018.

"The trams will operate on the 17.4km Gaoming Line in Guangdong province, China, which will open for public use in 2018."

French state-owned SNCF Mobilites has ordered 15 Euroduplex Océane train sets from Alstom in a €400m ($428.3m) deal. 

The train sets will be commissioned on the Paris-Bordeaux service, and be pre-fitted for a new automatic speed control system generation complying with the latest European standards (ERTMS). They will also feature door-locating systems, upgraded door-handles and touch-sensitive WC signs, and on-board internet access.

Transportation and logistics services provider Schneider has signed a new multi-year agreement with CSX Transportation.

Under the agreement, CSX will continue to provide its services to Schneider and remain as one its prime rail providers. The agreement enables Schneider to better serve the eastern US, where demand for intermodal transportation is on the rise.