Alstom delivered first Citadis tram to Dublin

Rolling stock manufacturer Alstom delivered the first Citadis tram to Dublin from its La Rochelle facility in France as part of a €35m contract with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

The company provided a total of seven 55m-long trams, which will operate along the extension of the Dublin tram network under the LUAS Cross City transport project.

Alstom UK&I Customer and Operations director Nick Phillips said: “It is another important milestone in our long and successful partnership with Transport Infrastructure Ireland.”


First phase of Hyderabad metro rail in India opens to public

Phase I of the Hyderabad metro rail service in the Indian state of Telangana is now open to the public.

This initial phase covers a distance of nearly 30km and was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

It comprises a total of 24 stations across two lines, stretching from Miyapur to Nagole.


Ballard and Siemens partnered for zero-emission rail fuel cell engine

Ballard Power Systems signed an agreement to develop a zero-emission fuel cell engine for Siemens’ Mireo light-rail train.

The arrangement will see Ballard develop a 200kW fuel cell engine for installation on-board Siemens’ new Mireo vehicle, which is a modular commuter train platform designed to operate at a maximum speed of 160km/h.

The new train is also equipped with energy-efficient components and intelligent onboard network management systems.


UK Budget focused on proposals to strengthen rail transportation

The UK Government announced a series of new commitments intended to strengthen rail transportation in the country as part of its proposal to improve capacity across the network via new technologies.

Chancellor Philip Hammond presented a £84m package for fitting in-cab digital signalling systems on-board trains across the country in his Autumn Budget statement.

The published documents did not provide further details regarding this initiative.


Mitsubishi to supply rolling stock for Manila LRT

Japanese company Mitsubishi (MC) won a contract worth roughly JPY30bn ($267m) for the supply of new rolling stock for the Manila Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line-1 in the Philippines.

The contract is to be awarded by the Department of Transportation of the Philippines and will be funded under a Japanese ODA Loan Agreement that was previously signed between the governments of the two countries.

MC will supply a total of 30 train sets under the initiative, which will be constructed by Spain-based Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and equipped with Japanese components.


Siemens to upgrade SWR’s fleet of trains

Siemens secured a contract worth more than €56m to upgrade the fleet of UK-based train operating company South Western Railway (SWR).

The deal will see the modernisation of SWR’s 172-unit fleet of Class 444 and Class 450 Desiro trains, which currently operate across the company’s network.

The refurbishment work is scheduled to start next month and will be completed in approximately 12 months.


Mercitalia Rail to purchase 125 TRAXX electric locomotives for €400m

Italian State Railways’ (FS Italiane Group) freight subsidiary Mercitalia Rail and its unit TX Logistik (Polo Mercitalia) purchased up to 125 next-generation TRAXX electric locomotives for a sum of almost €400m.

The acquisition arrangement was finalised following an eight-month competitive tender involving a number of major international suppliers.

The new electric locomotives will be developed by Bombardier and are set to be used for freight transportation in Italy, as well as throughout the European continent.


Ricardo to provide verification services for Taiwan’s Green Line

UK’s Ricardo was selected to provide independent verification and validation services for the construction of the new 27km Green Line on the Taoyuan MRT system in Taiwan.

Also known as the Aerotropolis Line, the new line will connect Taoyuan City to the country’s international airport.

It will also connect to the major centres of Zhongli, Bade, and Dasi that form an urban corridor.


CAF won €100m electric units supply contract from Auckland

Spain-based railway systems components manufacturer CAF secured a contract worth around €100m to supply 15 electric units for the city of Auckland, New Zealand.

The contract is comprehensive of vehicle maintenance for a period of eight years, and has an extension option to fit the units with battery packages.

This will enable the units to run on the line section between Papakura and Pukekohe, which is not electrified at present.


HS2 revealed names of five bidders for £2.75bn rail contract

High Speed 2 (HS2) revealed the names of the five shortlisted bidders for the £2.75bn deal to build the UK’s next generation of high-speed trains.

The shortlisted companies Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation UK, Hitachi Rail Europe, Patentes Talgo and Siemens will be invited to tender for the contracts, which are expected to cover the design, construction and maintenance of at least 54 trains that will become operational from 2026.

The new locomotives will operate at speeds of up to 225mph and are intended to deliver speed and comfort, while providing additional passenger capacity between the UK’s major cities.