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April 2, 2018updated 03 Apr 2018 4:35pm

March’s top news stories

Fraport awards a €300m contract to construct a fully automated people mover system in Frankfurt Airport, Victoria orders four giant TBMs for the $8.47bn Metro Tunnel in Melbourne, Trenitalia awards four contracts to Alstom to supply 54 Coradia trains. wraps up key news stories from March 2018.

Fraport awards €300m contract for autonomous people mover

Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport awarded a new €300m contract to a consortium of Siemens, Max Bögl Group and Keolis Deutschland for the construction of a fully automated Airval people mover system.

The Airval people mover will operate on a 5.6km-long double-track line connecting Terminal 2 of the airport with the new Terminal 3 and the station at Terminal 1. The line will comprise three stations.

Under the terms of the contract, Siemens will supply 12 fully automated two-car trains equipped with GoA4 Communication Based Train Control Trainguard MT (CBTC).

Victoria orders four TBMs for $8.47bn Metro Tunnel in Melbourne

The Government of Victoria in Australia ordered four giant tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for operation on the A$11bn ($8.47bn) Metro Tunnel in Melbourne.

Each of these TBMs, scheduled to start arriving from early next year, will be 100m-long with a diameter of 7.2m and weigh up to 1,000t.

Equipped with giant cutting heads, the machines will operate like moving factories as they advance under the city’s surface, burrowing two 9km tunnels.

Italy’s Trenitalia orders 54 Coradia Stream regional trains

Italian national train operator Trenitalia awarded four contracts to Alstom to supply 54 Coradia Stream regional trains.

The deals are valued at €330m and the trains will operate across four regions of Italy.

Trenitalia and Alstom previously signed a frame agreement that covered the supply of 150 medium-capacity regional trains in August 2016.

Siemens and Alstom sign business combination agreement

Siemens signed an agreement regarding the proposed combination of its mobility business, including its rail traction drive business, with Alstom.

The signing of the business combination agreement (BCA) follows the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the two companies on 26 September last year.

The latest transaction is set to bring together two major players in the railway market.

Bombardier wins $305m contract to extend people mover system in Phoenix

Bombardier Transportation secured a $305m contract from the city of Phoenix to extend the PHX Sky Train automated people mover (APM) system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the US.

The contract, which represents Stage 2 of the system, involves the construction of a 2.5 mile extension to the airport’s rental car centre, two new stations and the expansion of the system’s maintenance facility.

It also includes the delivery of 24 Bombardier INNOVIA APM 200 vehicles with the option of three additional vehicles.

JICA and Philippines sign $985m loan for Metro Manila Subway

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) entered an agreement with the Philippine Government to provide an official development assistance (ODA) loan of up to JPY104.53bn ($985m) for the first phase of the Metro Manila Subway project.

According to the deal, the loan will have an annual interest of 0.10%, which needs to be repaid in 40 years with a grace period of 12 years.

The loan will be used to construct stations, underground tunnels between stations, depots and other public works, as well as procure rail systems and rolling stocks.

Hitachi to supply driverless trains for Copenhagen Metro

Hitachi Rail Italy (HRI) secured a contract from Denmark’s Metroselskabet to supply eight new autonomous trains for M1 / M2 lines of the Copenhagen Metro.

The deal, which is valued at around €50m, also includes the delivery of signalling and communication systems.

Hitachi group company Ansaldo STS will provide the systems.

Laing O’Rourke wins $745m contract for new Sydney metro

UK-based firm Laing O’Rourke received a A$955m ($745.2m) contract to renew Sydney’s Central Station in Australia, and build a new metro network and platforms at Central Walk.

The new structures are set to allow easy passage between light rail, suburban and inter-city trains, the new metro and buses in Sydney.

For the project, Laing will partner with architecture firm Woods Bagot, its partner John McAslan + Partners, and design firms GHD and Aurecon.

Indian Railways to invest $11bn into signalling system project

Indian Railways plans to invest $11bn into a signalling system project across the country to improve the safety of journeys.

Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal told PTI: “We will bring the most modern technology of European Train Control System (ETCS) in India and it will be implemented across the country.”

The South Western Railway division of the Indian Railways has produced a pre-feasibility report for the 160km Bengaluru suburban railway in the southern state of Karnataka, which was approved in 2014 but no work has been completed.

This railway would require an investment of $1.8bn.

DB Cargo to equip entire wagon fleet with smart sensors

DB Cargo announced plans to equip its entire fleet with new sensors and telematics systems by 2020.

The move follows a recent decision by the company’s management board to invest in ‘smart wagon’ technology.

Almost 19,000 wagons are set to be retrofitted by the end of the year as part of the initiative, while the remaining 50,000 units will be overhauled by 2020.

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