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May 4, 2016

April’s top stories: Vinci and Bouygues win metro contract, CDPQ Infra unveils driverless light-rail

Vinci and Bouygues won $1.2bn Cairo metro contract, CDPQ Infra unveiled plans for $4.3bn driverless light-rail network in Montreal. wraps up the key headlines from April.


Vinci and Bouygues win $1.2bn Cairo metro contract

Vinci and Bouygues Construction have secured a $1.2bn contract from Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) for the construction of phase 3 of Line 3 of the Cairo metro.

Work will be carried out by the joint venture led by Vinci Construction Grands Projets, alongside Bouygues Construction’s subsidiary Bouygues Travaux Publics and their Egyptian partners Orascom Construction and Arabco Contractors.

The 67-month project covers civil engineering for phase 3, which includes the construction of a 17.7km track and 15 stations.

CDPQ Infra unveils plans for $4.3bn driverless light-rail network in Montreal

CDPQ Infra has unveiled plans to build a driverless light-rail rapid transit system in Montreal, which is said to be the third-longest in the world.

CDPQ is a subsidiary of Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (la Caisse), and its Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project will be built in partnership with the Québec and Canadian Governments.

Construction will require investment of C$5.5bn ($4.3bn) and La Caisse is willing to commit C$3bn ($2.3bn), while the remaining amount is expected to come from provincial and federal governments.

Fluor completes Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Project in Denver, US


A team led by engineering and construction firm Fluor has completed the University of Colorado A Line of the Denver Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Project in the US.

The 23-mile electric commuter line will run between downtown Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport. There are eight stations along the route and new cars will be used, which have level boarding to facilitate travellers with luggage and accessibility requirements.

They also have a top speed of 79mph and will be capable of accommodating up to 200 passengers.

Aecom wins $77m contract for two Canadian LRT projects

Aecom has secured a seven-year contract worth approximately C$100m ($77.7m) from Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario. It will provide technical advisory services on the Hurontario Light-Rail Transit (LRT) project in Mississauga and Brampton, as well as the Hamilton LRT project.

Both the projects are part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history and are expected to have an impressive impact on regional transit.

The projects are expected to provide crucial links between many existing lines by creating jobs and attracting more investment.

Alstom acquires 51% stake in South Africa’s CTLE


Alstom has acquired a 51% share in South African company Commuter Transport & Locomotive Engineering (CTLE), which specialises in modernisation.

Following approval from the South African antitrust authorities, the company bought the stake from Commuter Transport Engineering (CTE) and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which will remain shareholders.

Alstom South Africa managing director Yvan Eriau will be CEO of the new company, named Alstom Ubunye.

Victoria awards $1.2bn level crossing removals contract

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) of Victoria has awarded a contract to an alliance for the Caulfield-Dandenong level crossing removal project in Melbourne, Australia.

The alliance includes Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon, and Metro Trains Melbourne. Under the deal, they will be responsible for design and construction of the $1.2bn project.

Work will include removal of nine dangerous level crossings, construction of five new stations, upgrading of signalling and power, and creation of new public open spaces. Work is scheduled to start at the end of this month and is expected to be completed in 2018.

Qatar Rail unveils Doha metro train and Lusail LRV designs


Qatar Rail has unveiled designs for the Doha metro and Lusail light-rail vehicles (LRV), which are due to enter service in 2020.

Arabian mares inspired the design as they are held in high-regard in Quatari culture. Al Mehmel is the name given to the Lusail trams. It derives from a traditional Qatari boat used for pearl fishing.

Japan-based manufacturer Kinki Sharyo will be responsible for supplying 75 three-car trains for Doha Metro. One carriage is divided into two classes, the gold class and the family class. Gold will have 16 seats, while family will have 26 seats. The other two standard-class cars will each seat 88 passengers.

Panama and Japan sign $2.6bn monorail deal

The Republic of Panama has signed a $2.6bn agreement with the Government of Japan to fund construction of a new line at Panama Metro.

Line 3 is claimed to be the republic’s largest project since the expansion of the Panama Canal and its monorail system will be first in the Americas to use Japanese technology.

It will be 26.75km with 14 passenger stations and it is scheduled to begin in 2017, with operations expected to start by late 2021.

London Luton Airport plans to open 24-hour light rail link by 2020


London’s Luton Airport (LLA) has unveiled plans to open a new 24-hour light-rail link between its Parkway station and the airport terminal by 2020.

In order to replace the current bus service, the airport plans to build a mass passenger transit (MPT) system similar to those at Birmingham and Gatwick airports.

The service is expected to make it easier and quicker for passengers to reach the airport terminal, improving the journey for more than two million passengers currently travelling by train.

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