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December 7, 2018

November’s top news stories

TfL subsidiary London Underground has awarded £1.5bn contract to Siemens Mobility, and Texas Central signed an agreement with Spanish train operator Renfe. wraps up the key headlines from November 2018.

London Underground awards £1.5bn deal to Siemens for 94 Tube trains

Transport for London (TfL) subsidiary London Underground awarded a contract valued at around £1.5bn to Siemens Mobility to design and build 94 Tube trains.

The trains will be deployed on all four Deep Tube lines in London, which are Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City.

Delivery of the Inspiro London trains is scheduled to begin in 2023 for testing on the Piccadilly line. The first of the trains is expected to serve customers in 2024.

Texas Central and Renfe sign deal for Texas high-speed train project

Texas Central signed an agreement with Spanish train operator Renfe for the operation of the Texas high-speed passenger train project.

The deal formalises Renfe as the strategic operating partner of the 200mph high-speed train that will connect North Texas, Brazos Valley and Houston in the US.

The Texas high-speed train is expected to complete a trip in 90 minutes.

Alstom delivers 28 repainted Class 390 Pendolino trains

Alstom rolled out the 28th repainted Class 390 Pendolino train from its Widnes railway facility in the UK.

The company will repaint 56 such Class 390 Pendolino trains, under a €28m contract awarded by Angel Trains in 2016.

The repainting of the remaining 28 vehicles is scheduled to be completed by December next year.

Bombardier to supply 33 TRAXX locomotives to Akiem

Bombardier Transportation signed two frame contracts to deliver 33 TRAXX locomotives to rolling stock leasing company Akiem.

Combined, the two contracts have a value of €112m ($128m).

The 33 locomotives to be supplied will comprise TRAXX MS 2 (multi-system), TRAXX AC 3 (alternating current) and TRAXX DC3 (direct current) units.

GE withdraws from $2bn Nigeria rail concession

General Electric (GE) withdrew from a nearly $2bn Nigeria rail concession as a part of its strategy to wrap up its transportation business.

A procurement process adviser told news agency Reuters that GE has pulled out from the concession deal with the Nigerian government.

A consortium, which included GE, South Africa’s Transnet, APM Terminals and Sinohydro Consortium, won the contract to manage Nigeria’s narrow-gauge rail network last year. This consortium was the sole bidder for the project.

Indra-Siemens JV to develop Sitra+ system for Spanish rail network

A joint venture (JV) of Indra and Siemens received a contract from Spanish railway infrastructure manager Adif to develop a traffic control and management system (Sitra+) for the entire rail network.

The system will oversee conventional, narrow-gauge and high-speed railways, improving efficiency in rail management and overall services.

With a life cycle between 20 and 30 years, Sitra+ will be designed to enable integration with multiple Adif systems and will come with advanced monitoring services to locate trains, determine crossing points and identify potential delays.

Montréal places $340m order to procure 17 AZUR trainsets

Public transport agency Société de transport de Montréal (STM) in Canada ordered 153 metro cars configured into 17 nine-car trainsets.

Worth approximately $340m, the order was awarded to a consortium of Bombardier Transportation and Alstom by amending the initial acquisition contract from October 2010.

Bombardier’s share in the order is $213m, while Alstom’s share is worth $127m.

EIB to provide $480m for first line of Bogotá metro in Colombia

The European Investment Bank (EIB) confirmed its support for the first line of Bogotá metro in Colombia with financing amounting to $480m.

The EU bank, which is contributing a $480m credit line for the metro project, provided the first tranche of $56m in August.

EIB vice-president Emma Navarro said: “The EU bank is pleased to contribute to the development of a major piece of infrastructure that will have a direct positive impact on the lives of millions of people, and that will transform Bogotá, making it more accessible and sustainable as a result of the project’s positive environmental impact.

RF Industries secures contract for Honolulu Rail Transit Project

Interconnect products and systems manufacturer RF Industries received an order for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project in Hawaii.

Awarded by Stanley Access Technologies, the project involves the delivery of wiring harnesses and electro-mechanical assemblies for the under-construction urban rail rapid transit system in Honolulu.

The wiring will be for platform screen doors to keep the passengers safe from the railway lines.

LA Metro secures $100m in funding for Purple Line Extension Project

US public transportation agency Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation (Metro) secured $100m in funding for the third and final section of Purple Line Extension Project.

The funding was awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) from its Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Investment Grants Program.

LA County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Sheila Kuehl said: “We are very grateful for the positive and productive working relationship our agency has had with the Federal Transit Administration in working to advance the Westside Purple Line Extension Project.

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