Hitachi‘s new intercity trains have passed the UK DfT tests for integration with its digital technology, and Siemens has received a contract to install Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) for Indian Railways. wraps up the key headlines from July 2017.

New Hitachi intercity trains pass UK DfT digital tests

Japanese company Hitachi’s new intercity trains passed the UK Department for Transport (DfT) tests for integration with its digital technology.

The Class 800s trains were found to be compatible with for use with the digital systems and are scheduled to enter passenger service later this year.

Hitachi’s UK-built fleet represents one of the first in the country to successfully qualify for deployment using the advanced digital signalling technology.

Siemens to install IGBT technology for Indian Railways

Automations solutions provider Siemens received a contract to install Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) for Indian Railways.

IGBT are power electronics for the traction systems of electric and diesel-electric rail vehicles that reduce electricity requirements during operation.

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The company noted that the technology is also effective in making the acceleration process more efficient by reducing heat generation and traction noise.

Alstom to develop new traffic management tool for French rail network

Alstom secured a contract from SNCF Réseau to develop and deploy new regulation and control systems for railway traffic in France.

The award follows a call for tenders launched in 2016 by SNCF Réseau for the design of a new operational traffic management tool.

Alstom will offer its Iconis system as part of the arrangement, which is capable of detecting conflicting movements and proposing operating strategies to avoid such issues, while also anticipating the impact of disruption.

UK Government announce new plans for rail services in Wales, Midlands and North

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) revealed plans for new bi-mode trains, which are expected to provide faster and more comfortable journeys for passengers in Wales, the Midlands and the North of England.

The initiative will see new trains that feature a greater number of seats and facilities introduced on the Midland Main Line, Great Western Main Line and in the Lake District.

Great Western and Midland Main Line will use modern bi-mode trains, which will have 130 more seats and are able to provide faster services.

CPB Contractors and Bombardier receive $790m signalling contract for Melbourne Metro

CIMIC Group subsidiary CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation were selected by the Government of Victoria in Australia to deliver the Metro Tunnel Project Rail Systems Alliance (RSA) in Melbourne, which is estimated to be worth nearly A$1bn ($790m).

The RSA project includes the installation of a high-capacity signalling and communications system, which will facilitate an increase in the frequency of trains on the Melbourne Metro.

Both companies will work with Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) and Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) to deliver the contract.

Arriva wins €1.6bn northern rail concession in Netherlands

Pan-European passenger transport company Arriva won a €1.6bn contract from the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Leeuwarden, Friesland, to operate the regional rail transport in the north of the Netherlands for another 15 years.

The deal includes cross-border transport linking the provinces of Groningen and Fryslân with Lower Saxony.

The contract will see Arriva continue to operate the Northern Lines, which refers to the regional rail services operating around Groningen and Friesland, with a connection from Groningen to Leer in Ostfriesland, Lower Saxony.

New York Governor allocates $5.6bn for Long Island Rail Road upgrade

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo allocated $5.6bn for the transformation of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), which is intended to improve transportation infrastructure and facilitate economic growth in the region.

Works currently outlined for the project include the Main Line Third Track, Double Track, and Jamaica Station Reconstruction, as well as the renovation of 39 stations along the network and the elimination of several grade crossings.

UK announces £6.6bn worth of construction contracts for HS2 Phase One

The UK Government announced the winners of major construction contracts associated with the HS2 Phase One rail link, which are worth a combined sum of nearly £6.6bn.

The contracts are expected to support 16,000 jobs across the country.

SCS JV won the contract of the Area South, while Area Central will be developed by Align JV and CEK JV.

Budimex and Ferrovial win €233m railway contract in Poland

Polish infrastructure and services company Budimex and Spanish engineering firm Ferrovial secured a €233m contract from Poland’s railway operator PKP PLK to upgrade two sections of line 7, which links Warsaw and Dorohusk with the Ukrainian border.

The 51.7km-long first section of line 7 runs from Pilawa to Deblin, while the second section spans 30km and connects Otwock to Pilawa.

Works currently outlined as part of the deal for Budimex include the installation of new rails and overhead power lines, and creation of a control system, as well as the construction or upgrade of 38 structures, including bridges, overpasses, underpasses, tunnels and sewers.