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Siemens and Newag consortium wins train and signalling contract for Sofia metro line

A consortium of Siemens and Newag secured a €140m contract from Metropolitan EAD, the metro operator of Sofia, Bulgaria, to supply the trains and signalling system for line 3 of the Sofia Metro.

The consortium will be responsible for the delivery of 20 Inspiro type metro trains and the Trainguard MT automatic train protection system, using wireless communications-based train control (CBTC) technology to achieve automatic operation.

The contract, which is for the first eight kilometre section of the route with eight stations, includes an option for ten additional trains and the related automation system.

Liverpool City Region to get £340m rail upgrade


The rail network in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) will undergo a £340m upgrade over the next three years with the aim to provide frequent and better train services by 2019.

The scope of the project includes the construction of two new platforms at Liverpool Lime Street station. The two platforms, which will be built between existing platforms seven and eight, will facilitate additional services and accommodate longer trains.

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Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman said: "This multimillion pound investment will give Liverpool a first class station with better local, regional and national links."

UK Government allots £300m for Crossrail 2 and High Speed 3 projects

The UK Government allocated £300m in the national budget for the proposed Crossrail 2 project and High Speed 3 (HS3).

The investment follows recommendations by the new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to back these two projects. The decision will see the government investing £80m to fund the development of Crossrail 2.

The UK will allot £60m for a fast rail link between Manchester and Leeds, the HS3, integrating it with High Speed 2 (HS2).

HS2 contracts engineering delivery partners for phase one of UK’s high speed railway project


HS2, the developer and promoter of the UK’s new high-speed rail network, contracted a team of engineering delivery partners to assist in their £900m HS2 project.

Construction is scheduled to commence next year.

The HS2 project is part of the government’s plan to rebalance the UK economy and build a Northern Powerhouse by providing high-speed rail services from London to the Midlands and the north.

Maryland DOT selects Fluor-led consortium for $2bn Purple Line project

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) in the US selected Purple Line Transit Partners as a preferred bidder for the $2bn Purple Line public-private partnership (PPP) project.

Purple Line Transit Partners is a consortium comprised of Fluor Enterprises, Meridiam Infrastructure and Star America.

Tendered by MDOT and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), the project requires the concessionaire to finance, develop, design, build, operate and maintain the line.

Israel Railways exercises option for an additional 60 Bombardier Twindexx Vario coaches


Israel Railways (ISR) exercised an option with Bombardier Transportation to deliver an additional 60 Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches.

The new order increases ISR’s fleet of Bombardier-built double-deck coaches to 425.

ISR’s €106m firm order was placed within an October 2010 framework contract with Bombardier.

Ferrovial signs $442m contract to build 35km section of California high-speed rail

Spanish engineering firm Ferrovial‘s construction subsidiary signed a $442m contract with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to design and build a 35km section of high-speed railway line in Central Valley, California, US.

The contract value also includes $107m for the relocation of gas, power and communications networks.

Work will be carried out on the line between Wasko and Shafter. The section forms part of the 161km central section of the high-speed railway line between Fresno and Bakersfield, linking Los Angeles and San Francisco.

FTA approves Phase II of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley project


The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) granted approval to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to enter the project development phase of the six-mile Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Phase II extension in California.

It is reported the approval marks a milestone in the project as it signifies that VTA has pre-award authority under the federal New Starts funding programme to incur costs to advance engineering and design activities to support the environmental review process.

US representative for D-Silicon Valley Mike Honda said: "I have been proud to lead the fight to fund the BART Silicon Valley project in Congress.

UK NIC report says Crossrail 2 is a priority for London

The UK National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) recommended the proposed Crossrail 2 project should move forward to construction as quickly as possible.

The commission urged the government to strengthen support for development of the Crossrail 2 link across London, describing the northeast-southwest line as a ‘priority’ for the city.

In a report entitled Transport for a World City, the NIC identifies four challenges that will face London’s rail network from the late 2020s.