GE Transportation signs $900m locomotive contracts with KTZ

GE Transportation signed two contracts with Kazakhstan’s state-run railroad Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), which have a combined value of more than $900m.

The deals cover the delivery of 300 shunter locomotives, as well as an 18-year service agreement to provide maintenance services for 175 passenger Evolution Series trains.

The first two shunter units are expected to be delivered in 2019, while the remaining 298 vehicles will be provided over the next 10 years.

HS2 launches tenders for £1.55bn track works

UK-based high-speed rail project developer High Speed Two (HS2) launched tenders seeking contractors for the £1.55bn track and overhead catenary system (OCS) package.

The second part of the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) publication is valued at roughly £330m and covers mechanical and electrical works for the tunnel and lineside areas, in addition to tunnel ventilation works.

The successful bidders will be expected to conduct track, overhead catenary system and tunnel ventilation works, along with associated mechanical and electrical tasks between London and Birmingham (Phase 1), as well as Birmingham to Crewe (Phase 2a).

BLS to buy 52 new trains from Stadler

Switzerland-based railway company BLS signed a contract to purchase 52 latest-generation Flirt trains from Stadler.

The new fleet is intended to replace three older models and facilitate the planned expansion of regional transport in the canton of Bern.

It is also expected to allow BLS to operate rail services at 15-minute intervals.

Indian state of Uttar Pradesh approves metro projects worth $7.36bn

The Government of Uttar Pradesh in India approved three separate proposed metro projects in three cities across the state, which will involve a combined investment of Rs470bn ($7.36bn).

Metro services are set to be commenced in the cities of Agra, Kanpur and Meerut under the state cabinet-approved plan.

The three metro projects are expected to be operational by 2024 and are slated to be funded via a combination of share equity, debt and loans from financial institutions.

Alstom to deliver signalling system to China’s Chengdu metro

Alstom and its joint venture units SATEE and CASCO secured two contracts to supply traction systems for 200 metro cars, as well as a CBTC signalling system, for the entirety of Chengdu metro line 9’s phase I in China.

The two contracts possess a combined value of €64m and have been awarded by Chengdu Railway.

Alstom China & East Asia managing director Ling Fang said: “With its international service proven references in driverless metro and its successful execution of driverless metro lines in Beijing and Shanghai, Alstom and its joint ventures are confident delivering these two projects in high level of excellence.”

UK to receive 7,000 new carriages by 2021, reveals new plan

UK railway membership body Rail Delivery Group released a set of new figures, which show that more than 7,000 new carriages are set to be deployed across the UK rail network by 2021.

The updated data follows an earlier plan that was published in October last year that committed to the supply of 5,700 new carriages delivered the same period.

The delivery of the new carriages forms part of a long-term plan by the country’s rail operators known as ‘In Partnership for Britain’s Prosperity’.

London Bridge station reopens following major engineering works

London Bridge station in the UK reopened after the completion of ten days of major engineering works, which were conducted as part of a £1bn station makeover programme.

The final section of the new concourse was opened along with five platforms, which is expected to allow Cannon Street trains to resume services at the station.

Network Rail originally began construction works at the station in 2013 under the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme.

Kawasaki Rail Car wins $1.4bn subway car contract

Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ US-based subsidiary Kawasaki Rail Car (KRC) received a $1.4bn contract to deliver 535 new-generation R211-series subway cars to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) New York City Transit.

KRC was awarded the deal following approval from the MTA board.

Kawasaki plans to build the contracted R211 subway cars at its US facilities.

Polish rail operator to purchase 71 EMUs for $647.9m

A rail operator based in Poland’s Mazovia region, Koleje Mazowieckie, signed an agreement to purchase 71 new FLIRT EMU trains from Stadler as part of a contract valued at zl2.2bn ($647.9m).

The new FLIRT trains are stated to be more spacious than previous models and are capable of reaching a maximum speed of 160 km/hour.

The trains are are equipped with ETCS level 2 automatic train control systems and have been fitted with contemporary doors, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi capabilities and visual / audible passenger information systems.

Jerusalem-Tel Aviv rail link to begin operations

The Jerusalem-Tel Aviv high-speed rail link is set to start operating from 30 March this year, Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz announced.

The new electric train is capable of running at a speed of 160km/h and can carry up to 1,000 passengers, reported media sources.

It is initially scheduled to operate from Binyenei Ha’uma station in Jerusalem Central Bus Station to the Hagana train station in Tel Aviv via Ben Gurion airport every half an hour on a single line.