Engineering Support Group (ESG) has been awarded a contract by Transport for London (TfL) to install an automatic braking system on London’s tram network.

Expected to be operational by 2019, the system will automatically apply brakes if the permissible speed limit is exceeded. It can be operated along with the driver protection device.

The system is the first to be installed on UK trams and is one of the safety recommendations set by the Rail Accidents Investigation Branch (RAIB) following the Croydon accident.

Hitachi’s Taiwan subsidiary Taiwan Hitachi Asia Pacific has won a contract worth TWD44.3bn ($1.44bn) for supplying electric multiple unit (EMU) train cars to Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).

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The contract involves the supply of 50 electric multiple unit (EMU) train sets, comprising 12 train cars each.

Scheduled to be delivered from 2021, the trains will have an average speed of 140km/h and can operate at a maximum speed of 150km/h on 1,067mm track gauge.

The contract is part of TRA’s Train Purchasing and Renewal Plan 2015-2024, which aims to improve railway transportation capacity by substituting old train cars.

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“The contract will complete 30% of engineering works for the BART Phase II project and will enable the evaluation of expenditures and schedule estimates.”

A joint venture (JV) between Mott McDonald and PGH Wong Engineering (MMW) has been awarded a $125m contract by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley phase II extension project.

The JV will provide general engineering services, including design and engineering of the five-mile tunnel, four station areas, two ventilation structures and related system-wide work by MMW.

The contract will complete 30% of engineering works for the BART Phase II project and will enable the evaluation of expenditures and schedule estimates. It will also aid VTA’s management, financial and implementation plans.

An $11bn merger agreement between Wabtec and GE Transportation has been reviewed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), clearing the way for the two companies to form a diversified transportation and logistics company.

The merger deal was signed in May 2018 and is expected to be closed at the end of this quarter, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. GE will receive $2.9bn in cash.

GE shareholders and GE will own a 40.2% and 9.9% stake in the merged company, while the remaining stake is held by Wabtec shareholders.

The merger will create a steady and diversified transportation and logistics company with an overseas reach.

Wabtec is expected to become a Fortune 500 company following the completion of the merger.