Deutsche Bahn has awarded a €198m ($227.9m) contract to Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation for the delivery of 18 seven-car ICE 4 trainsets and 50 power cars.

Siemens Mobility will supply two thirds of the ordered vehicles, while the remaining will be delivered by Bombardier Transportation.

The power cars will be attached to the previously ordered 50 ICE 4 12-car trainsets.

The trainsets delivery is scheduled to start in 2023.

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ), in collaboration with Austrak and Laing O’Rourke, intends to develop advanced solutions based on composite technology.

The technology will serve as an alternative to the use of timber in railway sleepers and bridge transoms, reducing costs involved in maintenance of railway sleepers and service delays.

“The Government of Australia has granted A$3m ($2.12m) for the A$10m ($7.07m) project.”

The consortium will work on USQ’s existing research for the development of warping and rotting-resistant fibre-reinforced polymer composites.

The Government of Australia has granted A$3m ($2.12m) for the A$10m ($7.07m) project, under its Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) initiative.

Salini Impregilo has reached an agreement with Texas Central to lead a group of companies to construct the first high-speed train project in the US.

The high-speed train project will be based on the Tokaido Shinkansen train network in Japan and will act as a connecting link between North Texas and Houston.

Salini Impregilo will perform the construction of embankments, viaducts, and drainage in the project, under the agreement.

A limited notice-to-proceed (LNTP) agreement has been signed by the companies involved in the project.

The agreement will enable the companies to carry out front-end engineering, design, and analysis of the civil infrastructure of the trains.

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority has awarded a contract to a consortium of Siemens Project Ventures and TRIL Urban Transport, a part of Tata Group, for the construction of Pune Metro Line 3 in Maharashtra, India.

The consortium will work on the development of an elevated metro corridor between Hinjewadi Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park and Shivajinagar.

The metro corridor will have a length of 23.3km and will include 23 stations. Work is expected to begin in June 2019 and scheduled completion in 2022.