Société du Grand Paris has awarded a €280m ($329.1m) contract to Alstom for the delivery of 150 rail cars, which will be configured into 25 six-car trains.

The cars will be deployed on the 15, 16 and 17 lines of the Grand Paris Express.

The contract award is part of an agreement signed between Société du Grand Paris and Île-de-France Mobilités in 2014.

Trains will be designed to operate in the metropolitan areas and will carry a maximum of 1,000 passengers.

Delivery of the trains is scheduled to begin in 2022, while service entry is slated for 2024.

The UK’s Network Rail has awarded a £200m ($263.4m) two-year extension contract to British Steel for the supply of long steel rail.

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British Steel will supply 200,000t of rail between March 2019 and March 2021, which will stretch 4,000km.

The two long-life steel rails, HP335 and Zinoco, to be supplied under the contract will enhance rail life and reduce lifecycle costs.

Poland’s Institute of Rail Vehicles TABOR (IPS TABOR), PKP Cargo and Pesa Bydgoszcz have signed an agreement for development of an autonomous train.

“This agreement allows us to explore new applications, even in high-speed trains.”

The train’s technical design of the train will be based on the Gama locomotive platform of Pesa Bydgoszcz, will be co-developed by PKP Cargo.

The technical design will be validated by the scientists at TABOR.

Pesa will work on development of a dual-system, electric and diesel autonomous train, upon completion of the design phase.

The train is expected to be commissioned in 2022, after a series of tests by PKP Cargo.

Nokia and France-based Altran intend to develop an optimised rolling stock maintenance solution for railway operators.

The advanced solution will help railway operators to reduce maintenance costs by providing predictive rolling stock services.

It will analyse performance of rolling stock by gathering the data from smart sensors and will also feature wireless network and Internet of Things (IoT) connections for transmission of data.

The new solution is expected to increase train reliability by 30% and reduce delays by 20%.

Bombardier Transportation and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost operators’ skills in the rail industry.

The partnership will help small and medium sized companies operating in the maintenance, manufacturing and operations sectors to strengthen their technical expertise.