Swedish regional transportation services provider Västtrafik has awarded a contract to Bombardier Transportation for the supply of high-speed electric trains.
The $452m deal will see Bombardier deliver a total of 40 trains, which are expected to operate in the Västra Götaland region of Sweden.
The contract also includes an option for the supply of an additional 60 units.
Delivery of the first consignment of trains is expected in 2021.
Västtrafik intends to use the new trains to improve passenger comfort across the region.
Norwegian state-owned rail network operator Bane NOR has awarded a €800m ($990m) signalling contract to Siemens.
Siemens is set to digitalise the signalling equipment across the rail network as part of the agreement, as well as convert the infrastructure to the European Train Control System (ETCS).
The company will also maintain the installed systems for a 25-year period under the arrangement.
Installation of the new equipment is currently slated for completion in 2034 and is expected to enhance the efficiency of rail operations.
City University of London and Risk Solutions have secured a 12-month research contract from the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), which will see the partners conduct an extensive study to identify the cause of knock-on train delays.
Great Western Railway (GWR) is set to assist City University during the research project.
The collaboration initiative is expected to work towards the development of strategies to reduce delays, as well as enhance the quality of rail services offered to passengers.
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has provided a grant of $22.5m to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART).
FTA has provided the financing package under the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) programme.
The funding is anticipated to be used for the extension of rail line from San Rafael to Larkspur.
The extension works are intended to reduce traffic problems along US Highway 101.