Czech Railways (ČD) has awarded a €115m ($134m) contract to the consortium of Skoda Transportation and Siemens for the supply of 50 Viaggio Comfort passenger coaches.
Siemens will be responsible for the delivery, commissioning and vehicle authorisation of the rail coaches, under the contract.
Skoda will perform the static commissioning and assembly works as well as deliver control cabinets and auxiliary converters.
The delivery of the rail coaches is scheduled to start in 2021.
Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Railway) has placed a €16.5m ($19.2m) contract with Finnish rail safety services provider Mipro for the refurbishment of signalling infrastructure on the Lääne-Harju track section.
Mipro will be responsible for the deployment of a signalling systems and new traffic management system on the 80km-long rail line passing through Tallinn, under the contract.
Scheduled for completion in 2021, the project will be implemented in multiple stages.
Kiepe Electric and Bombardier Transportation UK have been contracted by the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) for the supply of 27 new trams for its tram system, Metrolink network.
The £72m ($95m) contract will increase the overall capacity of Metrolink by 15%.
The new trams will enable TfGM to serve more passengers and operate double trams on high-traffic routes.
The first tram is expected to be delivered in February 2020, while the remaining vehicles will be delivered by June 2021.
European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide a €450m ($524.5m) loan to Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), a state-owned railroad operator in the Netherlands.
The loan will be used to buy 79 InterCity Next Generation trains.
The trains will have a maximum speed of 200km/h and be deployed across high-speed rail lines and the traditional rail network in the Netherlands.
The new trains are expected to be operational in 2021.