As a part of the Andrews Labor Government’s A$50m ($38m) safer country crossings programme, a A$8.2m ($6m) upgrade contract has been awarded to Active Railway Signalling (ARS) by the Government of Victoria, Australia.

The contract involves upgrade of 14 country rail crossings across the North Eastern and Central Victoria lines, which will become safer for motorists, passengers and local communities following the upgrade.

Boom gates, automatic gates, emergency exit gates and flashing lights will also be installed as a part of the project.

The Caen la Mer community in Normandy, France, has ordered 23 Citadis X05 light rail vehicles (LRVs), with an option to extend up to nine more trams by 2021, from Alstom for a deal WORTH €52m ($56.7m).

Claimed as the lightest trams of their generation, the Citadis X05 trams are 33m-long, feature six double doors on each side, and have a capacity to carry 210 passengers. They will run on all three of the new lines and replace the existing trams in reserved lanes.

To be constructed in Alstom’s seven production sites in France, the trams will be delivered from 2018, with the service entry scheduled for September 2019.

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