Evolution Rail consortium has been chosen by the state of Victoria in Australia to deliver the High-Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) public-private partnership (PPP) project for the Melbourne suburban rail network.

The consortium comprises Downer Rail, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles, and Plenary Group.  

The $A2bn ($1.5bn) project is expected to reach financial closure by the end of 2016.

Under the contract, Evolution will be responsible for the design, manufacture and commissioning of 65 electric multiple units (EMUs) to be run on the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines in Melbourne. In addition, it will be responsible for a train maintenance facility and stabling yards at Pakenham East, as well as maintenance of the rolling stock for 30 years.

"The first of the ordered trains will carry more than 1,380 passengers, which is 20% higher than existing models."

The first of the ordered trains will carry more than 1,380 passengers, which is 20% higher than existing models, and will be delivered for testing by November 2018. It will enter service on the Cranbourne-Pakenham Line from 2019, while the remaining 64 trains will be delivered by 2026.

Amsterdam public transport operator GVB Activa has awarded a contract to Spanish rail systems manufacturer CAF to deliver 63 low-floor bi-directional light rail vehicles (LRVs) to be run on the Dutch city's 213.3km tram network.

The contract includes an option for another 60 LRVs and will deliver the ordered fleet between 2019 and 2022.

A consortium of Spanish and Mexican suppliers Ineco, Inecomex Adif, and Cal y Mayor y Asociados has secured a contract to supervise construction of the 4km extension of line 12 of Mexico city’s metro, which will run from Mixcoac to Obervatorio.

The contract includes deployment of 80 personnel to perform the works from the start until commissioning of the extension, which is intended to ease congestion on existing lines.