Thales has been awarded a contract by the China Steel Corporation (CSC) in support of the Ankeng Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Taiwan. 

Thales will be responsible for the design, development and supply of signalling, automatic vehicle localisation, priority management, passengers and security services for the Ankeng LRT project under the deal.

The company is also set to provide communications and operation control centre (OCC) systems by 2022.

Thales will carry all the installation, testing and commissioning works related to the equipment and solutions in Taiwan.

ABB has secured a contract to provide solar power inverters for 750 railway stations located in northern India.

"Transtech has received a deal worth approximately €50m ($59.8m) from VR Group to deliver 20 new double-decker rail coaches for passengers in Finland."

The contractor will deliver TRIO and PVI series solar invertors as part of the arrangement, which will feature power configurations ranging from 5kW to 50kW.

The inverters will be supplied as part of an initiative to reduce the reliance on conventional electricity sources via a series of solar installations, which are planned for development by Azure Power.

Škoda Transportation subsidiary Transtech has received a deal worth approximately €50m ($59.8m) from VR Group to deliver 20 new double-decker rail coaches for passengers in Finland.

The contracted 'Ed' model coaches will have 113 passenger seats on each floor and are also set to feature a designated section for the conductor, as well as a dining room fitted with a cooling device.

The production of the new cars will commence in 2018 and deliveries are expected to begin in 2019.