The Gülermak-Kolin joint venture has awarded a contract to Thales for the modernisation of a 36km rail section between Sincan and Kayas in Turkey.

The modernisation project is known as Baskentray, and will include the construction of separate tracks for suburban, high-speed and other trains, as well as the renovation of signalling systems to suit the new lines.

Thales is set to install a centralised traffic control system, electronic interlocking systems, and ETCS Level 1 and 2 automatic train protection systems as part of the commitment.

ÖBB-Infrastruktur has appointed SPL Powerlines Austria to modernise the Ossiach line in Carinthia, Austria.

SPL will dismantle the overhead catenary system at the stations in Liebenfels and Glanegg, and on the line between the two stations, under the deal.

The company will also fit the single line track with ÖBB 1.1 and ÖBB 1.2 type overhead lines.

A total of 224 cantilevers, 10.8km of catenary and 16.5km of traction power lines, and two switch stations are scheduled to be installed as part of the modernisation works.

Polish railway operator PKP PLK has awarded a $265.7m contract to Budimex and Ferrovial for the upgrade of two sections of line 7 in Ukraine.

The first section is 51.7km-long and runs from Pilawa to Deblin, while the second section is 30km-long and connects Otwock to Pilawa.

The scope of works to be undertaken by Budimex include the installation of new tracks and overhead power lines, and the creation of a control system, in addition to the construction or upgrade of 38 structures such as bridges, overpasses, underpasses, tunnels and sewers.

Budimex will also install new platforms for persons with reduced mobility, as well as rail traffic management and track maintenance buildings.

"Calgary’s Green Line LRT has received funds of $1.17bn from the Alberta Government for the first phase of its light rail development initiative."

The two companies will also work together to upgrade 74km of track and modernise stations in Otwock, Celestynów and Pilawa as part of a separate development.

The deal comprises the construction of 18 platforms, 87 sidings and two signalling posts, and the upgrade of 22 structures, including bridges, passes, tunnels, and 12 level crossings.

Dhaka Mass Transit Company has awarded separate contracts with a combined value of $793m to Italian-Thai Development Public Company and Sino Hydro Corporation for the development of metro lines across Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The metro lines project will be executed in eight phases, and these latest contracts have been awarded for works to be carried out during the second, third and fourth phases.

The $195.85m package-2 (CP-02) includes civil and building works to be carred out at the depot in Uttara, while CP-03 and CP-04 are set to comprise the construction of metro rail tracks and elevated stations with a combined budget of $519m.

Calgary’s Green Line LRT has received funds of $1.17bn from the Alberta Government for the first phase of its light rail development initiative.

The 46km-long project will involve a total investment of $3.56bn and will connect 16th Avenue North to Shepard in the south-east via the downtown core.

The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in 2026.