EIB to provide €500m for Bangalore Metro project in India

The European Investment Bank (EIB) agreed to provide €500m to support the construction of the new 18-station Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase II’s Reach 6 line in the Indian state of Karnataka.

The funding will also be used to procure 96 railcars for operation along the line. The loan agreement was signed with the Government of India’s Ministry of Finance.

Reach 6 is a 22km-long metro line scheduled for completion in 2021, which is expected to expedite transportation and reduce journey times to some regions within Bangalore to nearly 15 minutes from the current two hours.


Cubic to install contactless ticketing systems for New York MTA

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in the US awarded a $539.5m contract to Cubic Transportation Systems to replace its MetroCard ticketing system with new contactless technology.

Cubic’s new solution is expected to be similar to the system currently deployed on the bus, Tube and rail services operated by Transport for London (TfL) in the UK.

The deal also includes a number of options worth a total of $33.9m. It has been approved by the MTA’s Board and is subject to contract finalisation.

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Bombardier delivers final 141 Movia Metro cars for Singapore’s DTL

Bombardier Transportation delivered 141 new Movia Metro cars for the final phase of Singapore’s underground Downtown Line (DTL), which will form part of the region’s mass rapid transit (MRT) network.

The company has fulfilled the full 276-car contract order in three stages.

The first 24 cars for Phase 1 were delivered in 2013, while a further 111 cars for use in Phase 2 were delivered in 2015.


Proposals released for £500m Leeds Station remodelling project

Leeds City Council’s executive board is set to discuss a report that proposes principles and initiatives that will overhaul the railway station serving the city centre of Leeds in West Yorkshire, the UK.

The proposals in the report would require an investment of more than £500m and aim to develop Leeds Station into an integrated transport hub, improve regional connectivity and optimise the benefits of High Speed 2 (HS2) and Northern Powerhouse Rail services for the city.

The report has been developed by the Leeds City Council in partnership with HS2, Network Rail, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Transport for the North, Department for Transport (DfT), as well as the Department of Communities and Local Government.


Alstom unveils livery of Avelia Liberty high-speed trainsets for Amtrak’s NEC

Rolling stock manufacturer Alstom unveiled the livery of its next-generation high-speed Avelia Liberty trains, which are set to operate on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) in the US.

The new livery’s design features Amtrak’s characteristic blue, red and white colours with an additional section of grey at the front.

Amtrak originally placed an order with Alstom for 28 Avelia Liberty trains in August last year in order to replace the existing fleet of Acela trainsets.


Thales to maintain 2,400km railway line in Saudi Arabia

Thales secured a contract to maintain the signalling, telecommunication and electromechanical systems of the Northern Train project in Saudi Arabia.

The two-year contract was awarded by the Saudi Railway Company (SAR) and also includes the transfer of knowledge to the SAR’s local team.

The Northern Train development is currently in operation and involves the construction of 2,400km of track along with sidings, yards, depots, stations and administrative facilities for the two lines.


GE Transportation delivers first of 1,000 locomotives to India

GE Transportation delivered the first of 1,000 diesel-electric Evolution-series locomotives to India as part of a $2.5bn contract with Indian Railways.

The new diesel-electric locomotive was designed at the John F Welch Technology Center in Bangalore and is compliant with the UIC1 international standard on emissions.

GE is set to deliver the first 40 locomotives from its facility located in the US, while the remaining 960 vehicles will be built at the company’s new Brilliant Factory plant in Marhowra in the Indian state of Bihar, which is scheduled to open next year.


Kiepe Electric UK to upgrade SWR’s Class 442 fleet

Kiepe Electric UK secured a contract from First MTR South Western Trains to conduct traction upgrades and associated overhaul works on 18 Class 442 trains operating on the South Western Railway (SWR) franchise.

The refurbished vehicles are slated to enter commercial service from December next year.

Kiepe Electric UK managing director Tim Jenkins said: “It is a further testament to Kiepe Electric UK’s skill, capability and flexible approach in supporting customers to improve their rolling stock through delivering complex turnkey projects.”


TfL tests new signalling system on London Underground services

Transport for London (TfL) successfully tested a new computer-based signalling and control system on the London Underground, which is expected to ensure faster and reliable services.

The new signalling system has been developed by Thales and will enable the trains to run closer and offer a more frequent service to the Circle, District, Hammersmith and City, and Metropolitan lines.

It is also expected to reduce signalling problems along certain sections of the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines and assist in providing accurate real-time information for customers on these networks.


Victoria fast tracks $307m Hurstbridge Line upgrade works

The Government of Victoria in Australia expedited the A$395m ($307m) Hurstbridge Line upgrade project with the commencement of associated works for the new Grange Road bridge development.

A 37t concrete support beam will be craned into the Grange Road level crossing in Alphington as part of the initiative.

The beam will form part of the new Grange Road bridge after the rail trench is dug underneath it next year.