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FirstGroup and MTR order 750 EMU cars for South Western franchise FIRSTGROUP and MTR will today sign a contract worth around £895m with Bombardier for 750 Aventra EMU cars for the new South Western Franchise, which the two companies will take over on August 20.
Indian prime minister inaugurates Kochi metro THE first phase of the metro network in the Indian city of Kochi was inaugurated by Indian prime minister Mr Narendra Modi on June 17.
New state-owned company to take over Danish rolling stock procurement DENMARK’s Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing announced on June 15 that it plans to establish a new state-owned rolling stock company to take over the procurement and ownership of new trains from Danish State Railways (DSB).
Canada commits $C 1.28bn to Montreal REM CANADIAN prime minister Mr Justin Trudeau announced on June 15 that the federal government will contribute $C 1.28bn ($US 960m) towards the $C 6.04bn cost of constructing Montreal’s Metropolitan Electric Network (REM).
Talgo train reaches 310km/h on Saudi HS line TESTING of Saudi Arabia’s 453km Haramain high-speed line reached a milestone on June 15 when a Talgo 350 train reached 310km/h on the section between King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and Medina, exceeding the maximum commercial operating speed of 300km/h for the first time.
Westbahn reaches Vienna Main Station AUSTRIAN open-access operator Westbahn began serving Vienna Main Station on June 14 after gaining certification for its new fleet of Stadler Kiss 2 EMUs.
De Lijn approves order for up to 146 LRVs THE board of Belgian light rail operator De Lijn has approved an order for up to 146 CAF Urbos 100 low-floor LRVs following an appeal by Bombardier and subsequent re-evaluation of the bids.
Israel to double rail network by 2040 ISRAEL Railways (IR) presented details of its Shekels 123.6bn ($US 34.9bn) 2040 Strategic Plan at a conference at the Dan Panorama hotel in Tel Aviv on June 8, revealing ambitious proposals to double the size of the network over the next two decades with high-speed trains connecting key centres.

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June 22, 2017
BRITAIN’s Department for Transport revealed its shortlist of bidders for the South Eastern franchise on June 22. The four bidders comprise: • South Eastern Holdings, a joint venture between Abellio and East...
June 22, 2017
FRENCH National Railways’ (SNCF) leasing subsidiary Akiem, has awarded a €20m contract to Alstom to carry out mid-life overhauls on 23 BB 36000 electric locomotives. The contract follows an initial agreement...
June 22, 2017
THE government of the Australian state of Queensland has given approval for work to begin on Brisbane’s $A 5.4bn ($US 4.07bn) Cross River Rail project, following a commitment in the...
June 22, 2017
THE Rail Baltica project to build an 870km high-speed standard-gauge railway connecting Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius to Poland was presented to the G7 transport ministers meeting in Cagliari, Italy, on...
June 22, 2017
BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) has released the shortlist of bidders for the West Coast Partnership (WCP) franchise, which will operate inter-city services on the West Coast Main Line from...
June 22, 2017
THE first Hitachi class 802 Intercity Express Train for Great Western Rail’s (GWR) Devon and Cornwall route has arrived in Britain. The five-car electro-diesel test train was built in Hitachi’s Kasado...
June 21, 2017
BRITAIN’s infrastructure manager Network Rail has appointed Arcadis as a programme partner to support the implementation of its Digital Railway programme. Arcadis will provide technical leadership, engineering management, project management, stakeholder...

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