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Bombardier unveils first Aventra EMU for Crossrail THE first class 345 Aventra commuter EMU for London’s east-west Crossrail link was unveiled to the press by Bombardier and Transport for London (TfL) at Bombardier’s Derby plant on July 29.
Testing begins on TGV Sud Europ Atlantique AFTER four years of construction, the Lisea consortium celebrated a milestone for the Sud Europ Atlantique high-speed line on July 25, when high-speed testing began on the central section of the 302km route from Tours to Bordeaux.
Nigeria inaugurates Abuja - Kaduna railway NIGERIA’s capital Abuja finally joined the national railway network on July 26, when a 186.5km standard-gauge link to Kaduna was inaugurated by president Mr Muhammadu Buhari in the presence of transport minister Mr Rotimi Amaechi and Mr Freeborn Edetanlaen Okhiria, acting managing director of Nigerian Railways Corporation (NRC).
Israel Railways to equip network with GSM-R ISRAEL Railways has invited bids by November 11 for a five-year contract, extendable up to 10 years, to design, install and maintain a GSM-R telecommunications system on its 800km network.
New trains and higher frequencies for Lima metro LIMA metro Line 1 is set to benefit from a significant increase in capacity under an addendum to the concession contract between the Peruvian government and the GyM-Ferrovias consortium, which was signed on July 11 by Peru’s minister of communications and transport Mr José Gallardo Ku and consortium chairman Mr Gonzalo Ferraro.
France reveals plans for loss-making inter-city services FRENCH secretary of state for transport Mr Alain Vidalies unveiled the government’s strategy to revive France’s loss-making conventional long-distance services on July 21, but confirmed that more than half of Lunéa overnight trains will be withdrawn in the autumn if an alternative operator cannot be found.
Investment fund to acquire Singapore metro operator TEMASAEK Holdings, an investment company owned by the Singaporean government, announced on July 20 that it has reached an agreement to acquire all of the shares in Singapore metro operator SMRT Corporation through its Belford Investments subsidiary.
CRRC rolls out first metro train for Lagos DALIAN Locomotive and Rolling Stock, a subsidiary of China’s CRRC Corporation, has rolled out the first of 15 trains for the initial phase of the metro network in Nigeria’s largest city Lagos.

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bombardier-unveils-first-aventra-emu-for-crossrail
July 29, 2016
THE first class 345 Aventra commuter EMU for London’s east-west Crossrail link was unveiled to the press by Bombardier and Transport for London (TfL) at Bombardier’s Derby plant on July...
network-rail-awards-contract-to-jacobs-for-heathrow-airport-link
July 29, 2016
JACOBS engineering group announced on July 27 it was awarded a contract by Network Rail to provide a second rail link from the Great Western main line to London Heathrow...
sncf-network-awards-five-year-track-renewal-contract
July 29, 2016
FRANCE’s infrastructure manager, SNCF Network, has awarded a five-year track renewal contract, with an option for a two-year extension, to a joint venture led by Meccoli, which includes ETF, a...
ec-orders-adif-to-return-hs-test-centre-funds
July 29, 2016
THIS week the European Commission (EC) ordered Adif, the Spanish infrastructure manager, to return €141m to the government that it was granted for the construction of a high-speed railway test...
rzd-breaks-even-in-first-half-of-2016
July 29, 2016
REPORTING to Russia’s president Mr Vladimir Putin, the president of Russian Railways (RZD) Mr Oleg Belozerov, revealed that RZD broke even during in the first half of 2016. RZD achieved a...
evraz-develops-new-high-speed-rail-for-russia
July 28, 2016
EVRAZ has almost completed development of a new rail for use on the planned Moscow - Kazan high-speed line which is intended to have a maximum speed of 400km/h.“This rail...
loram-acquires-uk-rolling-stock-specialist-rvel
July 28, 2016
LORAM, United States, has announced its acquisition of RVEL, the rolling stock engineering and operating specialist based in Derby, Britain, and now seeks to grow its customer base in Britain...

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