Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow joined IRJ as News Editor in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Editor in 2008. He was previously editor of employee publications for the Welsh Assembly Government, G4S, and Thomsonfly, and has written for a range of other publications including the Derby Telegraph. He graduated from Lincoln University in 2002 with a degree in journalism.

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SWEDEN’s deputy prime minister and climate minister Mrs Isabella Lövin and infrastructure minister Mr Tomas Eneroth unveiled the 2018-2029 National Plan for the Transport System on June 1, outlining how the government will spend SKr 712.5bn ($US 81.4bn) on the country’s road, rail, aviation and port infrastructure over the next decade.

AMTRAK issued a request for proposals (RFP) on June 1 for the modernisation or replacement of ageing diesel locomotives used on its long-distance and some state-sponsored services.

FOLLOWING a 10-day standstill period, the Welsh government appointed KeolisAmey as operator and development partner for the Wales & Borders franchise and South Wales Metro on June 4, confirming an investment of £1.9bn over the 15-year duration of the franchise.

SWEDEN’s prime minister Mr Stefan Löfven announced on May 31 that the government has approved a project to complete quadrupling of the final section of double-track line between Stockholm and Uppsala.

MALAYSIA’s newly-elected prime minister Mr Mahathir Mohamad announced on May 28 that his government will abandon its commitment to the construction of a high-speed line linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, which is currently in the procurement phase.

Monday, 28 May 2018 05:57

Chennai opens two metro extensions

CHENNAI opened extensions to both of its two operational metro lines on May 25, when Tamil Nadu chief minister, Mr Edappadi Palaniswami, and India’s minister of housing and urban affairs, Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, inaugurated the 2.6km Nehru Park – Central Station section of the Green Line and the 4.8km stretch of the Blue Line from Little Mount to AG-DMS.

FRENCH prime minister Mr Édouard Philippe confirmed at a press conference at the Hôtel de Matignon in Paris on May 25 that the state will take on €35bn of French National Railways’ (SNCF) €47bn debt if unions allow the administration of president Emanuel Macron to move forwards with its rail reform programme.

NEW YORK City Transit (NYCT) president Mr Andy Byford unveiled plans for the modernisation of the city’s bus and subway networks on May 23, bringing forward major improvements to signalling and stations.

EUROPEAN railway infrastructure managers formalised a joint response to last summer’s Rastatt incident on May 16, when the International Contingency Management Handbook was unanimously approved at the Rail Net Europe (RNE) general assembly in Sopron, Hungary.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 08:18

TexRail inaugurates Fort Worth depot

FORT Worth Trinity Metro celebrated a milestone for its TexRail commuter rail project on May 22 when the line’s train maintenance depot was inaugurated in the presence of the city’s mayor, Mrs Betsy Price, and Federal Transit Administration regional administrator, Mr Robert Patrick.

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