BAHRAIN is aiming to complete its rail masterplan which includes mainline connections to neighbouring GCC countries Saudi Arabia and Qatar as well as plans for metro, light rail, and monorail systems by the end of the year, the country's minister of transport Mr Kamal Ahmed confirmed this week. These would be the first railways to built in Bahrain with the plans due to be realised by 2030.
BRITAIN's recently-appointed transport secretary Mr Patrick McLoughlin announced just after midnight that he has decided to cancel the franchise for the West Coast Main Line, linking London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow, due to "significant technical flaws" during the franchising process.
A new 2.4km-long, dual gauge single track access to the Port of Barcelona opened last week. The line connects the new Prat dock with Adif's 1668mm-gauge network and the Barcelona - Figueres - Perpignan mixed-traffic 1435mm-gauge high-speed line through the Can Tunis rail yard.
A consortium of Pöyry's urban business unit and German engineering consultant PTB Magdeburg have secured a contract from DB Projects for construction management and supervision of the refurbishment and electrification of the Upper Rhine railway between Erzingen on the German – Swiss border and Beringen to the west of Schaffhausen.
TRENORD, the 50:50 joint venture between Trenitalia and North Milan Railways (FNM) launched its premium non-stop Lombardia Express service on September 17, substantially reducing journey times between Milan and major towns in Lombardia.
BY December, India will award the first civil engineering contract, worth approximately Rs 100bn ($US 1.8bn), to build 2200 track-km for implementing the 3338km Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs) on the country's eastern and western flanks. Of the 9701 hectares of land required for the project, 7217 hectares (74%) has been acquired.
IRJ at InnoTrans 2012: Kazakstan Railways (KTZ) signed a contract today at InnoTrans with GE Transportation to produce a passenger version of GE's Evolution series locomotive at the Lokomotiv Kurastyru Zauyty(LKZ) assembly plant in Astana. LKZ is a subsidiary of KTZ.