SIEMENS is starting the process of integrating the signalling division of Invensys into the rail automation unit of its Mobility and Logistics Division following the completion today of its acquisition of Invensys Rail for $US 2.8bn. The takeover was approved by the European Commission last month.
THE EUROPEAN Commission has cleared Siemens' $US 2.8bn acquisition of Invensys Rail following an investigation into the potential effects of the takeover on the railway signalling market, which concluded the transaction would not adversely affect competition.
INVENSYS Rail has been awarded a $A 39m ($US 40.6m) turnkey contract by South Australia's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to install ERTMS signalling and train control on Adelaide's commuter rail network as part of the Adelaide Rail Revitalisation programme.
INVENSYS has announced it is to sell its rail division to Siemens for $US 2.8bn following a strategic review which concluded that consolidation in the signalling industry would limit the scope for expanding the company's rail activities.
CROSSRAIL, which is building a £14.8bn, 118km east-west rail link across London, has awarded a contract worth around £50m to a joint venture of Siemens and Invensys Rail to install a communications-based train control (CBTC) system on the busy central section of the line.
QR NATIONAL has awarded the Aspect3 Alliance, a joint venture of Invensys Rail and QR National, a $A 37.5m ($US 38.5m) turnkey signalling contract for part of the initial phase of the Wiggins Island Rail Project, which will significantly increase coal capacity on the central Queensland heavy-haul network.
BRITAIN's infrastructure manager, Network Rail (NR), has agreed framework deals with Ansaldo STS, Infrasig, Invensys Rail, and Signalling Solutions to develop and design ETCS Level 2 signalling and train control for use in Britain.
The deadline for the network-wide deployment of Positive Train Control (PTC) in the United States is now less than four years away. Kevin Smith examines the current status of this mammoth project, the challenges it poses to US railways, and how they might yet make it work in their favour.