The latest projects, trends and data from the rail industry
The latest project, trends and data from Rail Industry
In mid-March, Indian Railways said it had ensured 100% compliance of minimum wage payments to contract workers.
Siemens Mobility and the UK’s Transport for London are expecting new ‘Inspiro London’ trains to commence operations on London’s Piccadilly Line in 2025.
China State Railway Group is reportedly planning to construct a 435km bullet train link between Lhasa, China with Nyingchi, Tibet.
A report from Alstom in January 2021 called for a £10bn investment programme in UK railways and mass transit system to jump-start the economy after Covid-19.
The UK’s Network Rail has invested more than £2.2m for the renewal of the Chiltern main line between London Marylebone and Bicester.
Rail Baltica Central Hub
The Rail Baltica Central Hub is one of the most important phases of the larger Rail Baltica project that will connect Estonian capital Tallinn with the border between Lithuania and Poland. The €5.8bn ($6.2bn) Rail Baltica project is the largest infrastructure project undertaken in the Baltic region in the last 100 years.
Constantine Tramway Line, Algeria
The tramway line in Constantine, Algeria, is the first tram system developed in the region, aiming to connect one million people and transform the city into an international cultural destination. The tramway is owned by Entreprise Métro d’Alger (EMA) and operated by Société d’Exploitation des Tramways, a joint venture between EMA and RATP Group.
Bankstown Line Upgrade, Sydney
The Bankstown line between Sydenham and Bankstown in Sydney, Australia, is being upgraded to metro rail standards. The upgrade of the 125-year-old Bankstown line will provide enhanced services, safer stations and an improved passenger experience.
Talgo Avril high-speed trains
Talgo Avril is being developed by Spanish passenger trains manufacturer Talgo to cater to the very high-speed rail segment. It is the company’s most advanced very high-speed train. Dynamic testing of Talgo Avril began in February 2021, marking a key step in the technical homologation before the start of commercial operations.
A SPOKESPERSON FROM THE HIGH SPEED RAIL GROUP, FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF THE COMPANY’S ‘INTERNATIONAL HIGH SPEED RAIL VOICES’ REPORT IN FEBRUARY 2021:
“The report makes clear that high speed rail has been embraced by countries around the world, and this is only set to increase in the years ahead. Domestic criticisms of the UK’s growing high speed network are in stark contrast to our European neighbours and beyond, who recognise the inherent economic, environmental and societal benefits brought about by such programmes."
ALSTOM UK AND IRELAND MANAGING DIRECTOR NICK CROSSFIELD, FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF THE COMPANY’S JANUARY REPORT ‘THE UK’S NEW GREEN AGE; A STEP CHANGE IN TRANSPORT DECARBONISATION’:
“Many areas need investment to help ‘level up’ and to bounce back from the challenges posed by Covid-19. Green transport schemes not only help areas to build back better but bring long-term environmental benefits too. They have a strong role in reducing transport emissions, improving air quality, and providing an economic boost for local areas. Green public transport systems provide some of the tools that areas need to tackle congestion, bring greener living and lever in investment and jobs.”