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Alstom secures a €430 million deal for ten Aventra trains and related maintenance for London's Elizabeth line.

14 Jun 2024 (London) Ten  new  nine-car  Aventra  trains  for  Transport  for  London's  Elizabeth  line,  as  well  as  related  maintenance  through  2046,  are  to  be  provided  by  Alstom  under  a  contract  valued  at  around  €430  (£370)  million. The  Elizabeth  line,  which  opened  in  2022,  is  seeing  passenger  demand  that  exceeds  forecasts.  By  the  end  of  this  decade  and  into  the  2030s,  the  70  trains  that  currently  make  up  its  fleet  of  Alstom-built  Aventra  Class  345  trains  will  not  be  able  to  handle  demand. The  additional  Aventra  electric  multiple  unit  (EMU)  passenger  trains  will  be  constructed  at  Alstom's  Derby  Litchurch  Lane  Works,  the  only  facility  in  the  UK  dedicated  to  designing,  engineering,  building,  and  testing  trains  for  both  domestic  and  international  markets,  just  like  the  rest  of  the  fleet. Source https://www.alstom.com/press-releases-news/2024/6/alstom-signs-eu430-million-contract-10-aventra-trains-associated-maintenance-elizabeth-line-london

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Houston Metro will receive new couplers from Dellner Service

11 June 2024 (Houston, Texas) Houston  Metro  has  selected  Dellner  to  provide  161  brand-new  coupler  systems  as  replacements  for  the  first  three  generations  of  LRV  fleets. Delivery  of  the  items  is  scheduled  for  2025–2027. Dellner  will  carry  on  its  heritage  of  providing  assistance  to  this  elite  transportation  company  and  its  customers  in  Houston  and  Harris  County,  Texas,  by  swapping  out  the  couplers  on  the  previous  generations. Source https://www.dellner.com/dellner-service-will-supply-new-couplers-to-houston-metro

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For the EURO summer, DB is ready

05 June 2024 (Germany) With  great  preparation,  Deutsche  Bahn  (DB)  is  ready  for  UEFA  EURO  2024 TM . With  over  100,000  Fan  Tickets  and  over  25,000  Fan  BahnCards  sold  thus  far,  it  is  certain  that  environmentally  responsible  travel  will  be  popular  during  the  competition. This  summer  in  Europe,  the  most  expansive  and  contemporary  fleet  of  ICE  trains  in  DB's  history  will  be  available  for  travel. Source https://www.deutschebahn.com/en/presse/press_releases/Over-100-000-Fan-Tickets-sold-DB-is-well-prepared-for-the-EURO-summer-12915944#?

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The Business Cooperation Agreement between Transporeon and ÖBB Rail Cargo Group is extended to new corridors

11 June 2024 (Austria) The  leading  rail  logistics  provider  ÖBB  Rail  Cargo  Group  (RCG)  and  Transporeon,  a  Trimble  company,  have  announced  an  expanded  partnership  by  include  new  routes  in  their  joint  offering. The  companies'  combined  receipt  of  the  Austrian  Logistics  Prize  2024,  which  was  given  out  on  June  5  by  the  Austrian  Logistics  Network  Association  (VNL),  is  the  reason  for  the  announcement. Customers  can  now  choose  to  move  their  goods  to  less  carbon-intensive  rail  or  multimodal  transport  chains,  where  trucks  handle  the  first  and  last  miles  flexibly  and  the  long  trip  is  handled  by  rail,  all  to  and  from  the  customer's  preferred  location. Source https://presse-oebb.at/news-new-routes-more-data-transporeon-and-oebb-rail-cargo-group-extend-business-cooperation-agreement-to-new-corridors-?id=200983&menueid=29817&l=english

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Bengaluru will benefit from connected and effective green mobility thanks to Alstom's automated CBTC technology

12 Jun 2024 (India) For  the  future  Bengaluru  Metro  Phase  2,  Reach  6,  2A  and  2B,  Alstom  has  been  given  the  contract  to  design,  produce,  deliver,  install,  test,  and  commission  a  fully  automated  Communications  Based  Train  Control  (CBTC)  signaling  system. The  96.2  million  euro  deal  with  Bengaluru  Metro  Rail  Corporation  (BMRCL)  covers  annual  maintenance  and  staff  training  for  a  period  of  five  years. By  establishing  a  connection  between  the  Kempegowda  International  Airport  (2B)  and  the  crucial  intersection  at  Silk  Board  on  the  Outer  Ring  Road  (2A)  via  KR  Puram,  this  project  seeks  to  serve  the  three  main  routes  that  serve  the  Bengaluru  metropolitan  area. Source https://www.alstom.com/press-releases-news/2024/6/alstoms-automated-cbtc-technology-bringing-connected-and-efficient-green-mobility-bengaluru

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CAF consolidates its signaling business operations in Spain and the United Kingdom

06 June 2024 (Spain, UK) CAF's signaling division will be actively involved in upgrading the traffic control and signaling systems for the conventional, metric gauge, and high-speed networks of the Spanish Railway Infrastructure Administrator (ADIF). CAF will implement its ERTMS technology in the new railway signaling upgrade project in the United Kingdom. CAF has achieved a significant milestone in the signaling business with its first contract in the United Kingdom, securing third place in the ERTMS Level 2 digital signaling framework contract (Batch 2). This agreement is part of Network Rail's plan to upgrade the UK's railway signaling systems. Source https://www.caf.net/en/sala-prensa/nota-prensa-detalle.php?e=464

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Siemens Regio trains on the high-speed Nuremberg-Erfurt line sprint along the Franconia-Thuringia Express

07 June 2024 (Germany) On  June  9,  service  on  the  high-speed  Nuremberg-Erfurt  line  is  inaugurated  by  Deutsche  Bahn's  new  Franconia-Thuringia  Express  (FTX). Driven  by  the  Free  States  of  Thuringia  and  Bavaria,  the  state-of-the-art  Siemens  trains  have  a  top  speed  of  190  km/h. The  first  change-free  local  transportation  link  between  the  Thuringian  state  capital  of  Erfurt  and  the  Franconian  city  of  Nuremberg   is  the  recently  opened  RE  29  line  (Nuremberg  –  Bamberg  –  Coburg  –  Erfurt). Source https://press.siemens.com/global/en/pressrelease/franconia-thuringia-express-sprints-siemens-trains-nuremberg-erfurt-high-speed-line

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They’ve 'goat' the job – Grazing goats join the Sydney Metro team

18 June 2024 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) A herd of goats has become the newest addition to Sydney Metro's workforce, hired for a unique task at the Eastern Creek Precast Facility for Sydney Metro West. The 20 Boer goats have settled into their new home at the purpose-built facility in Western Sydney, where they have been hired to graze on the grass and vegetation around the site. The goats will help reduce the environmental impact of pesticides, prevent weeds from flowering, and eliminate the noise and emissions associated with using machinery for grass management. Source https://www.sydneymetro.info/article/theyve-goat-job-grazing-goats-join-sydney-metro-workforce

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Alstom successfully completes the delivery of Pune Metro Line 3's inaugural train

03 June 2024 (India) From  its  advanced  manufacturing  facility  in  Sricity  (Andhra  Pradesh),  Alstom  has  successfully  delivered  the  first  Metropolis  metro  train  for  the  Pune  Metro  Line  3. These  trains,  which  are  entirely  made  in  India,  run  at  85  km/h  and  link  the  central  business  center  of  Shivajinagar,  the  second-biggest  city  in  Maharashtra,  with  the  IT  hotspot  of  Hinjewadi. Pune  Metro  Line  Ill  is  an  elevated  metro  rail  project  spanning  approximately  23  km  that  links  the  central  business  center  of  Shivajinagar  with  the  IT  cluster  of  Hinjawadi. Source https://www.alstom.com/press-releases-news/2024/6/alstom-successfully-delivers-first-train-pune-metro-line-3

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Hitachi Rail pays €1,660 million to acquire Thales' Ground Transportation Systems

31 May 2024 (London, UK) With  the  completion  of  its  €1,660  million  acquisition  of  Thales'  Ground  Transportation  Systems  (GTS)  division,  Hitachi  Rail  has  expanded  its  worldwide  footprint  to  51  countries  and  now  generates  most  of  its  revenue  from  higher-return  signaling  and  systems. After  the  closure,  9,000  highly  qualified  coworkers  join  Hitachi  Rail,  bringing  the  company's  total  workforce  to  24,000. Hitachi  Rail's  engineering  capacity  will  nearly  double  as  a  result  of  the  deal,  and  the  company  will  invest  more  in  innovation  to  offer  a  wider  range  of  digital  products,  including  ticketing,  operations,  signalling,  and  cyber  security  solutions. Source https://www.hitachirail.com/press/#/pressreleases/hitachi-rail-acquires-thales-ground-transportation-systems-for-eu1660m-3326701

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Sydney: Crows Nest Station opens to the public for the first time

07 June 2024 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) During  the  Crows  Nest  Station  Community  Open  Day,  the  Crows  Nest  community  was  offered  a  sneak  peek  into  their  commute  of  the  future. As  part  of  the  Sydney  Metro  City  &  Southwest  project,  a  state-of-the-art  metro  station  was  visited  by  over  9,500  locals  this  year. The  station  is  nearly  finished,  but  precinct  work  is  still  ongoing.  This  work  includes  upgrading  the  bike  lane,  sidewalk,  and  crossroads  as  well  as  performing  utility  work  inside  the  road. Source https://www.sydneymetro.info/article/community-gets-first-look-inside-crows-nest-station

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In the Chinese high-speed network, Vossloh secures an additional order for rail fastening systems

3 June 2024 (China) Another  order  was  placed  with  the  Chinese  subsidiary  Vossloh  Fastening  Systems  China  Co.  Ltd.  to  provide  rail  fastening  systems  for  a  segment  of  a  high-speed  line  that  is  presently  being  built  in  China. The  route  will  link  the  large  city  of  Binzhou,  located  about  120  kilometers  northeast,  with  the  capital  city  of  Jinan,  which  serves  as  the  provincial  headquarters  of  Shandong  in  eastern  China. The  order  represents  a  sales  volume  of  over  €20  million. The  second  half  of  2024  is  primarily  when  the  rail  fastening  systems  are  expected  to  be  delivered. Source https://www.vossloh.com/en/press/press-releases/detail/pressdetail_74688.html

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