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Singapore: Car-Free Sunday 2024

23 February 2024 (Singapore) The Land Transport Authority (LTA), Health Promotion Board (HPB), Housing & Development Board (HDB), National Parks Board (NParks), Sport Singapore (SportSG), and Urban Redevelopment Authority are collaborating to introduce Car-Free Sunday to the Civic District and Central Business District (CBD) on March 17, 2024. The Car-Free Sunday 2024 initiative supports Singapore's car-lite objective by raising public awareness about the advantages of walking, cycling, and utilizing public transportation as sustainable modes of travel. Individuals are urged to share their personal narratives, aspirations, and actively contribute to shaping our shared vision and experience of active mobility. Source https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltagov/en/newsroom/2024/2/news-releases/car-free-sunday-to-return-next-month.html Picture courtesy https://carfreesunday2024.sg/

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Providing Trauma Support for Train Drivers

2 February 2024 (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) The  mental  health  and  general  wellbeing  of  drivers  and  other  crew  members  can  be  significantly  impacted  by  traumatic  events  that  occur  on  the  rail  system. Layers  of  support  are  offered  by  Metro's  Trauma  Recovery  Guidebook:  Volume  Two,  which  equips  and  assists  drivers  in  handling  traumatic  events  that  happen  on  the  network,  like  running  into  trespassers. Assuring  the  mental  and  emotional  well-being  of  our  employees  is  equally  as  important  as  their  physical  safety,  according  to  Metro  CEO  Raymond  O'Flaherty. Source https://www.metrotrains.com.au/569322-2/

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Australia: First Armadale Line elevated station construction is underway

20 February 2024 (Perth, Western Australia) Joint  media  release:  construction  is  underway  on  the  first  elevated  station  on  the  Armadale  Line An  important  milestone  for  the  project  is  currently  being  reached  with  the  construction  of  the  first  elevated  train  station  as  part  of  a  substantial  overhaul  of  the  Armadale  Line. Carlisle  is  the  first  elevated  station  to  start  construction.  As  part  of  the  renovations,  seven  new  stations  will  be  created. In  order  to  facilitate  the  start  of  the  Carlisle  Station  construction,  more  than  150  metres  of  elevated  rail  have  been  built  in  recent  weeks. Source https://www.pta.wa.gov.au/news/media-statements/joint-media-statement-work-under-way-on-first-armadale-line-elevated-station

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Reminding passengers of the engineering work scheduled for three Sundays in March between Cardiff and Swansea

21 February 2024 (UK) On  the  three  Sundays  in  March  when  Network  Rail  will  be  performing  necessary  track  restorations,  passengers  are  asked  to  verify  before  they  travel  between  Cardiff  Central  and  Swansea. On  March  3,  17,  and  24,  buses  will  take  the  place  of  trains  on  a  significant  portion  of  the  South  Wales  Main  Line  due  to  the  Sunday  closures. Crucially,  however,  services  are  expected  to  run  on  Sunday,  March  10,  which  is  also  Mother's  Day,  for  rugby  fans  who  intend  to  take  the  train  to  Cardiff  for  the  Wales  vs.  France  Six  Nations  match. Source https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/passengers-reminded-of-engineering-works-between-cardiff-and-swansea-on-three-sundays-in-march

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Siemens Mobility and Railpool establish a framework agreement for the supply of up to 250 locomotives

20 February 2024 (Europe) A  framework  deal  for  the  delivery  of  up  to  250  locomotives  has  been  reached  between  Siemens  Mobility  and  Railpool,  one  of  the  top  rail  vehicle  leasing  firms  in  Europe. Immediately  following  the  contract's  signing,  seventy  Vectron  locomotives  were  called  into  service. 46  AC  locomotives  and  24  multisystem  locomotives  for  usage  on  both  DC  and  AC  networks  are  included  in  the  first  call. The  Railpool  locomotives  may  attain  a  maximum  speed  of  230  km/h,  depending  on  the  variation,  and  have  an  output  of  6.4  megawatts. They  also  have  the  European  Train  Control  System  and  the  relevant  national  train  safety  systems  installed. Source https://press.siemens.com/global/en/pressrelease/siemens-mobility-signs-framework-agreement-railpool-delivery-250-locomotives

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Whiteman Park Station will be connected to the historic tramway

11 February 2024 (Perth, Western Australia) The  extension  of  Whiteman  Park's  vintage  tram  line  to  the  new  Whiteman  Park  Train  Station  has  been  announced  by  the  State  Government  as  a  key  tourist  attraction. A  new  tram  platform  will  be  constructed  as  part  of  the  project,  directly  south  of  Whiteman  Park  Station,  and  the  line  will  be  extended  eastward  from  the  park's  current  heritage  line. An  historic  feature  of  Perth's  past,  the  tramway's  expansion  to  the  new  train  station  will  give  visitors,  both  domestic  and  foreign,  a  distinctive  means  of  accessing  Whiteman  Park. Source https://www.pta.wa.gov.au/news/media-statements/historic-tramway-to-connect-to-whiteman-park-station Picture Courtesy www.metronet.wa.gov.au

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The completion of the signalling overhaul in Devon and Cornwall is expected to result in a more dependable railway

19 February 2024 (UK) Ahead  of  Network  Rail's  final  phase  of  work  to  modernise  signals  in  Devon  and  Cornwall  and  increase  the  resilience  of  the  railway  in  the  South  West,  passengers  are  being  asked  to  check  before  they  go. Starting  on  Tuesday  27  February  and  ending  on  Sunday  10  March,  Cornwall  will  undergo  thirteen  days  of  nonstop  effort. Then  from  Saturday,  March  16  to  Thursday,  March  21,  work  resumes  close  to  Plymouth. Source https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/final-phase-of-devon-and-cornwall-signalling-upgrade-set-to-bring-a-more-reliable-railway

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Amtrak received recognition for its superior work environment and was included as one of America's Best Employers in Forbes 2024

13 February, 2024 (Washington, United States) This  accomplishment,  which  has  been  sustained  for  nine  years,  comes  as  Amtrak  expands  its  workforce  to  update  major  stations,  trains,  and  infrastructure,  ushering  in  a  new  era  of  rail  that  will  transform  how  people  travel  around  the  country. In  2023,  Amtrak  added  4,800  new  workers,  bringing  its  total  employment  to  over  23,000. An  independent  study  of  over  170,000  American  workers  at  at  least  1,000  U.S.-based  companies  generated  the  list  of  Forbes'  Best  Employers. The  ultimate  score  is  determined  by  means  of  direct  assessments  from  staff  members,  friends,  and  family,  as  well  as  members  of  the  public  who  are  employed  in  the  same  sector. Source https://media.amtrak.com/2024/02/amtrak-awarded-forbes-best-large-employer-status/

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Stadler plans to expand California's hydrogen train fleet

February 15, 2024 (Salt Lake City) An  agreement  has  been  inked  by  Stadler  and  the  State  of  California  for  six  more  hydrogen  trains. The  state  is  using  these  contract  alternatives  in  accordance  with  an  agreement  that  was  struck  in  October  2023. With  these  more  cars,  the  fleet  will  reach  ten  hydrogen  trains. There  was  a  purchase  option  in  the  original  deal  for  up  to  25  trains. Source https://www.stadlerrail.com/media/pdf/2024_0215_media%20release_stadler%20to%20build%20more%20hydrogen%20trains%20for%20california%20_en.pdf

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Thales will provide Swiss rail operator BLS with electronic interlockings that use less power

14 February 2024 (Switzerland) A  contract  to  upgrade  the  BLS  train  lines  has  been  signed  by  Thales  and  BLS,  a  significant  Swiss  railway  firm. For the  next  ten  years,  Thales  has  been  given  a  frame  contract  to  provide  electronic  interlockings  with  optical  signalling  to  the  Swiss  railway  company  BLS. Thales  will  offer  an  advanced  and  dependable  solution  that  leverages  current  operational  procedures  and  processes  to  guarantee  great  efficiency. One  of  the  biggest  transport  firms  in  Switzerland,  BLS  runs  trains  from  Bern  to  Payerne  and  from  Lucerne  to  Bern  on  the  Bern  and  Central  Switzerland  S-Bahn  networks  (Langenthal). Source https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/transport/press_release/thales-equip-swiss-rail-operator-bls-lower-power-consumption

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Flexible leasing scheme for local trains: Smart Train Lease GmbH

14 February 2024 (Germany) Smart  Train  Lease  GmbH  is  a  subsidiary  of  Siemens  Mobility,  which  was  established  to  allow  customers  to  add  electric,  hydrogen,  and  battery-powered  multiple-unit  trains  to  their  fleets  on  a  flexible  basis. Siemens  Mobility's  Mireo  Smart  trains  are  approved  for  use,  readily  available,  and  compliant  with  all  regulations  necessary  for  contemporary  regional  passenger  transportation. With  preconfigured  trains  and  extra  services  like  maintenance,  this  new  solution  offers  a  cost-effective  option  for  fleets  that  need  to  grow  swiftly  and  adaptably. Source https://press.siemens.com/global/en/pressrelease/flexible-leasing-model-regional-trains-smart-train-lease-gmbh

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Following a landslip near Baildon, Network Rail crews start working to restore train service

13 February 2024 (West Yorkshire, England) Network  Rail  personnel  are  working  around  the  clock  at  the  site  of  a  landslip  in  Baildon  to  restart  train  services  as  quickly  as  possible. Since  Monday,  February  5,  engineers  have  been  on  the  scene  in  response  to  complaints  of  fractures  in  a  cutting  slope  near  the  railway. The  ground  dropped  during  the  previous  week,  and  now  repairs  to  the  cutting  slope  and  the  resumption  of  trains  through  Baildon  are  scheduled  to  start.  Early  projections  indicate  that  the  route  may  resume  in  the  middle  of  March. Source https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/network-rail-engineers-begin-work-to-reinstate-train-service-after-landslip-in-baildon

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