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Intermodal

Poland invests in improving rail-port connectivity

Infrastructure manager PKP Polish Railway Lines (PKP PLK) plans to intensify the modernisation works of all freight dedicated lines, aiming to increase transport speed and to eliminate limitations and axle load restrictions. In addition, the company will carry out rail connectivity projects for the Polish Baltic ports of Gdynia, Gdansk, Szczecin and Swinoujscie. More

 

Lithuanian Railways launches VIT EKSPRES new container train

Lithuanian Railways has tested Vilnius and Kaunas public intermodal terminals in advance of their official opening on the 26th of May. Lithuanian companies will have new opportunities to transport cargo between Klaipeda and Vilnius with the launch of the VIT EKSPRES new container train, to run regularly from Klaipeda port container terminal to Vilnius Public Logistics Centre intermodal terminal (VIT). More

 

Rolling stock

Skoda 109E electric locomotive approved for operation in Germany

The new 109E Emil Zátopek electric locomotive manufactured by Škoda Transportation has obtained approval from the German Federal Railway Authority to operate on the German railway network. More

 

Poland: Pesa’s first Dart electric multiple-unit on trials

Pesa’s first Dart EMU manufactured for PKP Intercity has started dynamic testing on Bydgoszcz – Warlubie railway line. PesaDart has exceeded 160 km/h during the trial. Further testing will be carried out by the Railway Institute. More

ABB to provide traction equipment worth USD 85 m for fleet expansions of Stadler Rail trains

ABB has received orders worth USD 85 million from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler Rail to supply traction equipment for projects to expand public rail networks in Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. The orders were booked in the first quarter of 2015. More

 

CAF and Siemens compete for Sofia metro deal

Sofia metro operator Metropolitan EAD has announced that CAF and Simetro Sofia consortium, formed of Siemens and Polish rolling stock manufacturer Newag, have submitted bids in the tender for the acquisition of 20 metro train sets and monitoring and traffic control systems, part of Line 3 Sofia Metro Extension Project, Phase I. More

 

Tender for new tramway acquisition for Lviv

Ukraine: Lviv Municipal Enterprise “LVIVELEKTROTRANS” invites sealed tenders from suppliers for new three-section articulated tram vehicles, associated goods and related services. The company has received a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development towards the cost of the Lviv Public Transport Project. More

 

Infrastructure

Adif awards EUR 339 m high-speed railways communications systems contract to Nokia Networks, Siemens & Thales

Spain’s national railway infrastructure manager Adif has awarded a 10-year contract worth EUR 339 millions to Nokia Networks, Siemens and Thales to modernize and maintain the country’s railway communication system on high-speed train lines. The contract covers a 10 year period, from 2015-2024. More

 

Ineco to conduct feasibility study of Cairo – Luxor high-speed line

Ineco will carry out the feasibility studies for the future high speed line that will link Egypt’s capital city Cairo and Luxor. This corridor of over 600 km will connect the two most important cities of the country, boosting its tourism infrastructure. More

 

Alcatel-Lucent provides advanced fiber-optic technology for China railways

Beijing and Nanning Railway Bureaus have selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade the ‘backbone’ communications networks of rail lines in China. The authorities will deploy Alcatel-Lucent optical transport technology to enhance communications links and support mission critical rail operations, including operational communications, signalling and video surveillance, to ensure safe and on-time passenger journeys. More

 

Companies

Russian Railways continues negotiations for Greece’s national rail operator privatisation

Russian Railways is still interested in the privatisation of Greece’s national railway operator TRAINOSE, rolling stock repair and maintenance firm ROSCO and Thessaloniki Port. Russian Railways prefers to acquire the assets simultaneously. More