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UAE National Railways project to connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai worth AED 4.4 billion approved

Etihad Rail

The Board of Directors of Etihad Airways, the developer and operator of the national rail network in the UAE, has approved the tender for civil works and construction of the second phase of the UAE National Railways to connect Abu Dhabi and Dubai, worth 4.4 billion dirhams.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Thiab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Executive Council Member of Abu Dhabi, Chairman of Etihad Airways.

The B beam extends 216 kilometers, while the C beam extends 94 kilometers and forms part of the second phase, which extends 605 kilometers from Ghweifat to Fujairah on the east coast.

HH Sheikh Dhiaab Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan witnessed the signing of the contract by the Union of Railways Company for a contract with the Gantoot Transport and General Contracting Company and the China Railways Construction Company, which was awarded the second phase B and C packages.

The agreement was signed by Eng. Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Airways Company, Wang Jensuq, Vice Chairman of China Railway Construction Company and Ali Mohammed Sadiq Al Baloushi, Chairman of Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting Company.

HH Sheikh Dhiyab Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE National Railways, described the UAE National Railways as one of the most important economic and development projects. He pointed out in this regard his role in raising the performance of the transport and goods sector throughout the country. The means of transport on which states depend on achieving economic and social goals.

“Etihad Railways is setting new prospects for development, transport and communications and is moving forward to strengthen the transport sector in the UAE through the tremendous progress achieved in the completion of the national rail network in the country as a safe, modern and sustainable national railway network,” he said.

He added that Etihad’s strategy is to build a railway network that meets the needs and aspirations of customers. MoUs have been signed with national companies operating in different industries, which have chosen the railway network to meet their diverse needs. At lower cost, and more efficiently than traditional transport.

He explained that the launch of the B and C packages from the second phase is a continuation of the second phase of the project, which links the UAE and meets its future aspirations. It is particularly important as it links Khalifa Port in Khalifa Industrial City (Kizad) to Jebel Ali Port. Strategic ports in the country and industrial areas that extend 310 kilometers. It is the backbone of the national railway network, which is working to upgrade the transport and shipping sector in the UAE by linking ports with economic, industrial and residential areas.

He also praised the efforts of the Board members in achieving the strategy of the Union of Railways and meet their aspirations for the future, and praised His Highness for their hard work.

The work of the Phase II project is focused on the design and construction of the railway infrastructure, including drilling, bridges, tunnels, main and subsidiary stations, linking package B to package A and package C of package B of the second phase of the network, valued at 4.4 Billion dirham, which will include a double track.

On the other hand, Union Rail Company is working to connect the rest of the UAE by awarding the remaining contracts in the coming months.

It is worth noting that Union Rail has signed a contract agreement with the Alliance of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East LLC and SK Engineering & Construction, in an effort to complete the 1,200 km long national rail network, It is an integral part of the GCC rail network.

Etihad Airways was established in June 2009 pursuant to Federal Decree No. 2 to develop and operate the UAE’s passenger and cargo rail network. A railway network will be established to link the most important residential and industrial centers in the UAE, which will form an important part of the network. The planned rail link between the GCC countries.

The first phase, which was operated and delivered in accordance with the budget and time, was successfully completed and estimated at 264 km. It is intended for transporting sulfur granules from its sources in the Shah and Habshan field to the export point at Ruwais port.

The railway network will operate according to the latest technologies adopted for operating systems, according to the highest international standards, and will extend the railway network to cover an estimated distance of 1200 kilometers, driving the wheel of economic growth and enhanced by the social sustainable development.

source: etihad Rail

Alstom bags a €42 million contract to supply traction systems for Xi’an Metro Line 5 in China


Alstom has secured contracts with total value of about €42 million in Xi’an supplying traction systems for 222 metro cars (37 trains) for Xi’an Line 5 phase one, and for 180 metro cars (30 trains) for Xi’an Line 5 phase two respectively.

Alstom will provide the OptONIX traction system for both phase one and phase two, including VVVF, CVS and motors. OptONIX was designed and developed specifically for the Chinese market. Before this, Alstom has supplied traction systems for 246 metro cars (41 trains) of Xi’an Line 3 phase one.

Xi’an Line 5 is 45km long in total with 34 stations. It is the backbone metro line connecting Xi’an city with Xixian New District.  

Winning these contracts demonstrate the high level of trust customers in Xi’an have for Alstom. We now provide traction systems gradually for over six hundred metro cars, making us one of the major traction system suppliers in the market. Xi’an has become another strategic market for Alstom in China,” said Olivier Loison, Managing Director of Alstom in China & East Asia.

Alstom’s joint venture, Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd. (SATEE) will manufacture the traction systems. Alstom’s joint venture in Xi’an, Xi’an Alstom Yongji Electric Equipment Co., Ltd (XAYEECO) will supply traction motors for the traction system.

In 2006, Alstom invested in a joint venture with CRRC Yongji and established XAYEECO, manufacturing traction motors for urban and mainline railway networks. The joint venture is the biggest traction motor manufacturing site for Alstom outside of Europe. Since its establishment, Alstom has been introducing its world advanced traction motor manufacturing know-how to Xi’an.

source: Alstom

SCR commissions longest electrified railway tunnel


South Central Railway (SCR) has added another feather to its cap by commissioning the longest electrified tunnel in Indian Railways.

The electrified tunnel measuring 6.6 kilometres is situated between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations and is part of the 113-km new railway line completed recently between Obulavaripalli– Venkatachalam – Krishnapatnam Port.

Two freight trains have been run successfully on the electrified railway line a few days ago, thereby opening up viable rail connectivity between Krishnapatnam Port and its hinterland for goods train services.

Efforts lauded

SCR General Manager Gajanan Mallya lauded the efforts of the railway authorities and all the staff involved in completion of this tunnel in a record time of 43 months.

“The tunnel, an engineering marvel, is a pride for SCR zone. The new railway line is helpful for decongesting traffic on the Vijayawada-Gudur main line,” Mr. Mallya said, adding that the tunnel would reduce the distance between Krishnapatnam Port and the hinterland areas by 60 km.

At present, the average travel time taken by goods train from Krishnapatnam Port to Obulavaripali is 10 hours. With the commissioning of the new line, the travel time would be reduced to five hours, the General Manager said.

Horse shoe shape

The electrified tunnel is constructed in the shape of ‘Horse Shoe’ on New Australian Tunnelling Method, at a cost of ₹460 crore. The height of the tunnel (rail level to roof) is 6.5 metres and the minimum height of the contact wire is maintained at 5.2 metres, the railway officials said.

Mr. Mallya said the new line would facilitate direct and viable connectivity between South Coast and West Coast Railway and improve freight revenue of the zone.

source:the hindu

Bombardier wins order to supply 12 commuter trains for Adelaide, Australia


Mobility solution provider Bombardier Transportation has received a contract variation from the Government of South Australia for 12 three-car A-City electric multiple unit (EMU) trains. This latest order will increase Bombardier’s fleet of A-City EMUs to a total of 34 trains and provide a much-needed capacity increase on Adelaide’s suburban rail network.

Wendy McMillan, President, South East Asia and Australia Region, Bombardier Transportation, said, “Since 2005, Bombardier has been supporting Adelaide’s mobility needs with its diesel and electric commuter trains and this contract variation is another huge endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products designed, built and maintained here in Australia.” 

She added, “We are proud to deepen our long-term partnership in this important market, built on a strong track record of delivery performance, best-in-class rail technology and value-adding long-term solutions; which has laid the foundation to further support South Australian Government’s great efforts to meet a higher demand for public transport that will ensure the comfort and ease of every passenger’s journey.”

source: Bombardier

Alstom to supply 32 additional DT5 metros for Hamburg

Hamburg Metro

Alstom, in consortium with Bombardier Transportation, will supply 32 further DT5 metro trains to Hamburger Hochbahn AG (Hochbahn) for a total amount of 186 million euros. Alstom’s share of the contract amounts to over 100 million euros. As part of this contract, Alstom will supply the mechanical part, the bogies and the mechanical braking system, while Bombardier will supply the electrical equipment, the driving system, the passenger information system and the vehicle control system. The trains will be assembled at Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony. The new trains are to be put into service from January 2021 onwards.

“For many years now, our vehicles have been shaping mobility in Hamburg. This order confirms that customers and passengers are satisfied with our vehicles and will continue to rely on the DT5 trains in the future. With this order we will have delivered a total of 163 vehicles to Hamburg. This is a proof of our long-standing, trusting and sustainable cooperation with Hochbahn”, says Dr. Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director for Alstom in Germany and Austria.

The DT5 metro fleet has been in operation in Hamburg since autumn 2012. The Hochbahn has now ordered a total of 163 metro trains of this generation in order to cope with the increasing number of passengers in the city. In the past, Alstom had already delivered the DT2, DT3 and DT4 fleets – a total of 462 trains – to the Hamburg subway system.

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest city in the European Union. In order to meet the needs of such a large urban population, the DT5 was designed as a modern, spacious subway with wide corridors, a continuous interior and multi-purpose areas adapted to new passenger needs. Each of the 40 meter long three-car trains has 96 seats, 240 standing spaces and two additional wheelchair spaces. The DT5 also offers high passenger comfort, such as air conditioning, passenger information and monitoring systems as well as automatic door closing.

The DT5 subways are environmentally friendly. Their lightweight stainless steel car bodies and regenerative braking system contribute to improving energy efficiency. The vehicles are very quiet, which makes the Hamburg subway one of the quietest in the world. 

As part of the Hamburg Senate’s bidding offensive, Hochbahn is expanding its range of services by an average of around five percent per year over the next three years. The new services include significantly tighter metro intervals and a massive expansion of the bus service with new express and area buses. The latest subway generation (DT5) is now to be increased by 32 vehicles and up to 163 vehicles at a later stage.

source: Alstom

EIG Inspects Corridor II stations of Hyderabad Metro

EIG inspection

The inspection of 33kV/415V indoor auxiliary substations installed in three Hyderabad Metro Rail stations from JBS – Parade Ground to Gandhi Hospital of Corridor-II (JBS – Parade Ground to MGBS – Green Line) of the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project has been completed.

The inspection is a part of the process for according the sanction for energization of these stations which will facilitate the testing and commissioning activities of Railway Systems like Signalling, Tele Communication and Automatic Fare Collection in this section.

DVS Raju, Chief Electrical Inspector to Government of India, said, “Commissioning of these auxiliary substations would boost the progress and hasten the completion of Hyderabad Metro Rail section between JBS – Parade Ground and MGBS of Corridor-II.” The aforementioned Hyderabad Metro Rail stations receive power at 33kV voltage through ring main fed from 132/33/25 kV Receiving Substations (RSS) located at MGBS and Uppal.

source: thehansindia

Sydney Metro: TBM Kathleen prepares for historic dig under the Harbour

Sydney Metro

Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Kathleen has passed its final inspection and is now ready to launch from Barangaroo next month to dig the historic rail crossing deep under Sydney Harbour.

The 975 tonne tunnel boring machine was assembled deep under Barangaroo and will soon start digging the first of twin one-kilometre tunnels, 40 metres below the Harbour at its deepest.

After building the first tunnel, TBM Kathleen will have her giant cutter head and main section lifted out at Blues Point and placed on a barge to return to Barangaroo. The machine’s support trailers will be pulled back to Barangaroo inside the first tunnel.

Kathleen will then build the second tunnel under Sydney Harbour after that, the whole TBM will be retrieved at Blues Point and taken away by barge. The machine is expected to tunnel through clay, silt and sediment and will use state-of-the-art tunnelling technology to safely make its way under the harbour.

This specialised TBM is named after Kathleen Butler, who played a vital role in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the technical advisor to legendary engineer John JJC Bradfield.

TBM Kathleen will join the four borers currently digging from Marrickville and Chatswood towards the harbour’s edge.

Together, all five TBMs will deliver twin 15.5 kilometre rail tunnels for Australia’s biggest public transport project.

source: sydney metro

Metro Man E Sreedharan resigns as principal advisor of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation


Padma Vibhushan E Sreedharan aka the Metro Man, has submitted his resignation as the Principal Advisor to Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) on Monday. The former Chief of Delhi Metro handed his resignation citing health issues. The LMRC has forwarded the resignation letter to the state government for approval.

Sreedharan who was appointed as LMRC’s Principal Advisor on February 2014 is known for his experience in handling big Metro projects in the country.

LMRC Managing Director Kumar Keshav said: “Sreedharan personally monitored the construction work of the North-South Corridor. His valuable guidance was crucial in construction of the underground section. I requested him not to resign but he said his health was not supporting him at this point of time.”

The former Chief of Delhi Metro advised Chief Engineers to implement austerity measures and cut expenses on maintenance and operations.  

Sreedharan is known for supervising the construction work of elevated tracks on the East-West Corridor to be built on a single pillar using lightweight technology. It brought down the total budget of the project by 15.9 per cent from Rs 5,396 crore to Rs 4,538 crore.

Separately, following Delhi CM’s proposal of giving free rides to women on Delhi Metro, Sreedharan wrote to PM Modi and made it clear that he was not in favour of such a proposal. In his letter to the Prime Minister on June 10, Sreedharan wrote, “One shareholder cannot take a unilateral decision to give concession to one section of community and push Delhi Metro in to inefficiency and bankruptcy.”

source: BT

Bombardier to supply 30 additional FLEXITY trams to Brussels Transportation Company


Mobility technology leader Bombardier Transportation has received an order to supply 30 additional BOMBARDIER FLEXITY trams to the Brussels Intercommunal Transportation Company (STIB) in Belgium. This second call off order is part of a framework contract for up to 175 trams with an initial call off of 60 trams signed in April 2018. The order is valued at approximately 67 million euro ($75 million US). First deliveries of the 30 additional five-car, 32-meter trams are planned from December 2020.

Thomas Ryckalts, President of the STIB Board, said, “After a first order for 60 new trams, the STIB board took a decision in favor of our passengers by ordering 30 additional trams. These new vehicles will reinforce our mobility offering to the benefit of all.”

Laurent Bouyer, President of Bombardier Transportation France and Benelux, said, “We are proud to be a key player in the ongoing mobility improvements for the city of Brussels. This additional order shows the confidence STIB has in our FLEXITY platform. The public showed much enthusiasm as they explored their new tram mockup that was on display in early May in Brussels.”

His Majesty the King of the Belgians unveiled a 1:1 model of the new FLEXITY trams during STIB’s 150-year tram anniversary celebration held over the first week of May at the Place Royale in Brussels.

Like the 60 trams STIB previously ordered, the new FLEXITY trams will feature a bright and spacious interior with comfortable seats, more capacity and additional space for passengers with limited mobility as well as better inside fluidity at peak hours. A high-contrast, LCD information display system will keep passengers informed while an intelligent climate system with smart sensors will maintain the trams’ internal temperature. BOMBARDIER FLEXX bogies will offer a smooth ride.

Brussels’s FLEXITY trams also have cutting-edge safety features. The driver’s cab is more comfortable with a better field of vision. The driver will be assisted by the Bombardier Obstacle Detection & Assistance System (ODAS) with cameras and sensors that detect pedestrians and other vehicles moving near the tram. The new trams will also improve safety for passengers and pedestrian thanks to soft nose installed at the front.

To date, Bombardier has delivered over 400 trams to STIB including the older PCC series 7000 high floor trams delivered in the 70s, the T2000s delivered in the 90s and the most recent order for 220 T3000 and T4000 trams delivered between 2005 and 2015.

source: Bombardier

Alstom to deliver eight Coradia Lint regional trains to ODEG in Germany


Alstom has received an order for the delivery of eight Coradia Lint regional trains from Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH (ODEG). The trains are the world’s first diesel multiple-unit trains with a Stage 5[ Powerpack and are therefore particularly environmentally friendly. They will be built at Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, and delivered in the second half of 2022. In December 2022 they will start operation on the Netz-Elbe-Spree. The value of the contract is close to €45 million.

“Parallel to the development of new emission-free technologies, we at Alstom are also consistently developing the proven diesel technology in an environmentally friendly manner. The Coradia Lint regional trains for ODEG comply with the EU Stage 5 emissions standard. This makes them the most environmentally friendly diesel trains in the world,” says Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director of Alstom in Germany and Austria.

The modern and environmentally friendly vehicles are powered by three 400 kW engines, which for ecological and economic reasons can be switched off individually by a novel engine management system, and reach a maximum operating speed of 140 km/h. The vehicles are equipped with a new engine management system. The two-part trains have a network-tailored boarding height and seating capacity for a total of 140 passengers as well as 12 bicycles or 6 pushchairs for children. Four doors on each side of the vehicle with automatic boarding aids enable fast passenger changeover times.

People with reduced mobility benefit from spaces for wheelchairs and universally accessible toilets. Passengers will also be offered additional features such as WLAN, increased seat spacing, seat sockets, luggage racks, tables between face-to-face seats and extra-large, real-time information displays.

Alstom’s Coradia Lint trains have been operating in more than 30 networks in Germany, Europe and Canada since the year 2000. Thanks to continuous improvements, they offer the highest standard of safety, noise reduction and low emissions and can boast very high availability. The trains belong to Alstom’s Coradia range of modular trains, which benefits from over 30 years of expertise and proven technical solutions and includes the world’s first hydrogen passenger train, the Coradia iLint. More than 2,900 Coradia trains have been sold so far and around 2,400 are currently in service.

[1] European emission standards define the acceptable limits (Stages 1-5) for exhaust emissions of new vehicles sold in the European Union and EEA member states.

source: Alstom



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