SPAIN: Metro de Granada asked CAF to supply eight new units for the city’s network. These will be added to the 15 previously-delivered units which are currently in service.
The new units will be similar to those already supplied by CAF, providing places for 221 passengers and a maximum running speed of 70 km/h. The delivery time established in the contract is 22 months units from the contract signing, providing a response to the growth in metro passenger demand, whilst also significantly improving service quality.
FRANCE: Brittany Ferries has given the go-ahead to a new rail-freight link between Cherbourg and Bayonne.
The ferry company first announced the rail project back in February 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 health crisis hit and forced a reduction in ferry services for nearly two years.
But while the project—which Brittany Ferries deems strategic—was delayed, Brittany Ferries says it was never cancelled.
Meanwhile, Alstom has confirmed it has filed a request for arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce with regards to its purchase of Bombardier Transportation.
It said the claim was against Bombardier Inc, and related to “the breach of certain contractual provisions of the sale and purchase agreement” dated 16 September, 2020.
Alstom said that because they were in confidential legal proceedings it would not make any further comment.
Bombardier confirmed the action, and said it had “good grounds” to defend itself from the claim.
NORWAY: Bane NOR, the state-owned company responsible for Norway’s railway infrastructure, has commissioned Implenia to build the double-track Tangenvika railway bridge. The total order volume is around CHF 190 million (NOK 1.8 billion).
The railway bridge includes a 1,022 m long prestressed concrete bridge and an approximately 2 km long overland section with a wildlife flyover. Implenia said special care must be taken when building the railway bridge because Lake Mjøsa is an important source of drinking water with rich wildlife.
AUSTRIA: Thales Austria was able to achieve the silver IRIS standard (International Railway Industry Standard) certificate following an audit of its management systems.
Last year, the Thales Vienna team received the silver certificate for the first time, which the company says makes it one of the top 2% of the participating companies worldwide.
USA: For the second time, Vivarail has sent battery train stock to America as it looks to a “Pop-up Metro” concept.
On 9 April two cars were shipped to Baltimore. They will join their sister vehicles in Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania, where they will undergo testing and demonstrations.
They are being used as part of a concept where trains are put into action on underutilised lines. These “Pop-Up Metro” lines offer lower cost, lower risk and faster starts, Vivarail says.
Wabtec Corporation, meanwhile, reported first quarter 2022 earnings per diluted share of $0.80, up 35.6% versus the first quarter of 2021. Adjusted earnings per diluted share were $1.13, up 27.0% versus the same quarter a year ago. First quarter sales were $1.93 billion and cash from operations was $161 million.
“The Wabtec team made solid progress in the quarter against our long-term strategy by delivering profitable growth and continued margin expansion across our Freight and Transit segments” said Rafael Santana, Wabtec’s president and CEO. “The resiliency of the business and the focus of the team was evident in the strong first quarter financial results despite rising costs, continuing supply disruptions, and the impact on our business due to the conflict in Ukraine.”
AUSTRALIA: Alstom has signed a framework contract with Department of Transport Victoria, Australia, for the provision of 100 Flexity low-floor Next Generation Trams (NGTs) for the largest urban tram network in the world.
Valued at approximately €700 million, the contract includes supply of rolling stock and 15-year maintenance making this the biggest tram contract in Australia and in the Southern hemisphere.
This last week the METRONET project announced 14 Noongar place names and meanings for its new stations. The Initiative is part of the METRONET Gnarla Biddi (Our Pathways) Strategy and helps to acknowledge the traditional and ongoing connection of Noongar people to Country, as well as celebrate Noongar language across METRONET’s program of works.