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GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Siemens Mobility premiered elements of their innovative complete system at the Siemens plant in Krefeld: The newly developed Mireo Plus H, the next-generation hydrogen-powered train, and a newly designed mobile hydrogen storage trailer.

The train and its new infrastructure are intended to replace diesel multiple-unit trains in commuter and regional transport and reduce rail-related CO2 emissions to zero.

DENMARK: Siemens Mobility has been awarded a contract to supply seven battery powered Mireo Plus B trains to the Midtjyske Jernbaner in Denmark.

This is the first contract for battery powered rail in Denmark and is part of a pilot project to replace all diesel trainsets throughout the country.

NETHERLANDS: Royal BAM Group nv has said it has had a strong operational performance in the first quarter of 2022.

Among the highlight figures, revenue declined by 6% versus the same time last year due to divestments – but increased by 5% in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Ireland.

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) increased to €97.3 million in Q1 2022, reflecting an adjusted EBITDA margin of 6.3%.

CANADA: Canadian Pacific published its 2021 corporate sustainability data supplement. Building upon the company’s 2020 corporate sustainability report, the 2021 corporate sustainability data supplement outlines sustainability metrics and performance in the areas of safety, operational excellence and social impact.

SWITZERLAND: At the 31st General Meeting of Stadler Rail AG, shareholders approved all proposals of the Board of Directors. The shareholders confirmed the position of Peter Spuhler as Chairman of the Board of Directors and the appointment of all the other directors standing for election. Prof. Dr Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, meanwhile, is to become a new member of the Board of Directors following the departure of Fred Kindle as previously announced.

AUSTRALIA: Track laying through the city is more than 95 per cent complete in the 15.5 kilometre metro twin tunnels, as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.

This progress brings Sydney one step closer to seeing metro trains through the city in 2024. 

Meanwhile, the Victorian Government has said $181 million will be invested in critical maintenance works on freight lines in regional Victoria to increase safety, reliability and improve rail freight logistics.

A further $3.5 million will continue the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme (MSIS) that supports more than 170 freight industry jobs and removes the equivalent of 28,000 truck trips from Victorian roads every year.

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