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Siemens to electrify metro line in Ahmedabad

Indian mass transit operator Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) has commissioned Siemens to electrify a 39.2 km metro line in the Indian city of Ahmedabad. The line, currently under construction, will run in Ahmedabad city along two corridors, east-west and north-south. Siemens will be responsible for the complete electrification of the new double-track metro line. In addition, Siemens will also provide a supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system for monitoring and controlling the traction power. The order has a volume of more than EUR 76 million.

Source: Siemens press release 09.01.2017


Rhomberg and Swietelsky to construct new Ulm - Wendlingen line

Rhomberg Bahntechnik together with Swietelsky Baugesellschaft has won a major contract from German state railway DB for track construction and rail technology equipment for the new Wendlingen - Ulm line. DB awarded the contract worth EUR 250 million to the Voralberg-based subsidiary of Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group and the rail construction division of Upper Austria-based construction company Swietelsky. The Austrian companies will be responsible for planning, realising and putting into operation the 60 km section of the new Stuttgart - Ulm line. The plan is to construct almost 118 km of fixed track, of which over 60 km will run in tunnels, as well as 16 switches and 50 Hz telecommunications and rail power facilities. According to their own announcement, Rhomberg/Swietelsky will lay around 2,500 km of cables and equip the line with air-conditioning facilities, technicians' rooms, paintwork and 78 km of illuminated hand rails.

Source: Rhomberg and Swietelsky press release 11.01.2018


RailMaint and CRRC become partners

RailMaint, a rolling stock maintenance company based in Delitzsch in Saxony, has signed a wide-reaching cooperation contract with Chinese freight wagon manufacturer CRRC Meishan Co Ltd, a subsidiary of rolling stock manufacturer CRRC. The maintenance company is thus expanding its portfolio to include new vehicles for rail freight transport. In the future, vehicles designed by RailMaint according to the specifications of customers will be constructed by CRRC Meishan. RailMaint facilities in Europe will have responsibility for putting the vehicles into operation, for after-sales services as well as for the supply of spare parts and the maintenance for the complete lifecycle of the vehicles.

Source: RailMaint press release 08.01.2018

The Netherlands

Qbuzz to operate regional transport services in South Holland

Qbuzz, the Dutch subsidiary of Trenitalia's bus subsidiary Busitalia, has won a contract to operate regional public transport services in the province of South Holland. The contract encompasses bus services around Drechtsteden, Alblasserwaard and Vijfheerenlanden, and regional rail services on the MerwedeLinge line from Dordrecht to Gorinchem and Geldermalsen. Qbuzz will also operate bike-sharing and car-sharing services in the province. The eight-year concession includes two options for extensions and the province has allocated a budget of EUR 23 million per year for the operations of the services. QBuzz will take over the MerwedeLinge line's present fleet of Stadler GTW electric multiple units (EMU), which comprises two two-car and eight three-car vehicles. Interiors will be refurbished and the trains will also receive a new exterior livery. Staff working for Arriva on permanent labour contracts will transfer to Qbuzz in line with provisions in the Dutch act on public transport. Competitors in the tendering process included Arriva Nederland and EBS, a subsidiary of Israel's Egged Group.

Source: OV Magazine 10.01.2018