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Thanks to its TRAMLINK, Stadler has emerged as the winner of the tender for a framework agreement to deliver up to 80 trams for Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM). The initial order is for 30 vehicles.
The term of the framework agreement is six years. An objection period has now started following notification to the losing bidders that Stadler is to be awarded the contract. This objection period must expire before the award procedure can go ahead and a legally binding contract can be signed.
The Italian transport company ATM intends to sign a framework agreement with Stadler for the supply of up to 80 TRAMLINK trams. The vehicles are intended for use in the network of Milan. In an initial order, Stadler is to be commissioned to supply 30 TRAMLINK trams.
The framework agreement has a term of six years. The objection period began following the award of the contract. Unsuccessful bidders can eventually decide whether to initiate a verification procedure against the decision. The framework agreement cannot be legally signed until after this deadline, at which point Stadler will provide further information about the contract.
Alstom’s brand signature and visual brand expression are evolving to reflect the Group’s new ambition: “Be the leading global innovative player for a sustainable and smart mobility”. This new brand signature will be “mobility by nature”.
This tagline is the result of an internal poll in which more than 2,500 employees made proposals for expressing Alstom’s vision. It will replace the current signature Designing fluidity and will be supported by a complete renewal of Alstom’s visual brand expression. Both will be implemented from October 2019.
The first application of this new brand expression is a new brand film.
“Through this brand signature, we wanted to emphasise two messages. First, the fact that today we are a pure player in the mobility field. Second, to reaffirm our commitment to sustainable mobility. This new signature perfectly expresses who we are, and the new visual brand identity will allow us to bring consistency and modernness in the way we express ourselves,” said Bruno Tourne, VP Communications at Alstom.
Alstom partnered with Saguez & Partners for the brand visual expression refreshment, and with Le Septième Bureau for the brand film. The music, managed by the sound agency Start-Rec, is performed by Caesaria
Soon, Jammu Kashmir citizens will be able to enjoy metro services in Srinagar and Jammu! In order to address the developmental challenges, Srinagar and Jammu cities, the state government on recently announced setting up of two metropolitan region development authorities.
As per government officials, under the Jammu and Kashmir metropolitan region development authorities Act 2018, two umbrella authorities namely Jammu Metropolitan region development authority and Srinagar metropolitan region development authority, have been established.
As per several media reports, Srinagar and Jammu, the two capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir, will get metro trains within the next four years. The Jammu and Kashmir government announced earlier this week that the work for the light rail system metro, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to begin soon.
Take a look at salient features of the metro rail project in J&K:
1. The estimated cost of the first phase of the metro for two cities is pegged at Rs 8500 crore. J&K Governor’s administration has approved the elevated corridor option for two light rail transit systems. M/s RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services) is in the process finalizing the DPRs for the project.
2. As per the metro plan, Indra Nagar and Osmanabad in Bemina to Hazuri Bagh will be connected with metro rail in the first phase of the project. This will cover a distance of 25 Km. The corridor will have 24 stations in total.
3. In Phase II, the metro train will connect Indra Nagar to Pampore Bus stand and Hazuri Bagh to Srinagar airport covering a distance of 17.5 Kms. This corridor will have 14 stations.
4. In Jammu city, the metro in the first phase will be from Bantalab to Greater Kailash and Udheywala to exhibition ground. The second phase metro train will run from Greater Kailash to Bari Brahamana railway station and Exhibition Ground to Satwari Chowk to Jammu airport. This corridor will be 20.5 Km long with 17 stations.
5. As per officials, light railway system, the first in India, will have a low footprint, low noise, greater comfort, aesthetic appeal and blend with the surrounding landscape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.