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Istanbul to announce tenders for monorail, metro and tram projects


Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İMM) plans to soon initiate three important rail infrastructure development projects to address the city’s heavy road traffic levels.  IMM will launch on the 14 of November a tender for Sefaköy-Halkalı-Başakşehir monorail system implementation, informs Anadolu Agency. The nine km-long monorail line is planed to enter operations in 2019.  On the 26 of October, IMM will also announce a tender for the construction …

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EUR 89 million infrastructure project to improve Bucharest air-rail link connection


Romanian Minister of Transport Sorin Buse and representatives of the state-owned rail infrastructure manager CFR SA and rail passenger operator CFR Calatori  have presented a EUR 89 million project for the development of the railway connection between Bucharest North Railway station and Bucharest  International Airport Henri Coanda (Otopeni). According to the project, CFR will carry out electrification and rehabilitation …

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Eurovia to modernise Košice tramway infrastructure

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Eurovia, the VINCI subsidiary specialising in transport infrastructure and urban development, has been awarded the eight works packages of the second phase of the modernisation of the tramway in Košice, Slovakia’s second largest city. Worth almost €80 million, this new contract follows on from the first phase of works, completed …

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EUR 75 million EIB loan for the acquisition of 20 new trams for Riga


The European Investment Bank (EIB) has apporoved a EUR 75 million loan to RP SIA RIGAS SATIKSME for the purchase of 20 new low-floor tramways to operate in the city of Riga (Latvia), and modernisation of tramway infrastructure and depot.  The new trams will replace existing ones, which are obsolete. The total value …

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Austria to invest EUR 15bn in rail infrastructure projects


Austrian Federal Railways’ (ÖBB) framework plan for the years 2017-2022 provides for EUR 15.2 billion investments in rail infrastructure projects. The Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology has submitted the document for approval to the Council of Ministers on 12 October. EUR 7.7 bn will be directed for the modernisation of railway stations, station rebuilding …

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€1.9 billion CEF financing for key EU transport projects


The European Commission launched today the third round of calls for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for transport, making €1.9 billion available to finance key transport projects. €1.1 billion are earmarked for projects in Member States eligible for financing from the EU Cohesion Fund , in order to …

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Budapest air-rail link feasibility study completed


The feasibility study for the railway line connecting Budapest Ferenc Liszt international airport to the city has been completed, stated the Hungarian Minister of National Development (Világgazdaság). A 22 km electrified double line will link Kőbánya-Kispest, the southern terminus of the Metro Line 3 (North-South line) to the town of Monor, circling the airport. The new direct connection will also …

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Hungarian railway lines, stations and timetable are now on Google Maps

Hungarian railway lines, stations and timetable are now on Google Maps

Hungarian State Railways (MÁV), MÁV-START, regional railway operator Györ-Sopron-Ebenfurth Railway (GySEV) and Google Hungary are collaborating on adding ninety railway lines and 1,200 stations to Google Maps. In addition, the timetables of the railway passenger operators will be accessible through the well-known web mapping service. Considering that more than a billion people use Google Maps monthly, and many of them are …

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Number of significant railway accidents in Europe decreases, UIC report shows


The International Union of Railways (UIC) has issued its yearly report on Railway Accidents in Europe. The UIC Safety Database has been collecting data since 2001 and now contains data from 22 European UIC member railways. The database managed by the Safety Unit aims to create an inventory of information …

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ABB improves power quality across Bulgaria’s rail network

ABB improves power quality across Bulgaria's rail network

Bulgarian National railway infrastructure company (NRIC) uses ABB solutions in order to address power quality challenges across the network.  Large varying non-linear loads are an inherent feature of electrical railway traction systems. Since the load changes dynamically and constantly, the traction power supply system draws a high amount of reactive power resulting in low …

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