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Trains in Spain to undergo €510m of signalling & safety modernisation.

• Order worth around €510 million (US$633m). for Siemens and Thales consortium.
• Signalling and control technology to increase the safety of passenger services.
• Santiago de Compostela crash in 2013 killed 79.
• High-speed line links Northern Spain and Madrid.

Siemens is in a consortium with the French technology business Thales that is to modernise the control, signaling and safety equipment on the roughly 340-kilometer section of high-speed line between Olmedo and Ourense in Northern Spain. A corresponding order has been awarded by the Spanish operator Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF). The order has a total value of around 510 million euros for the consortium. The contract includes installation of the automatic train protection and control system, telecommunication and traffic control systems, as well as maintenance of the systems for 20 years. The contract comes following the train derailment in July 2013 on a section of high-speed line near Santiago de Compostela which caused 79 deaths and 140 injuries. (Editor - What the crashes and derailments of Summer 2013 mean for the rail industry. )

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$4bn+ confirmed for two new Mumbai metro lines; bidders sought for construction of current phase.

Further developments within India’s urban infrastructure have been confirmed, with the announcement of two major new metro lines in Mumbai. The two lines are estimated to cost Rs 45,000 crore (just over $4bn) and are expected to be completed by 2021 at the latest. Two lines, one the 40-km long Dahisar-Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd line will be underground with 36 stations en route and the second, the 32-km long Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali line will be partially elevated with total 30 stations, including six elevated. Both new lines will be implemented by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) who plan to fund the development by sourcing 50% of the cost from international finance agencies, 30% from the state government and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the remainder from central government.

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10 of the best (and most unusual) rail passenger information posters from around the world.

Rail and metro operators have long tried to influence their passenger behaviour, whether it be not holding the traindoors, dropping litter or being vigilant for criminal acts and the most popular way of communicating these messages have been through posters. The running of a network can be significantly disrupted by even minor passenger incidents. In London for example, according to figures from TfL in the Guardian there are on average 469 incidents involving litter leading to delays, with 81% caused by litter caught in train doors, while more than 1,000 passengers fell ill while travelling on the tube network. So even minor changes to passenger behaviour can make a major difference to service. Today SmartRail World Editor Luke Upton, runs down ten of the best, from the 1920s through to the present day. Let us know which one is your favourite or which we’ve missed (Editor@GlobalTransportForum.com) and we’ll add them in! We start off with 1. Toronto Transit Commission, Canada, 2010. (Original image here) - top right. 

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The Future of Asian Rail II - exclusive e-book.

Following the overwhelming popularity of The Future of Asian Rail, SmartRail World is proud to publish even more insight from the continent - The Future of Asian Rail II. By downloading this free e-book you will receive exclusive new editorial articles and enjoy the following: 

  • Gain insight into how Asia is seeking solutions to enable an advanced and innovative future for rail matches the pace of population growth.
  • Read exclusive interviews with leading transport executives who reveal how they plan to improve Asian rail services amidst changing passenger demands.
  • Learn about how South Korea is nation building through its development of H-S Rail.
  • Find out if free public transport will ever become a reality?
  • Understand the latest developments from JR East, Alstom and Bombardier and more.
  • Take a look at the Indian network with AK Dutta a 35+ year veteran of the industry.

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Video Interview: Ray LaHood, former US Secretary of Transportation

 

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Hong Kong tops Urban Mobility Index but cities struggle with transit challenges.

  • Top 3: Hong Kong, Stockholm & Amsterdam.
  • Bottom 3: Baghdad, Hanoi & Atlanta.
  • 67% of the global population urbanised by 2050.
The recently published, Future of Urban Mobility 2.0 study, sees Hong Kong edge out Stockholm and Amsterdam to top its index comparing 84 cities around the world. The report written by Global consultancy Arthur D. Little, together with its partner the UITP – The International Association of Public Transport – also identifies three strategic directions and 25 imperatives for cities to consider to better shape the future of urban mobility. But in assessing the world’s cities in terms of mobility maturity and performance reveals that most cities are still struggling to cope with future mobility challenges. Assessment criteria includes financial attractiveness of public transport, smart card penetration and public transport frequency.

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Bangkok Governor confirmed as opening keynote for SmartRail Asia.

With just over one week to go until the SmartRail Asia Congress and Expo, the Asian rail and transit community is preparing to visit Bangkok, Thailand for three days of expert insight, practical case studies, in-depth discussion, technology launches and showcases and networking on November 26-28th 2014. SmartRail Asia, Asia’s largest annual rail and metro technology exhibition and congress is proud to announce that it will be opened by a keynote address ‘Investment in the expansion of the rail network in Greater Bangkok’ delivered by Mom Rajawongse Sukhumbhand Paripatra, the Bangkok Governor (Bangkok Metropolitan Administration).

Governor since 2009, the Oxford and Georgetown University educated Sukhumbhand Paripatra has always been a major support of transport development. As governor of a city with a population of 8 million, which is continuing to grow quickly, the expansion of public transport is essential to continue development and connectivity of both Bangkok and the ASEAN region. His presentation will detail the latest developments and plans in this important sector.

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UP Express the latest provider to get on-board with mobile ticketing.

“You have to show the value of the technology, and not just to the metro or railroad operator but also to the passenger.”

News from Toronto, where Metrolinx, the regional public transportation provider has confirmed its mobile ticketing solution for the soon to be launched, Union Pearson (UP) Express. Built by New York City start-up Bytemark, it will give UP Express riders the ability to buy and store rail tickets on their smartphones and support ticket sales both online and onboard. Today SmartRail World finds out more about the system and speaks exclusively to Michah Bergdale, CEO of Bytemark about the continuing development of this technology within transit.

After downloading the free app to their smartphone, riders can purchase e-tickets that generate custom 2D barcodes that can be stored on their phone. Conductors will be able to sell, print and validate tickets on-board using the 120+ handheld devices Bytemark will deploy.

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India rail insights with AK Dutta, a 35+ year veteran of the industry.

Today SmartRail World speaks to AK Dutta, Adviser & former Director (Infrastructure), Indian Dedicated Freight Corridor, Indian Railways Board and an industry leader with a great deal of experience within this sector. In this wide-ranging interview a number of areas are covered: 

  • The role of a high capacity freight backbone.
  • The future of High-Speed Rail.
  • Challenges and opportunities within the nation.
  • What will Indian Rail look like in 2030?

Luke Upton (LU): Thanks for the time today, perhaps as an introduction you could inform our readers a little of your career within rail?

AK Dutta (AKD): My passion began with the steam railways on meter gauge in my childhood spent close to a small wayside station in Eastern India. After graduation in Electrical Engineering in 1977, I joined Indian Railways and have worked within rail ever since. Looking back over my 36 year career, 24 of which was spent on project management, from the managing construction projects in the field up to the project administration and policy at the Indian Railway Board/Ministry of Railways. Taking an innovative approach in each assignment was sharply utilised while heading Divisional O&M in an insurgency prone area where I helped deliver incident free management for two years using the best techniques of human engineering. Other innovations which I developed and worth mentioning are: the design of Overhead Traction System under the overhead washed coal loading bunkers at Railway loading terminals and public safety from electrical fire in general and fire on trains has been a mission area for me in last 20 years.

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China stunned as Mexico scraps $3.7-billion H-S Rail contract.

Last month Smartrail World reported that a Chinese led consortium were the only group bidding to win the tender for Mexico’s major high speed-rail project worth more than $3 billion and as a result were awarded the contract. However, in a stunning turnaround the Mexican government have just days after confirming the contract have abruptly cancelled the bid. It seems domestic politics has nixed the deal to build the 130-mile line connecting Mexico City and Querétaro in central Mexico with accusations that some of the Mexican construction companies within the consortium led by the state-owned China Railway Construction Corporation had links to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (Pictured right with Chinese President Xi Jinping in happier times). A special investigation by a major Mexican news website has alleged that Mr. Peña Nieto’s home is registered to a company owned by one of the Mexican companies involved in the high-speed rail bid. Although the Associated Press has reported the president’s office responded that Mr. Peña Nieto’s wife, the actress Angélica Rivera, signed the contract for the house on her own almost a year before he took office. 

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Trains in Spain to undergo €510m of signalling & safety modernisation.

• Order worth around €510 million (US$633m). for Siemens and Thales consortium.• Signalling and control technology to increase the safety of passenger services.• Santiago de Compostela crash in...Read more

$4bn+ confirmed for two new Mumbai metro lines; bidders sought for construction of current phase.

Further developments within India’s urban infrastructure have been confirmed, with the announcement of two major new metro lines in Mumbai. The two lines are estimated to cost Rs 45,000 crore (just...Read more

10 of the best (and most unusual) rail passenger information posters from around the world.

Rail and metro operators have long tried to influence their passenger behaviour, whether it be not holding the traindoors, dropping litter or being vigilant for criminal acts and the most popular way...Read more

The Future of Asian Rail II - exclusive e-book.

Following the overwhelming popularity of The Future of Asian Rail, SmartRail World is proud to publish even more insight from the continent - The Future of Asian Rail II. By downloading this free...Read more

Video Interview: Ray LaHood, former US Secretary of Transportation

  As plans are quickly being confirmed for the 5th annual PTC World Congress and Rail Capcity Summit (Orlando, Florida,10-12th March 2015) we take a look back at the 2014 edition and an...Read more

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