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International Rail News Roundup (29th May 2015)

Posted by Luke Upton on May 29, 2015

New Delhi SmartRail World There’s never a shortage of global rail news stories, but keeping track of those launches, announcements, innovations, take-overs and developments that are crucial to your business can be a challenge. So the team here at SmartRail World will be bringing you a regular Friday roundup of some stories you may have missed from both SmartRail World and global media sources. And today we have stories from India, Hong Kong, the UK, America, Australia focussing on transport safety, preventative maintenance, metro safety, metro Wi-Fi and more plus our Video of the Week...

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Metro Wi-Fi: Delhi Metro plans Wi-Fi facility aboard trains (TechRadar India)

Accepting a long-standing demand of the Delhi Metro commuters, the DMRC is finally exploring the possibilities to provide Internet facilities at its stations. According to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Delhi Metro and the Rail Tel Corporation of India, the installation of the equipment is expected to be completed within the next seven months. 

Transport Safety: Environmental Groups File Challenge to Oil Transport Rules (New York Times).

Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued this month for trains carrying oil, arguing that the regulations are too weak to protect the public. The groups, said the rules, issued on May 1, would allow the industry to continue to use “unsafe tank cars” for up to 10 years. They also said the rules failed to set adequate speed limits for oil trains. “We’re suing the administration because these rules won’t protect the 25 million Americans living in the oil train blast zone,” said Todd Paglia, executive director of ForestEthics, one of the groups filing the lawsuit. 

Metro Projects: Bangalore, Kochi and Nagpur to be funded by France. (Economic Times)

Metro projects of Bangalore, Kochi and Nagpur are likely to receive funding from France, which has decided to increase the credit line to 2 billion euros following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit last month. A delegation of Agence Francaise de Developpment (AFD), the country's bilateral financial institution, is here on a two-day visit to discuss about projects that could be funded, especially in the areas of sustainable urban development and smart cities. 

Rolling Stock: MTR commits to HKD$10 billion investment on Hong Kong network. (SmartRail World)

MTR Corporation plans to invest around $7 billion to purchase 78 new eight-car trains with more modern operating systems and equipment as part of its long-term asset renewal strategy to sustain high quality railway service for passengers. Tenders for the replacement of 78 existing train sets have been returned and the assessment process is ongoing. 

Preventative maintenance: Nomad Digital wins Remote Condition Monitoring trial for Metro Trains Melbourne. (Nomad Digital).

Nomad Digital has won a tender to provide a Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM) proof-of-concept for Metro Trains Melbourne. The initial trial will be carried out on 4 Alstom X’trapolis train units, with scope to implement the RCM technology fleet-wide on a total of more than 400 units, following a successful proof-of-concept. Nomad’s proposal was supported by its inclusive understanding of Metro Trains Melbourne’s objectives in further improving its operational maintenance regimes, as well as cost savings through the utilisation of detailed operational data - which will enable the operator to pursue more preventative and intelligence-driven maintenance initiatives and practices. 

Future railway: Worldline secures First Great Western contract to digitise the railway (Worldline).

Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, has signed a deal with First Great Western, one of the largest train operating companies in the UK, to increase capacity and modernise the service by delivering digital platform, Integrale. The Integrale Implementation and Support contract with First Great Western (FGW) will run until 31st March 2019 and will be part of the wider Great Western Mainline modernisation programme, which will see more seats, more services and two new fleets of modern trains. 

Rail Video of the Week: London Bridge late May bank holiday timelapse (Transport for London)

The next International Rail News Roundup will be Friday 5th June 2015.

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