In this week’s international rail news roundup we learn how China’s high-speed rail continues to grow, hear about how ATOC plan to revolutionise the way 3.7 million people use railcards in Britain, look at Alstom and Sweden’s joint plans for rail maintenance, see the dangers of taking a wrong turn in Australia and look at the new changes that have been made by Ireland’s minister of transport for DART’s Underground project. On top of this we have a fantastic video of the week that gives as a glance at Amtrak’s first 40 years…
Metro Projects: Where next for the DART Underground project in Dublin? (SmartRail World)
First proposed in 1972, plans for the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) Underground have undergone many changes over the years and last week the Irish Minister for Transport announced that it will “not proceed as currently designed” but will be redesigned to ensure a lower cost project. The DART Underground project was envisaged to extend the capacity of Dublin’s commuter rail from 33million journeys a day to 100 million.
Transport Safety: Wrong turn: Man watches car being hit after GPS sends him onto suburban train line (ABC News Australia)
Thursday’s incident leaves car users questioning their GPS navigation devices after driver in Melbourne followed instructions that led him onto train tracks. After this wrong turn the drivers car got stuck on the tracks but the driver made a narrow and lucky escape just before his car was hit by an oncoming train.
High-Speed Rail: China approves another 900km of new lines (Rail Journal)
On Monday China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approved the construction of new high-speed lines to service 13 stations. It is said that the trains will be able to reach speeds of 350km per hour, carry 40 million passengers a year and serve commercial projects also. Work on the project is due to start in 2020 and is part of a move to improve China’s infrastructure.
Rail Maintenance: Alstom to supply Swedish national traffic management system (Railway Gazette)
September 30th saw the announcement of an eight year minimum contract to supply and maintain Iconis traffic management systems across Sweden’s entire Trafikverket network. Alstom have been awarded this contract as part of an ongoing project to improve the capacity and punctuality of Sweden’s trains.
Train Ticketing: ATOC planning digital Railcard launch in 2016 (Global Rail News)
Across Britain some 3.7 million people use Railcards, and now the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) have announced their plans to next April launch digital Railcards on smartphones and tablets. ATOC have said: “The app will also mean that fewer customers are left frustrated at having left their Railcard at home, as they are more likely to remember their phone.”
Rail Video of the Week: Amtrak: The First 40 Years
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