Happy Friday, and yet again the team here are delivering a weekly International Rail News Roundup... we learn about plans from US Congress to strengthen safety standards and grant funding for passenger rail, see how Nomad Digital and Bombardier are partnering up, visit the Netherlands to spot new electric multiple-units ordered by Abellio, gain an understanding of a huge loan from Japan to India to modernizing further the country’s railway network, on a similar theme we bring you news from Vienna where the European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a €1.8bn loan to the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) for expansion and modernisation of its routes in the south of the country, ERTMS Level 2 comes online in Poland and of course our rail video of the week which today comes from Paris with a focus on COP21 and rail’s role in fighting climate change...
Rail Safety: FAST Act strengthens rail safety, includes rail title for Amtrak (Progressive Railroading)
A congressional conference committee yesterday completed work on a five-year surface transportation bill that would strengthen tank-car safety standards, increase funding for transit and create a rail title that authorizes funding for Amtrak and intercity passenger-rail grants. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (H.R.22) would fully fund a five-year $281 billion authorization for public transportation and highway programs.
Rail IT: Nomad & Bombardier form new partnership for Rail IP Connectivity in North America (Nomad Digital)
Nomad Digital, the leading global provider of fleet connectivity, on-board passenger services and intelligent fleet management solutions to the rail sector, is delighted to announce the creation of an innovative new partnership with Bombardier Transportation, which will see both companies teaming up to deliver innovative passenger and fleet based solutions to both existing and new Bombardier customers across the North American marketplace.
Rolling Stock: Abellio receives first R-net Flirt 3 EMU (Railway Gazette)
The first of six Stadler Flirt 3 electric multiple-units ordered by Abellio to operate services on the Gouda – Alphen aan den Rijn route arrived at NedTrain’s Leidschendam depot on December 3. In 2014 the province of Zuid-Holland awarded NS Reizigers and Abellio Rail NRW GmbH a contract to operate passenger services on the 18 km route, which forms part of the R-net network. The contract is due to commence on December 11 2016, when Abellio will take over from incumbent operator NS, and will run for 15 years.
Metro Projects: Tokyo’s $828 mn aid for 2 metro rail projects fast-tracks India-Japan ties (Asia Times)
Bilateral ties between India and Japan have always been on the fast track and it further gained momentum recently thanks to Tokyo’s financial and technological help in modernizing Indian railways. On Friday, the two nations exchanged notes for Japan’s Official Development Loan Assistance (ODA) worth Rs 55,360 million ($828 million) for Chennai and Ahmedabad metro rail projects. The Japanese government has committed ODA loan of about Rs 10,800 million ($161 million) for the Chennai Metro Rail Project (IV phase) and Rs 44,560 million ($666 million) for Ahmedabad Metro Project.
Rail Business: Austria secures €1.8bn EIB loan for railway network modernisation (Railway Technology) - pictured above.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a €1.8bn loan to the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) for expansion and modernisation of its routes in the south of the country. To be disbursed in installments of €600m over the next three years, the loan will cover the Semmering base tunnel, a part of the South Vienna freight terminal and a section of the planned double-track section of the Pottendorf Line. According to ÖBB, the Southern Route (Südstrecke) between Vienna and Graz will be extensively modernised by 2026.
Rail Signalling: Polish ERTMS Level 2 enters operation (International Rail Journal)
Services have commenced on the Legnica - Wegliniec - Bielawa Dolna section of Poland's E30 line using a mixture of ERTMS Level 2 and conventional signalling. The project included equipping the line and equipment with Bombardier's Interflo 450 wayside and onboard control system and was carried out under a Zlotys 54m ($US 13.58m) contract awarded by PKP PLK in 2010. Dynamic testing commenced in July and focussed on the interaction between trackside and onboard equipment using a PKP Intercity EP09 electric locomotive equipped with ETCS.
Rail Video of the Week: COP21; have you taken the Railway Climate Responsibility Pledge? (SmartRail World)
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