In our second International Rail News Roundup of the new year, we see some promising developments emerging in Eurasia with Azerbaijan and Iran’s new rail link on track to be completed this year and the Mayor of Istanbul speaking at SmartRail Eurasia, visit Thailand to see how the nation is heading towards a cashless transport network, learn that the Ottawa mayor has confirmed the city's light rail first phase is on time and on budget, gain an understanding why the Dutch government has delayed national ERTMS rollout, showcase a good win for Thales in securing a contract to extend the ticketing system of the Delhi Metro and of course our rail video of the week which today features an appearence from former England and Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes …
Metro Projects: Azerbaijan, Iran to be linked by railway before late 2016 (Trend News Agency)
An 8.5-km long section of railway between Iran and Azerbaijan will be built before late 2016 as part of the North-South Corridor project, Azerbaijan Railways Head Javid Gurbanov told reporters Jan. 12. He further said that President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed a corresponding decree in 2015. “A tender to select a company that will build this section will be announced soon,” said Gurbanov. “A lacking 7.5-km section of the railway on Azerbaijan’s territory running till the [country’s] border with Iran and a railway bridge on the border, which make a total of 8.5 km, will be built by late 2016. There is a decree of the head of state, and sources for funding have been identified.”
Rail Business: Mayor of Istanbul confirmed as delivering SmartRail Eurasia welcome address (SmartRail)
Dr. Kadir Topbaş ,the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, is confirmed as delivering the welcome address at SmartRail & Metro Eurasia (Istanbul, 26-27th January) and will officially open this landmark two day event. A trained architect and strong supporter of public transport, Dr. Topbaş, will welcome delegates attending the event from across the region and will explore plans for the development of the city’s growing transport networks.
Metro Tickets: Thailand: Headed Toward a Cashless Society (Mass Transit)
This year will be the tipping point for Thailand's mobile payment and digital wallet system, which could become a viable everyday payment tool over the next few years, say industry veterans. This will be fuelled by the proliferation of smartphones, the growing adoption of a digital lifestyle, a solid telecommunication infrastructure and a greater variety of service providers as well as the government's policy to promote national electronic payment (e-payment).
Metro Projects: Ottawa mayor confirms city's light rail first phase is on time and on budget (Railway Technology)
Ottawa mayor Jim Watson has confirmed that construction on the first phase of the Canadian city's $2.1bn O-Train Confederation Line LRT project is on time and on budget. Currently construction is being carried out for the future Tremblay Station, which is located west of the former Train Transitway Station and south-west of the existing D-ring road in front of the VIA Rail Station on Tremblay Road. Scheduled to be completed by late next year, Tremblay Station is one of 13 stations to be built on the route. According to the mayor, all 13 stations will begin construction by the end of this year.
Rail Signalling: Dutch government delays national ERTMS rollout (International Railway Journal)
Dutch secretary of state for infrastructure Mrs Sharon Dijksma announced on January 14 that the phased rollout out of ERTMS across the national network will be delayed because more time is needed to plan implementation of the programme.Under plans announced by Dijksma's predecessor Mrs Wilma Mansveld in 2014, most of the mainline network was due to be equipped with ETCS Level 2 by 2028. Dijksma argues that other countries such as France and Germany are not meeting their commitments to ERTMS, and it has become clear that the rollout of ETCS on the Amsterdam - Utrecht - Geldermalsen corridor will not be completed by 2020, as previously envisaged. The Dutch government has informed the European Commission about this delay.
Metro Tickets: Thales selected to extend the ticketing system of the Delhi Metro (Thales Group) - pictured above.
Thales has been awarded by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) the ticketing system augmentation of phases I and II of the Delhi metro. As part of this upgrade, additional ticketing machines and access gates will be provided to improve passengers’ travel facilities and comfort. The project will cover about 100 stations, improving and increasing the ticketing system of Phases I and II of the Delhi metro (respectively the first 65 km of track and the following 125 km) with a new generation of unattended equipment for ticket sale. Thales will deliver a total of 240 additional access gates and will install 300 ticket vending machines (TVM) and 150 automatic vending machines (AVM) dedicated for card top up. The additional gates will be delivered by February 2016 and completed by September 2016.
Rail Video of the Week: Tackling Track Safety – Football legend Paul Scholes helps us keep kids safe (National Rail)
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