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International Rail News Roundup (9th October 2015)

Posted by SmartRail World Staff on Oct 9, 2015

fast53-666x399_thumbIn this week’s International Rail News Roundup we hear about how Riyadh have broken ground with their metro construction, look at WMATA’s phasing out of paper rail tickets, explore Siemen’s latest RailFusion technology that plans to change the future of rail safety, await decisions about the development of the Kuala Lumpa to Singapore high speed rail line and take a look at Metrolink and GO Transit’s plans for the Eglinton Crosstown in Toronto. This week’s video of the week celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Forth Bridge in Scotland


Metro Projects: Tunnelling breakthrough on Riyadh Metro (Global Rail News)

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia’s capital – has made progress this week with its metro construction. After its intitial break through at Salah Al-Din station, the ‘San’ah’ Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) has now finished the 1.2 kilomiters of line that will be used as the city’s green line. The plan from here is to tunnel futher north and complete the 12.9 kilometres of metro lines planned. Ian Redmayne, Atkins’ project director for the FAST Consortium, has suggested that this development is the first of many achievements to come in the completeion of the six metro lines that have been proposed in Riyadh.

Rail Safety: Siemens introduces RailFusion to improve railroad system operations and safety (Railway Technology)

Siemens Mobility division has now launched its latest software – RailFusion. The software was created to turn big data into intelegence and therefore improve railway oporations and safety. RailFusion monitors and analyses data points across an entire railroad's infrastructure, including onboard and wayside assets such as road crossings and end-of-train devices. Siemens Rail Automation head John Paljug said: "RailFusion brings all of these disparate data points together in one system and puts intelligence behind them, allowing railroads to make more informed, efficient decisions about how to operate and maintain their systems specific to their needs."

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Rolling Stock: Eglinton Crosstown, Toronto (completion by 2020) (Smart Rail World)

In September 2008, Metrolink launched a regional transportation plan – The Big Move – a 25-year, $50 billion plan for coordinated, integrated transportation and transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). One of the first waves of the projects currently underway is the Eglinton Crosstown, which represents an investment of $5.3 billion (2010$) toward better transit in Toronto. Construction began in 2011 of this 19-kilometre light rail transit line corridor which will include a 10-kilometre underground portion. The Crosstown, as it is commonly known will have up to 25 stations and stops. It will link to 54 bus routes, three subway stations and various GO Transit lines. 

Train Ticketing: WMATA starts to phase out paper farecards (The Transit Wire)

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (DC) this week began the modification of over 450 of its fare vending machines. The modified machines will now dispense SmarTrip cards instead of paper farecards, which they hope to phase out by March 2016. This change comes as a number of passenger rail companies, across the globe, are looking at how best to sell tickets to their customers and update their technology. This week will mark the end of WMATA’s paper tickets. 

High Speed Rail: Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail market sounding begins (Railway Gazette)

Singapore Land Transport Authority and Malaysian Land Transport Commission have this week launched their joint market-sounding excersise in light of the proposed Kuala Lumpar to Singapore high speed rail project. The line, 330 kilometres in length, would cut the journey time between the two cities down to 90 minutes. The market excersise will help gauge the interest in the project and later be used to inform the tendering process. In arguing for the construction of the high speed rail Khaw Boon Wan has said that it would “catalyse economic growth, unlock new opportunities, and transform the way our peoples and businesses interact”.

Rail Video Of The Week: 1890 - 2015 celebrating 125 years of the Forth Bridge



What is the International Rail News Roundup? 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 bring you a regular Friday roundup of some stories you may have missed from both SmartRail World and global media sources.For the latest news, as it happens subscriber for free to SmartRail World.


Recent Editions of the International Rail News Roundup:

2nd October 2015

25th September 2015

18th September 2015

11th September 2015

4th September 2015


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