In Numbers


UK-based Transport for London has unveiled plans to invest £8.1bn ($9.9bn) in road and rail network across the city in a bid to help it rebound from the pandemic.


The State Railway of Thailand is looking to spend a further $8.66bn in the second phase of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project.


Siemens India has received a $3.2bn contract from Indian Railways for the manufacturing and maintenance of 1200 high horse power (9000 HP) electric freight locomotives.


The US Department of Transportation has made nearly $2.3bn available to expand and upgrade intercity passenger railway network across the country.


Tanzania has reached a $2.2bn contract with a Chinese firm for the construction of a final section of a Standard Gauge Railway that will connect the country’s main port with its neighbouring countries.


Norfolk Southern, through its Norfolk Southern Railway unit, has agreed to take over substantially all of the assets of Cincinnati Southern Railway for around $1.6bn in cash.


The Asian Development Bank has granted a $780m multi-tranche financing facility to expand the metro rail network in Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.


ADCO to build new station in Queensland

ADCO Constructions has secured a contract to design and construct the new Pimpama train station on the Gold Coast Line in Queensland, Australia.

The station is the first of three planned stations on the Gold Coast through Cross River Rail. ADCO Constructions will commence major works on the Pimpama station early this year.

Source: Railway Technology

Construction begins on Jurong Region Line

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority has commenced construction on the country’s seventh Mass Rapid Transit line, the Jurong Region Line (JRL).

The 24km-long elevated line will comprise 24 stations including three interchange stations at Boon Lay, Choa Chu Kang and Jurong East.

Planned to be opened in three stages from 2027 to 2029, the JRL is anticipated to improve connectivity in Singapore’s western part and support the Jurong area developments.

Source: Railway Technology

Thales wins contracts for Santiago metro 

France-based Thales has secured two contracts for the delivery and maintenance of the operation control centre (OCC) for the new Line 7 of the Santiago metro in Chile.

Under the first contract, the company will design, deploy, test and commission the OCC for the new Line 7, which will link the city from west to east.

Source: Railway Technology

Kontron to deliver GSM-R for the Egypt high-speed rail project

Kontron Transportation has received a contract to provide the Railway Radio Communication technology for the Egypt High-Speed Rail Project.

A consortium led by Siemens Mobility awarded the contract to Kontron for greenfield GSM-R turnkey deployment.

The new electrified train network will link 60 cities across the country with a 2,000km high-speed rail network.

Source: Railway Technology

In Quotes

Arthur Leathley, Chair of London TravelWatch, reacts to the announcement of 5.9% rise to rail fares in the UK from March:

"While passengers will be a little relieved that train fares will be increasing by less than inflation, this is still a significant rise that may make travel unaffordable for some - particularly given how many people are already struggling with living cost

"With many passengers already feeling like they’re not getting good value for money, this just shows how longer-term fares and ticketing reform on the railways could not be more urgent.

"We’re still waiting to see how much fares will increase on TfL services, but it’s particularly important that bus fares are kept low. More people use the bus every day in London than any other type of transport, and they’re mostly used by lower-income Londoners, so it’s really important they’re protected from unaffordable price increases."

Source: PMLive

Lucy McAuliffe, Network Rail’s interim Sussex route director, comments on works to enhance connectivity on the Brighton Mainline route:

“It’s great to see plans for the rollout of 5G connectivity across the route between London and the south coast.

“This will make a real difference to passenger journeys and people living alongside the railway as it will allow them to stay better connected.

“Passengers will be able to shop, work and talk whilst travelling and even have a seamless connection when travelling through tunnels.”