Urban rail infrastructure news

The latest global news about metro, light rail and suburban rail infrastructure, including construction and maintenance, contracts, tenders and technology.

London to install 300 rapid charging points for electric taxis

28 Apr 2017

UK: Transport for London has selected five suppliers to fund, maintain, operate and install a network of rapid charging points for electric taxis: The Centrica Consortium of Centrica, Evolt and ChargePoint ... more

ABB to supply electric bus ‘opportunity charging’ stations to Harrogate

27 Apr 2017

UK: ABB has won a contract to supply electric bus charging infrastructure for a fleet of electric buses that will operate in Harrogate from 2018, the company announced on April 24. Transdev Blazefield subsidiary Harrogate Bus ... more

Work begins on second phase of Karlsruhe tram and road tunnel project

25 Apr 2017

GERMANY: Jazz played on alpenhorns accompanied Baden-Württemberg Transport Minister Winfried Hermann and Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe Frank Mentrup as they attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of the Kombilösung ... more

The six Urbos trams which CAF is to supply for the light rail line in Newcastle will be equipped with onboard energy storage to permit catenary-free operation.

Catenary-free operation for Newcastle light rail line

25 Apr 2017

AUSTRALIA: The six Urbos trams which CAF is to supply for the light rail line under development in Newcastle will be equipped with onboard energy storage to permit catenary-free operation, New South Wales Minister for Transport ... more

Buenos Aires metro Line B.

Buenos Aires Line B power supply renewal contract

21 Apr 2017

ARGENTINA: Following an international tender, Alstom announced on April 20 that it had been awarded a €17m contract to renew the power supplies on Buenos Aires metro Line B. The 15-month project includes the design, assembly and ... more

Seattle light rail renewable energy agreement signed

19 Apr 2017

USA: Sound Transit has entered into a 10-year agreement with Puget Sound Energy enabling the transport authority to purchase wind-generated energy directly. It hopes to use only renewable energy to power its light rail network ... more

Work has begun on the Tinsley Chord connecting Sheffield Supertram with the main line network.

Sheffield tram-train infrastructure work progresses

18 Apr 2017

UK: Work has started on the Tinsley Chord that will connect Sheffield Supertram with the main line network. The 400 m chord, which includes 160 m of new alignment, will enable tram-train services to run between ... more

Tram changes to aid Melbourne Metro construction

17 Apr 2017

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne operator Yarra Trams is to reconfigure three routes with effect from May 1, offering new cross-city connections and facilitating the construction of the Metro Rail tunnels. The current Route 55 between West ... more

Tunnel excavation has started on London Underground's Northern Line extension.

Tunnelling begins on Northern Line extension in London

12 Apr 2017

UK: Tunnelling has started on London Underground’s Northern Line extension. Tunnel boring machine Helen has started boring a 5·2 m diameter tunnel at a depth of 26 m, and sister machine Amy is due to start ... more