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From this year Heka Consult Ltd will offer a new service: Recruitment Assistance.


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From the beginning of 2016 Heka Consult Ltd has suspended its activities on the Syrian market.


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Heka Consult is pleased to inform that from the beginning of march 2016 will commence a collaboration with two important industrial realities in Italy in the hot drop forging sector. This will allow us to offer also this kind of items to the automotive industry in general and to the railway and shipbuilding industry in particular.

Any request for relevant items will be welcome.

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Arriva to land £1.5bn contract to deliver London Overground services


Transport for London (TfL) has named Arriva as its preferred bidder to take over the £1.5bn London Overground contract later this year.


The train company will deliver a variety of services, including rolling stock and station improvements, for seven and a half years from 13 November.


The news comes after Arriva was awarded the Northern franchise back in December, which included a £490m contract to introduce new rolling stock to replace the TOC’s Pacers.

Chris Burchell, managing director of Arriva’s UK trains division, said: “It is exciting to be given the opportunity to build on the major improvements we have made in recent years and we are delighted to be playing a key role in the next phase of London’s growth and development.”


He added that Arriva will work closely with TfL to introduce further improvements to the network.

Arriva successfully outbid competitors including MTR, which has jointly operated the London Overground franchise for nine years alongside Deutsche Bahn AG of Germany, after the bidding process was launched last year. DB’s interest in LOROL was, however, managed by Arriva.

Arriva’s planned improvements include boosting frequency on the North London line by 25%, introducing new services from this Boxing Day, extending operating hours on some lines, introducing new trains from 2018 on routes out of Liverpool Street and on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line, and modernising stations.


Arriva will take over from MTR


In response, Jeremy Long, MTR’s European business CEO,   who recently wrote for RTM about effective collaboration on the modern railway , said: “MTR has been involved in London Overground since its inception, so we are obviously very disappointed that we won’t be working with TfL on the network’s next chapter.


“MTR has helped transform Overground from a series of underperforming and out-of-use lines into one of the country’s best railways, regenerating many areas of London. The success of Overground is testament to TfL’s vision, investment and stewardship, and the commitment of our staff, MTR colleagues, Network Rail, and our partners to delivering for passengers.”

Gareth Powell, TfL’s London Rail chief operating officer, said: "We have worked hard to deliver major improvements for our customers, taking a neglected part of the transport network and transforming it to support new homes, jobs and economic growth across the Capital. Arriva will build on this by extending operating hours, improving frequencies and introducing new trains. I would also like to thank the existing operator LOROL for their work that has helped make London Overground the huge success story it is today.”


TfL also said that they would encourage closer working between Arriva, Bombardier and Network Rail to improve services, including financial penalties for Arriva should incidents caused by Network Rail, train and freight operators impact on London Overground services and tightening the rail industry standard measurement for punctuality for commuter services to three minutes within the scheduled arrival time.


TfL is investing £320m this year in increasing train capacity in London and recently rolled out five-car trains on the Overground.


The contract award comes after it was recently revealed that Arriva Trains Wales saw a 3% decline in its public performance measure (PPM) during period 12 compared to last year, and a survey by consumer group Which? found that passengers ranked it among the worst performing train services for delays.


(Image c. TfL)








Nexus and DB Regio to end Tyne & Wear Metro contract



NEWCASTLE transport authority Nexus announced on March 14 that it does not intend to renew DB Regio's contract to operate the 75km Tyne & Wear Metro network.


DB Regio took over operation of the system in April 2010 under a seven year contract, which included an option for a two-year extension. However, both Nexus and DB Regio say they are "dissatisfied with the structure and the financial and operational performance of the current contract" and the authority has stated it does not intend to extend DB Regio's tenure beyond next year.

Nexus has recommended to the North East Combined Authority that operation of the network should be taken in-house for a period of two years from April 2017. This would enable the development of a new long-term investment strategy, including the acquisition of new rolling stock, and the procurement of a new operating contract.


"The future of the Tyne & Wear Metro holds a major investment in a new fleet of trains, and we need to prepare the business for that," says Nexus managing director Mr Tobyn Hughes."Managing Metro directly for a limited period will allow Nexus to prepare the Metro business for the significant change that will come with further investment of more than £400m in a new train fleet in the coming years."


Nexus will present options for a new operating model and the procurment of the new fleet, which is expected to enter service in the early 2020s, to the leadership board of North East Combined Authority in the middle of the year.






 
 

Rock Rail signs first rolling stock financing deal

17 Feb 2016







UK: Rock Rail Ltd has entered the rolling stock market with the signing of a deal worth more than £200m to finance a fleet of Siemens electric multiple-units for use by Govia Thameslink Railway.

Equity for the deal announced on February 17 is being provided by Standard Life Investments through SL Capital, with debt from Aviva Investors.


Rock Infrastructure has been active in the transport, energy, defence and healthcare sectors since 2011, and formed Rock Rail to focus on UK rail assets. The company is currently bidding to fund other rolling stock projects, and ‘is structuring an approach to funding stations, depots and other parts of Network Rail.’


For the past two years we have been developing a new approach to funding rolling stock in the UK which offers financial  institutions the opportunity to invest directly in core rail assets on a basis that generates better value for the taxpayer and passenger alike’, said founding partner Mark Swindell. ‘We are delighted to be working with our partners SL Capital and Aviva, together with GTR and Siemens, on our first investment and now look forward to delivering these trains’.


The selection of Siemens to supply the 25 six-car dual-voltage units was announced by GTR in December, with the financing to be arranged separately. The EMUs will be a high-capacity suburban variant of the Desiro City design ordered for the Thameslink route, and are scheduled to enter service between London Moorgate, Welwyn Garden City, Hertford North, Stevenage and Letchworth by the end of 2018. They will replace Class 313 units dating from 1976-77, which GTR said are the oldest type of main line EMU in operation in mainland Britain (the Isle of Wight fleet is older). They will have wide gangways, air-conditioning, real-time passenger information, power sockets and wi-fi. Toilets will not be fitted.


GTR CEO Charles Horton said the EMUs would provide ‘a modern, high-quality environment which is light years ahead of what we have been able to offer to date with the current 40-year-old stock’. Service frequencies would be increased ‘considerably’ off-peak and at weekends, and ‘to a lesser degree’ in the peaks.




 

Bretagne funds EMU order

16 Feb 2016






FRANCE: On February 16 Bombardier announced that SNCF had placed a €34m order for an additional four eight-car Regio 2N double-deck electric multiple-units. They are being financed by the Bretagne region and are scheduled to be delivered in 2019.


The order is an option on a 2010 framework agreement for the supply of up to 860 Bombardier Omneo units, of which 213 have now been ordered by 10 regions. Bretagne has ordered a total of 14 eight-car trainsets with 491 seats and seven six-car sets with 350 seats.




 

World rolling stock market February 2016

14 Feb 2016







Africa: CRRC Zhuzhou delivered 19 freight and three passenger locos to the port of Djibouti on December 13, the first of 33 electric locos ordered in 2014 for the new Djibouti - Ethiopia line.


Austria: Traktionssysteme Austria is to supply Bombardier with 952 traction motors for Flexity trams ordered by Wiener Linien for delivery in 2017-25.


Brazil: Development bank Bndes has approved funding of R$5878m for the acquisition of 16 locally-produced diesel locos and 1916 wagons by VLI Multimodal, which wants to increase capacity on the Centro-Atlântica and Norte-Sul railways. Bndes is to provide R$3929m directly, and Banco Safra R$195m.


Bulgaria: Pesa is to supply five additional 1 009 mm gauge Swing trams to Sofia for €8·3m.


Canada: CN has awarded Amsted Rail a contract to supply 1 million wheels over the next 10 years.


China: Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation JV announced a €152m second contract to supply China Railway Corp with a further five 16-car 250 km/h CRH1E-250 sleeper trainsets on December 18. An initial 20 were delivered in 2010. Mitrac traction equipment will be supplied by Bombardier CPC Propulsion System Co.


Guiyang Urban Rail Transit has awarded Nanjing SR Puzhen Rail Transport Co a 1·28bn yuan contract to supply cars for metro Line 1 in 2016-17.


CRRC Qingdao Sifang has awarded Faiveley Transport a €50m contract to supply couplers and doors for the 93 eight-car metro trainsets it is building for Hong Kong (RG 9.15 p15).


Czech Republic: D has sold 23 Škoda Class 163 3 kV DC electric locos displaced by EMUs to D Cargo. This enables the freight operator to replace older designs including the Class 122 and to operate through trains into Poland.


EP Cargo has bought a Siemens Vectron multi-voltage loco approved for Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and Romania.


Egypt: Transmashholding has signed a memorandum with Egyptian Railways for the possible supply of up to 700 coaches; half would be built locally.


Europe: Touax has acquired 2000 wagons from GE Rail Services, GE Capital Rail Services and GE Capital Rail. Financing was provided by ING Bank and DVB Bank as mandated arrangers.


France: Bordeaux has ordered a further 10 Alstom Citadis trams for €28m. To enter service in 2018, the 44 m long trams with APS will take the fleet to 115.


On behalf of Paris regional transport authority STIF, SNCF has ordered a further 15 Alstom Citadis Dualis tram-trains for €75m as the second option on a 2007 framework contract. They are to be delivered from October 2017 with entry into service in 2019 on the T4 branch from Gargan to Montfermeil.


Germany: Hamburger Hochbahn has ordered a further 27 Alstom/Bombardier DT5 metro trainsets for €100m.


BVG has exercised an option for a further 47 seven-section Bombardier Flexity Berlin trams for €176m; 20 trams ordered earlier will now have seven rather than five sections.


India: Coal India Ltd and the ministries of Railways and Coal signed a MOU on December 23 for the procurement of 2 000 wagons of up to 10 tonnes greater capacity than existing vehicles.


Under contracts worth €20m, Faiveley Transport's Hosur plant is to supply Bombardier with pantograph, braking and HVAC systems for 162 Movia metro cars being built for Delhi. Its Shanghai plant is to supply the doors.


CRRC Yongji has won a contract to supply 408 Type YJ157A traction motors for DLW WDG4D diesel locos.


Italy: Pesa is to supply a further five ATR220 DMUs to Trenitalia.


Trenord is to spend €170m on 10 Hitachi Rail Italy/Titagarh Firema Adler TSR double-deck EMUs, four Vivalto push-pull trainsets and four Stadler GTW DMUs to enter service in 2017, funded by the Lombardia region and 50% owner FNM. On January 18 it put into service three GTW 4/12 DMUs on its routes from Pavia to Vercelli, Codogno and Alessendria.


 

The first of four 950 mm gauge two-car Vulcano DMUs for Ferrovia Circumetnea has been delivered under Newag's first order from outside Poland.


Moldova: CFM has bought 10 sleeping cars from Belarus Railways.


Netherlands: On January 19 NS announced that Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens and Stadler had been invited to submit best offers for the Inter-city New Generation EMU contract. NS expects to award the contract this summer, for entry into service from 2021.


Pakistan: On January 14 PR signed a Rs3·92bn agreement for CRRC Jinan to supply 800 coal hopper wagons within 10 months; 205 are to be supplied from China and 595 produced at PR's Mughalpura workshop.


Panama: Metro de Panamá has awarded Alstom, Thales, Sofratesa, CIM and TSO a €145m contract for the supply of 70 Metropolis cars and associated works to lengthen trainsets on Line 1.


Poland: Lotos Kolej has placed the first series-build order for Newag Griffin electric locos, placing a contract on December 23 for five E4DCU-DP locos to be delivered in 2017. The 3 kV DC locos rated at 5·6 MW will be equipped with a 350 kW last mile engine. The 56·2m złoty order is being financed by ING Lease under a seven-year agreement.


DB Schenker is to use 11 Dutch MaK DE6400 shunting locos to replace Soviet-built SM48 (TEM2) locos.


Russia: To support its refinancing plan (p22), in December Brunswick Rail and Alfa-Leasing signed term sheets for two sale and lease back deals which would raise up to 4bn roubles to repay syndicated facilities maturing in July.


Central Suburban Passenger Co has ordered a Metrowagonmash/Stadler DP-M DMU for use on the Golutvin - Ozyory line south of Moscow.


Slovakia: In December Prvá Slovenská Železniná took delivery of a Siemens Vectron MS loco for use in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.


Sweden: Hector Rail has bought 15 Class 151 electric locos from DB Schenker, of which five are to be used for spare parts. HR said they were an attractive option for heavy short-distance freight trains, and more cost effective than leasing new locos as is typical for 'non-incumbent' operators.


Switzerland: Saft is to supply 24 V MSX onboard batteries for 61 Flexity trams that Bombardier is supplying to Basel's BVB. These will provide emergency back-up traction power enabling the trams to travel short distances.


UK: Govia Thameslink Railway announced on December 22 that it had selected Siemens as preferred bidder to supply 25 six-car 25 kV 50 Hz/750 V DC third rail high-capacity Desiro City EMUs for use on Great Northern suburban services into London's Moorgate station from 2018. GTR is to run a separate competition to provide financing for the £200m order.


Merseytravel has shortlisted Bombardier, CAF, Siemens, Stadler and a consortium of Mitsui, Alstom and East Japan Railways' J-Trec for a contract to supply around 50 EMUs for the Merseyrail suburban network centred on Liverpool. A preferred bidder is to be chosen in late 2016, with deliveries by the early 2020s.


On January 18 Transport for London issued Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, Hitachi and Siemens with invitations to tender for 250 trainsets under the New Tube for London programme (RG 11.14 p16). The contract is to be awarded in 2017 and the trains would enter service from 'the early 2020s'. 



 
 

Freightliner Dragon on test

11 Feb 2016



The first of five E6DCF-DP Dragon locomotives that Newag is building for Freightliner PL has arrived at the Żmigród test circuit for homologation trials.


Under a €175m contract signed with ING Lease in January 2015, the first three of the new fleet are due to be delivered by the end of May. The remaining locos are to follow at a rate of one per month.


Rated at 5 MW and drawing current at 3 kV DC, the six-axle E6DCF-DP is equipped with a 520 kW diesel engine for last mile operation.



Photo: Newag SA.





 

Bombardier and Bozankaya to bid for Turkish HS train order

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BOMBARDIER has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bozankaya, a Turkish LRV car body manufacturer, to bid for Turkish State Railways' (TCDD) forthcoming tender for 80 high-speed trains, which is expected to be published shortly.



Should the partnership be successful in winning the contract, Bombardier will invest around $US 100m to set up a new production facility in Turkey and transfer technology to Bozankaya. The MoU was signed in Ankara by Mr Murat Bozankaya, CEO of Bozankaya, and Mr Furio Rossi, Bombardier's managing director, Turkey.

 

TCDD is expanding its high-speed rail network and will require a large number of trains up to 2025. "Turkey has stated it will invest over $US 45bn for rail products and infrastructure," Rossi says. "We are pleased to have found a strategic partner in Bozankaya." Rossi says the partnership will combine Bombardier's engineering know-how and transfer of technology, with Bozankaya's expertise in manufacturing vehicles both locally and internationally.

Bozankaya was set up in Germany 1989 as a research and development company, and has since moved into bus and stainless steel and aluminium light rail vehicle production with factories in Germany and Ankara.

Bozankaya will deliver its first 100% low-floor tram to the Metropolitan Municipality of Kayseri this year. The company has also completed a project supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tübitak) to design a bogie and has manufactured car bodies for domestically-produced LRVs for Istanbul Ulasim. Bozankaya is carrying out R&D and prototype studies for the first Turkish metro car.








 

 Funding agreed for Devon and Cornwall rail study

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BRITAIN's Department for transport and franchisee Great Western Railway (GWR) have reached an agreement on funding a study into the upgrading of rail links between London, Devon and Cornwall.


The study, which will be funded and commissioned by GWR and implemented by infrastructure manager Network Rail, will examine options for improving existing track, signaling and other infrastructure to improve line speeds in preparation for the delivery of a new fleet of bi-mode Hitachi AT300 trains from 2018.


The study will feed into a report due to be published this summer by the Peninsula Rail Task Force (PRTF), a group representing five local authorities and two Local Enterprise Partnerships, which is looking at options for improving rail links to Devon and Cornwall.


"With such significant investment on its way, we need to take the opportunity now to make sure the right infrastructure can be in place to maximise the journey time, frequency and capacity benefits that the new AT300 fleet will bring," says GWR commercial development director Mr Matthew Golton. "Our report will help provide information and data to help support the business case for further infrastructure improvements and better connectivity for the region."


The PRTF's report will outline options for improving resilience - particularly along the vulnerable sea wall at Dawlish between Exeter and Newton Abbot - as well as journey time improvements and increasing capacity.


An interim report by the PRTF, which was published last October, indicated a "modest" 15 minute reduction in journey time would create 1500 new jobs and increase productivity by £300m a year.





 

 DB to invest €5.5bn in infrastructure upgrading in 2016


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  • GERMAN Rail (DB) is to spend €5.5bn this year on modernising its existing network which is around €200m more than in 2015.


    The investment is part of a five-year plan to spend a record €28bn modernising the rail network between 2015 and 2019, following the approval of a performance and financing agreement (LuFV II) between DB and the federal government.

  • This year, DB plans to renew or renovate 3200km of track, 2000 points, 2.9 million sleepers, about 4 million tonnes of ballast and 150 bridges.


  • DB already bundles the largest amount of work into line sections to minimise disruption to services. Last year, DB carried out 500 individual measures on 80 sections, and this year it plans to concentrate the work even more by carrying out 850 measures on 76 sections.


  • Major works planned for 2016 which will entail partial or complete closure of lines for limited periods include:


    • Hamburg – Hannover – Göttingen: point and track renewal
    • Münster – Bremen: resignalling
    • Frankfurt – Mannheim – Karlsruhe – Stuttgart: track renewal and platform modifications, and installation of a new electronic interlocking south of Mannheim
    • Erfurt – Nuremberg: a 34-week closure between Hallstadt and Bad Staffelstein is needed for the commissioning of the Erfurt – Nuremberg high-speed line
    • Munich – Salzburg/Kufstein: track renewal
    • Cologne – Hagen: track renewal, and
    • Ulm – Augsburg: track and bridge renewal.













 
 

SBB orders rescue trains

07 Feb 2016

SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded a consortium of Windhoff Bahn- & Anlagentechnik and Dräger Safety a SFr38m contract to supply three firefighting and rescue trainsets by the end of 2018.


The LRZ18 trainsets will be based at Genève, Melide and Brig to cover the CEVA line, Ceneri base tunnel and the Lötschberg and Simplon tunnels.


Each trainset will comprise a number of 60-person rescue vehicles with independent air supplies, an equipment car and a firefighting car with a 50 000 litre capacity tank. The self-propelled trainsets will have a maximum speed of 100 km/h, and the ability to haul trains of up to 1 600 tonnes out of the tunnels.








 

President launches Tehran - Mashhad electrification project

08 Feb 2016



IRAN: President Hassan Rouhani ceremonially launched work to electrify the 926 km Tehran – Mashhad main line when he visited the northeastern city on February 6.

 

Planning for the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification project has been underway since 2012. In June 2014 a contract to install and maintain overhead electrification equipment and procure 70 locomotives was awarded to a consortium of Chinese companies CMC and SU Power and subsidiaries of local industrial group MAPNA. A year later Iran and China finalised an agreement for 85% of the €1·9bn cost of the project to be financed through Chinese loans.


Signalling on the route has recently been upgraded under a three-year project undertaken by domestic companies at cost of €32m.


The electrification work is scheduled to take 42 months, and on completion is expected reduce the passenger journey times from 12 h to 6 h and increase freight capacity to 10 million tonnes/year.


Speaking at the launch ceremony, Rouhani said the development of the rail network is an important goal for government. 'Railway development will bring a healthy environment, mental and spiritual tranquillity, inexpensive transport, fuel economy and the enjoyment of short trips for the people of Iran’, he said.


Rouhani said there should be rail links to all of Iran’s main ports and to neighbouring countries. ‘Islamic Republic of Iran Railways will be connected to Azerbaijan and Iraq in the near future’, he said, adding that a long-planned link from Khorramshahr to Iraq would open in time for the next annual pilgrimage in November 2016. ‘By connecting the railway to Basra in Iraq, we hope that our dear people and pilgrims of Imam Hussein can visit his tomb on next Arba’een’.









 



Steelworks locomotive handed over

06 Feb 2016



CZECH REPUBLIC: The first of 20 Class 741.7 diesel-electric locomotives which CZ Loko is to supply to the Czech Republic’s largest steelworks this year under a 10-year leasing and servicing deal was handed over on January 28.


The ArcelorMittal Ostrava plant has 190 km of internal railway carrying 1·7 million tonnes/year. The Class 741.7 locomotives will replace a fleet of 28 diesel locos dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, improving safety, efficiency and environmental performance.


The Class 741.7 is a complete rebuild of the ČKD-built Class 740/742 four-axle design produced in the 1970s and 1980s. The 72 tonne Bo-Bo locomotives have Caterpillar CAT 3508C engines rated at 1 000 kW, AC-DC transmission, electronic controls and a maximum speed of 100 km/h.

Prototype 741.701 was leased by Unipetrol Doprava in 2009, and series production started in 2010. Four locos have been delivered to Viamont DSP (now Strabag), one to SD-KD and two for CZ Loko’s own leasing pool. Two more have been supplied to Turkey’s TCDD as Marmaray tunnel rescue locomotives.





 



 

Norway starts passenger service tendering process

04 Feb 2016




NORWAY: The Ministry of Transport & Communications announced on February 4 that it had called competitive tenders for an initial two contracts for the operation of passenger services from December 2018.

 

Tender 1 covers the Sørlandet, Jær and Arendal lines in the south of Norway. Tender 2 covers Trondheim – Bodø, Bodø – Rognan, Lundamo/Melhus – Stjørdal/Steinkjer, Dombås – Åndalsnes, Hamar – Røros, Røros – Trondheim, Trondheim – Storlien and Oslo – Trondheim services.


A joint prequalification process is being undertaken. The ministry expects to issue invitations to tender in early 2017, and to sign the first contract in August 2017 and the second in December 2017.

 

In the meantime, to allow time for the tendering process, the incumbent national operator NSB and its NSB Gjøvikbanen subsidiary are to be directly awarded contracts covering the period between the expiry of the current contracts in December 2017 and the start of the tendered contracts. NSB Gjøvikbanen currently holds a pilot public service contact for the 124 km Oslo – Gjøvik route which was awarded in 2005 as part of a previous tendering programme which was subsequently terminated by a new government.


The latest calls for tenders form part of a wider rail reform programme, and follow the publication of the ‘On the Right Track’ white paper last year which set out plans to introduce competition in the hope this will improve services and the customer experience.