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Hydrogen fuel cell train on test in Bavaria

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One of Alstom’s two prototype Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell multiple units was tested in normal operating conditions in northeast Bavaria on July 8.

The test run between Bayreuth and Coburg was organised jointly by train operator Agilis, the state’s Ministry of Housing, Construction and Transport and the Bavarian Railway Company (BEG).

Bavaria is looking to switch to alternative forms of traction on diesel-operated lines in the medium to long-term. Under the Bavarian Rail Electromobility Strategy (Bess), which has been approved by the state government, pilot projects will be implemented using different types of alternative traction including batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.

“We want to use more environmentally-friendly traction on Bavarian passenger trains,” says state minister for housing, construction and transport Mr Hans Reichhart. “In addition to electrification, we are pushing ahead with the introduction of hydrogen technology in the railway sector like no other German state. We are investing more than €25m in state funds to support further research into this technology.”

Lower Saxony became the first German state to order hydrogen trains in November 2017, when Lower Saxony Transport Authority (LNVG) awarded Alstom a contract to supply 14 iLints for services around Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven. The prototype trains entered commercial service in September 2018 and the production trains are due to arrivie in 2021.

In May Rhine-Main Transport Authority (RMV) announced an order for 27 iLint sets, which will replace diesel trains in the Taunus region north of Frankfurt from 2022 onward.

 

Source: railjournal.com

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Railway: Maintenance works to be carried as PPPs with NSRF 2021-2027 funds

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OSE is now in full preparation in order to enter to inaugurate a new era. The new administration is mainly focused on maintenance works, lines’ reopening and a general restructuring of the Organization towards more modern standards, enabling it to transform the country’s railway.

Maintenance to be prioritized

More particularly, there is a priority for maintenance works and redevelopment of existing lines. According to OSE sources, preparations have already begun for the tendering of extensive maintenance projects. The important news is that these projects are eligible for funding by the new NSRF 2021-2027, so planning will be directed to the new funding period.

It is also almost certain that the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport prefers long-term contracts with the PPP method, as ypodomes.com had previously revealed. This solution, according to the same sources, will provide continuous maintenance of the network and its upgrading to the European standards.

A network with many users

OSE’s interest has also shifted to expanding its customer base. Freight transport seems to be able to transform the railway into a new major playee. It is reminded that, in addition to TRAINOSE, Rail Cargo, PEARL and other companies have also entered the freight transports game.

Meanwhile, major groups of companies such as Motor Oil and HELPE have expressed interest in connecting to the national network, creating interest for other companies to invest and accelerate the transport of their products via the railway network.

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DB approves purchase of 30 high-speed trains

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German Rail’s (DB) Supervisory Board has approved the purchase of 30 high-speed trains, in addition to the 137 Siemens ICE 4, 23 Talgo ECx and 17 Stadler Kiss trains that are also on order.

The new trains will be used to increase capacity, especially on the Cologne – Frankfurt high-speed line and on services between Munich and Berlin.

DB issued a call for expressions of interest for a framework agreement to supply up to 90 high-speed EMUs in October. The specifications call for at least 11,400 seats across the fleet, along with eight bicycles spaces per train.

DB will also invest €500m in its ICE workshops, creating 600 new jobs. The DB facility in Frankfurt-Griesheim will be significantly expanded to increase maintenance capacity, while plans are already underway for the Cottbus workshop to be expanded.

Source: railjournal.com

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INTRAKAT: Underbidder for preliminary works of Thessaloniki Metro extension project

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After two extensions, the tender regarding the preliminary works for the large expansion of Thessaloniki Metro to the western suburbs has been finally successful. The process of the financial offers’ unsealing awarded INTRAKAT as the underbidder with a 27.03% discount. AKTOR came second with 22.03% and Mytilineos-Xanthakis consortium with 9.31%. An important element of this tender was «reasonable» discounts offered, after a long time.

The purpose of the project is to carry out all the required studies, archaeological surveys, utility networks’ and traffic bypasses as well as other required works, at the future constuction sites of the Thessaloniki Metro northwestern extension and Pylea Depot.

It is reminded that the auction took place on October 10, after two consecutive extensions. The original date was July 29th which was  postponed for August 29th and then for the end of October.

The cost of the project is 18.6m euros (incl. VAT) and its duration is estimated at 24 months after the contract is signed. With rough estimates, if the project starts next summer it could be -with no further delays- by mid-2022.

The funding of the project comes from Public Investments Program and the contracting authority is Attiko Metro SA. It is the first major tender for the network’s extension since 2012, when Metro’s expansion to Kalamaria has been auctioned.

Attiko Metro SA, aiming at a further development of Thessaloniki Metro’s network, plans its northwestern expansion. This is planned to be a circular line (11 km long with 9 stations), starting at the «New Railway Station» (terminal) and ending at «Dimokratia» Station.

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