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Electronic ticketing system to be introduced in Thessaloniki urban transport system

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Λεωφορείο του ΟΑΣΘ στη Θεσσαλονίκη

The tender for the installation and operation of the electronic ticketing system  in Thessaloniki is in full progress. Reportedly, the competition started last Friday and yesterday the one and only bid, submitted by the J/V TERNA ENERGY-INDIGITAL-AMCO, was unveiled.

According to the same information, the tender will proceed normally, as the significant success of the electronic ticketing system in Athens, with the steep increase in revenue and the geometric reduction in free-ridership, make the new system’s implementation a certain decision. The contracting authority is «Information Society» SA.

TERNA ENERGY has already gained considerable experience in implementing the same project in Athens. There, along with LG, it had undertaken, through a PPP tender, the installation of the e-ticketing  system across the Metro, Tram, Suburban Railway and buses’/trolley-buses lines.

Paper ticket era ends – «Smart» tickets on the way

OASTH’s (i.e. Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization) planning is to install an integrated automatic fare collection system that will replace the outdated paper ticketing system that exists today.

The new system will be installed on both Metro and buses, with the installation of entrance-exit barriers in Metro stations as well as machinery in all buses’ entrances and exits.

This means that the system will applied on 18 Metro stations and approximately 600 OASTH buses. The cost of the project is estimated at 39m euros (excluding VAT).

Since the signing of the contract, it is estimated that it will take approximately 2 years for the system to start operating.

A break on free-ridership

According to earlier studies, free-ridership in Thessaloniki has an annual cost of 17-20m euros annually, a huge sum for the economic size and sustainability of the city’s urban transport organization.

With the gradual introduction of the e-ticket, first on buses and then on the Metro network, it is estimated that passenger traffic will increase from 6% to 20%, with a prospect of up to 40%.

In Athens, OASA (Athens Urban Transport Organization) for 2018, having fully implemented the e-ticketing system, saw a revenue growth of 14.16% and operating profit of 3.2 million euros.

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China poised to open 350 km/h automated railway

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Automated operations are due to start before the end of this year on the 174 km high speed line linking Beijing with Zhangjiakou in Hebei province, one of the host cities for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Journey times will be cut to around 50 min compared with about 3 h by trains using the 190 km conventional line.

Designed to carry visitors to the Olympic venue at up to 350 km/h, the line will be ‘the smartest in the country’, according to Mo Zhisong, Chief Engineer responsible for train control systems at China State Railway Group, which until June this year was known as China Railway Corp.

Speaking at a press event last month, Mo said tests had shown that the smart railway improved operational safety and comfort, enhanced on-time performance and cut energy costs. Automatic driving and dispatching systems and intelligent substations are among 67 ‘smart technology projects’ deployed on the line. Different types of intelligent robot will be available at stations to assist passengers and handle luggage. During the trials, a test train reached a maximum speed of 385 km/h.

Design of the 53·5bn yuan railway was carried out by China Railway Engineering Consulting Group with the help of a suite of software from Bentley Systems. The line includes 10 tunnels, one of which is 1·2 km long, and 64 bridges. One of the 10 stations will serve the Great Wall visitor site at Badaling and is located up to 102 m below the surface.

Source: railwaygazette.com

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

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Σιδηροδρομικός σταθμός με ηλεκτροκινούμενες γραμμές

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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