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India’s first HS line now expected to open in 2023

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India’s first high-speed rail project –a 508km line linking Mumbai and Ahmedabad– is facing land acquisition problems and is likely to miss the August 2022 opening target.

The original plan was to open the line by the end of 2023, but the date was brought forward to August 15 2022 by the government to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Indian independence. The plan was then revised so that just the 50km section from Surat to Billimora in Gujarat would open on Independence Day.

However, with only 50% of the land acquired so far, even completing the initial section by Independence Day is highly unlikely. India’s National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), which is responsible for implementing the project, says the priority is to expedite land acquisition so that the line can open by the end of 2023.

In August, Mr Suresh Angadi, minister of state for railways, informed the Indian parliament that 97% of landowners in Gujarat state had consented to land acquisition but the government was still facing challenges acquiring pockets of land in Maharashtra.

Out of the total length of 508km, 468km will be elevated, 27km will be in tunnel and the remaining 13km will be at grade. The tunnel will include a 7km under-sea section near Thane.

The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 1100bn ($US 15.5bn). Japan is providing a loan of Rs 880bn at an interest rate of 0.1% which India should repay in 50 years with a moratorium on repayments of up to 15 years.

Since the high-speed project was launched in September 2017, tenders have been floated for 348km, about 69% of the route, at an estimated cost of more than Rs 350bn.

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The high-speed line will have 12 stations. According to the feasibility report, trains stopping at every station will cover the distance in 2h 58min at a maximum speed of 320km/h, but with only four stops the journey time would be cut to 2h 7min.

A fleet of 24 series E5 Shinkansen trains will be procured from Japan, six of which will be assembled in India. The trains will have between 10 and 16 coaches with capacity for between 1300 and 1600 passengers. Three depots will be built at Sabarmati, Surat and Thane.

Talking to IRJ, NHSRCL’s managing director, Mr Achal Khare, says: “This high-speed project is a second revolution in the transport sector in the country, the first being metro rail. It is expected to bring about a paradigm shift not only in public transport, but also in the way of life of the people.”

Source: railjournal.com

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European Commission remarks on delayed tenders of Greek major projects

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Several tenders concerning major projects, among which Athens Metro Line 4, Patras-Pyrgos and Amvrakia Motorways, and the renewal of the Athens and Thessaloniki buses fleet are now… officialy running late according to the European Commission.

More pecifically in the «Transport and Logistics» section of the Commission’s report, it is noted that there are still significant delays in new projects, which makes the absorption of European funds difficult. There are also comments regarding the excessive discounts (which ypodomes.com has been commenting on for at least 3 years) and the lack of capacity on the part of the contractors.

The report also focuses on the urgent need of Greece to start working on sustainable urban mobility plans, as they are a prerequisite for investments in urban transport centers.

Additionally, it is noted that there is not any progress so far on the accessibility of Thessaloniki port. According to the comments, while the recenly privatized port has great potential as a gateway to the Balkans and Eastern Europe,, its operation is seriously hampered by poor or non-existent rail and road connections.

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US hydrogen train contract awarded

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Southern California’s San Bernardino County Transportation Authority has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a Flirt H2 hydrogen fuel cell powered multiple-unit to enter passenger service in 2024, with an option for a further four units.

Stadler said the contract announced on November 14 was ‘a major milestone in bringing zero-emission passenger rail technology to the USA’.

The Flirt H2 unit will have two cars with a total of 108 seats and ‘generous’ standing room, plus a central power module holding the fuel cells and the hydrogen tanks. It will have a maximum speed of 79 mile/h (127 km/h), the federal limit above which additional signalling systems are required.

It is to be deployed on the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, a 14·5 km passenger service which is being developed on a former Santa Fe freight railway alignment between the University of Redlands and the Metrolink commuter rail station in San Bernardino.

In 2017 SBCTA ordered three diesel-electric Flirt units for the line, which is currently being built by Flatiron Construction Corp. The ‘Arrow’ branded service is expected to launch in late 2021.

The order for a hydrogen unit ‘is an excellent example of how we are demonstrating our commitment to the next generation’, said SBCTA President Darcy McNaboe. ‘The hydrogen Flirt will help us address the commuting needs of today while preserving our environment for a better tomorrow.’

‘Stadler is committed to designing and building green technology for the transportation industry’, added Martin Ritter, CEO of Stadler US Inc. ‘We have an excellent relationship with SBCTA, and it is a great honour to partner with them to bring the first hydrogen-powered train to the USA.’

Source: railwaygazette.com

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German parliament approves €86bn investment plan

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The German parliament approved a €86bn budget for investment in the country’s rail infrastructure under the LuFV III performance and financing agreement for 2020-2029 on November 15.

This follows an agreement reached on the budget between German Rail (DB) and the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) in July. However, the federal government contribution’s to LuFV III has been reduced from €62bn to €51.4bn with national rail infrastructure manager DB Network responsible for most of the remaining investment.

The new LuFV III represents a 41% increase in spending over the previous LuFV II which ends this year. Under the new arrangements government funding for infrastructure will be around €5.6bn in 2025-2029 compared with around €3.5bn for the last five years.

Following recent criticism from the Federal Court of Auditors, DB’s access to the funds will be in tranches and funds from 2025 may be withheld if agreed objectives and controls are not met, although political agreement on how this will be achieved has yet to be reached. BMVI will be required to report every two years on progress versus targets for the rail investment programme and the Federal Court of Auditors is expected to play a greater role in ensuring DB budget control and project delivery targets are met.

Much of the funds will be spent on improving the overall state of repair of the rail network, which the German parliament said earlier this month totalled €49bn. The money will also be used to increase capacity at congested pinch points on the network to enable the introduction of the planned regular interval timetable from 2030.

Under scrutiny

DB is a key beneficiary of the federal government’s climate protection package, announced in late September. This will add another €20bn in rail investment up to 2030 with a capital injection into DB of €11bn planned in stages over the next decade. This will provide DB with significant additional capital, reducing the short term need to raise finance through borrowing or the sale of subsidiaries such as Arriva, which has been put on ice as all the offers received were below the book value of the company.

However, lobbyists representing DB’s passenger and freight competitors have raised significant concerns over the government’s decision to channel climate-protection spending solely into DB, as they fear unfair cross subsidy to DB’s freight and other services plus non-transparent prioritisation of investment to suit DB rather than the overall market. Legal advice obtained by opponents of the proposed capital increase for DB suggests it could be illegal under European law as it constitutes state aid to a state-owned company.

Source: railjournal.com

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