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Metro Madrid signs €44m maintenance contracts

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The regional government of Madrid has awarded contracts worth more than €44m aimed at improving Metro Madrid services. The contracts cover safety, including security guards and CCTV systems, along with resources for improving the maintenance of trains and facilities.

Segurisa has been awarded a four-year, €31.3m contract for surveillance and security services at 13 depots across the network, replacing Ombuds which is currently facing bankruptcy proceedings. Madrid Metro also awarded a €4.3m contract for the comprehensive maintenance of the network’s CCTV system, which currently has more than 8600 cameras.

A three-year, €2.95m framework agreement has been signed for the installation and modernisation of station security systems, which control a number of functions including the automatic start-up of escalators, the public address system and the centralised remote control of stations.

A €3.3m contract has also been awarded for the repair and maintenance of the 1,000 escalators previously managed by Metro Madrid, along with a €2.55m contract to supply 1,520 tyres for series 9,000 trains over the next two years.

Source: railjournal.com

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Eurostar looks to cut costs with reduced hours and part-time working

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Eurostar is looking to reduce its payroll costs through the introduction of reduced hours and more part-time working ‘wherever possible throughout 2021’, in a move which the cross-Channel high speed operator said was intended to protect jobs at a time when ‘the impact of Covid-19 has led to an unprecedented fall in demand across the travel industry’.

The operator said its aim is ‘to protect as many jobs as possible and retain the knowledge, skills and experience of our people for the recovery, keeping any potential redundancy to a minimum’.

The RMT trade union said the cuts amount to a 20%‎ reduction in costs, and would ‘hit Kent and the stations at Ebbsfleet and Ashford particularly hard’.

Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch called for the government to provide support and ‘to recognise the long term importance to the British economy of these cross-Channel transport services as we look to the future’, saying ‘short-term cuts would have dire long-term consequences’.

Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of the TSSA trade union which has members in clerical, administrative, supervisory and managerial roles, said the union was seeking to ‘work constructively’ with Eurostar and the government to protect ‘jobs and the future of this vital service’.

The UK sold its stake in Eurostar in 2015, but Cortes called on the government to act, saying ‘the French and Belgian governments continue to own their share of this company and will no doubt intervene to save jobs in their countries. Our government must step up to do likewise.’

Source: railwaygazette.com

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Construction works for E65 Motorway’s northern section to begin in 2021

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Construction works for the northern section of Kentriki Odos -aka E65 Motorway- which connects Thessaly with Egnatia Motorway is expected to begin in 2021. With its construction, Epirus acquires easy and safe access to Central Greece. It is reminded that previously, the future of this section was uncertain as it hadn’t secured funding.

The good news came after the meeting betweem the Governor of Thessaly, Mr. Kostas Agorastos, the Minister of Infrastructure, Mr. Kostas Karamanlis and the Secretary General of the Ministry, Mr. George Karagiannis.

“The northern section of the E65 is about to become a reality. All necessary studies and negotiations with the European Commission have been completed. In a short time, the section that connects Trikala, Kalambaka and Meteora with Egnatia Motorway will begin to be implemented. It is a positive development for Thessaly, a development that creates conditions for development throughout the region. The northern section of the motorway will give access to Northern Greece, Epirus and Western Macedonia.

Additionally, it connects two of the largest ports in the country, Volos and Igoumenitsa. This is one of the largest growth projects in the country that changes the map in transport, trade, tourism and agricultural production”, said the Governor of Thessaly after the meeting with the Ministry of Infrastructure.

It is noted that the Governor of Thessaly had a close cooperation with the Ministry of Infrastructure on the issue of E65 Motorway, while with his intervention in the competent directorate of the European Commission DG Regio in cooperation with the Governor of Western Macedonia, Mr. George Kasapidis, but also with his letter to MEP, Mrs. Korina Kretsou asked for an acceleration of the approval procedures for the completion of the road, in its northern part, which is the most difficult.

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ERGOSE: Railway projects worth 693m euros, funded by NSRF 2014-2020

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ERGOSE’s current project pipeline is quite interesting since it is spread almost all over the network. According to the planning of company and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, a total of 693m euros will be spent on 11 railway projects which are funded by the NSRF 2014-2020.

Most of these projects concern upgrades of the existing network as well as the installation of electrification, signaling & telecommunications systems. In fact, ERGOSE notes that these projects are mature in terms of design and one after the other will proceed to their implementation.

In Athens, the most important project is the construction of the Athens Central Railway Station (Phase B’), which also includes the underground connection with the Metro, with a cost of 40m euros. With this project, upgrade works of the Central Railway Station will be completed.

Heading north, we find the project for the construction of the new Kryoneri Railway Station with 6.5m euros. One of the biggest projects of this “package” is the upgrade of the double-track line on SKA-Inoi section that will allow higher speeds for the trains, costing 100m euros.

Other projects

In Thessaly, the contract for the electrification, signaling and telecommunications on Larissa-Volos section is being prepared. The project, with a cost of 71m euros, includes the upgrade of Latomio-VIPE-Volos Railway Station.

In the region of Macedonia, we have a total of 4 projects.These are a signaling and ETCS project on Thessaloniki-Idomeni single-track railway line, with a total cost of 65m euros, a double project for the electrification on Thessaloniki-Promachonas (Thessaloniki-Mouries and Mouries-Promachonas) single-track line with a combined cost of 150m euros (65m and 85m euros respectively). In this geographical area there is also a project for the construction of anew railway station at Neos Panteleimonas in Pieria prefecture.

In the area of ​​Peloponnese we have the electrication project of Kiato-Aigio line with 57 m euros as well as the project that will bring the train from Aigio to Rio. This project includes the superstructure, electrification, signaling, telecommunications and new stations at a cost of 117m euros.

Finally, there is a project for the installation of GSM-R systems and the supply of portable equipment for the sections of Tithorea-Domokos, Kiato-Patra and Thessaloniki-Idomeni, with a total budget of 40m euros.

From the above projects, the tender for the electrification on Kiato-Aigio section (the contractor is Mytilineos) is at the phase of completion while the project for the railway station in Neos Panteleimonas has been also auctioned.

More “mature” than the rest of the above works are Larissa-Volos railway project and the second phase of the construction of Athens Central Railway Station.

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