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Metro projects worth 3.8bn euros to be proposed for funding from NSRF 2021 – 2017

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Preparations for the next NSRF period, 2021-2027, are in full swing, although the current programming period (2014-202) is about halfway through. A few months ago, the Ministry of Economy and Development decided to send to all stakeholders invitations to submit project studies’ proposals, to be funded by the Public Investments Programme, in order for them to be mature enough for NSRF 2021-2027 period.

This plan aims at shortening maturation times of the projects that, according to their size and scope, could wait up to 3 years in the queue to finally be tendered. According to ypodomes.com report, Attiko Metro has already sent a package of studies for major projects, whose value exceeds 3.8bn euros. These projects include all phases of Athens Mero Line 4 development, namely: a) Goudi-Maroussi-Lykovrisi, b) Alsos Veikou-Perissos-Petroupoli and c) Evangelismos-Ano Ilioupoli. For Athens, the project regarding the extension of Line 2 Anthoupoli-Ilion is also included.

For Thessaloniki, there are 2 major projects that essentially conclude the first generation of the city’s Metro system development. More specifically, these are the circular line to the west of Thessaloniki, i.e. from New Railway Station to Evosmos, Efkarpia and Stavroupolis returning to Dimokratia station as well as the extension of Kalamaria Branch from Mikra to «MaKedonia» Int’l Airport. The total cost for the studies of the above sections has been estimated at around 30m euros.

The cost of Metro Line 4 extensions is estimated at around 2.2bn euros while the extension of Metro Line 2 to Ilion at 350m euros. The cost of Thessaloniki Metro circular line is estimated at 1bn euros and the extension to «Makedonia» Airport at about 250m euros.

It is noted that the amount of 3.8bn euros is too large to be fully covered by the next NSRF, given that the Operational Program for Infrastructure and Environment will not exceed 5-6bn euros. In the studies proposed for funding there are not any Tram-related projects, as there is not any keen interest for its expansion.

 

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China poised to open 350 km/h automated railway

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Bullet train China

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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