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Railway: Lyon – Torino «a priority», say France and Italy

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Construction of the new railway between Lyon and Torino via a base tunnel under Mont Cenis is ‘a priority’ for France and Italy, the two governments stressed on March 8 as they held a summit in Venezia.

During the summit, Italian Minister of Infrastructure & Transport Graziano Delrio and his French counterpart Alain Vidalies signed a protocol on sharing and indexing project costs, supplemental to the agreement to build the new line that had been signed on February 24 2015.

According to the ministers, the two governments are now working steadily to have the project agreements ratified by national parliaments and in force by the end of 2016. This would enable the project timescale agreed with the European Commission to be maintained.

Delrio and Vidalies also welcomed the inclusion in their respective national budgets of funding to maintain the service carrying lorry semi-trailers on Modalohr swing-tray wagons between France and Italy. Launched on an experimental basis between Aiton and Orbasano in 2003, this service is now to be established on a permanent footing. Within current funding limits, the ministers have agreed to support modifications to the terminals that would allow new services to be introduced.

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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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