Infrastructure - Articles and news items

Ballard to power first-ever fuel cell tram-buses in Pau, France

Industry news  •  19 September 2017  •  Eurotransport

Ballard Power Systems is to provide 100KW fuel cell engines to power eight ExquiCity tram-buses, for delivery in Pau, France in late 2019.

West Midlands Combined Authority approves the transport plan for the next decade

Industry news  •  18 September 2017  •  Eurotransport

A transport plan that will see £3.4 billion of improvements over the coming decade has been approved by the WMCA.

$1.3 million funding secured for transit plans in Alberta communities

Industry news  •  15 September 2017  •  Mandy Parrett, Editorial Assistant, EuroTransport

The Canadian province of Alberta has announced plans for major transit projects in three of its communities.

Modernising Prague’s tram infrastructure

Issue 4 2017, Z homepage promo  •  31 August 2017  •  Miroslav Penc, Head of Tram Infrastructure Unit from the Prague Public Transit Company

With over 340km of track, modernising Prague’s tram infrastructure is a big job. Here, Miroslav Penc, Head of Tram Infrastructure Unit from the Prague Public Transit Company, outlines some of the work being done to improve Prague’s tram tracks and upgrade the network’s signalling system, all without inconveniencing passengers or adding to the programme’s budget.

Consortium selected to build the Melbourne Metro Tunnel

Industry news  •  24 July 2017  •  Eurotransport

The Cross Yarra Partnership has been selected to build the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations in Melbourne, Australia.

Maintaining Prague Metro’s tracks

Issue 3 2017  •  11 June 2017  •  Ondřej Krulikovský, Head of Service of Buildings and Tracks at Prague Public Transit Company (DPP)

In this article for Eurotransport, Ondřej Krulikovský, Head of Service of Buildings and Tracks at Prague Public Transit Company (DPP), describes the standard maintenance work that takes place on Prague Metro’s rail superstructure, which encompasses ongoing renewal and improvement to the track system. He explains the key activities that take place during the downtime period – between 1:10 and 3:50 a.m. – which include the re placement of wooden sleepers with those of concrete, restoration of freestanding fastenings and systemic rail grinding.

NGE Group and Alstom selected for Avignon tramway project

Industry news  •  1 June 2017  •  Eurotransport

The NGE group and Alstom have been selected as part of a project involving the civil works platform and track works for the Avignon tramway.

How might the future of British transport change post-election?

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  17 May 2017  •  Justin Fox

With all the uproar following the Brexit referendum nearly a year ago, you could be forgiven for thinking that the UK’s divorce from the EU was the only political issue of any significance at the moment. Whilst it is undeniably the most important – given that the knock-on effects will be felt for decades to come – we can’t afford not to properly scrutinise the other policies of those seeking to represent us. For your interest and convenience, Justin Fox explains what the three main political parties in the country are proposing with relation to public transport.

Metrolink to install new substations

Industry news, Uncategorized  •  28 March 2017  •  Eurotransport

As part of a multi-million pound improvement package, two new substations are set to be installed to provide additional power and resilience across Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink tram network – enabling more vehicles to run.

EVs: Supporting The Next Generation of Transport

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  9 March 2017  •  Keir Pimblett and Alex Underwood

Against a backdrop of health concerns due to pollution, the stage is set for the rise of Electric Vehicles as part of a country’s transport objective.

Future public transport projects will need to focus on city liveability

Industry news  •  2 March 2017  •  Rachael Harper

A new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, The Urban Transit Evolution, has called for a focus on public welfare when deciding on future public transport projects within cities.

Manchester’s new Second City Crossing is now open

Industry news  •  28 February 2017  •  Rachael Harper

The Second City Crossing, Manchester city centre’s second city tram line, is now open, completing Metrolink’s ‘big bang’ expansion.

Two giant tunnel boring machines lowered into place for Northern Line Extension

Industry news  •  20 February 2017  •  Katie Sadler, Eurotransport

Two giant boring machines have been lowered 20 metres below ground in preparation for tunnelling work on the Northern Line Extension.

Metro Madrid’s innovative infrastructure inspection machine

Issue 6 2016  •  30 November 2016  •  Rubén Muñoz García, Project Manager, Metro de Madrid

Following several years of suffering the impact of the economic crisis on business activity – clearly illustrated by the drop in user demand and required budgetary adjustments – Metro Madrid has persisted in its efforts to remain the preferential mobility option in the Madrid region. The following article by Rubén Muñoz García, Project Manager at Metro de Madrid, explains how the company has rallied to achieve great results despite the economic setbacks of recent years.

Overcoming challenges of rail infrastructure renewal

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  17 November 2016  •  Graham Ellis

Eurotransport’s/European Railway Review’s regular blogger Graham Ellis explores the challenges of renewing infrastructure on tram/rail networks and provides case studies on different approaches to the task.