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Stuttgart 21 facing three-year delay and €1bn cost overrun THE cost of the controversial Stuttgart 21 project is now expected to rise by a further €1.1bn to €7.6bn, plus a contingency which could take the final bill to around €8bn, while completion has been delayed by another three years to 2024.
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BOMBARDIER has been awarded a £105m contract by rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook and British franchisee c2c for 60 Aventra EMU cars together with an eight-year maintenance contract. The cars will be formed into 10 six-car...
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THE Italian region of Emilia-Romagna has agreed a new public transport plan for 2018-2020 which includes the almost total renewal of the train fleet by 2019. The deal was signed on December 11 by the region’s...
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STUTTGART Tramways (SSB) opened a northern extension to light rail Line U12 on December 9 from Hallschlag to Wagrainäcker to connect with line U14 and made several changes to its network on December 10 due...
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FRENCH National Railways’ (SNCF) low-cost high-speed service, Ouigo, launched services from central Paris for the first time with the start of the new timetable on December 10. Ouigo trains are now running from Paris Montparnasse to...
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THE £85m Ordsall Chord project, to provide Manchester with a cross-city mainline rail link, opened on December 10. The link enables trains to run directly for the first time from Manchester Victoria on the north side...
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VOSSLOH has completed its financial restructuring by concluding a new €150m five-year syndicated loan in the form of a revolving credit. The loan has two options to extend the final maturity by one year each...
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THE President of Italy’s Puglia region, Mr Michele Emiliano, has announced that a 189km section of South East Railway (FSE) in the Salento area will be electrified. Work will start at the beginning of 2018 and...
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KEOLIS commenced operation of the 15-year Teutoburger-Wald-Network (TWN) concession in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, on December 10. The contract was awarded in 2015 by Westphalia Lippe Transport Authority (NWL) and Lower Saxony Local Transport Authority, in...
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WEST Midlands Trains, a joint venture of Abellio, JR East and Mitsui, has finalised two orders worth £680m for 107 new trains with Bombardier and CAF for the new West Midlands franchise, which started on...
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A new SFr 87m ($US 87.7m) tram link between the Swiss city of Basle and the French town of St Louis in Alsace was officially opened on December 9 after two years of construction, reviving...

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