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Alstom and Siemens Mobility in merger talks ALSTOM confirmed on September 22 that it is in discussions with Siemens regarding a “possible combination” with Siemens Mobility.
Granada opens first light rail line FIVE years after it was originally due to open, the first light rail line in the Spanish city of Granada finally began carrying passengers on September 21.
350km/h operation resumes on Beijing - Shanghai high-speed line CHINA Railway Corporation (CRC) restored 350km/h operation on the Beijing - Shanghai high-speed line on September 21, six years after the maximum operating speed was reduced to 300km/h.
Alstom and Siemens vie for Israeli EMU order ISRAEL Railways (IR) has eliminated all but two of the companies bidding for a contract to supply a fleet of 60 double-deck EMUs totalling 330 cars leaving only Alstom and Siemens in the running.
Incoherent policy putting French rail freight at risk, warns Court of Auditors FRANCE’s Court of Auditors has expressed concern over the fragility of French National Railways’ (SNCF) freight operations in a communication to government ministers which calls into question the “coherence and effectiveness” of French freight transport policy.
Tracklaying complete on London’s Crossrail project CONTRACTORS working on London’s Crossrail project have completed track installation work, marking another key milestone in the £14.8bn project ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth Line in December 2018.
Prime ministers launch construction of India’s first high-speed line INDIAN prime minister Mr Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Mr Shinzo Abe officially launched civil works on India’s first high-speed line on September 14, when the two leaders laid a foundation stone in Ahmedabad for the 508km line to Mumbai.
Toronto Transit Commission issues RFI for up to 100 LRVs TORONTO Transit Commission (TTC) issued a request for information on September 12 “to gauge market interest and capabilities of potential suppliers” for the delivery of up to 100 low-floor LRVs.

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September 25, 2017
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