David Briginshaw

David Briginshaw

David Briginshaw joined IRJ in 1982 as associate editor, and was appointed editor-in-chief in 2001. He has travelled the world extensively interviewing many of the CEOs and senior managers of the world's railways and transit systems which has given him an in-depth knowledge of the global railway industry.

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NORWAY’s infrastructure manager Bane Nor has awarded a NKr 600m ($US 78m) contract to Thales to install a national traffic management system (TMS) as part of the roll out of ERTMS across most of the network by 2034.

TRIALS on Stockholm’s Green Line with a C20 metro car equipped with Bombardier’s new silicon carbide (SiC)-equipped Mitrac TC1500 traction converter have shown energy reductions of up to 35%, and a 19dB reduction in noise emissions.

SINGAPORE Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with McLaren Applied Technologies, Britain, to apply its Formula 1 racing expertise in capturing, connecting and analysing data to develop a condition-monitoring and predictive train maintenance system.

GERMAN Rail (DB) has awarded a contract to British Steel to supply around 20,000 tonnes a year of its new 120m-long rails, with an initial order lasting 21 months.

CALIFORNIA High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has published its draft 2018 business plan which acknowledges cost increases of 20-35% for each segment of the new railway and extensions to completion dates.

FINLAND’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has selected a route from Rovaniemi via Sodankyla to Kirkenes in northeastern Norway for further study. The 450km railway would cost around €2.9bn to construct.

BRITAIN’s infrastructure manager, Network Rail (NR) has published a Prior Information Notice through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for a tender to let track works contracts starting next year. The contracts will be worth up to £5bn over 10 years.

FOLLOWING a tender launched in 2016, Danish State Railways (DSB) has selected Siemens to supply 26 Vectron dual-voltage locomotives with an option for an additional 18 units. A contract cannot be awarded until DSB receives approval from the Parliamentary Finance Committee.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 06:46

Copenhagen orders more metro trains

A €50m contract has been awarded by Metroselskabet, Denmark, to Hitachi Rail Italy for an additional eight driverless trains for operation on lines M1 and M2 of the Copenhagen light metro.

BARCELONA Metropolitan Transport (TMB) has decided to award two contracts for 12 five-car trains worth €92m to CAF and Alstom to increase capacity on the metro by up to 20%. Delivery is scheduled to start in the second half of 2019.

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