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UK: Dozens of towns and cities across the UK could benefit from Midlands Engine Rail, a £3.5 billion improvement programme to transform the region’s rail network, launched by Sub-national Transport Body Midlands Connect.

Made up of seven projects, which includes improved connectivity to Birmingham Airport, the programme is strategically-important in supercharging the Midlands Engine economy and is designed to drive sustainability, productivity and social mobility across the whole region. It also includes and builds upon the flagship Midlands Rail Hub scheme; aimed at boosting east-west connectivity, which was submitted to Government in June 2019.

Set to be delivered in stages from 2022 to the completion of HS2 Phase Two, Midlands Engine Rail will provide a much-needed capacity boost for national, local and regional rail services, creating space for 736 more passenger trains on the network each day. Over the past two years, rail passenger numbers have risen faster in the Midlands than anywhere else in the UK.

You can download the full report here: https://www.midlandsconnect.uk/media/1593/final-mer-report.pdf

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POLAND: The European Commission adopted three major Cohesion Policy projects, modernising the Polish rail and road network and increasing travel safety while reducing costs and travel time.

EU-funded works will replace the outdated technology and set up a modern communication system along almost 14,000 km of railway line throughout the country. In addition to improving passenger safety and reducing travel time, this project will allow Poland to move towards introducing the European Rail Traffic Management System, which will integrate Polish rail lines with the European railway network. The project should be operational as of July 2023.

More than €117 million allocated to upgrade Silesia's railway services, which includes upgrading and electrifying 46 km of railway lines, building or refurbishing stations, platforms, viaducts and bridges in northern Silesia. It will also make platforms accessible for people with reduced mobility and build a new International Airport station at Pyrzowice, which serves the regional capital of Katowice.

Works will restore traffic on the Tarnowskie Góry-Zawiercie line while creating safe and reliable links to and from Pyrzowice airport. Once finished in May 2022, this project will improve the efficiency of freight transport and ensure reliable connections for passengers. It will ultimately boost local economic development.

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THE NETHERLANDS: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will replace one of its daily services between Brussels and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (“Schiphol”) with seat capacity aboard the Thalys high-speed train. In recent months, KLM, Thalys and NS Dutch Railways have developed a long-term plan to reduce the number of flights between Brussels and Schiphol. The basic premise being that the product should match its current appeal to customers.

KLM has regularly indicated that it is in favour of replacing short-haul flights with rail services, as long as trains fully match the speed, reliability and comfort that air travel offers passengers. The decision to reduce flight frequency from five to four flights a day on the Brussels-Schiphol route, in combination with the improved Air&Rail product aboard the Thalys, is a first step. KLM intends to gradually cut back the number of flights between Brussels and Schiphol. The Brussels-Schiphol route is used by passengers who catch connecting flights to intercontinental destinations at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

“Intermodal transport involving trains and planes remains a complex and challenging business. Speed is key, not only in terms of the train itself, but also the transfer process at the airport. We aim to make maximum progress in both areas. Reducing our frequency from five to four flights a day is a good way of gaining more experience with Air&Rail services," KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers said.

This step is part of KLM’s commitment to “Fly Responsibly”, which aims to create a sustainable future for air transport, but it also reflects our commitment to the sector plan Smart and Sustainable. Next to that, KLM is faced with slot restrictions at Schiphol. By replacing short-haul flights with rail services, scarce slots can be used for services to long-haul destinations. Rail services will maintain feeder traffic to Schiphol, while network quality improves thanks to the more varied range of available destinations.

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USA: The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors awarded a contract to KDG+DE Construction Support Services for $25.9 million to provide construction support for the Airport Metro Connector (AMC) 96th Street Transit Station project. This is the first time a female-led consultant group has been selected to work on a large Metro project. 

KDG+DE is a partnership of KDG Construction Consulting and Destination Enterprises. The AMC station will be built at the intersection of Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street and will serve Metro Rail and local bus lines. The station will also be the transfer point between local transit and the future Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) Automated People Mover that will provide quick rides to and from LAX passenger terminals.

Metro expects to begin heavy construction in mid-2020 with the station forecast to open in 2023, the same year as the LAX people mover is scheduled to debut. 

The AMC 96th Street Station is a design-bid-build project, meaning that all design plans and specifications will be completed by Metro’s design consultant prior to award of a construction contract.

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USA: The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has launched a new programme designed to provide state funding for transportation projects while also leveraging local and private funding.

The new Cost Share Program will provide funding to local entities for transportation projects that improve safety, support job retention and growth, improve access or mobility, relieve congestion and help areas across the state improve the transportation system.

Up to $50 million will be available in the program for fiscal year 2020. The on-going program, which has at least $11 million available, requires a minimum of 15% non-state cash match. Additional consideration will be given to project applications that commit more than the minimum required match amount. The funding above the base $11 million comes from a one-time, $50 million State General Fund transfer. A minimum 25% match is required for projects to qualify for the one-time funds.

The Cost Share Program is open to all transportation projects including roadway (on and off the state highway system), rail, airport, bicycle/pedestrian and public transit. Funds from the program can only be used for construction.

“Creating the Cost Share Program allows us to leverage both state and local dollars to help address important transportation needs across Kansas,” said Kansas Secretary Julie Lorenz. “We look forward to working with Kansas communities to build projects that improve safety and keep the Kansas economy moving.”

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis beginning 3 September 2019, and will be reviewed twice annually, in October and March. To be included in the first review period, applications must be submitted by 11 October 2019. Selection criteria will include consideration of projects that meet programme objectives, eligibility categories and requirements. Geographic distribution also will be considered during project selection. More details can be found here: http://www.ksdot.org/Assets/wwwksdotorg/Headquarters/PDF_Files/pressrelease2019/Cost_Share_Program.pdf

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Spain's Ministry of Development has released a tender for a Feasibility Study build a new railway station at Alicante-Elche airport and link it to the existing route between Murcia and Alicante.

Currently the Alicante-Murcia railway service rund on a single electrified track bypassing the airport and has to make a reversal at the San Gabriel stop, which increased journey time and efficiency. The Feasibility Study will look at how to best connect the line with the airport and eliminate the reversal at San Gabriel.

The allocated funding for the work is EUR 489,566.00.

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UK: TSP Projects was released from the British Steel portfolio last week and has been acquired by international mass transit, mobility and infrastructure company SYSTRA. From now, TSP Projects will become a wholly owned subsidiary of SYSTRA Ltd.

TSP Projects’ extensive experience in the UK heavy rail sector creates an opportunity for SYSTRA to strengthen services in transportation solutions across all aspects of rail engineering, complex infrastructure and transport planning.

Pascal Mercier, SYSTRA Ltd CEO said: “As the signature team for transportation solutions, SYSTRA is committed to providing clients with truly specialist expertise, delivered locally. This acquisition is a game-changer for our UK & Ireland business, placing us among the leading UK consulting engineering firms. This is a good fit between two like-minded companies with a shared commitment to excellence, safety and innovation.”

With a large portfolio of ongoing works on the books TSP Projects are active on a number of large rail projects including Leeds Railway Station roof and concourse transformation, Gatwick Station, Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) and the East Coast Power Supply Upgrade (PSU).

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FRANCE – Alstom will supply 13 trains to the Hello Paris consortium, in charge of operating the CDG Express, the express train line which will link the centre of Paris with the Charles-de-Gaulle international airport. These new trains, which stem from the Coradia Polyvalent range, will be especially designed to the CDG Express line to cater for the airport passengers.

“Alstom is delighted to support the Hello Paris consortium as part of the CDG Express project. Manufactured in France, this train will be a showcase of French expertise, which millions of passengers will discover when arriving at and departing from Charles-de-Gaulle airport, and it is a source of great pride for all our employees,” explains Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, Senior Vice President France at Alstom.

The trains will be entirely designed and manufactured in France. Six of Alstom's 13 sites in France are involved in the project: Reichshoffen for the design and assembly, Ornans for the engines, Le Creusot for the bogies, Tarbes for the traction, Villeurbanne for the on-board computerised systems and Saint-Ouen for the design and safety equipment. In all, this project represents 400 direct jobs at Alstom and 1,200 indirect jobs in the French rail sector.

Hello Paris consortium formed by Keolis and RATP Dev will operate the CDG Express, a direct rail service between Paris Gare de l’Est (East Station) and Charles de Gaulle airport, which is due to open by the end of 2025.

The contract comprises a 6-year preparatory period (2019-2025), and a 15-year operating period (2025-2040).
With trains running every day and every 15 minutes from 5am until midnight, CDG Express will link Paris’ Gare de l’Est station to Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle airport. The 32km distance trip will only take 20 minutes. 

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RUSSIA: Russian Railways are building a railway line Sheremetyevo Airport's new the Northern Terminal Complex (NTC). The new railway line will connect Terminal B and Terminal C, which are currently being built. The project is carried out as part of the Russian Railways investment programme and will increase the airport's accessibility and reduce congestion on the road network.

The project is planned to be implemented in two stages. The first stage involves the construction of the Sheremetyevo-1 station in the NTC and a single-track branch that will connect the new station with the existing Sheremetyevo-2 station located in the South terminal Complex (STC, Terminals D, E and F). This will allow to operate a train shuttle between North and South Terminal Complexes with 15 minutes intervals. The delivery of phase one is estimated to be completed in 2022.

The second stage of the project involved a construction of a two-way connecting line from the Sheremetyevo-1 station with the existing routes of the Moscow railway. 

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RUSSIA: Aeroexpress is introducing a new on-board menu and expanding the list of complimentary options for business class passengers on all routes.

An updated menu with some new healthy meal items is now offered in standard and business-class carriages. This includes healthy breakfast meals and protein bars, as well as some combos for young travellers. Goods for kids are also available in the catalogue, including colouring pages, riddles, puzzles, and finger puppet theatre kits. Adult passengers can purchase Aeroexpress-branded travel accessories.

Business class passengers will have an extended list of complimentary options, including sparkling and still water, coffee, black and green tea. From now on, passengers travelling business class will receive free travel kits containing slippers and branded wipes.

The company has equipped all standard carriages with coffee machines. After the train departs, passengers will be offered to buy freshly brewed coffee.

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UK: Gatwick has published its new five-year Capital Investment Programme (CIP) which highlights more investment in automation and technology as an enabler of sustainable growth. New initiatives include robotic parking and automated boarding technology, which will speed up boarding and give passengers more choice about how they spend their time.

Gatwick’s total investment since 2009, combined with this new five-year plan rises to £3.21 billion. Gatwick now serves 46 million passengers a year, and the airport is committed to exploring how to continue growing sustainably, providing jobs and boosting the local economy.

The single biggest project to be delivered within the next five years is the Pier 6 western extension which will offer over half a million more North Terminal passengers the opportunity to embark and disembark their aircraft via a jetty-served stand, as well as improved gate waiting areas. The design incorporates automated boarding technology which uses biometrics to process passengers through e-gates straight onto the aircraft.  

Several new projects are identified within this CIP, including:

  • Biometric auto-boarding technology development and next phase of testing.
  • Robotic car parking – a trial will begin this autumn in South Terminal offering passengers all the benefits of valet parking, without the need to surrender their keys, and making more efficient use of existing car park space. Robotic car parking is already in place at VINCI Airports’ Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport – the experience of which will aid the introduction of this new service at Gatwick.
  • Railway station development – Gatwick will invest £37 million to complement the £150 million that the Department for Transport has committed to upgrade the station. Work starts in spring 2020 and is expected to take two years.
  • Infrastructure to support greater use of electric and hybrid vehicles by passengers and staff, in particular on the airfield.

The Capital Investment Programme is a rolling five-year plan which is published annually. This allows the CIP to be refreshed regularly as market conditions and operational needs change. It is published on the Gatwick website and can be found here. Last month, Gatwick also published its final master plan setting out how the airport could develop in the most sustainable way over the next 15 years.

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IRELAND: Transport Infrastructure Ireland is seeking Concept Architects for the MetroLink project, which is the development of a north-south urban railway service that will run between Swords and Charlemont, linking Dublin Airport, Irish Rail, DART, Dublin Bus and Luas Services, creating fully integrated public transport along the 19km route.

A key requirement of this role is to work with the engineering designer in ensuring that the developed concept design and architectural vision is consistently followed throughout the project from preliminary design stage through to project completion. The value of the contract is EUR2.5m and the deadline to submit the proposals is 6 September 2019. Tender documents can be found here.

The MetroLink will have 15 new stations, 3000 additional park and ride spaces and a journey time of approximately 25 minutes from Swords to the city centre. It is intended that the MetroLink project will commence construction in 2021 and be open to passenger services in 2027. For more information visit www.metrolink.ie.

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EVENTS: The third Airport Access Ideas Forum took place in London on 17 July hosted by the Global AirRail Alliance and Arcadis UK. The interactive discussion events looked at the use of data to improve passenger experience, create seamless door-to-door airport access and to better understand the movements of passengers to and from airports.

Speakers and attendees all worked on visualising the door-to-door passenger journey, marking the points where data is requested by the passenger or the operator, to identify where the industry can work together to address each individual and overall challenges.

As always, the goal of the Forum is to produce an Industry Recommendation Report, which will reflect the discussions and the case studies presented and will be released in the early autumn. You can read the previous reports here: https://www.globalairrail.com/about-us/publications

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UK: Gatwick has published its final master plan and a report on its 12-week public consultation, which concluded earlier this year. This consultation showed strong support for airport development with two thirds of respondents saying they support Gatwick ‘making best use of its existing runways’ in line with Government policy.

The final master plan sets out how Gatwick could develop to meet demand in the most sustainable way over the next 15 years, highlighting that the airport is no longer actively pursuing plans for an additional runway.

On commitments to surface access, Gatwick continues improvement works on its railway station. Gatwick’s railway station, on the main line between London and Brighton, is one of the busiest in the country, and has been struggling to cope with rising numbers of trains and passengers. Despite the rail links available from the station, the passenger experience and first impression of onward travel for arriving passengers could be significantly improved. Gatwick is working with Network Rail, the owners of the station, to develop plans to expand and improve the concourse areas. This will add more vertical circulation to the busiest platforms to facilitate platform clearance and provide new enhanced pedestrian routes. The proposed scheme will be jointly funded by the airport, Network Rail and DfT, costing around £120m, and is due for completion by 2022/23.

The full Master Plan can be downloaded here: https://www.gatwickairport.com/masterplan

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UK: JCDecaux Airport, in partnership with Heathrow, have completely redeveloped the Heathrow Rail advertising portfolio. The investment has funded a predominantly digital offering, presenting advertisers with the opportunity to showcase their brands on a range of state-of-the-art digital screens, reaching the entirety of the highly desirable Heathrow Rail audience. 

Heathrow Rail provides a key touchpoint for passengers arriving into and departing from all Heathrow terminals. 6.3 million passengers travel annually on the Heathrow Express, the non-stop rail service connecting London Paddington and Heathrow Central in 15 minutes. The number of people passing through this area is set to increase significantly with the imminent opening of the Elizabeth Line in 2020. This will contribute to Heathrow’s Sustainable Transport Plan which underlines their commitment to promoting public transport for passengers and colleagues.

New additions to the portfolio include a network of 58 LCD digital screens strategically located throughout all stages of the passenger journey, the T5 Beacons - stand out branding opportunities and the immersive Heathrow Rail Walkway Motion consisting of 14 digital screens and the capability for a full surrounding wall wrap. 

A major benefit of this new proposition is the audience it engages. Heathrow Rail is the UK’s most business-focused Out-of-Home environment. More than two-thirds of its audience are AB, a considerably larger proportion than that of Bloomberg and CNBC. Likewise, compared to financial press readers, Heathrow Express has the highest percentage of audience who are C-suite executives in large companies. Half of all Heathrow Express passengers are flying for business purposes, and business travellers who use the Heathrow Express take an average of 5 or more trips a year on the service.
  
“We have worked closely with JCDecaux throughout the redevelopment of the Heathrow Rail advertising portfolio, and we are delighted to see this premium opportunity go live. Heathrow is a sought-after environment for advertisers, and we hope this redevelopment expands the offering for brands to communicate with our passengers.”Fraser Brown, Retail Director at Heathrow.

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USA: The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has signed a 10-year agreement with its airline partners that will give the Airport Authority the ability to contribute over a half-billion dollars to help alleviate traffic congestion and make it easier for everyone to access San Diego International Airport.

The Airport Authority is currently working with its regional partners, including SANDAG, the City of San Diego, Port of San Diego, the Military, MTS, Caltrans and NCTD on potential transportation and transit connection improvements to the airport. The agreement with the airlines will help provide key funding for those projects, if approved.

“This agreement ensures that the Airport Authority will have the means to effectively partner with other regional agencies to improve access to the airport through transportation and transit projects,” said April Boling, Airport Authority Board Chairman. “It also supports the Airport Development Plan, which envisions the replacement of Terminal 1 and related improvements.”

While the specific improvements are being studied and not yet approved, the agreement ensures there will be substantial funding for those improvements should the Airport Authority and partner agencies decide to go forward with them.

The contribution of over a half-billion dollars includes:

  • $350 million for on- and potential off-airport public transportation projects in conjunction with regional partner agencies. The agreement allows the Airport Authority to contribute up to this amount when third-parties (such as regional partner agencies) contribute funds for off-airport transportation and transit projects.
  • This funding could also help pay for a new transit station on airport property that could connect to the regional system. Space for a station is included in the current Airport Development Plan.
  • An additional $165 million – funded 100 percent by the Airport Authority and the Airlines - could be used for multimodal mobility corridor improvements also contemplated in the Airport Development Plan and, if approved, might include an inbound, on-airport access roadway adjacent to Harbor Drive and a bicycle path.
  • If approved, the roadway would connect Laurel Street directly to the airport, with no traffic lights. This would remove an estimated 45,000 cars per day from Harbor Drive. It also includes a right-of-way for future outbound lanes.
  • Additionally, the multimodal mobility corridor improvements could free up space on Harbor Drive for potential Rapid Bus or light rail transit opportunities that could serve not only the airport, but also Harbor Island redevelopment projects being considered by the Port of San Diego.

“The airport and the airlines provide significant economic impact for the region, and this is just the latest example of that commitment,” said Kim Becker, Airport Authority President and CEO. “I sincerely appreciate the airlines’ willingness to participate in this agreement and pre-approve a significant investment in transportation and transit infrastructure.”

The Airport Development Plan includes projects that provide better connections for transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians, including:

  • New all-electric shuttle service to and from the Old Town Transit Center
  • Upgraded transit amenities at the new Terminal 1 curbfront, such as bus shelters, info kiosks, and electronic next-arrival signs
  • A new multi-use walking and biking path along North Harbor Drive

As with all off-airport projects, the Airport Authority will seek FAA approval for possible off-airport transportation and transit projects, similar to previous and current off-airport projects undertaken by the Airport Authority to improve Harbor Drive and Sassafras Street.

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UK: School summer holidays are often an opportunity for travel companies to put prices up - but Stansted Express has bucked the trend and introduced a special summer-only offer cutting fares by up to 60%.

The dedicated express rail services between central London and Stansted Airport, Stansted Express has brought in a new Family Offer Ticket which is available until the end of September.

The great value ticket, introduced in time for the great summer getaway, means that one adult and up to three children can travel from London to Stansted Airport for just £29.90 return – a saving of up to £44.85 on Standard Class Return.

For two adults and up to three children, the price is barely more than £10 per person at £52 return – a saving of up to £52.65 compared to the price of a Standard Class Return.

These special offer fares are available until Monday 30 September for journeys starting from London Liverpool Street, Stratford or Tottenham Hale to Stansted Airport.

The offer is available online only – from www.stanstedexpress.com – and families must travel together on the train.

David Metherell, Head of Commercial Development at Stansted Express said: “We know how costs mount up when going away with your family, especially in the school summer holidays.

“But we’re pleased to be making travel in the summer much cheaper for families – and travelling by train to the airport is so much easier than taking the car. You don’t have to risk the traffic, find a parking space, and then make your way to the terminal.

“Our Stansted Airport rail station is right underneath the airport terminal and just a few minutes’ walk from the entrance.

“We’re offering people the best start to their holidays.”

Stansted Express is the fastest way to travel between London and Stansted Airport, taking just 47 minutes. Trains depart every 15 minutes on weekdays.

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UK: The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a £150 million scheme to upgrade the railway station at Gatwick Airport, which will reduce train delays caused by platform overcrowding and congestion, while also improving passenger experience by providing easier connections to other destinations.

Planned upgrades will include doubling the size of the station concourse, adding 5 new lifts and 8 escalators to improve passenger flow, and widening 2 platforms to reduce overcrowding.

"With 46 million people now using Gatwick Airport every year and 20 million coming by train, it is vital that we make the station more accessible and customer friendly for those travelling through it. The UK’s second largest airport has direct rail links to more than 120 destinations and is an important public transport hub," Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport commented that the redesigned train station will provide a seamless transition between the airport and the station.

"The new station will complement the huge improvements to rail services at the airport, which include new fleets of Gatwick Express and Thameslink trains and services that now leave the airport for London every 3 minutes – as frequently as services on the tube," Stewart Wingate said.

The number of people using Gatwick Airport station each year has grown by 6 million since 2010. Currently the station is not designed for the high volume of daily passengers, often carrying bulky luggage.

The renovation will be managed by Network Rail, in partnership with DfT. Gatwick Airport Ltd and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership are co-funding the project with £37 million and £10 million respectively.

Paul Harwood, Director of Investment for Network Rail, said:

"The transformational enhancement to Gatwick Airport station will provide passengers with a much smoother and more pleasant experience and also reduce train delays.

Along with the recent improvements on the Brighton Main Line and our record £4.3 billion funding settlement for maintaining, operating and renewing the railway over the next five years, this investment is excellent news for passengers, businesses and the economy."

Patrick Verwer, Chief Executive Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, said:

"This much-needed scheme will deliver real benefits for passengers thanks to enhanced platforms, new lifts and a larger concourse. At such a busy station these upgraded facilities will significantly contribute to the smooth running of our services for travellers getting to and from the airport."

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:

"If our economy is to grow, we need a transport network that supports faster, more reliable, and less polluting journeys for business, leisure and freight travel. Gatwick airport is an international destination and its station is a gateway to London and the wider Coast to Capital area.

This plan will greatly improve the interchange for commuters, visitors and business which will support the sustainable growth of the area with Gatwick airport at its heart.

We are delighted to have contributed £10 million and look forward to working with partners to deliver a better experience for passengers."

The improvement works will start in spring 2020 and will take around 2 years to complete. The works will be sequenced to ensure minimum disruption.

 

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AUSTRALIA: The Victorian Government has given the green light to progress the detailed business case for Melbourne Airport Rail, with a path via Sunshine selected as the best route. Development of the business case is now underway with the project set to begin construction by 2022, subject to required approvals. 

Rail Projects Victoria, that is overseeing the planning and delivery of Melbourne Airport Rail on behalf of the Victorian Government, has opened the consultation on the works. You can have your say on Melbourne Airport Rail by completing an online survey at http://railprojects.vic.gov.au/airportrailsurvey. The survey will close at 5pm on Monday, 29 July 2019. 

In 2016-17, Melbourne Airport handled more than 35 million passenger movements and this figure will almost double to more than 67 million by 2038. The Victorian and Commonwealth governments have committed up to $5 billion each to Melbourne Airport Rail which will provide a vital link for tourists and business people to connect to the CBD, and importantly to regional Victoria. 

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UK: Aoife Considine, a Fleet Engineering Manager of Heathrow Express, was nominated and shortlisted for the Everywoman Awards in 2019.

Aoife is an excellent ambassador for the rail industry and excels at raising awareness and encouraging young people to enter engineering as well as ensuring that they reach their potential in their careers. She participates in annual debates for National Women in Engineering Day and is visiting students in schools to act as a mentor.

“We were very proud of our Fleet Engineering Manager Aoife Considine on making the shortlist for the everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards. Aoife is only really just beginning her career, and has already made an incredible impact at a complex time for the company – maintaining our existing HEx fleet and the TfL Rail fleet, while also planning for the launch of a new HEx fleet and subsequent depot move. She is an excellent ambassador for the rail industry and excels at raising awareness and encouraging young people and women to enter engineering in the rail industry,” Les Freer, Director of Heathrow Express said.

Congratulations to Aoife from GARA!