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Sheremetyevo

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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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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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.