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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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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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Aeroexpress

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.