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Stansted CEO

UK: The Chief Executive Officer of London Stansted, Ken O’Toole, has called on local businesses, community leaders and regional organisations to make their voices heard and press Government for upgrades to the rail links to the airport.

Addressing over 150 delegates at the annual Stansted Area Transport Forum, O’Toole said better connectivity in and out of the airport will further boost the local economy, make new journeys viable for local residents, ease access for the 12,000 on-site workforce and help attract a greater number of airlines and new destinations.

O’Toole asked attendees to use the on-going Aviation Strategy consultation process as an opportunity to communicate direct to Government the need for better rail connections into Stansted.

"How easy it is for people to access Stansted, be they passengers, our workforce or business partners, will be one of the primary drivers behind our future growth – growth that will in turn ensure that the UK, and particularly the East of England, remains connected to international economies and all the opportunities they have to offer.

Airport development and surface access into airports should not be considered independently from each other; they should be considered together as part of an integrated transport strategy. Where surface access to airports is suitably well developed, economic activity that would otherwise not occur is generated; through tourism, international trade, productivity improvements and attracting of foreign investment," O'Toole said.

The Airport Operators Association estimates that a 5% improvement in average journey times to and from UK airports could deliver a 2.7% increase in passenger numbers, generating an additional £1.9 billion for the UK economy and supporting an additional 32,000 jobs.

"Our view that journey times need to come down has been endorsed by both the Airports Commission and West Anglia Task Force but unfortunately these requests have fallen on deaf ears within central Government and Network Rail, despite the number of passengers and commuters using the Stansted Express growing by 143% since 2013.

Of course, journey time improvements require infrastructure investment. Whilst we are prepared to proportionately contribute to the costs involved in seeing journey times lowered, any significant improvement will require considerable investment.

Therefore, my ask to everyone here today is clear. Please take it upon yourselves to communicate directly to government, through its current Aviation Strategy consultation process, about the need for better rail connections into Stansted Airport and how these will benefit you, your family, your business or organisation and the wider region. Hopefully, together we can collectively deliver the transport improvements that this region, and the country, deserves," Ken O’ Toole concluded.

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The Ministry of Transport and the infrastructure manager CDG Express ("GI CDG Express"), equally owned by Groupe ADP, SNCF Réseau and Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, has signed the concession contract for works relating to the CDG Express link project on 11 February 2019.

Under this contract, GI CDG Express is responsible for financing, designing, building and maintaining the CDG Express link for 50 years. It will connect the Gare de l'Est (Paris-East station) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport in 20 minutes. Groupe ADP will be committed to finance the project through equity contribution of €134 million and a non-renewable repayable advance of up to €150 million.

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Manila Rail

PHILIPPINES: Philippines’ Department of Transport has launched invitation for bids for three civil works packages on Malolos-Clark railway project, linking Metro Manila and Clark International Airport.

The 53km line will have 7 elevated stations and the total value of the project is USD 3.2 billion.

The bid submission deadline is 10 May 2019.

The first package includes a 17-km railway viaduct and two stations, the second one - a viaduct with a length of 16 km, including one station, and the third one, includes a 12-km railway viaduct and two stations.

The bidding documents have been prepared separately for each package and shall be bid as separate contracts.

The project is estimated to be completed at the end of 2023.

The bid documents can be accessed here >>>

The Department for Transport has also broke ground of the Phase 1 of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project on 15 February 2019.

NR Clark Phase 1, a 37.6-kilometer mass railway transportation project ,will have a total of ten stations, namely, Tutuban, Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, and Malolos station; and will house a depot at a 14-hectare lot in Valenzuela City.

Once completed, this project will reduce travel time between Manila and Bulacan from 1hr45min to just 35 minutes, serving approximately over 300,000 passengers daily.

The 147-kilometer NSCR Project estimated to cost around PHP777.55 billion will have 36 stations from Clark International Airport to Calamba, Laguna.

The railway project will connect PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban-Malolos) PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark) and the PNR Calamba Project which will run from Manila to Calamba.

The NSCR System will also link with existing railway lines LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3 and the Metro Manila Subway.

After signing the contract with Sumitomo Mitsui Construction on 23 January 2019, advance works already began to make way for full construction.

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ROMANIA: Romania’s railway infrastructure company CFR has published design and execution work tender to deliver the phase one of the modernization of the North Bucharest railway line to Henri Coanda International Airport.

The total estimated value of the project is RON 420 mln (EUR 88.6 mln), and includes construction of a 2.95km double track, 1.52 km viaduct, three bridges and a passenger station at Terminal 1.

The duration of the contract is 14 months, of which 2 months are estimated for design and 12 months for execution, plus 60 months warranty period. The deadline to submit the tenders is 25 March 2019.

The project "Modernization of the Bucharest North Railway - Henri Coanda Airport" is part of the Master Plan of Transport of Romania.

The tender documents are available here: http://sicap-prod.e-licitatie.ro/pub/notices/c-notice/v2/view/100047961

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Oyster1

UK: The Department for Transport has announced a public consultation to deliver smart ticketing and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) travel to an expanded area across the south-east of England.

In the north of England, the government has allocated £150 million to the PAYG programme already being progressed by Transport for the North and, in London, Oyster ticketing already offers seamless PAYG travel.

"PAYG systems automatically charge the fare for the journey without needing the customer to buy a ticket. This could be more convenient for many passengers since it avoids the need to work out your daily or weekly travel in advance or queue up to buy tickets," states the consultation document.

The consultation offers the travelling public, business, local authorities and others the opportunity to have their say on how the system could operate and where it could extend to.

The consultation will look at the following areas:

What a PAYG travel area is and how it would work in general

Where a PAYG travel area in the South-East could cover, as the next step towards out wider ambition to roll out PAYG in commuter areas

The changes to fares that could be made within the area

The proposed PAYG travel area in London will include Luton Airport and should be delivered by the end of this year.

More information about the consultation can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/pay-as-you-go-on-rail