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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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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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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

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FINLAND: The Ministry of Transport and Communications is planning to establish a limited liability company Oy Suomen Rata Ab, wholly owned by the state, with a goal to comprehensively develop the railway sector and promote large-scale rail transport investments in Finland.

The Government's Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy has discussed the Ministry's proposal on 1 February 2019 and expressed its support.

Oy Suomen Rata Ab would be established with an initial capital injection of EUR 100 million working capital and will consist of five subsidiaries:

  • Project company Suomi-rata, or "Finland line", responsible for the development of the Airport line and Airport-Tampere rail corridor, with estimated total cost of around EUR 5.5 billion.
  • Project company Turun tunnin juna ("Fast Helsinki-Turku Line"), responsible for the development of the Helsinki-Turku connection, with estimated total cost of around EUR 2 billion.
  • Rolling stock company, which will oversee the partial demerger of VR Group Ltd, including the transfer of all Sm2 and Sm4 commuter trains to the new rolling stock company.
  • Real estate company will ensure competition-neutral conditions in the railway market by providing all railway operators with equal access to stations, terminals, depots and maintenance facilities as well as to services offered by these real estates. 
  • Rail Baltica company will manage Finland’s involvement in the Rail Baltica corridor linking Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

"It is clear that large-scale, necessary rail investments cannot be carried out from budgetary funds and that is why we need new finance methods. A solution has been sought throughout the government term. I am glad that it has now been reached in cooperation with the cities. Efficient rail transport services are essential for facilitating everyday mobility and extending the commuter areas. They are also a significant contributing factor for Finland's competitiveness," says Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner.