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KENYA: A consortium led by Egis has won a contract to carry out a feasibility study for a rail link connecting Nairobi city centre and Jomo Kenyatta Airport.

Kenya Railways Corporation has awarded the contract as part of the FASEP (Private Sector Study and Assistance Fund) framework, a tool set up by the French government to finance feasibility studies and give access to the know-how of French engineering companies.

The project would respond to the need to decongest traffic in Nairobi city centre. More than 4 million people live in Nairobi without any high performance mass transit network. Most of the trips are made in matatus, independent minibuses organised by routes. There is a railway network but it carries only 12,000 passengers a day with a frequency of one to two trains per day in each direction.

Egis and its partners STOA, Transdev, Vinci and Alstom were commissioned to carry out the feasibility studies to connect the city centre and the airport by extending and improving existing lines.

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LLA

UK: London Luton Airport (LLA) experienced its busiest ever year in 2018, as 16.6 million passengers used the airport, a 5% increase compared with the previous year. For the month of December, the airport welcomed over 1.26 million passengers, a 19.7% increase on December 2017.

In its record year, LLA marked the official opening of its £160 million redevelopment project, which will increase capacity by 50% to 18 million by 2020.

Passengers in 2019 will further benefit from the extension of the Oyster and contactless card system on train services between London and the airport.

Work is also continuing on the Direct Air Rail Transit (DART), which will replace the current shuttle bus between Luton Airport Parkway station and the terminal. Once complete, the DART will run 24 hours a day, helping to reduce the journey time to central London to under 30 minutes.

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Dakar Airport Rail Link

SENEGAL: The first phase of a Regional Express Train connecting Dakar to Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) has been officially launched by APIX, Senegal’s National Agency for the Promotion of Investments and Major Projects, on 14 January 2019.

The first section of the Regional Express Train links the capital of Dakar to Diamniadio. When both sections are completed in 2020, the Regional Express Train will link Dakar to the new Blaise Diagne International Airport in 45 minutes (14 stations, 55 km of track). T

the projects is part of the Emerging Senegal Plan launched in 2014 to promote the economic and social development of the country.

APIX has awarded the contract to supply 15 regional trains to Alstom in 2016. The Coradia Polyvalent train for Senegal is dual-mode electric and diesel and can travel at speeds of 160 km/h. ENGIE Ineo (lead contractor) and Thales hold the contract for design and construction of rail electrification, revenue collection, signalling, and telecommunication systems

 

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Macau LRT Route Map

MACAU: Macau Transportation Infrastructure Office has confirmed that the construction of the Macau Light Rail Taipa line is underway with relevant tests and operational preparations continuing to advance as scheduled.

The 9.3km Macau LRT Taipa Line will be the first rapid transit system in Macau serving 11 stations, which include Taipa's port and the airport, and is expected to commence services in the second half of 2019.

MTR Railway Operations Macau (MTR Macau), a 100% owned subsidiary of MTR Corporation, will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the line.

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USA: Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport and Trinity Metro welcomed the start of TEXRail service at Terminal B, offering customers the first public transportation option to directly connect DFW Airport to downtown Fort Worth.

“This year, DFW will serve more customers with more international flights than ever, and a growing number of our customers expect convenient rail service to take them from the Airport to a city centre,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport. “TEXRail provides our customers with direct access to Fort Worth, one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Along with DART service to Dallas, DFW customers have more choices to access the Airport or make their way across the Dallas Fort Worth region.”

“We believe TEXRail is going to be a game-changer for this region,” said Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul J Ballard. “Our new commuter rail line will give travellers the ease and convenience of taking the train to the Airport and arriving on time. TEXRail will be a great option for airport workers and other people who work along the route.”

DFW’s construction of the station cost $39 million and took 19 months to complete. From Terminal B, customers can access other terminals via Terminal Link (pre-security) or Skylink (post-security). TEXRail is the second train line to connect the Airport to the DFW metroplex, with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Orange Line providing light rail service between DFW Airport and Dallas since 2014.

Ticket fares are $2.50 one way or $5.00 for an all-day pass. Trains run daily from Fort Worth starting at 3:30 a.m. and arriving at the Airport before 4:30 a.m. The last train will leave DFW at 1:00 a.m. TEXRail will operate seven days a week, with trains running every 30 minutes during peak hours.

“We are providing first-class service for a nominal price,” said Trinity Metro Senior Vice President Bob Baulsir. “We expect to have 8,000 riders a day by the end of the first year of service.”