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THE NETHERLANDS: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will replace one of its daily services between Brussels and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (“Schiphol”) with seat capacity aboard the Thalys high-speed train. In recent months, KLM, Thalys and NS Dutch Railways have developed a long-term plan to reduce the number of flights between Brussels and Schiphol. The basic premise being that the product should match its current appeal to customers.

KLM has regularly indicated that it is in favour of replacing short-haul flights with rail services, as long as trains fully match the speed, reliability and comfort that air travel offers passengers. The decision to reduce flight frequency from five to four flights a day on the Brussels-Schiphol route, in combination with the improved Air&Rail product aboard the Thalys, is a first step. KLM intends to gradually cut back the number of flights between Brussels and Schiphol. The Brussels-Schiphol route is used by passengers who catch connecting flights to intercontinental destinations at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

“Intermodal transport involving trains and planes remains a complex and challenging business. Speed is key, not only in terms of the train itself, but also the transfer process at the airport. We aim to make maximum progress in both areas. Reducing our frequency from five to four flights a day is a good way of gaining more experience with Air&Rail services," KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers said.

This step is part of KLM’s commitment to “Fly Responsibly”, which aims to create a sustainable future for air transport, but it also reflects our commitment to the sector plan Smart and Sustainable. Next to that, KLM is faced with slot restrictions at Schiphol. By replacing short-haul flights with rail services, scarce slots can be used for services to long-haul destinations. Rail services will maintain feeder traffic to Schiphol, while network quality improves thanks to the more varied range of available destinations.

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USA: The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors awarded a contract to KDG+DE Construction Support Services for $25.9 million to provide construction support for the Airport Metro Connector (AMC) 96th Street Transit Station project. This is the first time a female-led consultant group has been selected to work on a large Metro project. 

KDG+DE is a partnership of KDG Construction Consulting and Destination Enterprises. The AMC station will be built at the intersection of Aviation Boulevard and 96th Street and will serve Metro Rail and local bus lines. The station will also be the transfer point between local transit and the future Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) Automated People Mover that will provide quick rides to and from LAX passenger terminals.

Metro expects to begin heavy construction in mid-2020 with the station forecast to open in 2023, the same year as the LAX people mover is scheduled to debut. 

The AMC 96th Street Station is a design-bid-build project, meaning that all design plans and specifications will be completed by Metro’s design consultant prior to award of a construction contract.

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USA: The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has launched a new programme designed to provide state funding for transportation projects while also leveraging local and private funding.

The new Cost Share Program will provide funding to local entities for transportation projects that improve safety, support job retention and growth, improve access or mobility, relieve congestion and help areas across the state improve the transportation system.

Up to $50 million will be available in the program for fiscal year 2020. The on-going program, which has at least $11 million available, requires a minimum of 15% non-state cash match. Additional consideration will be given to project applications that commit more than the minimum required match amount. The funding above the base $11 million comes from a one-time, $50 million State General Fund transfer. A minimum 25% match is required for projects to qualify for the one-time funds.

The Cost Share Program is open to all transportation projects including roadway (on and off the state highway system), rail, airport, bicycle/pedestrian and public transit. Funds from the program can only be used for construction.

“Creating the Cost Share Program allows us to leverage both state and local dollars to help address important transportation needs across Kansas,” said Kansas Secretary Julie Lorenz. “We look forward to working with Kansas communities to build projects that improve safety and keep the Kansas economy moving.”

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis beginning 3 September 2019, and will be reviewed twice annually, in October and March. To be included in the first review period, applications must be submitted by 11 October 2019. Selection criteria will include consideration of projects that meet programme objectives, eligibility categories and requirements. Geographic distribution also will be considered during project selection. More details can be found here: http://www.ksdot.org/Assets/wwwksdotorg/Headquarters/PDF_Files/pressrelease2019/Cost_Share_Program.pdf

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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).