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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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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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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.

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IRELAND: Transport Infrastructure Ireland is seeking Concept Architects for the MetroLink project, which is the development of a north-south urban railway service that will run between Swords and Charlemont, linking Dublin Airport, Irish Rail, DART, Dublin Bus and Luas Services, creating fully integrated public transport along the 19km route.

A key requirement of this role is to work with the engineering designer in ensuring that the developed concept design and architectural vision is consistently followed throughout the project from preliminary design stage through to project completion. The value of the contract is EUR2.5m and the deadline to submit the proposals is 6 September 2019. Tender documents can be found here.

The MetroLink will have 15 new stations, 3000 additional park and ride spaces and a journey time of approximately 25 minutes from Swords to the city centre. It is intended that the MetroLink project will commence construction in 2021 and be open to passenger services in 2027. For more information visit www.metrolink.ie.

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UK: JCDecaux Airport, in partnership with Heathrow, have completely redeveloped the Heathrow Rail advertising portfolio. The investment has funded a predominantly digital offering, presenting advertisers with the opportunity to showcase their brands on a range of state-of-the-art digital screens, reaching the entirety of the highly desirable Heathrow Rail audience. 

Heathrow Rail provides a key touchpoint for passengers arriving into and departing from all Heathrow terminals. 6.3 million passengers travel annually on the Heathrow Express, the non-stop rail service connecting London Paddington and Heathrow Central in 15 minutes. The number of people passing through this area is set to increase significantly with the imminent opening of the Elizabeth Line in 2020. This will contribute to Heathrow’s Sustainable Transport Plan which underlines their commitment to promoting public transport for passengers and colleagues.

New additions to the portfolio include a network of 58 LCD digital screens strategically located throughout all stages of the passenger journey, the T5 Beacons - stand out branding opportunities and the immersive Heathrow Rail Walkway Motion consisting of 14 digital screens and the capability for a full surrounding wall wrap. 

A major benefit of this new proposition is the audience it engages. Heathrow Rail is the UK’s most business-focused Out-of-Home environment. More than two-thirds of its audience are AB, a considerably larger proportion than that of Bloomberg and CNBC. Likewise, compared to financial press readers, Heathrow Express has the highest percentage of audience who are C-suite executives in large companies. Half of all Heathrow Express passengers are flying for business purposes, and business travellers who use the Heathrow Express take an average of 5 or more trips a year on the service.
  
“We have worked closely with JCDecaux throughout the redevelopment of the Heathrow Rail advertising portfolio, and we are delighted to see this premium opportunity go live. Heathrow is a sought-after environment for advertisers, and we hope this redevelopment expands the offering for brands to communicate with our passengers.”Fraser Brown, Retail Director at Heathrow.

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