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Construction of DART's silver line is underway as seen with the delivery of 480m steel track. The silver line is "designed to provide a high-speed, reliable transit option for residents and commuters with connections to the existing and planned transit systems".

The line will provide service from Dallas's northeast suburbs of Plano, Richardson, and Addison to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Terminal B. Once at DFW airport commuters will connect to Fort Worth via TEXRail.

The project is expected to be complete in 2022 and cost $2bn.

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Tenders totaling RS1909 crore announced earlier this week covering the remaining sections of the Airport Metro Line. These tenders announced will cover a 17 metro stop length of track between K R Puram and the Kempegowda International Airport.

Another 3 tenders remain unannounced including 8 new elevated metro stops on 11kms of new line to Baiyappanahalli, 5 elevated metro stops on another new 11km track and a 15km track covering Bettahalasuru and Doddajala

The deadline of the Airport Line is mid-2025.

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Track for the 8km tunnels is starting to be laid for the Forrestfield-Airport link by METRONET. The first kilometre of track for the $1.86 billion project has been laid near Redcliffe Station, following the completion of tunnelling in April.

The link will deliver a new rail service to the eastern suburbs of Perth – with three new stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and High Wycombe.

The line will spur off the existing Midland Line near Bayswater Station and run to High Wycombe through twin-bored tunnels using over 2400 tonnes of Australian made steel.

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Greater Anglia have entered their brand-new Stansted Express trains into passenger service between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.

Built by Stadler, the new, longer Stansted Express trains have 767 seats – an increase of 83% over the old 8-carriage trains currently operating the services.

Technical project manager for Stadler, Leandro Haggenmacher, said: “The start of the roll-out of trains for the Stansted Express route is a significant landmark, as we enter the final stages of the project to supply 58 new trains for the Greater Anglia network. We are very pleased to have reached this point, recognising the important role Stansted Airport plays in the regional economy, boosting economic growth and supporting jobs.”

The new trains are part of a massive investment in new Stadler by Rock Rail East Anglia and will be leased to Greater Anglia.

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By Hywel Rees, CEO, Leeds Bradford Airport

(Published in the Yorkshire Evening Post 27/06/20)

There seem to be some misconceptions around access to Leeds Bradford Airport’s new terminal planning application and it is important that we are clear on the facts.

I have seen many claims that if approved our plans would result in additional traffic on the roads, but we are doing all we can to prevent this.

We are not proposing to extend our car parks, which means that there are only a limited amount of people who can feasibly drive to the airport, and we have created a new Travel Plan to maximise opportunities for sustainable travel which includes a restriction on any new car parking.

We have committed to a Sustainable Travel Fund of £4 million which will be used to fund a range of sustainable Travel Plan measures and public transport improvements, particularly the new rail link off Scotland Road.

One of these improvements is a new dedicated bus terminal at the front of the main entrance, with segregated access for buses.

As part of this venture, we are committed to enhancing and bettering these services, including increasing the daytime frequency of the bus routes, introducing a direct coach service between Leeds and Bradford interchanges and additional bus routes, and bringing new shuttle bus services to areas with large numbers of employees.

The bus terminal will be future proofed to allow for operations following delivery of the planned new rail station, which will be just under a mile away and provide the airport with increased connectivity with Leeds, Harrogate and the East Coast mainline.

As well as continuing to promote car sharing schemes for staff and passengers, a new, shared footway/cycle route between Whitehouse Lane and the terminal forecourt will be created.

Though it is clear there is a perception in Yorkshire that Leeds Bradford Airport is hard to get to, readers may be interested to know that Leeds Bradford Airport is reachable by nine per cent of the UK population within 1.5 hours, which is much higher than most other UK regional airports which significantly outperform Leeds Bradford Airport passenger numbers.

I’m confident that these enhancements to our surface access will only make LBA more accessible in efficient ways as we move towards a more sustainable future.