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FRANCE: Alstom Transport has been chosen to supply the trams for the future East-West line of the Nice Côte d’Azur tramway.

The contract, worth 91 million euros, involves the supply of 19 Citadis X05 tramsets, the latest generation of Alstom trams, and its innovative ground-based static charging solution. The order includes options for 3 to 18 supplementary trams, their energy charging systems and their maintenance for a period of 12 years. Alstom’s Citadis X05 trams will circulate on the new lines 2 and 3 of the Metropolis Nice Côte D’Azur network.

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The delivery of the first trams is scheduled for summer 2017 with entry into service on the East-West Line scheduled for 2018. The line will be 11.3 kilometres long, of which 3.2 kilometres in tunnels and will connect to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport.

With the SRS ground-based static charging technology, combined with the Citadis Ecopack energy storage system, the future trams of the East-West tramway line will be able to recharge at every station as passengers get on and off, without extra stopping time.

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Following a long phase of studies and consultations, the Metropolis Nice Côte d’Azur, Organising Authority for Sustainable Mobility in the region, is proposing an ambitious blueprint for the Urban Transport Network up until 2030. Beyond the simple creation of an extra tramway line, this would involve a long-term vision for 2030, building on the realisation of a tramway network and the pooling of all transport methods in the Metropolitan area (plane, tram, bus, train, car, bicycles, taxi, foot). The aim of this Blueprint for Transport is to set up our

Metropolis as a role-model for transport infrastructure and interlinking transport modes via the development of a true tramway network, the modernisation and reinforcement of the bus network, the development of new modes of alternative travel (Autobleu, Vélobleu..), an advantageous tariff system, innovative services, the creation of a transport network, a sustainable global ecological approach, and the interlinking of all modes of transport through Multimodal Exchange Hubs.

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ITALY: Rome's Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport dedicated rail link Leonardo Express has five new “Jazz” trains running since last week.

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The “Jazz” trains are part of the new train fleet purchased for the Lazio regional rail network by Trenitalia in a bid to renew the rolling stock used for the carrying passengers to and from Rome airport. 

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Trenitalia has seen a steady growth in passenger numbers which lead to the increase of daily runs last December from 70 trains to 88, bumping the capacity by 26% from 42,000 available daily seats to 53,000. Even more, since last July Leonardo Express increased the daily trains further to 110, an additional 25% capacity bump offering 66,000 available seats per day.

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The new Alstom built trains can reach up to 160km/h speed, have more space for luggage, reduced gap between the train and the platform, increased safety and security, seat plugs, multifunctional areas that can be adapted for wheelchair or bicycle transportation and information displays.

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POLAND: September 28th marked the opening of a new passenger terminal at Krakow Airport and reintroduction of the airport rail line, which has been undergoing modernisation for some years.

Koleje Małopolskie operated airport rail link will run every 30 minutes with the journey time of 18 minutes between the airport and the city. Departures from Krakow city station will operate 5min and 35min after every hour, while the trains from Krakow Airport will leave 16min and 46min after every hour.

Single one way ticket is about 2 euro (8 zł) and return – 3.3 eur (14 zł) but children, students, teachers and large families will receive various other discounts.

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The modernisation work of the line was carried out by Astaldi, including upgrading the single track into double, introducing electric trains and upgrading the stations. Three brand new stations Kraków Młynówka, Kraków Zakliki and Kraków Olszanica have also been built on the line.

Construction of the railway station at the airport is a joint investment of PKP Polish Railways SA and Krakow Airport. The airport station was moved about 500 meters closer to the terminal, which was a key element of the investment. The airport was responsible for the construction of roofing over the platform and tracks, staircases, lifts and travellators leading to the footbridge connecting the terminal stop, visual information system and other decorative elements.

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FRANCE: Travelport and SNCF have announced a new multi-year distribution agreement.

This deal is a continuation of the existing relationship between Travelport and SNCF which dates back to 1999. Since then, Travelport has supported the distribution of SNCF rail products and services, and enabled travel agents and tour operators to sell the full range of SNCF’s content, in France and over Europe.

Simon Ferguson, Travelport’s Managing Director for UK, Ireland and Nordics, commented: “To meet the constantly changing needs of the traveller, travel agents must be able to access a comprehensive range of content within a fully integrated, advanced and user-friendly platform. SNCF’s content is key for our customers in Europe and our travel commerce platform will provide them with even more choice of content and empowered selling. We are also very proud to renew our partnership with SNCF, a leading rail operator in Europe.”

Laurent Bijaoui, Directeur National des ventes agences de voyages SNCF, said: “Travel agencies represent a strategic channel for SNCF and an important part of our growth plans. In that framework, partnering with Travelport is instrumental to offer modern and efficient tools, supporting travel agencies growth, both in France and internationally. We are confident that, in future, Travelport’s travel agencies will be booking SNCF products even faster and more easily than ever before thanks to Travelport distribution solutions. And the future starts now.”

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IRELAND: The National Transport Authority has recommended that a new Metro North be developed, running underground from St Stephens Green through Ballymun, under the Airport and on to Swords, in order to best meet the future transport need of the rapidly growing region.

The Authority has further recommended that the design and planning stages of the project be advanced now, so that construction can commence after 2020, with services commencing in 2026, at an overall project capital cost of €2.432 billion.

“I warmly welcome the Cabinet decision to proceed with the proposed new Metro North. This project will cater for the current and the forecast population growth in the region. In Census 2011, Fingal registered the third-highest growth rate in the country at 13.9%, close to four times the population growth of Dublin city and almost double that of other Dublin county council areas. Failure to put appropriate plans in place now to meet the long-term transport needs of this area would have meant increased congestion down the line which would have ultimately threatened our future economic development,” Minister Donohoe commended on the announcement.

Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority said: “Population and employment growth in Fingal/North Dublin will stimulate increased travel across the region over the medium term that cannot be catered for by car. Extra public transport capacity is required, supplemented by cycling and walking for shorter journeys.

“We have been examining the transportation requirements of this region in great detail for quite some time. It’s a key growth zone in the country’s Capital region, and it is important that the transport solution we invest in now is sufficiently robust to serve the growing population well for decades to come.”

She added that the new Metro North scheme will be included in the Authority’s proposed Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area – which will be published in the coming weeks, and will be subject to public consultation.

In December 2014, the Authority published a short-list of 6 different options for consideration, and invited members of the public and other interested parties to participate in a public consultation on these options. 342 submissions were received and were analysed, in conjunction with detailed modelling work and engineering input. The Authority has concluded that the new Metro North option (LR7 / “Optimised Metro North” in the Dec 2014 document) is best placed to serve the region’s needs over the medium term.

new Metro North will operate 60 metre trams, providing a passenger capacity of 9,900 people per direction per hour. Station provision in the core city centre will be limited to St Stephens Green and Upper O’Connell Street as the current red and green lines (including Luas Cross City) offer plenty of central stop options.

“In short, we will develop a new transport corridor in the region, bringing people from Swords and the airport into town and vice versa. This will have a hugely beneficial impact on the capital region as a whole”, concluded Anne Graham. CEO of the National Transport Authority.

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