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FINLAND: Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and the city of Vantaa have signed a twenty-year-maturity loan totalling EUR 52 million for the construction of the Ring Rail Line. The railway will connect central Helsinki to the city’s international airport, located in Vantaa.

The Ring Rail Line is an essential part of the Helsinki metropolitan area transport network, and will connect two main commuter corridors. The rail link is expected to contribute to the development of new residential areas designed for approximately 10,000 inhabitants.

helsinki airport train railway 2015

Upon completion in summer 2015, the total length of the line will be 18 kilometres I will include five stations and eight tunnels, each one kilometre long. Approximately 15 million passengers travel through Helsinki airport every year. Most of them use the public transport system from central Helsinki to the airport.

“We are financing the project because it will support the development of railway public transport in the Helsinki area and transfer passenger traffic from road to rail. A railway link to Helsinki airport will further improve the quality of service for travellers”, says Henrik Normann, President & CEO of NIB.

The total costs are shared between the Finnish state, the city of Vantaa and the airport operator Finavia Oyj.

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UAE based airline Emirates and SNCF, France’s national railway company, have announced a new codeshare partnership which will allow Emirates passengers from around the world to travel to 19 new destinations in France.

With just one easy-to-book ticket, travellers will be able to fly on Emirates and reach some of France’s most beautiful regions using high speed trains that leave directly from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.



“This codeshare agreement with SNCF opens up new possibilities for our passengers and complements our current services to Paris, Lyon and Nice. With TGV Air, travelling to the Far East from Bordeaux, or to Strasbourg from Dubai has never been easier," commented Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

"Emirates already flies more than 1.2 million passengers to and from France every year. With TGV Air, we’re connecting French regions to our global network and facilitating inbound and outbound traffic. At Paris Charles de Gaulle, passengers will experience Emirates’ unparalleled comfort and service on board our flagship, the iconic A380,” added Antinori.

Customers are now able to book trips to these 19 new destinations via Emirates’ website and benefit from the convenience of holding a single ticket. First Class and Business Class passengers will automatically be booked in First Class on board SNCF’s TGV trains.

Destinations that will benefit from the Emirates-TGV Air service:

  • Aix en Provence
  • Angers-Saint-Laud
  • Avignon
  • Bordeaux-Saint-Jean
  • Champagne-Ardenne
  • Le Mans
  • Lille-Europe
  • Lorraine
  • Lyon Part-Dieu
  • Marseilles Saint-Charles
  • Montpellier-Saint-Roch
  • Nantes
  • Nîmes
  • Poitiers
  • Rennes
  • Saint-Pierre-des-Corps-Tours
  • Strasbourg
  • Toulon
  • Valence

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UK: Completion of the £14.8 billion Crossrail project to build a brand new railway across London has moved a step closer after tunnelling work was finished on 4 June 2015.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin joined the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London at Farringdon to celebrate the end of tunnelling on the Crossrail scheme. Work began in the summer of 2012, with 8 1,000-tonne tunnelling machines boring 26 miles of new rail tunnels underneath the capital.

When Crossrail fully opens in 2019, it will transform east-west travel across London and the south east, from Reading and Heathrow through to Shenfield and Abbey Wood. The central section will open ahead of this in 2018.

Crossrail Tunneling End

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Crossrail is an incredible feat of engineering that will help to improve the lives of working people in London and beyond. The project is a vital part of our long term plan to build a more resilient economy by helping businesses to grow, compete and create jobs right along the supply chain.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

“This is a major milestone in the most ambitious rail project this country has seen for decades. The Crossrail project showcases British engineering at its best, and I congratulate everyone involved in this impressive achievement.”

With the arrival of Crossrail, Farringdon will become one of the UK’s biggest rail hubs with direct connections to London Underground and upgraded Thameslink services. Passengers will also benefit from more capacity and direct connections to 3 of London’s 5 airports and international rail services at St Pancras International.

Construction work will now focus on fitting out the new tunnels and stations, with more than 12,000 people currently working on the scheme. Over the course of the project, it is estimated that Crossrail and its supply chain will support the equivalent of 55,000 full-time jobs across the country.

Crossrail, which is jointly funded by the Department for Transport and Transport for London, is a vital part of the government’s commitment to invest record amounts in the rail network as part of its long-term economic plan. More than £38 billion will be spent on improving the UK’s railways between 2014 and 2019.

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USA: The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) has signed a contract with Stadler Bussnang AG (Stadler) for the manufacture and delivery of eight Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) rail vehicles for its TEX Rail commuter rail.

The TEX Rail commuter rail will run on a 27-mile corridor with ten stations from downtown Fort Worth, northeast across Tarrant County to Grapevine and into Terminal B at DFW Airport. It will have a projected average daily ridership of more than10,000 in its initial year of service.

“It is fitting that this milestone contract signing for TEX Rail vehicles is taking place at the heart of our transportation system in downtown Fort Worth and will be one of the ten stations where these DMU vehicles will operate when TEX Rail service begins in 2018,” Paul Ballard, president and CEO of The T said.

TexRail Stadler

“In addition to serving as the central transfer center for The T’s bus service, the ITC is also base to the Trinity Railway Express commuter rail and Greyhound. The ITC is also our region’s center for Amtrak service with four trains a day.

“We are pleased that Stadler is working toward adding a rail car manufacturing facility in our region, where the $106 million contract for TEX Rail vehicles will be among the first to be built as Stadler’s commitment to meet Buy America manufacturing requirements,” Ballard added.

Stadler President, Chairman of the Board and Group CEO Peter Spuhler signed the $106 million contract with Ballard. This is the first sale of FLIRT vehicles in the USA for Stadler Rail.
The T began the procurement process for DMU vehicles in 2014 due to the three year lead time for developing specifications, production, delivery and operation training for staff.

At its April 2015 meeting, The T board approved an agreement with Stadler for a contract, contingent upon TEX Rail’s authorization to enter into the Engineering phase that immediately precedes the start of construction. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) gave that approval on June 2 that now allows The T to finalize a rail manufacturing contract.

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JORDAN: The Ministry of Transport of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has expressed an interest in obtaining support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the preparation of a modernised and enhanced system of Light Rail Transit operations between El-Mahatta in Amman and the Queen Alia International Airport.

The Queen Alia International Airport Rail Link Project will be designed to address the lack of public transportation, especially from/to the airport.

The Project aims to utilise the existing rail corridor from Amman central station at El-Mahatta to Jeeza, a 35 km length single track narrow-gauge railway passing through Um El Heran and Elubbeh stations, connection to Queen Alia International Airport with a 2 km spur line.

The EBRD is inviting consultants to provide an initial assessment of the rationale and outline feasibility, so they could identify the potential involvement in the air-rail link project. The pre-feasibility study will include various technical considerations, route analysis and connectivity, investment requirements (rolling stock and infrastructure) and potential private sector involvement in the operation of the future LRT system.

The pre-feasibility work is estimated to cost EUR 74,500 and is expected to start in July 2015 and has an estimated overall duration of 3 months. Consultants have until 30 June to submit the proposals.

European Commission - Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) will finance the study.

See full details of the invitation here: