UK ditches electrification plans in Wales, the Midlands and the North

The UK government has abandoned plans to electrify the railway between Cardiff and Swansea, the Midland Main Line north of Kettering and the line between Windermere and Oxenholme in favour of bi-mode, or 'alternative-fuel', trains.

EU funding for Heerlen-Aachen electrification

The European Commission is to put €24 million towards the electrification and double tracking of the railway linking Heerlen in the Netherlands and Aachen in Germany. The grant has been included in the latest round...
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Major upgrades planned for Ontario’s Barrie line

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario has announced a wave of major upgrades for the Barrie line in order to ease congestion. Plans include the electrification of the line, a double track expansion and an...

Electrification – an alternative approach from Siemens in Denmark

With rail electrification projects very much in the news recently, and a particular scrutiny on the cost and funding of major programmes, it’s worth looking at the approach taken by infrastructure owners in Europe to see how the introduction of electrification systems already operating on the continent could bring significant installation and operational benefits to […]

Alstom launches CLever cantilever for UK railway electrification

Alstom has launched a new cantilever specifically for the UK rail network. The CLever (a shortened version of cantilever) has been designed by Osvaldo Cariboni Lecco – an Alstom company –  in northern Italy for 25kV railway electrification and allows for speeds of up to 300km/h. According to Alstom, the product is safer to handle, has minimal […]
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US budget includes $100m investment in Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project

The United States' federal budget could be approved this week with a $100 million investment into the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) included. The project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernisation programme and has already had $73...
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Soviet-era railway track in Uzbekistan to be upgraded

Uzbekistan's 145km railway between Pap, Namangan, and Andijan will be electrified after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $80 million loan. The project will help improve connectivity for freight and passenger services - including to...

Powerlines Group awarded Kaiserstuhl railway electrification contract in Germany

The Powerlines Group has been awarded a contract to electrify the 120-year-old Kaiserstuhl line in Germany. Contracted by state-owned operating company SWEG, Powerlines' German and Austrian divisions will work together to deliver the project in the state...

Third facility for overhead line electrification opens in Crewe

A new facility for pre-assembling overhead line equipment for electrification has opened in Crewe. Developed by Unipart and VolkerRail, it is the third fabrication facility of its kind and will support Network Rail's North West Electrification Programme -...

Network Rail begins £15m Bath Spa station upgrade

Work on the £15 million upgrade of Bath Spa station has begun. Network Rail started the modernisation works, which will see the platforms widened and track realigned, on April 8. It will continue until April 23...