Leeds University enters into a 10 million pound agreement with REAL Alliance for research into the electricity supply of the East Coast Main Line. MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of MTR Corporation, today (30 July 2014) formally signed a concession contract with Transport for London (TfL) to operate Crossrail train traffic for an eight-year period with a two-year extension option. The European Parliament and the Council have reached an interim agreement to make 2021 the European Year of the Railways. (From left) Mr. Jeremy Long, CEO – European Business, MTR Corporation; Mike Brown MVO, Managing Director, London Underground and London Rail; Jay Walder, Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation; and Howard Smith, Director of Crossrail Operation – For more information, see: dev.railway-news.com/railway-industry-news/mtr-signs-concession-agreement-to-operate-crossrail-train-service-in-london#sthash.UJtGvDbQ.dpuf Following the funding agreement between TfL and the government, advisory work on Crossrail 2 has been completed and security continues. The UK Department for Transport and Arriva CrossCountry have signed a three-year contract to align the franchise with the ERMAs. As part of the concession agreement, MTR will operate Crossrail train services very reliably and efficiently, reach approximately 700 daily schedules and provide first-class customer service at Crossrail stations, who share their proven expertise to support the testing and commissioning of the new railway and to manage system interfaces through the larger HS2 crossrail project, and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will work together on power spills in preparation for the East Underground expansion. Siemens Mobility will supply 109 Avenio HF railways to Duisburg and Dusseldorf, with delivery starting in 2025. The Mayor of London, TfL, the DfT and the Treasury have agreed on a funding plan for the final phase of Crossrail.

Northern has removed the last of its 102 Pacer trains from circulation following the passage of the Vehicle Accessibility Act. While hydrogen and fuel cell technology may play a role in the rail sector, it will not decarbonize traffic. It is a marginal element. Bombardier delivered its 800th MOVIA metro car for the Delhi metro. The remaining 16 units will be delivered by the end of 2020. Siemens Mobility Vectron Dual Mode locomotive has been granted the operating license of the Federal Office of Railways (EBA). From February 2021, the Welsh Government controls the Wales-Borders because of COVID-19. Crossrail is a new 118km railway line that will cross the West End at 40 stations in Reading and Heathrow in west London, which will serve City and Canary Wharf to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in east London. From 31 May 2015, MTR will begin operating on a 15-station stretch between Liverpool Street Station and Shenfield and will offer additional links to complete the entire Crossrail line in phases until 2019. Belgorail has certified Alstom for its latest ETCS standard, making Alstom the first fully certified company in the world in this arena. Alstom has completed the first phase of the Lusail tram project in Qatar.

There will be 28 low-floor trams from the Citadis X05 floor. H.H.M. Corporation announced that the first new Phase 5 vehicles will carry passengers on November 17, 2020. Project Connect was on the ballot for voters when they went to the polls on November 3, 2020 and voted for the Austin StreetCar. The tunnellers that will dig up the HS2 Chiltern tunnel will be equipped with robotic arms to assist the concrete segments.