ON JUNE 17 the Spanish Ministry of Development began public consultation on its proposal to alter the alignment of the cross-city tunnel in Gijón, where work began in April 2003. This is one of a number of major changes to the project announced by Development Minister Magdalena Álvarez on June 9.As planned (RG 1.03 p9), the project comprised a 3·5 km double-track tunnel for Renfe suburban services, running from the existing terminus at El Humedal to Viesques via intermediate stations at Begoña and El Bibio. The new proposals would extend the route to almost 7 km, running beyond Viesques to Cabueñes via an intermediate station serving the university campus. Begoña will be replaced by a station at Plaza de Europa, which is felt to be in a better location for serving the city centre and construction should be less disruptive.The ministry now also intends the tunnel to be equipped to accommodate the trains of metre-gauge operator Feve as well as broad-gauge Renfe services. El Humedal would be replaced by a new underground station for long-distance services above the cross-city tunnel, freeing up for redevelopment railway land close to the city centre. n
AUSTRIA: Austrian Federal Railways and Siemens Mobility have signed a five-year framework agreement for the supply of up to 700 coaches with a potential total value of €1·5bn, with an option to extend the agreement beyond 2023.ÖBB has placed an initial firm order for eight nine-car rakes to replace EuroCity stock which cannot be used on routes to Italy from 2021 because of changes to fire regulations. The order also includes 13 seven-car rakes to replace or augment vehicles currently uses on Nightjet overnight services. The coaches from Siemens’ Viaggio family will be produced at the manufacturer’s Wien plant for entry into service from 2022.Tendering for the contract was interrupted last year after a legal challenge to specification changes made at a late stage. Siemens was named preferred bidder on July 20 this year, and the signing of the contract was announced on August 17. The framework covers first and second class coaches, driving cars, multipurpose cars and sleeping and couchette cars. Siemens said the basic variant for daytime use would be a low-floor coach with ‘extra-wide’ doors to facilitate rapid boarding and alighting. The daytime rakes would have 520 seats, while the night trains would offer 100 seats and 160 couchette berths. The coaches will have LED interior lighting, air-conditioning and a fresh air supply regulated by the CO2 content in the interior air.The vehicles are intended to operate in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, and there are options to add Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.‘Being awarded one of Europe’s largest passenger coach tenders shows that our Viaggios are the benchmark for modern long-distance transport’, said Siemens Mobility CEO Sabrina Soussan. ‘Viaggio passenger trains offer great flexibility across borders as well as state-of-the-art passenger comfort, combined with low maintenance costs and high operational availability.’
Lauderhill Commissioner Howard Berger will hold his 2nd Annual Women’s History Month Tribute Dinner, honoring 12 women whose passion is to serve the community in which they reside – the City of Lauderhill.“Women have vastly shaped the Lauderhill community. Many times the tremendous contributions women have made go unrecognized. Countless non-profits, cultural organizations, business and family services are provided by strong, selfless women who are from right here in the City of Lauderhill,” states Commissioner Berger. He continues, “I felt it was long overdue to honor those who have sacrificed so much. The dinner was the least I could do to show them how much they are appreciated.”Honorees include: Marcia Barry-Smith, Ciara Bostick, Andrea Braynon, Alfreda Coward, Lucy Dorlus, Yvonne Greene, Winnifred McPherson, Charley Mae Meadows, Crystal Pressey, Paula S. Scott, Suzanne Sauder, and Patricia West.The honorees will be publically recognized at the regularly scheduled City of Lauderhill Commission Meeting on March 14th at 7 pm at the newly opened Lauderhill Performing Arts Center.
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