UKRAINE: The State Property Fund of Ukraine has begun preparations to privatise the Dnipropetrovsk Electric Locomotive Plant in the city of Dnipro (formerly Dnipropetrovsk). The plant is to be sold in an auction, but the starting price and date have not been announced.
RUSSIA: A construction agreement covering the first section of the Moscow – Kazan high speed line was announced by RZD First Deputy Director Alexander Misharin at the ProMotion 1520 conference in Sochi on October 2. The agreement calls for work to start next year on a 301 km alignment between Zheleznodorozhni in the suburbs of Moscow and Gorokhovets for opening in 2024. This would form the first part of a 770 km high speed corridor which is being developed as a public-private partnership involving Russian Railways and Chinese backers.
Transmashholding’s maintenance services business LocoTech and Austrian Federal Railways’ ÖBB Technische Services have signed an agreement to co-operate to modernise, maintain and lease locomotives used in Austria, Hungary and southeast Europe.
Infrastructure manager DB Netz has announced plans for a major refurbishment of its two oldest high speed lines in a five-year programme costed at €825m. Work on the 327 km Hannover – Würzburg Neubaustrecke is to start in 2019, with the 99 km Mannheim – Stuttgart route following in 2020.
UK: The Zonegreen Depot Personnel Protection System at Chiltern Railways' Banbury depot has been linked to the facility's Fenix Tiefenbach signalling system, making it possible for trains to enter directly from the main line without needing a stop/start entrance and exit procedure.