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17th November 2022. Volume 11, Issue 2

over 1 year ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

We have 3x exciting Jobs of the Week this week. In Singapore, we are looking for a System Assurance Engineer and in Japan, we are looking for a Bid Leader Train Ops Delivery. And in Brisbane, Australia we are looking for a Contracts Administrator.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Jobs of the Week

Bid Leader Train Ops Delivery, Tokyo, Japan

Job ID#: 13617

Discipline: Operations

Position Type: Contract


Duration: 1 YEAR

Job Description:

Our client is seeking strong expert to can assist with technical bid preparation in connection with rail franchising/ concession/O&M) to assist with bid preparation.

Ideally the candidate would be based in Asia - namely Hong Kong or Japan.

Job Requirements

* Applicants should have minimum 20 years in railway field

* Exposure and understanding of railway operations

* Experience to write and prepare bid technical documents

* Ideally speak a European or Japanese language is very advantageous

Contact: Jackie Hendry (

System Assurance Consultant, Singapore, Singapore

Job ID#: 13472

Discipline: Systems

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a System Assurance Consultant to work in Singapore.

Working as a System Assurance Consultant, this person will meet and develop relationships with client project and programme managers and, in many cases, act as the client's main point of contact for project delivery.

Key Responsibilities:

* Deliver safety engineering for a wide range of signaling and infrastructure projects to ensure compliance with relevant standards.

* Reporting to the Principal Consultant, manage the system assurance framework to achieve the Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety(RAMS) objectives.

* Manage risk assessments for specific discipline areas, being able to self-sufficiently plan, run and write up risk workshops.

* Support business development and write proposals. In doing so, identify potential risks, devise method statements, specify clear acceptance criteria, and generate resource and cost estimates.

* Manage and deliver smaller projects, working with clients to understand their objectives and desired outcomes for each project and taking direction from the Project Director when required.

* In doing so, ensure that the scope of work and time budgets are clear, monitored, and managed and that risks to delivering to quality, on time, and within budget against acceptance criteria are anticipated and managed.

* For larger projects, take ownership of specific work packages and, as part of a team, deliver these to quality, time and budget.

* Ensure overall client satisfaction targets are met throughout the project lifecycle.

* Liaise with clients, project stakeholders and other industry participants.

Job Requirements

* 5 to 10 years practical experience as a Systems Assurance Consultant or similar related discipline within Rail

* Degree or equivalent technical qualification, with experience in a relevant engineering discipline.

* Preferably possess a railway signaling or relevant background, experience in auditing/assessing is preferred

* Capability with tools and techniques such as FMECA, FTA-ETA would be beneficial.

* Has good subject knowledge and awareness and capabilities in specific areas of a certain topic. Possess significant practical design/application experience and am able to work independently on projects with little or even without a guide.

* Systems Assurance engineering experience - ability to decompose a system context from project documentation, read and understand standards and understand key elements/interfaces.

* Ability to work in a consultancy environment including the need for flexibility and client satisfaction. This includes understanding client needs and issues, developing requirements and solutions, managing client expectations, and delivering high-quality outputs.

* The candidate should possess at least one of the following topics/subsystems/equipment:

- Train Control and Protection Systems for traditional or high-speed line railway, for example, ETCS or CTCS, including Trackside - RBC, TCC, LEU, Balise, etc., and Trainborne - EVC, SDU, BTM, STM, etc.

- Train Control and Protection Systems for metro line, for example, CBTC, including Trackside - ZC, DSU, LEU, Balise, etc., and Trainborne - EVC, SDU, BTM, etc.

- Interlocking and Train / Vehicle Detection, including Computer Based Interlocking, Track circuits, Axle counters, etc.

- Signalling Safety Platform, Track circuits, Axle counters, etc.

Contact: Jackie Hendry (

Contract Administrator, Brisbane, Australia

Job ID#: 13605

Discipline: Contracts

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a fully integrated, global provider of turnkey rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, operation, service and maintenance and digital technology.

They are looking for an experienced Contract Administrator to join their Brisbane-based project team. Working Monday to Friday on a permanent basis, you will play a fundamental role with our success on Key Projects. Experience a supportive, inclusive and passionate team culture. Utilise our latest online Learning and Development Platform to enhance your skill set.

Responsibilities of the Role:

* Implement/maintain high quality subcontract registers - variations/change management, correspondence, documentation and contract performance.

* Monitor and manage supplier/subcontractor"s ongoing compliance and timely performance of contractual obligations as described in Hitachi standard forms of agreement.

* Manage variation review and approval process to ensure compliance with subcontractor agreements while driving VFM outcomes for the alliance.

* Contractual/administrative support to Project Management/Delivery team.

* As a key member of the Commercial and Contracts team, actively contribute to increasing commercial acumen amongst the wider Alliance team.

* Provide contractual consultation/clarification to members of the wider Alliance team where required.

* Alliance head contract management including KPI and KRA management and Risk and Opportunity governance.

* Contribute to monthly alliance forecasting and reporting.

* Assist with monthly subcontractor progress claim workflow.

* Final account negotiation/resolution.

Job Requirements:

Desired Knowledge/ Experience:

* Experience in the railway/infrastructure industry is preferred but not essential.

* Minimum 5 years' contract admin experience, preferably working in complex technical or engineering based organisation/s.

* Applicants with transport infrastructure and/or alliance-contracting experience will be strongly preferred.

* Minimum 5 years' experience as Contracts Administrator, preferably in the rail/infrastructure/resource industry.


* Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (Degree or diploma in Construction Management/Quantity Surveying or equivalent).

Contact: Renee Wade (

Rail News

15 November 2022. Singapore. Singapore’s Thomson-East Coast Line extended by 13 km

The 13·2 km third stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line was inaugurated on November 13, linking Caldecott with Gardens by the Bay. Free travel was offered on November 11, enabling people to try the line before the official opening. More than 180 000 households are within a 10 min walk of the extension, which offers journey time reductions of up to 40%. Intended to enhance connectivity between the northern, central and eastern parts of Singapore, the Thomson-East Coast Line was developed from 2014 with the merger of the previously planned Thomson and Eastern Region line projects.

Source: Railway Gazette International

14 November 2022. United States. AECOM-Fluor JV Lands California High-Speed Rail Contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has selected the AECOM-Fluor joint venture (JV) to provide Program Delivery Support (PDS) services. California high-speed rail is currently under construction along 119 miles in the Central Valley at 35 active job sites. The 500-mile Phase 1 system is slated to extend from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim; 422 miles have already been environmentally cleared. The CHSRA staff in August recommended to the Board the PDS services contract with AECOM-Fluor JV—which includes Atlas Technical Consultants, Egis Rail S.A., Turner & Townsend, McMillen Jacobs Associates, and Jaquith Consulting Group, and 26 Small Business (SB)/Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE)/Disadvantaged Business Entity (DBE) firms—in an amount not-to-exceed $400 million for a four-year term.

Source: Railway Age

12 November 2022. Bangladesh. Dhaka Metro to be ready for commercial operation by December 15

The civil work of seven stations out of nine from Uttara to Agargaon segment has been completed, while the other two are in progress due to some difficulties with spaces, construction of the entry and exit roads. The metro rail’s construction from Uttara to Agargaon is around 94.57% complete, and the segment will be ready for commercial operation by December 15 of this year. Dhaka Mass Transit Company Managing Director MAN Siddique stated at a press conference at his office on November 10, “We are attempting to complete all the civil work of this portion within this month.” He mentioned that the train would begin operating blankly (moving without passengers) in the first few days of December.

Source: Metro Rail News

11 November 2022. India. Alstom wins €98 million contract to design & manufacture metro coaches for Chennai Metro Phase-II

Alstom has been awarded a contract worth €98 million (INR 798 crores) to design, manufacture, supply, test, and commission 78 advanced metro coaches by the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL). These new metro cars will operate on the 26 km corridor, part of Phase-II, connecting Poonamallee Bypass – Light House through 28 (18 elevated & 10 underground) stations. The contract’s scope includes manufacturing 26 metro trains (three-car configuration) that can operate at 80 kmph and training personnel. With a 25 KV power supply for optimal energy efficiency, Alstom’s Metropolis metros will ensure safe and reliable passenger transport for over 11 million city citizens. Additionally, the overall project will significantly contribute to socioeconomic development by connecting key zones.

Source: Metro Rail News

9 November 2022. Egypt. DB lands mammoth contract for operation of Egypt high-speed network

Deutsche Bahn will operate Egypts future high-speed network, the construction of which marks the country’s largest rail project in history. The contract has an initial run time of 15 years and could be worth several billion euros. The deal was concluded on the sidelines of the UN’s COP27 climate conference in Sharm-el-Sheikh between DB International Operations (DB IO) and the Egyptian government. The Northern African country is planning a 2,000-kilometre high-speed network. Once completed, it will the sixth-largest in the world. The first services on the initial line in the north of Egypt are planned for 2025.

Source: RailTech

8 November 2022. Italy. Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) has awarded a framework agreement to Hitachi Rail to manufacture the new trains for the Milan Metro

The agreement is valued at 368 million EUR and includes the supply of 46 new metro trains, 21 of which have already been committed in the first part of the agreement for line M1. The vehicles will be manufactured in the Italian Hitachi Rail plants in Naples and Reggio Calabria, with the first new trains scheduled to enter service on the Milan Metro in spring 2024. This investment is part of ATM’s plan to improve the sustainability of the city’s public transport system while implementing more advanced technologies.

Source: Railway-News

8 November 2022. India. Delhi Metro’s Red Line gets 8 coach trains for the first time

The Red Line sees around 4.7 lakh passengers per day and has interchange stations at Kashmere Gate, Inderlok, Welcome, and Netaji Subhash Place. Delhi Metro will now run two trains with eight coaches each on the Red Line instead of the regular six coaches in an effort to increase their carrying capacity. These two trains will begin running from Tuesday onwards, according to a communication from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The Red Line sees around 4.7 lakh passengers per day and has interchange stations at Kashmere Gate, Inderlok, Welcome, and Netaji Subhash Place.

Source: The Indian Express

8 November 2022. Bahrain. Bahrain metro project to take shape next year

The Kingdom of Bahrain will launch a tender for the construction of its new lightrail network in the first quarter of 2023, an official at Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication (MTT) told local media this week. The Bahrain Metro project, as the endeavour is called, will be implemented in four phases and will reach 109 kilometres upon completion. A host of companies took part in the pre-qualification tender for phase one of the project, which closed in May. Participants included Alstom, Hyundai Engineering, Orascom of Egypt and the China Railway Group. Phase one, with a forecast capacity of 43,000 passenger per day, calls for the construction two lines and 20 stations across a distance of 29 kilometres.

Source: RailTech

7 November 2022. United Kingdom. Elizabeth Line trains start running through onto main lines east and west of London

Elizabeth Line passenger services began running through onto existing Network Rail routes east and west of central London on November 6 as the Crossrail Programme nears completion. Trains from Reading and Heathrow Airport can now run through to Abbey Wood via central London using a connection from the Great Western Main Line’s Relief lines west of Paddington station. In the east, services from Shenfield are now using a tunnel portal at Pudding Mill Lane west of Stratford to reach Whitechapel, where there is a deep-level junction with the branch from Abbey Wood. For now, services from Shenfield will turn back at Paddington.

Source: Rail Business UK

7 November 2022. Turkey. Turkey inaugurates new commuter railway system

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu inaugurated the Gaziray commuter railway system in the eastern city of Gaziantep over the weekend. Work on the line coincided with installation of high-speed tracks for the future Mersin-Adana-Gaziantep high-speed train project. The Gaziray railway is double-track route of 25.5 kilometres along 16 stations, effectively linking the city centre of Gaziantep with suburbs to the north. Trains that will be travelling at a maximum speed of 100 kilometres per hour will leave every 5 minutes. The Gaziray system is forecast to have a daily capacity of 350,000 commuters per day. Travel time between the starting point and the terminus station will be around 30 minutes.

Source: RailTech