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3rd November 2022. Volume 11, Issue 1

over 1 year ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

AusRAIL will be taking place from 5-7 December 2022 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia.

​AusRAIL is the National Conference of the ARA which is held each year to bring industry together to engage on key issues. All profits from AusRAIL and AusRAIL PLUS are re-invested into the work of the ARA to benefit the rail industry. AusRAIL brings together the greatest minds of the industry to engage on our greatest challenges and opportunities. Customer experience and the return to rail, sustainability, the evolving importance of rail freight and the challenges facing the rail supply chain will all be hot topics on the agenda.

For more details and to register, visit:

Jobs of the Week this week are in Taiwan, India and New Zealand. In Taiwan, we are looking for a System Assurance Engineer (must be fluent in Mandarin) to work on the Taipei Circular Line and in New Zealand, we are looking for a Requirements & Interface Manager to be based in Wellington. In India, we are looking for a Contracts Expert to be based in Bangalore.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Jobs of the Week

System Assurance Engineer - Taipei Circular Line, Taipei, Taiwan

Job ID#: 13576

Discipline: E&M

Language: Mandarin, English

Job Description:

We are looking for System Assurance Engineer to join Taipei Circular Line Phase 2 Project dynamic team in Taiwan.

The System Assurance Engineer is a key person of the project team, working in close collaboration with a wide range of project team: project leaders, core project team, planning, quality, integrations, and engineering teams also with customers and sub-system Safety Assurance. In this position, you will report hierarchically to System Safety Assurance Manager in France and functionally report to Project Director in Taiwan.

*Perform RAMS analysis following RAMS instruction and processes and other specific requirements committed to customers

*Safety requirement management from design, manufacturing, installation, and testing phase

*Management of all Sub-system Safety reports from different phases

Applying Alstom Transportation Railway Safety process & instruction to daily activities

*Supporting Safety Assurance Manager to issue the System Safety Report based on subsystem safety report

*Hold a proactive challenging view on the RAMS data/result to enhance the adequacy and consistency of the RAMS studies and requirements

*Seek for the technical understanding in order to better assess their RAMS performance and potential areas of improvement

*Adopt a product-oriented mind-set in performing his/her studies to foster the capitalization of the results of the studies towards the product RAMS performance

Job Requirements

*Bachelor Degree in Engineering or equivalent

*Minimum 3 years of successful technical experience in RAM (System Assurance)/Safety managing different industries including railways

*Knowledge EN5012X serious Standard is mandatory

*RAMS prediction and measurement methods & tools

*Railway Safety analysis and demonstration methods and tools

*Time management skill

*Structured and organized with a hands-on approach

*Fluent in both English and Mandarin

Contact: Patricia Hsiao (

Contract Expert, Bangalore, India

Job ID#: 13609

Discipline: Contracts

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Contracts Expert to be based in Bangalore, India.

Job Profile:

* To assist client in all procurement activities to ensure compliance with agreed procurement frameworks.

* To prepare prequalification (PQ) documents in compliance with JICA guidelines.

* To assist client in preparing PQ reports for approval of JICA.

* To prepare the tender documents in compliance with JICA guidelines. Bidding documents are prepared for ICB for major packages and LCB for minor packages.

* To assist client in the preparation of invitation for bids, evaluation of bids received and award of civil works contracts.

* To assist client in review of variation and claims from the contractors.

Job Duration: 65 man months full time

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualification and experience Requirement

* Graduate in any branch of Engineering

* 10+ years of experience in Railway/Metro projects.

* Key Expert position in at least 1 Metro project.

Key Qualities and experience

* Experience at working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment

is essential

* Strong team player

* Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through patience, analytical and

problem-solving capabilities

* Strong interpersonal skills

* Must be able to learn, adopt, understand, and apply new technologies

* Good leadership and managerial skills

Contact: Rajni Tewani (

Requirements and Interface Manager, Wellington, New Zealand

Job ID#: 13608

Discipline: Requirements Management

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Requirements & Interface Manager to be based in Wellington, New Zealand.

The role is responsible for:

* Maintaining and enhancing the requirements definition and management plan for the project.

* Manage and provide expertise for the Change Management process with respective stakeholders and the Programme Integration and Assurance Team.

* Manage, improve, structure and support the identification for the Dependencies process with respective owners and the Programme Integration and Assurance Team.

* Supporting the identification, definition and agreement of system interfaces with the respective owners and managing them throughout the Project lifecycle.

* Providing support and guidance to the Programme to mature the requirements set and improve requirements and process quality.

* Supporting the Interislander Team integration process with respect to the Requirements and Interface Management aspects.

* Ensuring that requirements are captured and tracked throughout the life of the iReX Project utilising the mandated requirements management system - DOORS Next Generation.

* Developing the processes and tracking to ensure the integration between IIL and iReX to enable reporting in the Programme Assurance dashboard

* Managing the systems interfaces of iReX and Interislander to enable it to achieve the iReX investment objectives.

The role forms part of the Programme Integration and Assurance team. The role will work with the project streams, and will be responsible for maintaining and enhancing processes and plans for capturing requirements and interfaces and managing them through to their evaluation and validation as well as ensuring that the programme and project benefits generated from these requirements are tracked as the programme delivers against the approved business case. This role will involve leading the planning, monitoring, reporting, and controlling activities for the various projects within the programme and their integration into the New Interislander and greater company's business, and the processes and asset management systems therein.

Job Requirements


* At least seven years post-graduate experience in a similar role or position.

* Experience in utilising corporate or portfolio requirements and benefits tracking systems.

* Working knowledge of or experience in construction.

* Ability to analyse and interpret relevant documentation that relates to the work undertaken.

* Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster good stakeholder relationships through consultation and partnership.

* Excellent written and oral communication skills, particularly the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and in plain language.

* Demonstrated experience in quality management systems, processes reporting and record-keeping.

* High level of proficiency with SharePoint and DOORS NG.


* Experience working with complex project and organisations

* Experience of defining Operational Test and Evaluations (OT&E) programmes

Contact: Renee Wade (

Rail News

2 November 2022. United Kingdom. Thales and Knorr-Bremse partner on freight train automation

Knorr-Bremse and Thales have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on the development of Automatic Train Operation (ATO) solutions for locomotive-hauled freight and passenger trains. Automatic Train Operation (ATO) will deliver multiple benefits for the rail freight sector. These include anticipated gains in efficiency and capacity, energy savings, performance enhancements and imporved punctuality. Train punctuality in particular (Estimated Time of Arrival) depends on smooth, consistent train driving based on factors such as track characteristics, topography and surrounding traffic, as well as train-specific parameters such as load, which influences traction and braking performance.

Source: Rail UK

2 November 2022. Australia. ARTC awards $200M Victorian Inland Rail contract

The Australian Rail and Track Corporation (ARTC) has awarded a major contract valued at about $200 million for initial construction of Inland Rail sites in Victoria. McConnell Dowell was awarded the contract, which is expected to support over 170 jobs during the course of the project, and is due to be completed in 2025. ARTC Victoria and South Australia Projects General Manager, Ed Walker, said the McConnell Dowell had already begun initial design and preparatory works on the existing North East Rail Line to accommodate future Inland Rail services.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

31 October 2022. Australia. Works commence and contract awarded for $10B Melbourne Airport rail link

Works are underway for Victoria’s first direct train line to Melbourne Airport, with initial and early works commencing in Keilor East and contracts awarded for several major projects. Part of the State Government’s broader Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) project, the highly-anticipated airport service will offer 30-minute travel times from Melbourne’s CBD, 60-minutes for commuters in Clayton, and 90 minutes for those in Ballarat – a saving of around 50 minutes. The airport link project is estimated to cost between $8 billion and $13 billion with initial co-funding of $5 million from both the Victorian and Federal Governments.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

29 October 2022. India. Alstom Awarded Delhi Metro Phase 4’s 312 Coach Contract RS17

Alstom Transport India on Thursday was awarded a Rs. 2631.36 crore contract by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to supply 312 new coaches (52 trains) for Delhi Metro Phase 4’s Package RS17. DMRC had originally invited tenders to procure 288 coaches in June 2021 with a 236 weeks (4.5 years) delivery completion period financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through a Rs. 8,390 crore loan. The contract consists of two parts. Since June 2021, DMRC has increased the number of Silver Line coaches from 54 (9 trains) to 78 (13 trains).

Source: The Metro Rail Guy

27 October 2022. Bangladesh. Construction of Dhaka MRT Line 1 metro to start in December

Contract for overseeing the works has been signed with a joint venture led by Japanese Nippon Koei. Construction on the 31.24km MRT Line 1 in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s first underground metro line, is set to start in December after a two-year delay. On October 23, the metro line projects implementing agency, Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Company (DMTCL), signed a contract with a Japanese joint venture led by Nippon Koei for project construction supervision services. The consortium also comprises Oriental Consultants Global, Systra, Delhi Metro Rail, Nippon Koei India, Katahira and Engineers International, Development Design Consultants and Nippon Koei Bangladesh.

Source: International Railway Journal

26 October 2022. Hong Kong. Three rail schemes in Hong Kong plan

Plans to undertake three rail projects which were recommended in the Strategic Studies on Railways & Major Roads Beyond 2030 study were announced by Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive John Lee in his first Policy Address on October 19. The priority is the Tseung Kwan O Line Southern Extension which would enhance transport links to the TKO Area 137 development site. The proposed Central Rail Link would be Hong Kong’s 12th line, connecting Kam Tin in Yuen Long with Kwai Chung and Kowloon Tong, providing a short cut between New Territories West and Kowloon to alleviate pressure on the existing Tuen Ma Line.

Source: Metro Report International

25 October 2022. New Zealand. National public transport ticketing contract awarded

Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems the National Ticketing Solution contract to supply an account-based ticketing platform for rail, bus and ferry services. Local transport authorities will decide on travel products and fares for their regions and control the routes and services, with passengers benefiting from a consistent national customer experience which NZTA expects to lead to more people using public transport more often.

Source: Metro Report International

25 October 2022. United Kingdom. Opening of Bond Street paves the way for full Elizabeth Line implementation

Bond Street, the most significant central London station on the Elizabeth Line, has opened. The inauguration comes exactly five months behind the interim service on the line. The opening of the station marks a milestone in the complicated build of the new station, under the street of London’s West End, and heralds a major relief of congestion at nearby stations, including the frequently overcrowded Oxford Circus. The countdown is now on for the ramping up of full Elizabeth Line services, running directly between terminals in Essex and Kent, through to Reading and Heathrow in the West.

Source: RailTech

24 October 2022. Australia. Work underway for QLD’s $1.2B light rail extension

Major construction is underway for Queensland’s $1.2 billion Stage 3 extension to its Gold Coast Light Rail project, delivering a further 6.7km of rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh heads and eight new stations. Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the $1.2 billion, jointly funded, Stage 3 extension had reached an exciting milestone and would support up to 760 local jobs and opportunities. “When complete, light rail Stage 3 will connect 27km of the Gold Coast to reliable and accessible public transport all the way from Helensvale to Burleigh Heads,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

24 October 2022. United Kingdom. Lumo hailed a success as rail is the preferred choice over air travel between Edinburgh and London

FirstGroup’s 100% electric rail operator Lumo has achieved two major milestones in its first year, having attracted a million passengers and seen rail overtake air travel to become the preferred mode of transport between Edinburgh and London. Since the introduction of its full timetable in April, Lumo has helped to make rail the favoured mode of transport between Edinburgh and London for the first time*. Its average ticket price is just £37. Between April and August, 57% of journeys between Edinburgh and London were by rail, compared to a pre-pandemic position of 35% for April-August 2019. Some 66% of travellers chose rail over domestic flights in August itself, suggesting the trend may be set to continue.

Source: Rail UK

20 October 2022. South Korea. EMU-320 high speed train unveiled

The first of two pre-series EMU-320 high speed trains being built for Korail by Hyundai Rotem has been unveiled at the manufacturer’s Changwon factory, with the second expected to follow in November. Ordered in 2016 as part of a contract for 19 six-car KTX-EUM sets for 260 km/h operation, the 320 km/h trains are derived from the HEMU-430X prototype. They have distributed traction equipment, rather than separate power cars, which is expected to provide better acceleration and braking performance.

Source: Railway Gazette International