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27th January 2023. Volume 1, Issue 2

over 1 year ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers, Happy New Year of the Rabbit!

We have 2x exciting Jobs of the Week this week. In Brisbane, Australia we are looking for a Project Delivery Director and in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, we are looking for a Deputy C&I Manager (Depot).

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Jobs of the Week

Project Delivery Director, Brisbane, Australia

Job ID#: 13640

Discipline: Project Director

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a global integrated provider of rail solutions with a 100-year heritage of delivering innovative mobility solutions.

The purpose of the position is to lead and manage people, activities and cross-functional integration required to deliver the ETCS Level 2 Project.

This includes all Project Management, Engineering, Integration, Test & Commissioning, Construction and Supply Chain.

Suitable candidates will have:

strong experience in program management and engineering in rail systems and signalling,

experience in complex infrastructure projects and working in a consortium.

knowledge in System engineering, rail construction, rail testing and integration activities, software development, verification and validation'

Highly desirable to have experience in turnkey projects (within rail signalling), particularly delivering systems such as ETCS, ERTMS and CBTC.

The candidate of choice should bring 10+ years of hands-on experience of:

* Proven track record delivering complex and international projects +$100 million.

* Significant commercial experience (5+ years) working in complex technology driven implementation projects including phases of design, procurement, construction, commissioning. Ideally within the rail industry.

* Superior Communication & Stakeholder management Skills are required

* Suitable candidate must be engaging, collaborative and decisive self driven with a strong bias for action

* Must have a proven track record in managing the Financial and Commercial aspects of a complex Public sector project.

Job Requirements:

Applicants must have the following credentials:

* A degree in engineering or equivalent.

* Training in PMP, Prince 2 or similar Project Management methodology.

* Experience in the following areas of project management: Customer management, scheduling, planning, critical path analysis, change management, risk management, cost estimation and contract negotiation.

* Experience in detailed design, implementation, testing and validation following CENELEC standards for complex systems.

* Sales and negotiations.

Contact: David Hyland (

Deputy C&I Manager (Depot), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Job ID#: 13637

Discipline: E&M

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is responsible for the Design & Construction Project for all E&M System (Rolling Stock, Signaling, Telecommunication, Power Supply, OCS, Track work, PSD, AFC, Depot & Workshop Equipment, F-SCADA, Signage & Graphics) for New MRT Line-1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

They are looking for an experienced Construction Manager for the position of Deputy Construction and Installation Manager (Depot). The person will report to the Construction & Installation Manager and will be responsible for assisting in the management of the construction and installation activities for the E&M Systems comprising Signalling, Telecommunications, Platform Screen Doors, FSCADA, Power Supply, Trackwork, OCS, Depot and Workshop Equipment, AFC and Signage/Graphics for the Depot areas of the HCMC Line 1 Project.

The Deputy C&I Manager (Depot) will be responsible for the following works:

* Manage, monitor, and coordinate Subsystems & Subcontractors Wayside and Building works within the Depot areas. Wayside works include:

(i) Track work

(ii) Overhead Contact System

(iii) Cabling and general installation works

Building works include:

(iv) Workshop buildings

(v) Depot & maintenance, operation(OCC) buildings

(vi) Power supply buildings

* Assisting in the development if the installation strategy including number of teams, installation labour supply strategy, installation rate, cycle times (production rates), temporary storage and access locations in accordance with the contract access and completion dates leading up to handover for testing and completion of works in time for Rolling Stock delivery/ testing.

* Using the installation strategy, assist the C& I Manager in the development the Construction and Installation Management Plan and any other necessary plans, and assist in developing coordinated programmes for installation at the depot, stations, ancillary buildings and track (elevated and underground).

* Identifying the installation teams or other resources required to manage the installation activities for the works, supervise the works and other installation management tasks, agreeing implementation with the C&I Manager

* Assisting in the development and implementing the arrangements for site handover from and hand back to the interfacing parties and/or Employer.

* Organising installation risk assessments, developing and implementing installation work method statements incorporating safe working methods required as deliverables for Construction and Installation submissions.

* Manage and coordinate the installation activities of all parties throughout the implementation phase acting as the day-to-day point of contact for internal installers and installation sub-contractors.

* Developing and implementing procedures for site supervision, site safety and security, monitoring progress of the works, installation quality management and installation tests prior to handover for testing.

* Assisting Sub System Managers in the development of the Sub System specific Method Statements and associated documentation required for the works.

* Prepare all necessary documents, plans or reports as required and coordinate relevant parties" teams, members or Authorities.

* Arrangements for progress reporting to the C&I Manager for all works on or off the site as well as documents and related matters.

* Assist in the development, preparation and obtaining acceptance for Construction and As Built design package deliverables. This involves providing support for developing the arrangements as well as identifying priorities and scope of deliverables required.

* Manage the day to day coordination with Civil Contractors for the management of Hitachi Works within the Depot areas

* Establish overall management of the coordinated Hitachi construction activities within the Depot areas by effective management of the sub-contractors Permit to Work applications in conjunction with the CRO Manager

* Assist the HSE Dept. in ensuring all sub-contractors works are in accordance with the safety requirements and alert the HSE Manager in the case of concerns.

The Deputy C&I Manager will be required to liaise with Sub-System Managers covering each of the disciplines and dealing with internal and external suppliers. These sub-systems managers and other managers such as planning, health and safety etc. will assist in providing input to the deliverables in line with the overall installation strategy led by Construction and Installation Manager. The post holder will be required to interact with the Employer, Employer"s Representative, Interfacing Contractors and local authorities in performing the duties and to take on any Tasks related to C&I instructed by the C&I Manager or the Project Manager.

Job Requirements:

Required Skill and knowledge

- 10 years working experience on rails projects

- 7 years experience in construction management for E&M main contractors of same scale Railways projects

- Certificate of Graduation is required (at least bachelor degree of related major)

- Certificate of English (such as TOIEC) is required if mother language is not English.

- Strong skill for speaking & writing in English

- Proven site and contractor management capabilities

- Strong organisational skills

Contact: David Hyland (

Rail News

26 January 2023. France. Alstom Unveils First Two Trainsets for Hauts-de-France Region

Alstom has unveiled two new trainsets for the Hauts-de-France Region: the Omneo Premium and the Regio 2N equipped with ERTMS. This took place at a special event at Alstom’s Crespin (Nord) site, attended by Xavier Bertrand, President of the Hauts-de-France Region, Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom France and Jérôme Bodel, Regional Director of SNCF Voyageurs TER Hauts-de-France. Alstom’s Omneo platform, from which the Regio 2N and Omneo Premium are derived, is a family of extra-wide double-decker trains consisting of alternating single and double-deck coaches. They are available in lengths from 85-135 metres and in several layouts.

Source: Railway-News

26 January 2023. United Kingdom. Transport for Wales officially launches new Class 197 trains

The first of Transport for Wales’ (TfW) brand new £800 million fleet of trains was officially launched by Lesley Griffiths MS at a ceremony in North Wales today (26 January). Built in Wales by CAF, the new Class 197 trains will become the backbone of TfW’s services across the length and breadth of the Wales and Borders network in the coming years. Offering leather seats, modern air conditioning systems, wider doors, and customer information screens, the brand-new trains will play a key role in TfW’s plans to transform the customer experience on its services.

Source: Rail UK

25 January 2023. Cambodia. Cambodia to spend $4bn in Phnom Penh-Poipet rail overhaul

Cambodia has unveiled plans to invest around $4bn to modernise its existing northern Phnom Penh-Poipet railway, reported Xinhua news agency. This upgrade will help launch the first high-speed rail in the country, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. The preliminary results of the feasibility study have been submitted by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) to the ministry on the revamp of the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway. Poipet city is said to share its border with Thailand.

Source: Railway Technology

23 January 2023. Taiwan. Taipei’s Xizhi – Donghu metro project approved

The cabinet has backed plans to build the Xizhi – Donghu metro line in Taipei, with Premier Su Tseng-chang approving an initial budget of NT$27·9bn for design and construction. The total cost is estimated at NT$37·7bn, with construction expected to take 9½ years from the future call for tenders. The line would run 5·5 km from Donghu station on the Wenhu Line to Xizhi railway station in New Taipei, with six stations.

Source: Metro Report International

23 January 2023. United States. BNSF Announces $3.96 Billion Capital Investment Plan

Freight railroad operator, BNSF has released a 3.96 billion USD capital investment plan for 2023. This investment will help BNSF to continue operating a safe and reliable network. As the largest component of this year’s capital plan, 2.85 billion USD will be used to maintain BNSF’s core network. By investing in existing infrastructure, BNSF will ensure the railroad is in good condition to avoid unscheduled service outages. These maintenance projects include replacing and upgrading rail and track infrastructure such as ballast and rail ties, as well as maintaining BNSF’s rolling stock.

Source: Railway-News

19 January 2023. India. Two new metro lines launched in Mumbai, India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated two Mumbai Metro Rail Lines, 2A and 7, valued at nearly Rs126bn ($1.5m). With a length of 18.6 km, Metro line 2A (yellow line) links Dahisar East and DN Nagar in Andheri West. The phase II has been extended by 9 km covering 8 stations from Andheri West to Valani. Trains on the lines will be capable of driverless operations and incorporate communication-based train control (CBTC) signalling systems. However, initially they will be manned.

Source: Railway Technology

19 January 2023. Australia. Major progress at Cross River Rail’s Roma Street site

The construction of Cross River Rail’s Roma Street site has achieved a significant milestone, with works in the 20m deep station box reaching ground level. Queensland Acting Premier, Steven Miles, said the progress was equivalent to a six-storey building being constructed below ground, with crews using 7,520 cubic metres of concrete and 14,700 tonnes of steel in the station box so far. “Right now the ground level looks like a concrete slab, but it is the work beneath it which makes the milestone so impressive,” Mr Miles said. “The station box will house the lifts and escalators customers will use on their way down to the underground platforms.”

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

17 January 2023. India. Indian Railways places order for 9 000 hp electric freight locomotives

Indian Railways has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply and maintain 1 200 electric freight locomotives. Intended for use on the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and on steeply graded routes, these will have the ability to haul 4 500 tonne double-stack container trains at 75 km/h on 1 in 200 gradients, raising the average speeds of such trains from 20-25 km/h to 50-60 km/h. Announcing the finalisation of its largest ever locomotive order, Siemens Mobility said the 9 000 hp locos would be amongst the most powerful in the world.

Source: Railway Gazette International

16 January 2023. Hong Kong. China-Hong Kong high-speed rail link reopens after three years

The move comes after the resumption of quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland on 8 January 2023. The 26km high-speed rail service between Hong Kong and mainland China has resumed following a hiatus of almost three years induced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 80 trains will operate daily along the route, reducing journey time from Hong Kong to Guangzhou from two hours to 47 minutes, according to CNN. The latest move comes after the resumption of quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland on 8 January of this year.

Source: Railway Technology

16 January 2023. Singapore. Construction of Jurong Region Line launched

Land Transport Authority held a ceremony at the site of the future Tengah Town station on January 13 to officially launch construction of the Jurong Region Line, which will be Singapore’s seventh metro line. The 24 km elevated and fully automated route with 24 stations is intended to improve connectivity in western Singapore and support development in the Jurong area. It will put more than 60 000 additional households within a 10 min walk of a station and serving destinations including Jurong Industrial Estate, Jurong Innovation District, Nanyang Technological University and the commercial hub being developed in the Jurong Lake District.

Source: Metro Report International

16 January 2023. Australia. $41 million contract awarded for Sydney Metro train technology

The Sydney Metro City & Southwest project has reached another milestone, with the awarding of a $41 million contract for new mechanical gap filler technology to be installed at stations between Marrickville and Bankstown. The new technology is the first of its kind in Australia. Hyundai Movex has been awarded the contract to design, supply and install 150 mechanical gap fillers at eight existing stations between Marrickville and Bankstown, which are currently being upgraded to Sydney Metro standards.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine