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4th August 2023. Volume 8, Issue 1

11 months ago by Rail Personnel

​Dear Readers

Connect Rail is an exciting new industry platform for addressing rail’s future. Taking place from 5th to 6th September 2023 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, this event will showcase the latest innovations and business opportunities and connect technology, knowledge and people all under one roof for an interactive exchange of ideas and solutions.

To view the program and to register to attend, visit

Our Job of the Week this week is in Taiwan, where we are looking for a Senior Planner to work in Taoyuan. Please note that candidates must be fluent in Chinese and English to be considered for this role.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Rail News

2 August 2023. Italy. €1.8 Billion Contract Awarded for Verona–Padua High Speed Line

The IRICAV DUE consortium consisting of Webuild (82.95%) and Hitachi Rail (17.05%) has won a 1.8 billion EUR contract to deliver the track and digital signalling systems for a section of high-speed railway between Verona and Padua. This phase will focus on a 6.2km section of high-speed/capacity (HS/C) line that will cross the city of Vicenza. The contract was awarded by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) and will see Hitachi Rail supply its European Rail Transport Management System (ERTMS) digital signalling to create the HS/C line.

Source: Railway-News


2 August 2023. Australia. Sydney rail to metro conversion confirmed

The New South Wales government has committed to completing the conversion of Sydney’s T3 Bankstown Line from a suburban railway to an automated metro, as the final section of the City & Southwest Metro project. When the current state government was elected in March, it commissioned an independent review of the Sydney Metro programme. This initially focused on the City & Southwest project because of its ‘advanced stage of delivery and budget challenges’. An interim report from the review recommended that conversion of the Bankstown Line should continue, as this would deliver significant benefits across the transport network.

Source: Metro Report International


1 August 2023. South Korea. Hyundai Rotem reveals hydrogen tram in South Korea

South Korean rolling stock manufacturer Hyundai Rotem has revealed its Hydrogen fuel cell tram to the general public for the first time during the RailLog Korea 2023 exhibition in Busan. The next-gen transportation vehicle has been in development since 2021, as part of a project backed by the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy; as well as the Korea Institute for the Advancement of Technology, Korea Railroad Research Institute, Korea Automobile Research Centre and Ulsan Tecno Park.

Source: Railway Technology


1August 2023. Australia. Adelaide Metro strives for net-zero

Adelaide Metro is racing towards net-zero emissions by 2050, engaging in a range of public transport projects as part of its zero emission transport plan. The upgrade of all Adelaide Metro buses and bus depots to zero emissions by 2050 is expected to be a huge undertaking. Engaging with a range of operators and experts, such as GHD and Evenergi, the zero emission transport plan created is set to release no greenhouse gas emissions or other pollutants into the atmosphere. One of the many projects that will be implemented includes metro trains on non-electrified rail lines, as the government worked with sustainable energy company, Ricardo Rail, to explore zero emission options for trains that operate on its Belair, Outer Harbor and Grange rail lines, as well as the Port Dock spur line.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine


1 August 2023. United Kingdom. Testing underway of first new Piccadilly line train

The first of the 94-Siemens Mobility built new trains for Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Piccadilly line has arrived at the Test and Validation Centre in Wegberg-Wildenrath, Germany. The first nine-carriage train came off the production line in Vienna at the end of July before being transported to the Test and Validation Centre, with some eagle-eyed people spotting it enroute to Germany. Meanwhile, work to complete Siemens Mobility’s new site in the East Riding of Yorkshire, where around half the trains will be assembled, is near completion.

Source: Rail UK


31 July 2023. Canada. Montréal’s REM automated light metro opens

The first section of Montreal’s Réseau Express Métropolitain automated light metro was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier of Québec François Legault and Mayor Valérie Plante on July 28. Large numbers of people took advantage of a weekend of free travel on July 29-30 ahead of the start of revenue services on July 31. ‘The REM is one of the most ambitious public transit projects in Québec in the last 50 years, and it will transform the way people get around the Greater Montréal area’, said Trudeau. ‘The REM will reduce the number of cars on the road to make traffic flow better and make our air cleaner. This major project is another step toward making life better for Canadian families.’

Source: Metro Report International


31 July 2023. Israel. Israel eyes multi-billion-euro rail expansion, Saudi link on the cards

The Israeli government aims to connect the country’s major urban centres with the interior via rail as part of the ‘One Israel Project’. The plans call for an investment of 100 billion shekel (24.5 billion euro) in order to reduce travel from many parts in the country to Tel Aviv in under two hours. During a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also confirmed interest in a rail link with Saudi Arabia.


Job of the Week

​Senior Planner, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Job ID#: 13692

Discipline: Programming / Scheduling

Language: Chinese & English

Job Description:

Our client is a global leader in design, engineering and delivery of facilities for high-tech industries and they are looking for a Senior Planner to work in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Our client is looking for candidates who are fluent in Mandarin and English and will also consider local Taiwan based candidates and foreigners.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

* Compilation of all necessary information for tenders, monthly reports and presentation;

* Construction planning and liaising with clients, suppliers, building and facility contractors;

* Submission of an optimum tender programme which can meet the client"s requirements/provision of a workable and cost effective Baseline/Master Programme;

* Involvement in the development and control of Project Work Schedule, such as building works, M&E and Process Systems from concept design to construction/installation to testing and commissioning;

* Inputs the activity information into a project scheduling software and use an iterative process of time analysis to obtain an optimum time schedule; *Calculates/Estimates the duration of each major construction activity and the resource requirements; *Determines the optimum sequence of the activities;

* Liaise with other staff & suppliers, visits the site to optimise the planning effort; *Manage design progress, reporting, authorities matrix and similar management tools;

* When on a project, reports to Project Manager.

* System skill required: P6, Project

* Language skills: Chinese and English (bilingual)

Job Requirements

* More than 10 years experience using P6

* Independent and service-oriented way of working as well as teamwork and communication skills.

* Language skills: both English and Chinese.

Contact: Patricia Hsiao (