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18th April 2024. Volume 4, Issue 3

about 1 month ago by Rail Personnel

​Dear Readers

Our client is bidding for consulting services on the Patna Metro Project in India, and they are looking for the following Experts to include as part of their bid:

- Chief Track Engineer

- Chief Social Safeguard Expert

- Chief Rolling Stock Design & Specification Engineer

- Chief Tunnel Construction Engineer

See below for more details and to apply for these jobs and don't forget to visit our website www.railpersonnel.com to view all of our job opportunities!

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Rail News

17 April 2024. Australia. $400M stage 3 Shepparton rail line upgrades

Track improvements in Nagambie and Wahring in Victoria have been delivered as part of the $400 million Stage 3 Shepparton Line Upgrade project, jointly funded by the Federal and Victorian Governments. The Federal Government has committed $320 million to the Stage 3 works. Crews have replaced more than 13km of ageing wooden track with 15,000 new concrete sleepers, while adding more than 35,000t of new ballast along the line.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

17 April 2024. United States. California High-Speed Rail Releases RFP for Electric Train Contract

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has approved the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to procure its electrified high-speed trains. These units will be the first trains in the US to operate at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour. The Authority will now request proposals from Alstom and Siemens Mobility, who were selected as the two prequalified shortlisters following a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in 2023.

Source: Railway-News

17 April 2024. Germany. Germany’s first Siemens battery trains in use

Regional transport in the Ortenau region of Germany is has taken the next step to becoming even more environmentally friendly, thanks to the introduction of Siemens Mobility’s Mireo Plus B battery hybrid trains. Initially running on routes from Offenburg to Bad Griesbach, the new trains are coming in to replace the diesel-powered Regio Shuttle RS1, before being gradually extended further across the network.

Source: Rail Technology Magazine

16 April 2024. United States. Chicago Metra Launches $332 Million Construction Plan for 2024

Chicago’s commuter rail system, Metra, has announced a comprehensive list of construction projects planned for 2024. This programme includes major projects such as the replacement of ageing bridges on the UP North Line, as well as track, electrical and signal upgrades on the Metra Electric line. Meanwhile, the plan also includes numerous smaller infrastructure improvements across all of Metra’s 11 lines.

Source: Railway-News

16 April 2024. Philippines. More Metro Manila Subway loans agreed

Finance Secretary Ralph Recto and Japan International Cooperation Agency Chief Representative Takema Sakamoto signed a ¥150bn loan agreement on March 26 for the third tranche of financing for Phase 1 of the Metro Manila Subway Project. MMSP Phase 1 is being supported by two previous loan agreements with JICA: the first worth ¥104·5bn was signed in March 2018, and the second for ¥253·3m was finalised in February 2022. The total cost of the first phase of MMSP is 488·5bn pesos.

Source: Metro Report International

16 April 2024. Canada. SkyTrain station contractors selected

The Province of British Columbia has selected the South Fraser Station Partners consortium of Acciona, Aecon and Pomerleau as ‘preferred proponent’ to design and build the stations for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project to extend Vancouver’s automated light metro network. The Expo Line is to be extended southeast by 16 km along the Fraser Highway from King George station in Surrey to 203 Street in Langley city centre. Projections envisage that the population of Surrey and Langley will increase by 420 000 between now and 2050, and a further 147 000 jobs will be created, increasing the demand for mass transport. Financial close for the project is expected in the second quarter of 2024.

Source: Metro Report International

16 April 2024. Serbia. Belgrade renews contract with RATP Dev for metro

The city of Belgrade, in Serbia, has extended its contract with RATP Dev for “Early Operator Assistance” for the upcoming three lines of the city’s metro system. The renewal follows a “Memorandum of Understanding” signed in September 2023 between the Serbian capital and RATP Dev, aiming to strengthen their collaboration and ensure the metro system meets international standards.

Source: RailTech.com

16 April 2024. Tanzania. Tanzania rail project gets $200m from World Bank

The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) has approved $200m in funding for a project to improve the safety, resilience and efficiency of a railway line in Tanzania between Dar es Salaam and Isaka. The project, which is the second phase of the Tanzania Intermodal Rail and Development Plan (TIRP), will include the refurbishment or rehabilitation of around 470km of railway track on the line and the installation of climate defences such as flood control systems.

Source: Railway Technology

16 April 2024. Spain. Talgo’s new “very high speed” trains delivered

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo has delivered the first of its new Avril “very high speed” trains to Spain’s national rail provider Renfe. Talgo said the new trains have increased capacity with reduced weight, meaning it can reduce power used and improve efficiency, according to the manufacturer. “Avril is Talgo’s most advanced train and will become a quality benchmark of the very high-speed rail segment,” the company said.

Source: Railway Technology

15 April 2024. Australia. Next stage of Inland Rail works to begin in VIC

Early works are set to begin on the Beveridge to Albury – Tranche 2 section, which involves work on a number of sites on the existing North East rail line to allow for the safe passage of double-stacked freight trains. Works will take place at Benalla, Euroa, Wandong, Hume Freeway, Tallarook, Hume Freeway, Seymour, and three sites in Broadford, and will include geotechnical investigations, ground water monitoring and additional surveys, as well as development of key management plans.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

15 April 2024. United Kingdom. New trains enter service on Birmingham’s Cross City Line

Passengers on Birmingham’s iconic Cross City Line have been travelling on a brand new train fleet for the first time today (Monday 15 April). Train operator West Midlands Railway (WMR) said the introduction of the Class 730 fleet represents the start of a new era for rail travel on the line, which is used by millions of passengers every year and connects Birmingham with destinations including Lichfield, Redditch, and Bromsgrove.

Source: Rail UK

Jobs of the Week

Chief Track Engineer, Patna, India

Job ID#: 14881

Discipline: Permanent Way

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is bidding for the consulting services under Japanese ODA Loans for Patna Metro in India to:

- Review Bidding Documents

- Construction supervision (including Quality investigation, Safety Management, assistance for Commissioning and DLP)

- O&M Support (including technology transfer & capacity development and & institutional arrangement)

Patna, the capital of Bihar, is one of the oldest cities in the world and is the center of social, cultural, economic and political life of the State. It is an important business center of Eastern India and also a gateway to the Buddhist and Jain pilgrimage centers of Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodhgaya and Pawapuri..

The consultancy is to start in 2024 and go to 2029.

Our client is looking for a number of key people including the Chief Track Engineer who will be responsible to

- Review existing Track specification and update Employer"s Requirements.

- Prepare list and specification for Equipment for Track Work with other experts concerned with Track.

- Prepare electrical and mechanical basic design of Track.

- Prepare tender documents for a contract for Track procurement.

- Attend the pre-bid conference and prepare answers to the questions raised by bidders related to Track.

- Technically evaluate documents submitted by bidders.

- Verify completed work and prepare request for payment to contractors

- Certify progress claim from Contractor.

Job Requirements

- Graduate in in any branch of Engineering.

- Experience in infrastructure Projects: 20 years or more.

- Experience in Metro/Rail Projects: 10 years or more.

- At least one metro project experience of Chief Track Engineer.

Contact: Rajni Tewani (rajni@railpersonnel.com)

Chief Social Safeguard Expert, Patna, India

Job ID#: 14875

Discipline: Environmental

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is bidding for consulting services for the Patna Metro in India and they are looking for a suitably experienced and qualified Chief Social Safeguard Expert to include as part of their bid.

Candidates should have 10+ years of experience in Metro/Rail Projects.

Major Tasks & Duties:

1) To review environment and social aspects for bidding documents.

2) To monitor implementation of Environmental Management Plan (EMP), Environmental Monitoring Plan (EMoP) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP)

The consultancy will start in 2024 and go to 2029. Looking at 30 Man-Months for this role.

Job Requirements:

Education

- Graduate in Social Science or equivalent Engineering.

Experience

- Experience in infrastructure Projects: 20 years or more.

- Experience in Metro/Rail Projects: 10 years or more.

Contact: Rajni Tewani (rajni@railpersonnel.com)

Chief Rolling Stock Design & Specification Engineer/Project Manager, Patna, India

Job ID#: 14874

Discipline: Rolling Stock

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is bidding for the consulting services under Japanese ODA Loans for Patna Metro in India to:

- Review Bidding Documents

- Construction supervision (including Quality investigation, Safety Management, assistance for Commissioning and DLP)

- O&M Support (including technology transfer & capacity development and & institutional arrangement)

Patna, the capital of Bihar, is one of the oldest cities in the world and is the center of social, cultural, economic and political life of the State. It is an important business center of Eastern India and also a gateway to the Buddhist and Jain pilgrimage centers of Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodhgaya and Pawapuri..

The consultancy is to start in 2024 and go to 2029.

Our client is looking for a number of key people including the Chief Rolling Stock Design & Specification Engineer/Project Manager who will be responsible to

- Review existing Rolling Stock specification and update Employer"s Requirements.

- Prepare list and specification for Equipment for rolling stock, vehicles.

- Work with other experts concerned with rolling stocks.

- Prepare electrical and mechanical basic design of rolling stock.

- Prepare tender documents for a contract for rolling stock procurement.

- Attend the pre-bid conference and prepare answers to the questions raised by bidders related to rolling

stock.

- Technically evaluate documents submitted by bidders.

- Verify completed work and prepare request for payment to contractors

- Certify progress claim from Contractor.

Job Requirements

- Graduate in Electronics /Electrical /Mechanical or equivalent Engineering.

- Experience in infrastructure Projects: 20 years or more.

- Experience in Metro/Rail Projects: 10 years or more.

- At least one metro project experience as Chief Rolling Stock Design & Specification Engineer / Project Manager (Rolling

Stock).

Contact: Rajni Tewani (rajni@railpersonnel.com)

Project Manager/Chief Tunnel Construction Engineer (Underground), Patna, India

Job ID#: 14870

Discipline: Project Management

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is bidding for the consulting services under Japanese ODA Loans for Patna Metro in India to:

- Review Bidding Documents

- Construction supervision (including Quality investigation, Safety Management, assistance for Commissioning and DLP)

- O&M Support (including technology transfer & capacity development and & institutional arrangement)

Patna, the capital of Bihar, is one of the oldest cities in the world and is the center of social, cultural, economic and political life of the State. It is an important business center of Eastern India and also a gateway to the Buddhist and Jain pilgrimage centers of Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodhgaya and Pawapuri..

The consultancy is to start in 2024 and go to 2029.

Our client is looking for a number of key people including the Project Manager/Chief Tunnel Construction Engineer (Underground) who will be responsible for

- Managing staff related to Underground works.

- Assistance in tender management

- Review of the Construction methodology of tunnel construction

- Progress management of the Tunnel Construction, Station and other UG works.

- Overall Risk Management in the UG construction works in consultation with Contractors and other stakeholders.

- Make suitable arrangements for monitoring the performance of the Contractors and their subcontractors

- Assistance in contract management related to variation, claims and issues related to UG works.

- Reviewing the Contractor's method statements, design drawings and anyother contractor"s submissions.

Job Requirements

- Graduate in any branch of Engineering.

- Experience in infrastructure Projects: 20 years or more.

- Experience in Metro/Rail Projects: 10 years or more.

- At least one metro project experience of Chief Tunnel Expert/Tunnel Construction Expert.

Contact: Rajni Tewani (rajni@railpersonnel.com)