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This Month in Rail Construction News 2.7

Welcome to the latest edition of Rail Construction News – the premier construction tool for the rail industry.

In this month’s edition of Rail Construction News, we take a look at the Cityringen project; we cast our eye over the Irlam to Timperley scheme; and we check in with Brenner Base Tunnel.

Cityringen is a completely new metro line in Copenhagen constructed on the same principles as the existing Copenhagen Metro network. The Cityringen circle line will be a 15.5km underground railway under downtown Copenhagen, the “bridge quarters” and Frederiksberg. Opening in July 2019, Cityringen will have 17 underground stations.

Meanwhile, a bold proposal has been announced to revive 9.5km (6 miles) of disused railway track for both an extension to the national cycleway and a heritage railway carrying steam and diesel trains between Irlam in Salford and Timperley in Trafford. The project would add 14km (8.5m) to the National Cycle Network (NCN). The proposal was launched by businessman and philanthropist Neil McArthur, in the presence of rail enthusiast and former government minister Michael Portillo, the presenter of BBC TV’s Great Railways Journeys series.

And finally, cutting through the heart of the Alps, the Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT) is a development for the future. The BBT is the main element of the new Brenner railway running from Munich to Verona. At 64 km, it is the longest underground railway connection in the world, a pioneering work of engineering which will markedly improve passenger travel and freight transport through the heart of Europe. Work is currently taking place on four construction sites, two in Austria and two in Italy and includes: Tulfes-Pfons; Wolf; Mules; and the Isarco river underpass. The Tulfes-Pfons construction site, worth €380 million, was awarded to the Strabag/Salini-Impregilo bidding consortium in summer of 2014. Excavation works began on the project in September 2014, with a completion date currently set for spring 2019.

With all this and much more inside, please join us as we explore the projects which continue to shape our nation’s railways.

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