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Keeping Europe’s longest railway tunnel safe

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has adopted a multi-faceted approach to achieve the highest possible level of safety in the new 57km Gotthard base tunnel

 

A strong focus on safety was evident right from the start of the huge project to build a new Gotthard ...

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Great Western Main Line modernisation to cost an extra £2.1bn, says NAO report

The cost of modernising the UK’s Great Western Main Line (GWML) is currently estimated to be £5.58bn, an increase of £2.1bn since 2013, in addition to delays in electrification of the route by at least 18-36 months, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

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Rock Rail gains £60m EIB funds for new trains

Rock Rail East Anglia has secured £60m from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance new trains that will improve passenger services in East Anglia on key routes to London, intercity, airports and locally. 

The 28-year EIB loan is guaranteed by the European Fund for Stra...

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Expolink consortium signs €2.6bn contract for Dubai's Red metro line

The Expolink consortium of Alstom, Acciona and Gulermak has signed a €2.6bn contract with Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) to design and build the extension of Red metro line and upgrade the existing route.

Known as Route 2020, the project will involve constructi...

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Train crash at Hoboken station in New Jersey kills one, injures 108

A commuter train has crashed into the reception area of Hoboken station in New Jersey, US, killing one person and injuring 108 others.

The train, which was travelling at a high speed with around 250 passengers, failed to halt on the track and reportedly crashed throu...

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New deal allows Arriva Cross Country to continue services until October 2019

The UK Government has signed an agreement under which the Arriva Cross Country (AXC) franchise will continue to run services until October 2019.

Under the latest deal, AXC will continue to operate services stretching from Aberdeen to Penzance, Bournemouth to Manchester, and fr...

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ADB to grant $1.5bn for Bangladesh's dual-gauge railway line

Bangladesh is to receive $1.5bn from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to build a dual-gauge railway line, which will improve access to Myanmar and beyond.

The new Trans-Asia Railway is part of an initiative led by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the ...

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Liberty Bridge closed indefinitely because of fire-damaged structural beam

By Andrew Goldstein / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Heat from a fire on the Liberty Bridge caused such significant damage that it could put the heavily traveled structure “at risk for catastrophic failure,” PennDOT officials said Friday.

As a...

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Work begins on Stockholm’s new bypass

First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com

 

Stockholm’s new bypass

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Detecting Toxic Gases with Open Path Systems

In February 2015, a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Speedway, Indianapolis saw emergency procedures being initiated after a strong ammonia smell was sensed by 25 workers. The plant was immediately evacuated and a significant emergency response was provided by local Fire Department and haz-mat teams.&...

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Large Ethanol Fires release more Radiation than Petrol

Fuels containing a high proportion of alcohol, such as E85, radiate less heat, and therefore have less thermal effect on their surroundings, compared to petroleum-based fires of fuels such as petrol. This is true in the case of smaller fires of just a few square metres of liquid fuel.Read More

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Crenshaw/LAX light rail tunnel boring machine is named ‘Harriet’

Name proposed by Inglewood’s City Honors High 11th grader gets majority of votes; commemorates Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad

LOS ANGELES (MNS) — And the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s tunnel boring machine’s name is… Harriet – as in Harriet Tubm...

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Fire protection for deep-freeze warehouse in Romania

The Romanian company Macromex is the country’s leading provider of frozen-food logistics and distribution, and delivers refrigerated goods to the whole of Europe. In order to meet growing demand, the company has built a 40-meter-high deep-freeze warehouse in Câmpia Turzii. The challen...

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The Cross Island Line (CRL) at Singapore

On 05.02.2016 the Land Transport Authority (LTA the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) (Phase 1) report for the stretch of the Cross Island Line (CRL) at Singapore around the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR) was published.

LTA proposed the Cross Island Line (CRL) to provide a ...

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SOLBERG Expands Product Certifications for Foam Concentrates

The Solberg Company, the world’s leading innovator of firefighting foam concentrates and systems hardware, declared today the company has achieved Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), and Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada (ULC) Listing Certification on the company’s ARCTIC&nb...

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Korean Car Manufacturer Employs Sharpeye

A Korean car manufacturer, based in Chihuahua, Mexico, has recently installed the latest Spectrex commercial IR3 20/20MPI Flame Detector. The manufacturer chose to install the commercial detectors during the construction process to provide superior flame detection.

Once the facility is ...

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New Abu Dhabi aviation fuel depot gets Advanced protection

A multi-million dollar extension to one of the most high-risk areas of Abu Dhabi International Airport is being protected by an industry-leading Axis AX fire system from Advanced.

Abu Dhabi International is one of the fastest growing airports in the world and Advanced’s Axis AX sy...

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Fire Door Hardware and Its Role in Fire SafetyApproved door closers should be CE marked and clearly

The importance of ensuring sufficient fire safety precautions are in place at a property, whether it be domestic or commercial, can’t be underestimated and whilst many people are aware of the likes of fire alarms, sprinkler systems and the like, knowledge into the different types of fire do...

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Relieving city centre congestion

The Melbourne Metro Rail project to build a new 9km suburban rail tunnel through the heart of the city is set to provide a huge boost to public transport capacity in the Victorian state capital, as Melbourne Metro Rail Authority CEO Evan Tattersall reveals in an interview with Kevin Smith.

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Doha Metro tunnelling reaches 77% completion

The tunnel boring machine beneath Doha, working on the Doha Metro, has come to the end of its 1.8km journey.

After an eight month journey, the tunnel boring machine (TBM) has reached the future site of the Doha Exhibition and Conference Center station, Doha News Read More

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Bypass tunnel for Delaware Aqueduct in New York City

Robbins will provide a 6.6 m diameter Single Shield TBM for the Rondout West Branch Bypass Tunnel. Cracking and leakage has been occurring in the Delaware Aqueduct, where it passes through limestone. The acqueduct supplies drinking water to New York City.

The Department of Environmental...

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Tunnelbuilder welcomes Strata Worldwide

Strata Worldwide was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Atlanta,Georgia, USA. Fully staffed operations are located in New South Wales,Australia; Pretoria, South Africa and Pennsylvania, USA. From these locations, the company is a leading global provider of products, services and technologies...

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Fuel storage safety in Norway

There have been several accidents related to fuel storage in Norway. Examples include fires caused by self-heating of waste or in biofuel silos, and ignition of oil storage tanks with subsequent explosions. For the time being, fires related to fuel storage in Norway have had little im...

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ICE Engineering Underground Space 2016 - Regeneration through Innovation

ICE's one day conference is on the 15 March 2016 in London. The conference will help engineers and planners make the most of the opportunities presented by going underground. Case studies will demonstrate ways to optimise connectivity and liveability, promote resilience and highlight the spec...

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Advanced Saves Arizona School £14,000 on Fire Systems Update

The high level of integrity and diagnostic tools on its systems have helped an Advanced systems integrator save a client school £14,000 on a retrofit installation.

Alarm Electronics & Communications was contracted by the Flagstaff Unified School District in Arizona to upd...

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FeuerTRUTZ 2016: fire protection gathering bigger than ever

As the sixth FeuerTRUTZ continues to break records, it underscores its position as the No. 1 industry gathering for fire safety professionals. On 17 and 18 February 2016, 245 exhibitors* (217 in 2015) from nine countries (8 in 2015) and well over 6,000 trade visitors* (5,224 in 2015) from 26 coun...

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Fire Suppression on combustion products in tunnel fires

Nowadays the use of water-based fire suppression systems in tunnels has attracted much attention and the regulations and standards are also changing with regard to its use. At present it is clear that by equipping a tunnel with a deluge water-based fire suppression system of enough capacity, e.g....

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BART To San Jose Project Goes Underground With $4.7B Tunnel

BART trains will be running all the way to San Jose by next year.

Transit officials are already planning for phase two of the project, tunneling under downtown San Jose.

The five miles of BART track from the new Berryessa Station to downtown San Jose will be und...

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