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IÉ (on behalf of the CIÉ Group) has awarded a contract to  Viridian t/a Energia, Ashtown Gate, Dublin for for the supply of electricity to IÉ, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus.

IÉ has placed the following contracts with:

Voestalpine VAE UK Ltd of Harworth, South Yorkshire for the supply and delivery of expansion (adjustment/breather) switches.

LB Foster Rail Technologies (UK) Ltd of Sheffield for the supply and delivery of insulated dry block joint kits.

HJ Skelton & Co. Ltd, of Thatcham, Berkshire for the supply and delivery of fixed and friction type buffer stops.

Córas Iompair Éireann is seeking to generate revenue directly from the provision of on-board WiFi and is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified entities with a demonstrated track record in commercialising access to WiFi, including by way of advertising. CIÉ’s subsidiary companies (IÉ, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus) have invested significant capital in rolling out on-board WiFi to their respective customer base and currently provide access to free WiFi for passengers on the basis of “bring your own device”.

In March, IÉ sought expressions of interest from “Lead Integrators” for a turnkey project to re-power Class 201 Locomotives. The objective of the project is to deliver a significant reduction in fuel consumption, based on current passenger /and freight duty cycles and operational routes, and also deliver significantly higher reliability rates from those of the current locomotive arrangement.

The core requirement is for a design, build and systems integration service delivering a re-powered Class 201 locomotive that meets or exceeds current performance characteristics. Most or all of mechanical, electrical, cooling and control equipment above floor level will need to be replaced, requiring re-design and systems integration. Existing control equipment in the cabs and equipment below floor level will be retained, e.g. bogies and traction motors.

 The Lead Integrator will be responsible for delivering all aspects of the project, e.g. re-build, commissioning, testing, warranty support, and compliance with regulatory requirements.

Phase 1 is re-power of 22 locomotives.

The following options also applies:

Phase 2: Option for re-power of up to 14 additional locomotives.

In addition IÉ may exercise the following 5 options:

Option 1: Locomotive body corrosion repair;

Option 2: Repaint in IÉ specified livery;

Option 3: Installation of new Alstom-supplied train protection system (IÉ Hybrid System, IEHS);

Option 4: Cab HVAC (heating, ventilation and air cnditioning);

Option 5: Bogie overhaul to IÉ specification.

In April, IÉ advertised for the supply of W14 Track Fastening Systems component parts. [W14 is an ‘Elastic Rail Connection System’, in which spring arms of the W-shaped tension clamp permanently  clamp the rail to the sleeper by means of a dowel and a rail screw. Forces are transferred to the sleeper and the ground via angled guide plates.

2015 usage by IÉ was:

Tension clamps 200,000;

Sleeper screws 200,000;

Dowels 200,000;

Angle guide plates 200,000;



Translink have published notice as follows to initiate an early market engagement exercise, which does not, however, indicate the start of any formal procurement exercise.

“NI Railways currently operates 43 3-car Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs), each with a seating capacity of c. 200 passengers, providing local services in Northern Ireland on four main routes from Londonderry, Larne, Bangor and Newry, terminating in central Belfast. Total route mileage is approximately 210 miles. The fleet is made up of two vehicle types, 23 Class 3000 and 20 Class 4000, both manufactured and supplied by Construcciones y Auxiliar Ferrocarriles, Spain (CAF) and delivered in 2004/2005 and 2011/2012 respectively. The introduction of the CAF fleets was accompanied by upgrades to the infrastructure and platforms, along with the construction of two purpose built maintenance facilities in Belfast. Passenger numbers on NI Railways have more than doubled since 2004.

 There are long term vehicle maintenance, support and collaboration agreements in place between NI Railways and CAF for both vehicle types, Class 3000 initially until 2019 and Class 4000 until 2026. Both agreements have an option to extend for similar periods. These agreements cover the provision of materials, unscheduled repair, technical support and vehicle performance. NI Railways staff undertake the preventative maintenance of both fleets.

 NI Railways also operates a cross border service to Dublin in conjunction with IarnrOd Éireann using GM locomotives and De Dietrich coaches. There has recently been a mid-life refurbishment carried out on these vehicles, consequently they are not part of this Public Information Notice nor of any associated procurement.

 A network utilisation strategy has been developed to scope the potential fleet enhancement required to increase passenger capacity on the network. As a result of this strategic review, it is anticipated that a formal procurement exercise may start in 2016 - 2017 with service introduction from 2019 - 2020.

 NI Railways is considering options to enhance its DMU fleet by between 42 and 60 vehicles with an increased passenger carrying capacity c. 4000 seated customers and capable of operating at up to 100 mph (160 km/h). The final number and format of vehicles is to be determined.

 To assist in developing the network utilisation strategy, NI Railways will undertake an early market engagement exercise to identify supplier level of interest in the project, potential products, technologies, lead times, indicative budgets, supplier market positions along with maintenance and commercial options to achieve the approval of an Economic Appraisal to secure funding. Interested parties may also propose other relevant discussion topics”.




Change of name of the Railway Safety Commission to Commission for Railway Regulation.

“Kindly note that, for the purpose of Section 4(1) of the Public Transport Act 2016 (No.3 of 2016), the name of the Railway Safety Commission will be changed to Commission for Railway Regulation with effect from Monday 29th February 2016 (the day appointed by Ministerial Order under S.I. No.69 of 18th February 2016). The change in name reflects the wider regulatory responsibilities for the railway sector in Ireland that were assigned to the RSC under the European Union Regulation of Railways) Regulations, S.I. No.249 of 2015.

As and from Tuesday 1st March 2016 our e-mail address extensions will change from [name] to [name] The two addresses will operate in tandem for the next six (6) months. Similarly, our website address will change from to”

Notice from RSC February 2016

The remainder of this article appears in IRRS Journal number 190, published June 2016

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