Sydney light rail ready to start

first_imgTHIS MONTH is due to see the start of services on Sydney’s A$65m Ultimo – Pyrmont light rail line. The first Adtranz-built Variotram to reach the city arrived on May 31 and the second on June 5, enabling test running to start on the reserved alignment behind the Darling Harbour exhibition centre (right). Services will run every 15 min on the 3·5 km horseshoe route from Central station to Wentworth Park.Proposals lodged by private-sector concessionaire Sydney Light Rail Co for two extensions have moved forward, with the New South Wales government authorising an environmental impact study into both routes. One would form a loop through the city centre from Central station to Circular Quay, and the other would continue from Pyrmont to Lilyfield.State Rail Authority of NSW has started prequalification, and plans to call tenders this month, for supply of double-deck EMUs to boost its City Rail fleet. The initial order will be for 80 cars, followed by two options for a further 60 vehicles each. The first four-car set is required in service by November 1999, just 96 weeks after the contract award in December 1997. Around 40 cars must be ready for the Olympic Games in September 2000, and the rest by June 2001. olast_img read more

ITF announces plans to resume play on four tours

first_imgLONDON: The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced initial plans to resume play on four of its tours — ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the ITF Seniors Tour, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the ITF Beach Tennis World Tour. No provisional dates have been announced for the Seniors Tour or the Wheelchair Tennis Tour but the committees for each has decided there will be no resumption of play until at least August 31 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Tennis Tour Juniors and the Beach Tennis World Tour are expected to start in the week commencing August 31. Men’s and women’s events on the ITF World Tennis Tour are scheduled to resume in the week commencing August 17. “This year has been a challenging one for all of us in the tennis world, and while we are all eager to resume the tours as soon as possible in order to restore playing and earning opportunities for players across the world, we must ensure that we take the appropriate steps to make events as safe as possible when they restart,” said ITF President David Haggerty. “We remain in constant communication with our member national associations and will continue to support event hosts as the tour resumption dates draw nearer,” he added. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Exclusive chat with Kenny Basumatary, Actor & Director with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more