Siemens, Max Bögl Group and Keolis to build $368mn transit system at Frankfurt Airport
Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt airport, has awarded a contract to build a new passenger transport system to a consortium comprising Siemens, Max Bögl Group and Keolis.
With more than 60mn passengers a year, Frankfurt Airport is the busiest in Germany.
From 2023, a new people mover will link the future Terminal 3 with existing airport facilities. Covering a distance of 5.6km, the new system will allow passengers to shuttle to Terminal 3 in about eight minutes.
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The consortium will deliver and manage the systems for 10 years – this includes construction of the new track system and equipment.
Dr Stefan Schulte, Fraport AG’s Executive Board Chairman, said: “The contract is a key strategic milestone in efficiently linking our future Terminal 3 with the existing Terminals 1 and 2 and the airport’s public transportation network, including the long-distance and regional train stations.
“The new people-mover system will enhance the airport experience for our customers and thus strengthen Frankfurt Airport’s role as a transportation hub over the long run.”
The new system will initially consist of 12 self-driven electric trains, each with two coupled coaches. These will cover 200,000km a month and transport 4,000 passengers an hour in each direction.
Construction work on the new track between Terminals 1 and 2 is scheduled to start in mid-2018, while opening of the complete system, including the stations and a repair shop building, is slated for 2023.
217,000 extra workers needed to meet COVID-19 recovery
As the construction industry’s recovery progresses, the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecasts have led the organisation to believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022.
The CSN says there will be an increase in the number of construction workers in “most English regions” by 2025, with demands forecasted at a 1.7% rise for the East Midlands, and a 1.4% rise for the West Midlands.
Scotland and Wales are also predicted to see a surge in demand for construction workers with a total increase of 1.4% and 0.7% respectively. The North East is the only region to see a slight decline in workforce demand at -0.1%.
Wood and interior fit-out trades among the most desirable during COVID-19
According to CSN’s forecast, the trades that are the most wanted are those of wood and interior fit-outs, with both requiring around 5,500 workers per year. Other in-demand trades include technical staff and other construction professionals, requiring 5,150 workers each year, construction managers at 3,600, and the electrical installation trade, which requires 3,400 staff per year.
There is also expected to be demand for 7,850 non-construction, office-based professionals and technical and IT support staff each year. Steve Radley, Policy Director at CITB, said: “It’s great to see construction coming back so strongly and creating lots of job opportunities.
“We need to adopt new approaches to meet these growing skills needs and deliver these quickly. We are working closely with the government and FE to build better bridges between FE and work and make apprenticeships more flexible. We are also making significant investments in supporting work experience that make it easier for employers to bring in new blood.
“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills, and skills related to energy efficiency”, he said.