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    Williams Review to lead to legislation as franchising ‘not the way forward’

    2020-01-22T12:07:00Z

    UK: Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris confirmed on January 21 that the forthcoming Williams Review into the future structure of the UK rail sector would lead to a white paper outlining reforms to the rail industry structure. Addressing a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons ...

  • Pesa Bydgoszcz has announced changes to the board.
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    New CEO aims to get Pesa back on track

    2020-01-22T12:00:00Z

    POLAND: Rolling stock manufacturer Pesa is to announce a new strategy in the first quarter of this year, following the supervisory board’s decision to appoint the management board’s Vice-President of Operations Krzysztof Zdziarski as Chief Executive on January 8. Robert Tafiłowski was appointed as Chief Financial Officer. ...

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    Matthä to head CER as Fritzson steps down

    2020-01-22T10:32:00Z

    EUROPE: Austrian Federal Railways’ CEO Andreas Matthä was elected as Acting Chair of the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies at its meeting on January 20.

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    Kattegat road-rail fixed link to be studied

    2020-01-22T06:00:00Z

    DENMARK: There are good prospects for a road and rail fixed link across the Kattegat between Sjælland and Jylland, the government has announced. Further studies are to be undertaken, building on preliminary studies initiated by the previous government. The proposed east–west link would shorten the travel ...

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    GWR launches mobile assistance service

    2020-01-22T06:00:00Z

    UK: GWR has launched a 10-member mobile Customer Assistance Team to help enable passengers with reduced mobility travel with confidence. Until recently people needing additional assistance were helped onto a train by one member of staff and met at their destination by another. This meant that ...

  • A ‘Rail Human Library’ will form part of the 10th Get Up to Speed With STEM event
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    Rail Human Library aims to inspire interest in railway careers

    2020-01-22T05:00:00Z

    UK: A ‘Rail Human Library’ will form part of the 10th Get Up to Speed With STEM event which is to be held in Rotherham on March 25 with the aim of encouraging young people to take an interest in the construction, technology and manufacturing sectors. ...

  • An electric multiple-unit is to be equipped with batteries for ’first of a kind’ testing which could lead to the end of diesel traction on the Ashford – Hastings and Oxted – Uckfield routes.
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    Electroflex battery EMU plan to end Southern diesel operation

    2020-01-21T15:17:00Z

    An electric multiple-unit is to be equipped with batteries for ’first of a kind’ testing which could lead to the end of diesel traction on the Ashford – Hastings and Oxted – Uckfield routes.

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    ‘Think about the total energy needed to move the trains’

    2020-01-21T15:03:00Z

    UK: ‘Think about the total energy needed to move the trains’, was the message Helen Simpson, Innovation Projects Director at leasing company Porterbook, presented to policymakers at a well-attended meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group on January 14. Simpson ...

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    Seoul Great Train Express engineering services contract awarded

    2020-01-21T13:57:00Z

    SOUTH KOREA: The SG Rail special purpose company formed to design, finance and build Line A of the Great Train Express network of commuter lines around Seoul has appointed Ricardo Rail to provide engineering and assessment services during the construction phase running to 2024. Three GTX ...

  • The Office for Statistics Regulation has published an assessment of the National Rail Passenger Survey statistics produced by Transport Focus.
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    Office for Statistics Regulation calls for National Rail Passenger Survey improvements

    2020-01-21T12:00:00Z

    UK: The Office for Statistics Regulation has published an assessment of the National Rail Passenger Survey statistics produced by Transport Focus. The statistics have been produced for the last 20 years and have been included as a performance measure in franchise agreements since 2008. OSR ...

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    Railway supply industry benchmarking tool launched

    2020-01-21T06:00:00Z

    UK: Rail industry buyers can now compare suppliers’ capabilities using a online benchmarking tool which has been made available through the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme. Almost 4 000 suppliers have had their credentials verified through the RISQS scheme, which is managed by the Rail Safety ...

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    TAZARA urged to seek freight traffic ‘aggressively’

    2020-01-21T06:00:00Z

    AFRICA: The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority board chaired by Tanzania and Zambia’s permanent secretaries responsible for transport has directed the railway’s management to ‘aggressively seek additional freight traffic in order to capture more business’. The railway should also take steps to improve safety, increase capacity accommodate more ...

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    Joint venture to provide maintenance services for 71 Chinese high speed trains

    2020-01-20T16:38:00Z

    CHINA: China State Railway Group has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 2·45bn yuan contract to provide maintenance services for 71 CRH1A-A, CRH1A, CRH1B, CRH1E and CRH380D high speed trainsets totalling 656 cars. The work will be completed by the end of 2020. ...

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    Work underway on Bow Street station

    2020-01-20T12:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for Wales has launched work on Bow Street station on the Cambrian line between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury. Opening is scheduled for later this year. The £8m project is being undertaken by TfW, Network Rail and Ceredigion County Council with funding from the Welsh Government ...

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    Lying not flying, as Nightjet sleeper train reaches Brussels

    2020-01-20T09:41:00Z

    EUROPE: Under the slogan ‘lying not flying’, Austrian Federal Railways launched its twice-weekly Wien – Brussels Nightjet overnight train on January 19. The ceremony at Wien Hbf was attended by Austria’s Minister of Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Innovation Technology Leonore Gewessler as well as members ...

  • Vectron locomotives for PKP Cargo
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    World rail freight news round-up

    2020-01-20T06:00:00Z

    PKP Cargo has taken delivery of the last two of a total of 20 Vectron MS locomotives ordered from Siemens Mobility in September 2015 and early 2019. They are approved for use in Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. ...

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    Afghans visit high speed rail training centre

    2020-01-19T06:00:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: Staff from the Ministry of Transport recently travelled to China to be trained in railway management, signalling and operations. This included a visit to a high speed rail training centre. The Afghanistan Railway Authority said the engineers had acquired a ...

  • ‘Your.Future’ is the slogan of the InnoTrans Campus in Hall 21e, where students and young professionals seeking careers in the transport sector will be able to meet potential employers ranging from start-ups to international companies.
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    Find Your Future at the InnoTrans 2020 Career Boost

    2020-01-18T06:00:00Z

    INNOTRANS: ‘Your.Future’ is the slogan of the InnoTrans Campus in Hall 21e, where students and young professionals seeking careers in the transport sector will be able to meet potential employers ranging from start-ups to international companies. A new feature at InnoTrans 2020 will be the Eurailpress ...

  • Metrolink Van Nuys station inauguration (Photo: David Lustig)
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    Metrolink marks $32m modernisation of Van Nuys station

    2020-01-17T16:47:00Z

    USA: California commuter operator Metrolink has held a ceremony to mark the $32m rebuilding of Van Nuys station in Los Angeles under a two-year project which is nearing completion. The station is on Metrolink’s Ventura Line, a Union Pacific route which is also served by Amtrak ...

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    London Overground Aventra maintenance contract to run to 2035

    2020-01-17T11:00:00Z

    UK: Bombardier Transportation is to continue to maintain the London Overground Class 710 Aventra electric multiple-unit fleet until July 2035, under an agreement with Transport for London which has moved the break point in the manufacturer’s servicing contract from July 2025 to July 2035. Bombardier said ...