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    Bombardier Transportation opens Sofia office to support Bulgarian projects

    2020-09-25T10:47:00Z

    BULGARIA: Bombardier Transportation has established a subsidiary in Bulgaria and opened a project management office in Sofia. ‘With substantial rail modernisation underway in Bulgaria, this new office marks a significant milestone in Bombardier’s commitment to this growing market’, said Richard Hunter, President, Rail Control Solutions at ...

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    SNCF sets green targets to cut TER emissions

    2020-09-24T13:39:00Z

    FRANCE: National operator SNCF has launched an ambitious programme designed to reduce the environmental impact of its TER regional services as a contribution towards combatting climate change. The PlaneTER programme is also intended to help win passengers back to rail and attract customers from new markets after ...

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    Göteborg’s first M33 tram handed over

    2020-09-24T10:24:00Z

    SWEDEN: The first of 40 Flexity trams ordered by Göteborg transport operator Göteborgs Spårvägar has been formally handed over by manufacturer Bombardier Transportation, following the completion of 8 000 km of test running. Designed Type M33, the 30 unidirectional and 10 bidirectional trams were ordered ...

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    Vectron locomotives approved for operation in Denmark

    2020-09-24T05:10:00Z

    DENMARK: The first three of 42 Siemens Mobility Vectron AC electric locomotives ordered by national passenger operator DSB are expected to be delivered this month, after the Transport, Construction Housing Authority granted approval for operation in Denmark on September 15. ...

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    Contactless payment introduced on Málaga suburban network

    2020-09-24T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Indra has deployed contactless EMV bank card payment on RENFE’s Málaga suburban services. Passengers pass through the entry and exit gates by holding their bank card or suitable mobile device over the sensor. Indra’s Mova Collect fare collection system then charges the appropriate single fare ...

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    Ouigo España sets date to launch Falbalá

    2020-09-23T13:38:00Z

    SPAIN: High speed open access services between Madrid and Barcelona under the Falbalá brand are now expected to be launched on March 15 2021. The launch had originally been planned for December this year, but was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Announcing the new date ...

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    Sighișoara – Brașov route modernisation contract awarded

    2020-09-23T10:36:00Z

    ROMANIA: National railway CFR SA has awarded the Asocierea RailWorks consortium of Alstom and civil and railway works partners Aktor, Arcada and Euroconstruct the Lot 2 Caţa – Apaţa contract to modernise a 28 km section of the 128 km Sighișoara – Brașov route. Consortium leader ...

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    EU ministers commit to foster freight corridors

    2020-09-23T08:14:00Z

    EUROPE: EU transport ministers endorsed a formal declaration in Berlin on September 21 committing them to ‘support international rail freight and further strengthen the Rail Freight Corridors’. Acknowledging that the Rail Freight Corridors had ‘proven to be very effective in developing common measures facilitating the enhancement ...

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    EffiShunter 1600 broad gauge fleet expands

    2020-09-23T05:00:00Z

    UKRAINE: Czech manufacturer CZ Loko has unveiled the first of four 1 520 mm gauge EffiShunter 1600 Co-Co diesel-electric locomotives which were ordered by steelmaker ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih in July 2019. The 123-tonne centre-cab locomotives are heavily rebuilt from ČKD-built CME3 locos, have 1 000 kW ...

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    Trans-Europ-Express renaissance proposed

    2020-09-22T13:24:00Z

    EUROPE: A network of international long-distance high speed passenger services spanning much of western Europe could be launched by 2025 if proposals announced by Germany’s Federal Minister for Transport Andreas Scheuer at a virtual conference of Europe’s transport ministers on September 21 are taken forward. The ...

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    LNVG orders more double-deck coaches

    2020-09-22T12:55:00Z

    GERMANY: Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has awarded Bombardier Transportation an contract to supply a further 12 Twindexx Vario double-deck intermediate coaches and two driving cars. Scheduled to enter service on routes to Hamburg from autumn 2022, the coaches will be equipped with ...

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    Serbia – Montenegro line upgrade planning agreement

    2020-09-22T12:16:00Z

    SERBIA: A €21m agreement to develop conceptual designs and prepare documentation for the planned modernisation of the 210 km line from Valjevo to Vrbnica and the border with Montenegro was signed by infrastructure manager Infra ZS and Russian Railways subsidiary RZD International on September 21. Trains ...

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    European digital automatic coupler deployment planned by 2030

    2020-09-22T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: A memorandum of understanding committing to the EU-wide deployment of a digital automatic coupler by 2030 was signed by representatives of the European rail freight sector on September 18. The signatories said Europe was ‘trailing the world’ as ‘the last continent to use standard manual ...

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    Tunnelling complete on Milano Line 4

    2020-09-22T04:00:00Z

    ITALY: Tunnelling on Milano metro Line 4 was completed on September 9, when the project’s two remaining tunnel boring machines reached Parco Solari station, having undertaken a drive from Tricolore station which began in March 2019. The breakthrough concludes excavation of a 15 km tunnel ...

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    Mazzola to succeed Lochman at CER

    2020-09-21T16:16:00Z

    EUROPE: Alberto Mazzola was elected as the next Executive Director of the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies at the CER General Assembly on September 21.

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    Staff invited to design TGV M livery

    2020-09-21T10:45:00Z

    FRANCE: With the first SNCF’s next-generation TGV M power cars and trailers taking shape at Alstom’s factories in Belfort and La Rochelle respectively, the operator and its supplier have invited their staff to come up with a design for the livery of the two test trains.

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    Wagons to reduce grain delivery costs

    2020-09-19T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: This month Eskom-Agro will take delivery of a batch of United Wagon Co Type 19-9549 hopper wagons which are being financed by RSHB Leasing. Designed to transport a wide range of grain and grain mill products, the wagons have 25 tonne axleload bogies and a ...

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    Warszawa – Vilnius passenger service to launch next year

    2020-09-18T11:04:00Z

    EUROPE: A letter of intent for the launch of a Warszawa – Vilnius passenger service was signed by the Lithuanian national railway’s passenger business LTG Link and its Polish counterpart PKP Intercity on September 17. The service is expected to start in late 2021, offering a ...

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    NGOs propose five policies for climate-friendly European rail renaissance

    2020-09-18T08:54:00Z

    A group of European climate NGOs has proposed five policies to encourage modal shift to rail in support of EU greenhouse gas reduction targets. Lena Donat, Policy Advisor Low-Carbon Mobility at development and environment organisation Germanwatch, explains what is needed

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    Zentralbahn to take over Meiringen-Innertkirchen-Bahn

    2020-09-18T07:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Metre-gauge operator Zentralbahn is to purchase the 5 km Meiringen-Innertkirchen-Bahn from hydroelectric power company Kraftwerke Oberhasli, which has decided to pull out of rail operations because of growing regulatory requirements for what is not part of its core energy business. The MIB connects with the ...