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    NS CEO calls for comprehensive high speed network

    2019-12-06T11:53:00Z

    EUROPE: ‘Something is really wrong’ when airlines can offer flights ‘at ridiculous prices’ in Europe, said Roger Van Boxtel, CEO of Dutch national passenger operator NS in the keynote opening session at the World Rail Festival in Amsterdam on December 4. Referring to the UN Climate ...

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    Leo Express to operate trains to Wrocław

    2019-12-06T11:17:00Z

    EUROPE: Czech open access operator Leo Express signed an agreement with Polish regional operator Koleje Dolnośląskie on December 5 to run services between Praha and Wrocław, starting on December 20. Leo Express plans to run three trains a week from Praha and two a week in ...

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    Hitachi to supply inter-city trains for Avanti West Coast services

    2019-12-06T10:28:00Z

    UK: First Trenitalia has awarded Hitachi Rail a contract to supply and maintain 23 inter-city trainsets for use on Avanti West Coast services. The contract announced on December 6 is worth £350m. Due to enter service from 2022, the 200 km/h trains to be assembled at ...

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    Components turn to foam to provide fire protection

    2019-12-06T08:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Hübner Group has developed HFP 34, a semi-rigid polyurethane-based material which can be used to make weather-resistant moulded parts for rolling stock which will turn to foam in the event of a fire, protecting passengers from smoke and flames until they can be evacuated. ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2019-12-06T08:00:00Z

    To make itself ‘structurally fit for future challenges’, infrastructure construction company Swietelsky Baugesellschaft mbH has been restructured as Swietelsky AG. Supervisory Board Chairman Günther Grassner explained that no stock exchange listing was envisaged, as the change in legal structure would have no impact on the ownership. ...

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    Leo Express goes multimodal

    2019-12-05T16:24:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Leo Express has launched a pilot first and last mile service by partnering with peer-to-peer car sharing company HoppyGo. The open access operator has become a minority shareholder in HoppyGo and expects to expand the service to destinations in Poland next year.

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    Wien agrees €2bn S-Bahn expansion package

    2019-12-05T12:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Proposals for a €2bn package of infrastructure enhancements to expand the capital’s S-Bahn network were unveiled by the Mayor of Wien Michael Ludwig and ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä on December 3.

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    ‘Romance’ of rail can mitigate skills crisis

    2019-12-05T09:34:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The rail sector needs to embrace rapid changes in workplace expectations in order to overcome a looming demographic crisis, delegates at the AusRail conference in Sydney heard on December 4.

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    Moment launches on-train entertainment platform

    2019-12-05T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Air and cruise infotainment technology supplier Moment is now offering its multimedia platform for train operators. The platform allows passengers to access a range of services from their electronic devices using wi-fi, without needing connectivity from the train. Operators can provide a custom range ...

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    DB plans Arriva flotation in May

    2019-12-04T16:24:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn is looking to float its international public transport operating subsidiary Arriva on the stock market next year, CEO Richard Lutz told local media on December 4.

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    CP signs public service contract

    2019-12-04T15:42:00Z

    PORTUGAL: State-owned train operator Comboios de Portugal has finally signed its first contract to run passenger services on the national rail network.

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    Luton Airport peoplemover bridge installed

    2019-12-04T14:49:00Z

    UK: A bridge that will carry the future Luton DART peoplemover over the A1081 road has been slid into place by contractor VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier. The 80 m long, 1 000 tonne structure had been assembled off-site over eight months, and was then moved around 900 m to ...

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    Hyundai Rotem ships its first inter-city trains to New South Wales

    2019-12-04T13:29:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Hyundai Rotem has shipped the first 20 of 554 double-deck electric multiple-unit cars that it is supplying to New South Wales for use on NSW TrainLink inter-city services. Rotem is supplying the 160 km/h rolling stock from its Changwon plant in South Korea as part ...

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    Tavan Tolgoi coal line accord signed

    2019-12-04T10:49:00Z

    MONGOLIA: Russian Railways subsidiary RZD International is to provide technical assistance for the development of a 414 km rail link into the Tavan Tolgoi coalfield, following the signing of a co-operation agreement in Ulaanbaatar on December 3.

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    Work begins on Szczecin suburban upgrade

    2019-12-04T09:00:00Z

    POLAND: Work has started on the Szczecińska Kolej Metropolitalna suburban upgrading project, beginning at Gryfino station, infrastructure manager PKP PLK announced on December 2. To be completed in 2022, the project to increase local services around Szczecin includes infrastructure renewal and the construction of 10 new ...

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    Platskartny coach mock-up on show

    2019-12-04T06:00:00Z

    Coach mock up RUSSIA: RZD’s Federal Passenger Co and Transmashholding have unveiled a mock-up of the design concept for the next generation of platskartny dormitory-style third class coaches for long-distance services. This is not the final design, and feedback on the ...

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    Airport rail link ready to roll

    2019-12-03T14:30:00Z

    GERMANY: Rail services to the new Berlin-Brandenburg International airport will begin when the airport finally opens on October 31 2020, DB’s representative for Berlin Alexander Kaczmarek, confirmed on December 2.

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    RhB double-tracking caps successful year

    2019-12-03T14:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Two sections of double track on Rhätische Bahn’s Albula main line are ready to open, RhB Director Renato Fasciati announced on November 29, presenting the highlights of what Chairman Stefan Engler said had been ‘a very successful and at the same time challenging year’.

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    Évora – Elvas cut-off contract awarded

    2019-12-03T10:56:00Z

    PORTUGAL: Road and rail infrastructure manager Infraestruturas de Portugal has awarded a contract for construction of a further section of the 80 km Évora – Elvas cut off, which is intended to form the centrepiece of the so-called International South Corridor linking Lisboa to the Spanish border near Badajoz.

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    ‘Golden age’ in New South Wales, Collins tells AusRail

    2019-12-03T09:04:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: New South Wales is experiencing ‘a golden age’ of rail investment, Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins told delegates at the AusRail 2019 conference in Sydney on December 3.