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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 ...

  • 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 ...

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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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    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 ...

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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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    Farandou reshapes SNCF leadership team

    2020-01-17T10:55:00Z

    FRANCE: A new management structure for the ‘unified’ SNCF group was unveiled by President & CEO Jean-Pierre Farandou on January 16, following the first board meeting of the national railway group since the 2018 reforms came into effect on January 1.

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2020-01-17T07:00:00Z

    RJ Corman Railroad Group has announced the closure of its RJ Corman Railpower Locomotives business in Erie, Pennsylvania, with effect from February 29. RJ Corman had acquired the assets of the Railpower genset locomotive business in 2009, but on January 8 this year it ...

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    Malmö – Köln suggested as first route for a network of night trains

    2020-01-16T17:16:00Z

    EUROPE: Swedish transport agency Trafikverket has suggested that Malmö – Köln could be the first route to be launched as part of a proposed network of overnight trains connecting Sweden with other European countries, and that a start data as early as 2022-23 could be possible. ...

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    Greater Anglia’s first Class 720 commuter EMU delivered for testing

    2020-01-16T13:50:00Z

    UK: The first of the Class 720 Aventra electric multiple-units which Bombardier Transportation’s Derby factory is supplying for Greater Anglia’s London commuter services has been delivered to Ilford depot ahead of testing. Entry into passenger service is planned for spring this year, with the entire fleet ...

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    Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway Co IPO raises 30·7bn yuan

    2020-01-16T12:46:00Z

    CHINA: Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway Co Ltd made its debut on the Shanghai Stock Exchange on January 16, following one of the biggest mainland Chinese IPOs of the past decade. The sale of 6·29 billion shares, about 12·8% of the total, at 4·88 yuan per share, raised ...