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    Market Analysis: Driverless metro market set to surge


    A projected boom in fully automated metro projects over the next decade offers valuable business opportunities, believes management consultancy Roland Berger.

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    Concerns over PSO contracts directly awarded before tendering rule change


    EUROPE: Concerns have been raised over the signing of directly awarded train operating contracts in several countries, shortly before the expiry of a provision in the Fourth Railway Package regulation on competitive tendering.

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    China: High speed fleet production peaks


    In an analysis of the world market for high speed rail, SCI Verkehr finds that construction of high speed trains for China’s huge network has now peaked but after-sales activity is growing in importance as the fleet starts to age.

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    Passenger trains: OECD study highlights distortion in the world rolling stock market


    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development has found that governments across the globe intervene in the rolling stock market in numerous ways to support their own industries.

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    Comment: Greek train crash highlights a tragic system failure


    A horrific head-on collision at Evangelismos on the Athens – Thessaloniki main line raises many questions about investment in railway safety and the human factors implications facing front-line employees. 

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    Hungary: Fight of the giants


    Stadler and Transmashholding have been vying to take over Dunakeszi Járműjavító, to support local assembly deals. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

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    India: Time to let go


    Indian Railways’ in-house production units are at a crossroads, with the government floating plans to spin them off. Raghu Dayal explains.

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    Doll to leave DB as Arriva sale falters


    Photo: Deutsche Bahn AG/Pablo Castagnola GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has announced that Alexander Doll, Board Member for Finance, Freight Traffic & Logistics, will leave the business on December 31. Doll’s departure was agreed on November 18 at an extraordinary meeting of the Supervisory Board. A new chief financial ...

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    Travel industry confirms rail ‘renaissance’ in Europe


    INTERNATIONAL: Assertions that long-distance rail services in Europe are rapidly becoming more popular as passengers eschew flying for environmental reasons were amply confirmed at the Rail Innovation Forum organised by Amadeus at its head office near Nice on October 9-10. Speakers from across the travel industry highlighted ...

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    Comment: Jumping on the night train


    After years of decline, overnight trains in Europe could be on the cusp of a renaissance. Rail is increasingly being hailed as a sustainable alternative to short-haul flying, encouraged in part by the flygskam (flight shaming) movement that originated in Sweden, and bolstered by the success of ...

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    Legal row over track safety rule change


    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel said on July 30 that it had been forced to defend itself and changes in its maintenance policy in a case brought before the Brussels Francophone Business Court by freight operator Lineas. Services run by Lineas and other operators had been affected by ...

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    Robust cyber-security plans keep trains running on time


    SPONSORED CONTENT: As primary movers of people and goods, railways play a central role in the economic and social life of most countries, writes Karsten Oberle , Head of the Global Railway Practice at communications group Nokia. Railways have also become an attractive target for ...

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    Eyre grain lines are not closed, insists GWA


    AUSTRALIA: Unequal treatment of road and rail was a major factor behind the decision to suspend services on the 1 067 mm gauge network in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, according to operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia. The 700 km network was mothballed at the end of May after GWA’s only ...

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    São Paulo state seeks to relaunch passenger network


    BRAZIL: A state-wide X-shaped network of passenger services could be reintroduced to the main line network in São Paulo under plans being developed by Governor João Doria. The initial service would link São Paulo with Campinas, a distance of around 100 km. The proposals envisage adapting existing ...

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    Switzerland: Competitive stress


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways CEO Andreas Meyer believes that SBB could be forced into a position where it became a residual operator if the federal government were to pursue further its policy of on-rail competition. In an interview with Neue Zürcher Zeitung on May 29, Meyer reiterated ...

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    Opportunities amid uncertainty in the UK rail market


    UK: Railway Industry Association Chief Executive Darren Caplan sees good opportunities for UK firms in both the home and export markets, despite a period of uncertainty. Speaking to Railway Gazette at the Railtex exhibition in Birmingham on May 15, Caplan stressed that the record £48bn settlement for Network ...

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    Siemens focuses on traffic management and high speed at Railtex


    SIEMENS: Speaking to Railway Gazette at the Railtex show in Birmingham on May 15, Siemens Mobility’s Director of Control Systems Mike Lewis said that he expects the company to start commissioning its dynamic route setting system at its Derby site next month. This would be followed by ...

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    Stadler presses ahead with UK projects


    UK: Stadler is moving forward with its four UK projects, the company told Railway Gazette at Railtex. The company expects to complete deliveries of the Greater Anglia fleet by the end of the year, having recently delivered the first of 10 EMUs for use on Stansted ...

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    Secure Data Infrastructure for Critical Railway Operations


    SPONSORED CONTENT: THE NEED FOR MORE SECURITY With new digital technologies, modern railway companies can increase asset reliability and improve on-time performance. However, with more sensors on geographically dispersed equipment, rail infrastructures and signaling systems also become more exposed to cyber-attacks. This white paper shares cross-industry experience in creating a ...

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    Standard gauge plans on hold in Kenya


    KENYA: Little more than a year after the opening of the Chinese-built 1 435 mm gauge railway between Mombasa and Nairobi, there are signs that East Africa’s love affair with China’s Belt & Road Initiative may be waning. On May 8, Kenya’s Transport & Infrastructure Minister James Macharia and ...