All Railway Gazette International articles in April 2021 – Page 2

All articles published this month.

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    In depth

    France: Regions take on revival of rural routes


    Following recent changes in legislation, France’s regional governments have the option of taking control of rural railways within their jurisdiction. Will this reverse the long decline of minor routes and branch lines? Christian Scasso investigates.

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    Spain to evaluate national gauge conversion programme


    SPAIN: The government has reopened the long-running debate over which gauge should be adopted for the principal sections of the main line rail network, with the Ministry of Development and infrastructure manager ADIF establishing a panel of multi-disciplinary specialists to assess the strategy for the core ...

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    RFI lets €1bn contract to realign Sicilian coastal railway


    ITALY: RFI has signed contracts covering the planning, design and construction of a new alignment between Taormina and Giampilieri in Sicily, which is the first stage of a project to eliminate the last remaining single track bottleneck on the Messina – Catania main line.

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    Metro Report International

    Sofia inaugurates Line 3 extension


    BULGARIA: A 3·8 km western extension of Sofia metro Line 3 from Krasno Selo and Gorna Banya opened on April 24.

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    Metro Report International

    Atlanta metro car braking systems ordered


    USA: Knorr-Bremse’s local subsidiary has been awarded a contract ‘in the lower double-digit million euro range’ to supply braking systems for the metro cars which Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has ordered from Stadler. The $600m rolling stock contract awarded to Stadler in early 2019 ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Options to address Manchester rail congestion are ‘undeliverable’, says Burnham


    UK: The process to create an interim timetable to improve the performance of train services through Manchester from May 2022 has run into difficulties, the Transport for the North board heard at its latest meeting. In January the Department for Transport and the rail industry ...

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    Access charge reductions fairer than direct support, says ERFA


    Duisburg (Photo: DB). EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association has reiterated its belief that reducing track access charges would be the best way of supporting the rail freight sector through the pandemic in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner, rather than providing direct support for individual ...

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    Rail Business UK

    NAO publishes guide to England’s railway finances


    UK: The National Audit Office has published a financial overview of the railway system in England, setting out how much it costs and how it is paid for. NAO said its aim was to ‘enhance clarity’ at a moment of ‘significant industry change’; the report ...

  • MTA Long Island Rail Road and Alstom are to test the use of battery power with a view to enabling enable trains to run though from New York to the network’s diesel-worked branches.

    Long Island Rail Road to test battery train


    USA: MTA Long Island Rail Road and Alstom are to test the use of battery power with a view to enabling enable trains to run though from New York to the network’s diesel-worked branches. ‘People have been talking about extending electrification to various segments of ...

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    Keikyu banks on rotating seats


    JAPAN: Yokohama-based Keihin Express Electric Railway Co has unveiled the two additional Series 1000 EMUs that are expected to enter service from May 6.

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    Rail Business UK

    Direct Rail Services becomes part of Nuclear Transport Solutions


    UK: The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has brought together its transport subsidiaries including Direct Rail Services into a single Nuclear Transport Solutions division. NDA said NTS would be a centre of excellence for nuclear logistics, supporting its work to clean up UK civil nuclear sites and ...

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    KCS agrees to evaluate CN’s unsolicited offer


    NORTH AMERICA: Kansas City Southern has agreed to hold discussions with Canadian National over its unsolicited acquisition proposal, the railway announced on April 24.

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    Metro Report International

    Twist trams delivered to Tramwaje Śląskie


    POLAND: PESA Bydgoszcz has completed the delivery of 35 Twist low-floor trams ordered by Tramwaje Śląskie. The 221m złoty EU co-financed contract placed in June 2018 covered 27 Type 2017N trams which are 25 m long and designed specifically for Tramwaje ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market

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    Warszawa – Gdynia line upgraded for 200 km/h


    POLAND: A consortium of Alstom, Thales and Nokia has completed the deployment of ERTMS to support 200 km/h operation on the Warszawa – Gdynia section of railway route E65. ‘This jointly-delivered project is a game-changing achievement in the history of high speed railway implementation in ...

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    Road-vehicle collision avoidance technology


    USA: Lillee Systems has developed technology to reduce the risk of collisions between road and rail vehicles, particular during maintenance works. Using an AI-based obstacle detection system based on technology developed for autonomous buses, SafeRail provides proximity and movement authority limit alerts, together with event ...

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    In depth

    Training & Skills: Supporting recovery and the EU Green Deal


    Reflecting on the importance of research and innovation in shaping a more sustainable rail sector, outgoing ERRAC Chair Alberto Parrondo considers the strategic priorities which need to be addressed by the new Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking.

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    In depth

    Rail Baltica concept trains inspired by sun, sea and sand


    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has produced conceptual images to help inform the public about the type of trains which could link Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with Poland and western Europe using the future standard gauge line. The concepts are intended to inform ...

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    JR Central sets out ¥722bn spending plan to stimulate post-Covid recovery


    JAPAN: JR Central has unveiled its investment priorities for the 2021-22 financial year, which began on April 1, as it seeks to recalibrate its business for the post-Covid recovery period, when restoring lost ridership will be a key priority.

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    MTA and partners unveil vision for next stages in renewal of New York Penn Station


    USA: New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its partners have unveiled plans for the next stages of the redevelopment and expansion of New York Penn Station, following the opening of the Moynihan Train Hall at the start of this year.