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  • Medway Vectron

    Medway Belgium orders electric locos


    BELGIUM: MSC subsidiary Medway Belgium has ordered 15 Siemens Mobility Vectron MS electric locomotives for use on cross-border freight services from Belgium. The 6·4 MW locos with a maximum speed of 160 km/h will be used on routes to Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Hungary, the ...

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    Active Audio amplifies announcements in Leuven


    BELGIUM: The quality and audibility of acoustic announcements at Leuven station has been enhanced through the installation of a set of advanced loudspeakers to a novel design. French supplier Active Audio says the installation is the largest deployment to date of its steerable StepArray SA180S column ...

  • Extensive construction work is underway in the centre of Liège, where the new tram route will run past the bus station at Place St Lambert which dates from the early 1980s.
    Metro Report International

    Mediator proposes revised timetable for Liège tram completion


    BELGIUM: Opening of the Liège tram route could be put back to January 2025 under proposals tabled by mediators appointed to review the delays and cost over-runs on the PPP-funded project. The 11·7 km line is being built for Wallonnie public transport operator OTW by the ...

  • Fig 1. The new Toots Thielemans station (green) is being built at some distance from the existing tram subway at Lemonnier (blue), linked by a connecting pedestrian walkway (yellow). (Image: STIB)
    Metro Report International

    Funding crisis hits Brussels metro Line 3 project


    BELGIUM: Citing significant delays and cost over-runs with the development of the north-south metro Line 3 in Brussels, federal project promoter Beliris has requested guidance from the federal and regional governments by July 15 over the future direction of the complex project.

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    Qbuzz and Flixtrain plan international open access services from the Netherlands


    NETHERLANDS: Qbuzz has applied to competition authority Autoriteit Consument & Markt for permission to operate seven Amsterdam – Berlin and seven Amsterdam – Antwerpen – Brussels – Paris open access passenger services from January 2027, plus two trains per hour from Amsterdam to Eindhoven. The international ...

  • Arriva Wink train

    Netherlands – Belgium – France open access train service planned


    EUROPE: Arriva Nederland has applied for permission to launch an open access passenger service from the north of the Netherlands to Belgium and Paris.

  • European Sleeper founders Elmer van Buuren and Chris Engelsman with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Georges Gilkinet

    European Sleeper begins operations with Berlin – Brussels night train


    EUROPE: Night train start-up European Sleeper has begun passenger operations, providing an overnight rail connection between Brussels and Berlin for the first time since 2008. The inaugural service left Berlin Gesundbrunnen on May 25, engineering works having prevented the use of Hauptbahnhof. The train comprised 11 ...

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    Infrabel takes a greener track


    BELGIUM: Infrabel has started a transition to using more environmentally friendly rails, produced using recycled material rather than fresh steel.

  • Brussels Alstom Flexity tram front view
    Metro Report International

    New generation Flexity tram enters service in Brussels


    BELGIUM: Brussels transport operator STIB has put the first of its ‘new generation’ Flexity trams into service on Route 51 between Midi and Stade with effect from April 26. The 100% low-floor Series 3200 vehicles are being supplied by Alstom under a €480m framework contract which ...

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    Belgium: SNCB refines its rolling stock strategy


    Procurement of a new fleet of single-voltage EMUs including a BEMU variant will enable the Belgian national operator to consolidate its rolling stock fleet into three main types by 2030. Dr Harry Hondius explains.

  • Arriva Flirt in Aachen

    Drieland train to link Aachen, Maastricht and Liège from December


    EUROPE: Cross-border regional trains connecting Aachen, Maastricht and Liège are on course to begin with the December 2023 timetable change, following the signing of a letter of intent between the Netherlands and Belgium on March 13. The agreement was signed by the Dutch State Secretary for ...

  • Škoda Group has bought a majority stake in train control technology specialist The Signalling Company.

    Škoda Group acquires ETCS software specialist The Signalling Company


    BELGIUM: Škoda Group has bought a majority stake in train control technology specialist The Signalling Company. The Czech company announced on February 21 that it had acquired a 93·9% stake, leaving TSC executives Stanislas Pinte and Frédéric Du Jardin holding the remaining 6·1%. Škoda said TSC ...

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    Amsterdam – Barcelona night train plan


    EUROPE: Night train start-up European Sleeper has announced details of its proposed Amsterdam – Barcelona service, which has won the backing of the European Commission. The night train is one of 10 proposals selected for a pilot programme which aims to break down practical barriers to ...

  • Eurostar Thalys merger brand reveal (2)

    Merged Eurostar and Thalys branding revealed


    EUROPE: The branding for the merged Eurostar and Thalys high speed rail businesses was unveiled in Brussels on January 24.

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    Metro Report International

    Construction of Brussels tramway extension begins


    BELGIUM: Construction of a tramway extension to improve access to the Neder-Over-Heembeek district of northern Brussels was launched with a groundbreaking ceremony on January 18. The future 9·6 km tram Route 10 will use existing track from Rogier to Van Praet and 5·5 km of new alignment ...

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    Belgian start-up to test freight train ATO on Betuwe Route


    NETHERLANDS: Gent-based automation start-up OTIV has announced plans to test an autonomous train on the Betuwe Route freight corridor within the next two years.

  • Nightjet train to Brussels

    Support scheme aims to make Belgium an international night train hub


    BELGIUM: The Council of Ministers has approved a draft law which aims to encourage the operation of attractively priced international night trains by offering reductions in infrastructure access charges and energy costs. The high loadings on the thrice-weekly Nightjet service between Brussels and Wien show the ...

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    Belgium: Double-deck power cars enter service


    SNCB has put into operation the first of 90 double-deck power cars ordered to operate with its M7 push-pull coaches. Dr Harry Hondius reports.

  • Eurostar at London St Pancras

    Eurostar cannot grow amid pandemic, Brexit and cost crises, CEO warns


    EUROPE: Problems faced by Eurostar as a result of the pandemic, Brexit and rising costs have been set out in detail in a letter from outgoing CEO Jacques Damas to the Chair of the UK’s House of Commons Transport Select Committee. Chair Huw Merriman MP had ...

  • Alstom has signed a contract to provide full-service maintenance for 60 MaK DE6400 diesel locomotives operated by DB Cargo Belgium and DB Cargo Netherlands.

    Alstom awarded 60-loco maintenance contract


    EUROPE: Alstom has signed a contract to provide full-service maintenance for 60 MaK DE6400 diesel locomotives operated by DB Cargo Belgium and DB Cargo Netherlands. Alstom sites in Rotterdam and Brugge will be responsible for preventive and corrective maintenance for an initial term of three years, ...