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    Delta offers air passengers through travel by Thalys

    2021-09-01T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Delta Air Lines and Thalys have launched an Air+Rail programme enabling air passengers to make a through booking including high speed rail travel from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Brussels or Antwerpen. ‘This Air+Rail programme with Thalys is just the beginning, as we look to offer ...

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    Rosehill Rail wins Infrabel level crossing contract

    2021-08-29T05:00:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel has awarded Rosehill Rail and its local partner Vatis an eight-year contract to supply rubber infills for use at 500 level crossings. The solid rubber infill material is produced in the UK from 100% recycled tyre rubber. ‘We’re delighted to have been ...

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    Infrastructure managers assess impact of catastrophic flooding

    2021-07-19T15:51:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail infrastructure managers are assessing the extent of impact of catastrophic flooding which has destroyed tracks, bridges, earthworks and stations in Germany, Belgium and elsewhere. Deutsche Bahn reported on July 18 that 600 km of track and around 80 stations in Nordrhein-Westfalen and Rheinland-Pfalz ...

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    Lineas orders TBL1+ interface as an app

    2021-07-01T15:30:00Z

    BELGIUM: Freight operator Lineas has commissioned The Signalling Company to develop a mobile app providing TBL1+ functionality as an add-on to its digital onboard ETCS platform. Lineas is a partner with ERTMS Solutions in the TSC joint venture, and has already commissioned the company to ...

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    De Lijn orders Antwerpen trams

    2021-06-29T10:12:00Z

    BELGIUM: Vlaanderen transport operator De Lijn has placed a firm order for CAF to supply a further 18 Urbos 100 trams for use in Antwerpen. The order announced by the Spanish manufacturer on June 29 is the fifth to be placed under an October 2017 framework ...

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    Night train start-ups European Sleeper and Moonlight Express join forces

    2021-06-16T09:32:00Z

    EUROPE: Night train start-up companies European Sleeper and Moonlight Express have decided to join forces rather than develop competing initiatives to launch overnight services from Belgium and the Netherlands. On June 16 the companies said they would work together under the European Sleeper brand to ...

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    Brussels M7 metro trains launched

    2021-06-08T15:57:00Z

    BELGIUM: Brussels metro operator STIB has officially launched its M7 series trainsets into operation, with CEO Brieuc Meeûs d’Argenteuil and the capital region’s Minister of Mobility Elke van den Brandt taking invited guests for a short ride on the first unit from Erasmus station on Line 1.

  • Eurostar and Thalys trains
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    Eurostar to increase services and complete Thalys merger as £250m refinancing agreement secured

    2021-05-18T09:27:00Z

    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed train operator Eurostar has announced a £250m refinancing agreement with its shareholders and banks, which it said would enable it to continue to operate services and meet its short to mid-term financial obligations. The refinancing package announced on May 18 comprises ...

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    Infrabel completes GSM-R migration

    2021-02-19T11:36:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrabel has successfully completed a two-year project to migrate its radio communications core network infrastructure to a VOIP backbone, as part of its ongoing telecoms modernisation and resignalling programme. Working with industrial partner Kontron Transportation, the national infrastructure manager has been working to switch its ...

  • ALLRAIL said Eurostar’s original Class 373 trainsets dating from the early 1990s could be made available to competitors rather than scrapped.
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    Call for Eurostar trains to be made available to support on-rail competition

    2021-01-27T09:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The ALLRAIL association of new entrants to the rail market has said any government support which might be offered to Eurostar during the coronavirus pandemic should be accompanied by conditions designed to facilitate cross-Channel competition.

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    Bombardier Transportation invests to increase capacity at Brugge factory

    2021-01-26T12:22:00Z

    BELGIUM: Bombardier Transportation has announced €6m of investment to increase production capacity at its Brugge factory, including the recruitment of at least 180 employees. The plan announced on January 26 includes a new production line for single-deck coaches and for Type M7 double-deck cars for ...

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    Trams to serve Brussels airport from 2026

    2021-01-25T09:56:00Z

    BELGIUM: The long-planned extension of the capital’s tram network to Brussels National Airport is set to open in 2026, under an agreement between public transport operator STIB and the Vlaanderen regional government’s major projects organisation De Werkvennootschap.

  • SNCB has sold its remaining 10% stake in part-privatised freight business Lineas to the federal government’s holding and investment compnay SFPI.
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    SNCB divests remaining stake in freight operator Lineas

    2021-01-19T11:40:00Z

    BELGIUM: SNCB has sold its remaining 10% stake in part-privatised freight business Lineas to the federal government’s holding and investment company SFPI, as part of the national train operator’s strategy of focusing on its core passenger activities. In 2015 SNCB sold an initial 69% stake in ...

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    UK government called on to support Eurostar during the pandemic

    2021-01-18T17:23:00Z

    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed train operator Eurostar has called for financial support of the kind which has been offered to airlines during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that without government funding ‘there is a real risk to the survival of Eurostar and the green gateway to Europe’.

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    SNCB orders multifunctional double-deck coaches with improved accessibility

    2020-12-21T12:31:00Z

    BELGIUM: National operator SNCB has ordered a further 204 Type M7 double-deck coaches, placing a contract for multifunctional vehicles adapted to improve accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility. Awarded to a consortium of Bombardier Transportation and Alstom, the €445m contract announced on December 21 has ...

  • De Lijn has approved the purchase of 23 trams from CAF for use on the network in Antwerpen.
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    De Lijn orders more trams for Antwerpen

    2020-11-10T05:00:00Z

    BELGIUM: Vlaanderen transport operator De Lijn has placed a firm order for a further 17 CAF trams, exercising an option in its framework agreement covering up to 146 vehicles which was signed October 2017.

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    Container shuttles to relieve Antwerpen’s roads

    2020-10-27T05:00:00Z

    BELGIUM: Rail freight operator Lineas and logistics company Tabaknatie have announced plans to set up container collection points outside Antwerpen in support of wider efforts to reduce the number of lorries on the city’s roads during disruption to be caused by the Oosterweel Link ring road construction ...

  • A prototype automated system for loading pallets onto railway wagons and a concept for a multimodal chemical logistics hub in the Port of Antwerpen were presented by freight operator Lineas and Belgian chemical industry association Essenscia
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    Making it easier for the chemical industry to shift to rail

    2020-09-16T10:58:00Z

    BELGIUM: A prototype automated system for loading pallets onto railway wagons and a concept for a multimodal chemical logistics hub in the Port of Antwerpen were presented by freight operator Lineas and Belgian chemical industry association Essenscia on September 15. The initiatives have been developed under ...

  • Lineas has decided to equip its diesel locomotives with a new generation of software-based ETCS onboard equipment being developed by The Signalling Company.
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    Bringing ‘Silicon Valley best practice’ to ETCS development

    2020-09-10T05:00:00Z

    BELGIUM: The Signalling Company has started continuous round-the-clock testing of its ETCS Onboard software, using ‘a well-known Silicon Valley best practice’ from the software industry known as continuous integration. TSC is a joint venture of ERTMS Solutions and freight operator Lineas, and it is developing ETCS ...

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    SNCB double-deckers delayed

    2020-07-17T11:41:00Z

    BELGIUM: Delivery of SNCB’s double-deck Type M7 push-pull trainsets has been further delayed by the coronavirus, and will not be completed until March 2023, CEO Sophie Dutordoir has confirmed.