Commuter rail

  • Driver Mark Webb in front of one of the first trains to run in passenger service digital in-cab signalling promising passengers a more reliable, greener service
    Rail Business UK

    Moorgate branch ETCS goes live


    UK: Revenue-earning suburban services have started to use ETCS Level 2 over London’s Northern City Line from Finsbury Park to Moorgate.

  • RER D Chatelet started signal

    Alstom wins €300m Paris RER CBTC framework


    FRANCE: Alstom is to equip lines B and D of the Paris RER network with the NExTEO train control system.

  • Amtrak and the NEC Commission consortium of stakeholders in the USA’s busiest passenger rail route have updated their plans for modernisation of the 735 km Northeast Corridor

    ‘New York metro’ concept in updated Northeast Corridor modernisation plan


    USA: Amtrak and its local and federal partners are proposing a major uplift in commuter and inter-city services between New York and New Jersey to create a ‘metro-style’ service offering at peak hours, subject to capacity enahncements in the Northeast Corridor being fully funded. 

  • Merseyrail Class 777 EMU at Headbolt station (Photo LCR  Combined Authority)

    Merseyside rail devolution MoU signed


    UK: A memorandum of understanding has been signed for discussions which could lead to further devolution of control of the rail network in Merseyside and collaboration to deliver a ‘fully integrated’ public transport system. The MoU was signed on November 16 by Secretary of State ...

  • Retiro terminus Mitre Lines photos Trenes Argentinos (4)

    Track and signalling renewals completed at Buenos Aires hub


    ARGENTINA: The complex rebuilding of the Mitre suburban railway’s Retiro terminus in Buenos Aires was completed on November 6. This was marked by the restoration of services on the Bartolomé Mitre branch from the station. The station has seen the platform tracks and approaches renovated ...

  • Paris RER NG EMU (Photo: JP Masse)

    RER NG enters service in Paris


    FRANCE: Transport authority Ile-de-France-Mobilités and operator Transilien SNCF Voyageurs have put the first Alstom RER NG electric multiple-units into passenger service.

  • Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram is seeking compensation from train manufacturer Stadler following continued poor performance of Merseyrail’s new fleet of Class 777 electric multiple-units.
    Rail Business UK

    Liverpool Mayor seeks compensation for poor Class 777 performance


    UK: Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram is seeking compensation from train manufacturer Stadler following poor performance of Merseyrail’s fleet of Class 777 electric multiple-units.

  • Toronto GO Expansion impression

    ONxpress to deploy IVU.rail software in GO expansion


    CANADA: The ONxpress consortium which has a concession to design, build, operate and maintain the expanded GO rail network around Toronto is to use IVU Traffic Technologies’ IVU.rail software to schedule, dispatch and optimise its future services. ‘We made the decision to go with IVU.rail following ...

  • Elizabeth Line logo on train
    Rail Business UK

    Process of appointing next Elizabeth Line operator gets underway


    UK: Transport for London has begun the process of appointing a contractor to operate Elizabeth Line services after the current concession held by MTR Corp expires on May 25 2025. The next contract is expected to be for an initial period of seven years, with an ...

  • Steve Best
    Rail Business UK

    Next London Overground Managing Director appointed


    UK: London Overground concessionaire Arriva Rail London has appointed Finance & Commercial Director Steve Best as Managing Director with effect from January 1 2024. He will succeed Paul Hutchings, who is moving to a role at parent company Arriva UK Trains. In 2013 Best became Finance ...

  • Roslagsbanan Stadler X15p EMU (Photo Region Stockholm)

    Narrow gauge commuter trains enter service in Stockholm


    SWEDEN: Custom-designed Stadler X15p electric multiple-units have begun entering passenger service on Stockholm’s Roslagsbanan, the first new trains on the 891 mm gauge suburban line for around 30 years.

  • Gauteng service photo South African Government News

    Gauteng and Eastern Cape suburban services restored


    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has restarted services on the Pretoria – Kempton Park suburban rail line in Gauteng province, and reintroduced a limited service on the Gqeberha – Uitenhage line in Eastern Cape province. Local rail services across the country had been ...

  • Stockholm Pendeltåg commuter trains

    SJ to run Stockholm Pendeltågen as MTR withdraws


    SWEDEN: Regional transport authority Storstockholms Lokaltrafik has reached agreement for state-owned passenger operator SJ AB to take over the operation of Stockholm’s Pendeltåg commuter services with effect from March 3 2024.

  • Transport for Greater Manchester and Great British Railways Transition Team
    Rail Business UK

    Rail bodies get busy on Bee plans


    UK: Transport for Greater Manchester and the Great British Railways Transition Team have formally begun developing plans for a more locally accountable and integrated local rail network, supporting the Trailblazer Deeper Devolution Deal agreed between Greater Manchester and the government in March. The work which got ...

  • Belgrano Sur lines to Lozano (Photo Trenes Argentinos)

    Belgrano Sur network reaches Lozano


    ARGENTINA: Trenes Argentinos has extended the González Catán – Villars suburban service by one station to Lozano. The suburban service is part of the metre-gauge Belgrano Sur network, serving the areas southwest of Buenos Aires. Since September 29, a single return trip has been operating on ...

  • Delhi RRTS inauguration (Photo Prime Minister's Office)
    Metro Report International

    Delhi commuter railway opening shows a ‘glimpse of India of the future’, says Modi


    INDIA: Passenger services on the initial section of the Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System began on October 21, after the line had been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi the previous day. The first section of the stand-alone Delhi – Ghaziabad – ...

  • Metra coach

    Metra awarded funding to buy battery trains


    USA: Chicago commuter operator Metra has been awarded a $169·3m federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement grant for the purchase of up to 16 battery multiple-units. Metra said the zero-emission trainsets are ‘likely’ to be used on its Rock Island Line, benefiting the air quality ...

  • Durban Kwamashu line repoens photos Prasa 1

    Prasa reopens Durban suburban line using X’Trapolis EMUs


    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Agency of South Africa has restarted a limited passenger service on the 17 km Durban – KwaMashu suburban rail line. A reopening ceremony on September 12 was attended by Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga and CEO of the Prasa Group Hishaam Emeran. While ...

    Metro Report International

    Long Island Rail Road inspection vehicle ordered


    USA: ENSCO Rail has been awarded a contract to design and supply a self-propelled track inspection vehicle for New York MTA’s Long Island Rail Road. The ‘state-of-the-art’ vehicle to be delivered in Q2 29026 will be equipped with multiple track conditioning monitoring systems from ENSCO and KLD ...

  • Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram at Headbolt Lane
    Rail Business UK

    Battery trains could take Merseyrail to places it couldn’t previously reach


    UK: Speaking to Rail Business UK at the opening of Headbolt Lane station in Kirkby, Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram expressed enthusiasm for extending Merseyrail services to more destinations by using battery power to avoid the need for electrification. Merseyrail trains reach Headbolt Lane using ...