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    Go-Ahead operating contract revised for post-pandemic world


    NORWAY: Go-Ahead Group’s contract for the operation of Lot 1 Sør passenger services has been renegotiated to include a revenue support scheme as a result of the pandemic. The contract awarded by national rail authority Jernbanedirektoratet began in December 2019. It covers inter-city services on the ...

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    Metro Report International

    Still no long-term funding deal for Transport for London


    UK: Transport for London’s current extraordinary funding agreement with the Department for Transport has been extended to July 13. The extension was announced in the late afternoon of June 24, hours before the agreement in place since February 26 was about to expire; this was the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Ridership doubles year-on-year but still down on pre-pandemic levels


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road reports that 990 million rail journeys were made in Great Britain between April 1 2021 and March 31 2022, more than double the 388 million journeys in 2020-21 when the pandemic caused figures to fall to the lowest levels ...

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    Rolling out a digital workspace


    ALSTOM: During the pandemic DXC Technology implemented digital workspaces from Citrix to provide Alstom’s engineers with secure and reliable remote access to essential apps. These include a critical in-house CAD tool that requires powerful graphics workstations and a low-latency, high-performing local network. ‘The cost of an ...

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    Metro Report International

    App shows London Underground station usage in near real time


    UK: Intel’s Mobility-as-a-Service technology business is using open data feeds from Transport for London to tell Moovit app users how busy London Underground stations are, enabling them to opt to travel at quieter times. Users can view the displayed ‘busyness’ data in Moovit’s Station Details screen, ...

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    State aid for Italy’s long-distance train operators approved


    ITALY: The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a €687m Italian government package intended to compensate operators of commercial long-distance passenger rail services for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic over the period between July 1 2020 and April 3 2021. The decision ...

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    Metro Report International

    Transport for London considers government funding proposal


    UK:·Transport for London has asked for time to consider a funding deal proposed by the government, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said on February 21. ‘We have provided TfL with a deal that both supports London’s transport network and is fair to taxpayers across ...

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    EU pandemic relief measure for rail extended


    EUROPE: Members of the European Parliament have voted to extend a Covid-19 relief measure that allows rail infrastructure access charges to be reduced, waived or deferred.

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    Rail Business UK

    Real-time access to freight locomotive CCTV


    UK: Journeo has equipped GB Railfreight’s fleet of almost 100 Class 66 locomotives with forward-facing CCTV and a connection to a cloud-based data portal, providing the control room with real-time access to train location, status and condition monitoring data. Staff have immediate ...

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    Warning of long-term effects of EU railways’ €50bn revenue hit during the pandemic


    Railway companies in European Union member states lost €27bn of revenue in 2020 and €23bn in 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies’ Covid Impact Tracker.

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    Metro Report International

    Simulation identifies most effective measures to reduce Covid-19 risk on metro trains


    UK: Metro train passengers are at a low risk of being exposed to the coronavirus, but mitigation measures can further lower the risk, according to simulations undertaken by the universities of Leeds and Manchester and the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory. The Transmission of Virus in ...

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    Metro Report International

    Transport for London gets another short-term funding extension


    UK: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for ‘good faith’ negotiations on a long-term funding deal for Transport for London after the government agreed a two-week extension of the current funding settlement on the day the previous agreement expired. Funding is now in place from ...

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    In depth

    Japan: Kintetsu plans a post-pandemic recovery


    Regional operator Kintetsu is looking to refocus its business in the Kansai region with real estate and leisure developments aimed at changing lifestyles and reflecting new working patterns. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry responds to end of Plan B coronavirus restrictions


    UK: Rail industry organisations have responded to the government’s announcement that coronavirus ‘Plan B’ restrictions in England will be eased from January 27, with the removal of the legal requirement for people to wear a face covering on public transport unless they have a reasonable excuse ...

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    In depth

    Market trends: Cautious builders eye slow recovery


    While existing contracts have sustained the global rolling stock industry through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, future prospects will be determined by the pace of recovery in rail travel over the next few years.

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    In depth

    Interview: ‘We have the tools – it is in our hands to deliver’


    The next decade will be crucial for the global fight against irreversible climate change, and rail is the only mode that is well placed to deliver significant decarbonisation in the transport sector, UIC Director-General François Davenne explains to Chris Jackson.

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    Rail Business UK

    Train services cut as omicron hits the rail sector


    UK: Train operators across the country are introducing temporary timetables designed to offer more resilience as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus leads to increased staff absences. The move is also expected to reduce the cost to the government at a time of low demand as ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper support extended


    UK: The Emergency Measures Agreements which temporarily vary the terms of the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises have been further extended from December 2021 until February 2022. Under the EMAs, the Scottish government will continue to provide Abellio ScotRail and Serco Caledonian Sleepers with additional funding ...

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    Coronavirus track access charge reduction approved


    SWEDEN: The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a SKr1·37bn Swedish scheme to support the rail passenger and freight sectors during the coronavirus outbreak.

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    Rail Business UK

    London Waterloo loses its position as Britain’s busiest station


     UK: London Waterloo has lost its place as the busiest station in Great Britain after 17 years at the top of the table, according to the Office of Rail & Road’s latest estimates of annual station usage.