Coronavirus news – Page 10

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    Rail Business UK

    Demand to be managed down as part of train service ramp-up strategy


    UK: With the Department for Transport expecting passenger services to step up to a ‘Saturday service’ level from May 18, train operators have warned that social distancing measures mean that capacity across the network will continue to be very limited. Between 65% and 80% of normal weekday ...

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    IAF track technology trade fair moved to 2022


    GERMANY:·The VDEI professional association of German railway engineers has postponed its 28th IAF International Exhibition for Track Technology from May 2021 until 2022. The event in the city of Münster will now be held from May 31 to June 2 2022. VDEI said ...

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    Amtrak requires face coverings as services increase


    USA: Amtrak has announced that all customers using its trains, stations or connecting bus services will be required to cover their nose and mouth with effect from May 11. The national passenger operator explained that the mandatory face coverings could be removed when ...

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    Metro Report International

    Spain implements transport safety measures as lockdown eases


    tn_es-barcelona-metro-generic_04.jpg SPAIN: The use of face masks covering the nose and mouth became obligatory for passengers on all modes of public transport from May 4, including taxis, ferries and flights. Workers involved in providing these services are also obliged to wear masks, and must have access to ...

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    Covid-19 crisis is hitting the rail industry hard, consultancy finds


    EUROPE: The coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a wide-ranging impact on train operators, vehicle owners and the rolling stock supply industry, according to a study undertaken by German management consultancy SCI Verkehr. Entitled ‘ Impact of the Covid-19 Crisis on the railway sector in Europe ...

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    Metro Report International

    National campaign may be needed to get passengers back on public transport


    UK: City transport operators could face a 20% fall in ridership after Covid-19 travel restrictions are lifted, according to survey undertaken by Systra Of respondents who are expecting to reduce their use of public transport, 49% will do so because of concerns over getting ill; 24% said ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central surveys passenger attitudes to support restart planning


    UK: Grand Central has launched what it calls an ‘ambitious open-ended survey’ to gauge current public attitudes to rail travel. The Arriva-owned open access operator intends to use the findings to plan the restart of its passenger services following a ‘hibernation’ which was implemented when Covid-19 travel ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Transport call centre switches over to home working


    UK: Transport customer call centre provider ESP Group worked with its technology supplier EKO to switch more than 200 employees to home working over three days to enable it continue its operations during the pandemic. It has also set up three additional emergency lines to support key ...

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    Station passenger flows modified to reduce infection risk


    SPAIN: As Covid-19 lockdown measures are eased and passenger numbers increase, pedestrian flows at Madrid Chamartín station have been modified to provide one-way routes to segregate entering and leaving passengers. This aims to reduce the risk of spreading infections between people heading in opposite directions. Particular attention ...

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    Coronavirus leads to new ways of working at KiwiRail


    NEW ZEALAND: ‘As an essential service, we’ve had to learn a whole new way of working’, said KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller, announcing details of changes made by the national railway to reflect the impact of Covid-19. ‘We have provided additional PPE to our teams in ...

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    Rail gets disinfectant material to Poland


    EUROPE: Captrain and TankMatch Rail Hamburg are transporting 1 000 tonnes of ethanol in 18 wagons from the Port of Rotterdam to Pleszew in Poland on May 4-5. The ethanol is urgently needed for the production of disinfectants, with Poland facing a shortage because of the high ...

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    Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala restarts work


    INDIA: Rail Coach Factory Kapurthala restarted production after 28 days of lockdown on April 23. A total 3 744 employees living in the RCF township have been permitted to return to work, and issued with a safety kit of masks, sanitiser bottle and soap. Workers are being ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail delivers material for hospital scrubs


    UK: ScotRail has transported 30 bales of fabric from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness so volunteer group NHS Scotland for the Love of Scrubs can make them into hospital scrubs for NHS staff. The material was loaded on to an off-peak service on April 24. ‘By transporting ...

  • The proposed financing mechanism for the construction of the CDG Express dedicated rail link between Paris Est station and Charles-de-Gaulle Airport has been approved by the European Commission (Photo: ADP).

    Trains prioritised over planes in Air France rescue deal


    FRANCE: Modal shift from plane to train has been made a condition of a state aid package which the government is offering to Air France-KLM. According to Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, a €7bn support package for the Air France business is to be made conditional on ...

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    UIC shares ways to restore confidence in rail travel


    COVID-19: The International Union of Railways has published a summary of potential steps that could be adopted to increase customer confidence in rail transport following the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Rail Business UK

    Transport Select Committee calls for changes to season ticket refunds


    UK: Chair of the Transport Select Committee Huw Merriman MP has written to the Secretary of State for Transport calling for changes to the refund rules for season ticket holders whose journeys have been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The Committee said there was ...

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    Metro Report International

    Transport for London furloughs 25% of employees as fares income drops 90%


    UK: Transport for London placed 7 000 staff or around 25% of its employees on furlough for an initial period of three weeks from April 27, reporting that its main source of income ‘has almost disappeared’ in the light of government advice not to travel because of ...

  • The Rail Supply Group has launched a survey seeking views on the operational impact of Covid-19 on the rail supply chain and the path to recovery.
    Rail Business UK

    Supply chain’s views on Covid-19 recovery sought


    UK: The Rail Supply Group has launched a survey seeking views on the operational impact of Covid-19 on the rail supply chain and the path to recovery. Information from the survey, which opened on April 30, will inform the work of a coronavirus taskforce established by RSG ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    Network Rail provided logistics and project management expertise to help deliver the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West in Manchester. Volunteers specialising in supply chain and logistics worked with the Army Reserve and NHS to get the temporary hospital at the Manchester Central conference centre open over the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Transport Support Unit formed


    UK: The government has announced the formation of a UK-wide Transport Support Unit which is ‘dedicated to fighting this pandemic’ by making use of spare transport capacity for logistics services to assist frontline responders while ridership is significantly reduced. Network Rail has the eighth largest commercial vehicle ...