Coronavirus news – Page 4

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    Rail Business UK

    Scientific study to improve understanding of Covid-19 transmission on trains and buses


    UK: A study has been launched to develop a better understanding of the risks of Covid-19 transmission on public transport and to identify the best control measures.


    Space agency backs hospital train demonstrator


    ITALY: A hospital train proof-of-concept demonstrator is to be developed and tested under a project funded by the European Space Agency. The Intensive Care Unit Train project brings together national train operator Trenitalia, the Puglia region and the Angel Group of technology companies, which includes space ...

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    EU track access rebates approved


    EUROPE: A regulation permitting European Union member states to waive or defer track access charges in order to support the rail sector through the coronavirus pandemic has been formally adopted by the EU Council and European Parliament.

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    Metro Report International

    Metro de Sevilla goes contactless


    SPAIN: Metro de Sevilla has worked with Mastercard and Banco de Santander on a €0·5m project to introduce the ability to pay for travel using contactless bank cards or mobile phones. The fares charged are equivalent to those applying to the existing smart card, rather than ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Decontamination to support a safe return to rail


    UK: Recognising ‘a clear anxiety and resistance of the public to step out of the comfort of their homes following five months in lockdown’, REACT Specialist Cleaning has put forward a series of recommendations for enhanced cleaning routines that it hopes will help rail operators to restore ...

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    Metro Report International

    Ticket gates to lock when train social distancing capacity reached


    SPAIN: Metrovalencia is working with Indra to deploy a system which will automatically lock its ticket gates to prevent more passengers entering its stations once the maximum number of people compatible with on-train social distancing requirements is reached. The gates will count people entering the system ...

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    Thello to withdraw Milano – Marseille inter-city trains


    EUROPE: Thello’s open access EuroCity service between Milano, Nice and Marseille is to be withdrawn next year, according to local reports. Launched in 2014, the locomotive-hauled service consisted of up to three return workings a day. First and second class seating was available, and a small ...

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    Metro Report International

    MTR depot produces face masks


    CHINA: Hong Kong’s MTR Corp has opened a face mask production line at its Siu Ho Wan depot which has a capacity of more than 300 000 masks per month. MTR Corp is planning to set up a second production line by ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ERMAs underpin transformation from franchises to concessions


    UK: With Emergency Measures Agreements or Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements now in place with its franchised passenger operators, the Department for Transport has begun work to create the future concession model which is expected to replace franchising once the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

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    Rail Business UK

    DfT clarifies ERMA end dates as next steps negotiated


    UK: The Department for Transport has confirmed the timescales for the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements which were signed with franchised train operating companies earlier this month. Industry insiders note that the staggered end dates reflect a sensible approach to the situation, and create a ‘manageable pipeline’ ...

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    Berlin protest train calls for fair play for independent operators


    GERMANY: The Netzwerk Europäischer Eisenbahnen association of more than 25 independent freight operators arranged a special train through Berlin on September 28 to draw attention to the federal government’s failure to provide financial support for its member companies while offering compensation to state-owned Deutsche Bahn to deal ...

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    Metro Report International

    BART celebrates world mask-wearing culture during the pandemic


    USA: San Francisco Bay Area metro operator BART is highlighting mask styles from around the world as part of a campaign to change the way passengers think about face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Whether storytelling or celebrating culture, masks have always served a useful ...

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    Metro Report International

    Contactless payment introduced on Málaga suburban network


    SPAIN: Indra has deployed contactless EMV bank card payment on RENFE’s Málaga suburban services. Passengers pass through the entry and exit gates by holding their bank card or suitable mobile device over the sensor. Indra’s Mova Collect fare collection system then charges the appropriate single fare ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail Emergency Measures Agreement extended


    UK: The Scottish government has extended its funding for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises, following on from the six-month Emergency Measures Agreement introduced in April 2020, which was due to expire on September 20. Announcing on September 18 an extension to January 10 2021, the ...

  • ·The government has announced the end of rail franchising, with Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps saying ‘the model of privatisation adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is
    Rail Business UK

    UK government announces the end of rail franchising


    UK:·The government has announced the end of rail franchising, with Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps saying ‘the model of privatisation adopted 25 years ago has seen significant rises in passenger numbers, but this pandemic has proven that it is no longer working’.

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    Metro Report International

    UrbanThings launches social distancing technology


    UK: Ipswich Buses has deployed social distancing technology which has been developed by UrbanThings using a grant awarded by innovation agency Innovate UK. Integrated into the existing mobile ticketing platform, this uses live vehicle occupancy data to generate predictions of future rider numbers which are ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Rose Hill Marple service cut back as Northern faces training backlog


    Northern Managing Director Nick Donovan explains to Rail Business UK why the service from Manchester to Rose Hill Marple has been reduced to just three trains per day.

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    Rail Business UK

    Cheapest offers in crosshairs as government confirms January rail fare rise


    UK: Regulated rail fares are set to increase in January 2021 despite pressure from consumer and environmental groups for the Department for Transport to freeze them as part of efforts to encourage people back onto trains. In line with previous years, the increase will be linked ...

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    Rail Business UK

    CrossCountry resumes normal seat reservations


    UK: CrossCountry resumed providing reservations for specific seats on all its trains with effect from September 7. Since June, all customers have been requested to reserve a place when travelling with CrossCountry, to help maintain social distancing on board trains during the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central drops plans for Blackpool – London open access service


    Rail Business UK understands that after months of work exploring all options, it had become clear that the service would not be financially viable until at least 2024.