Coronavirus news – Page 5

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    Rail Business UK

    Transport for the North looks to a changed future as ridership recovery slows

    2020-10-28T14:08:00Z

    UK: The difficulty of persuading people back onto public transport and what this means for future service provision were the underlying themes of the most recent Transport for the North board meeting.

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    Metro Report International

    London Underground deploys UV light escalator sanitisers

    2020-10-28T09:00:00Z

    UK: As part of bespoke cleaning measures during the coronavirus pandemic, Transport for London is installing more than 200 UV light devices to sanitise the handrails on 110 London Underground escalators. This follows a six-week trial launched in May which found that ...

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    Call for EU freight transport crisis contingency plan

    2020-10-27T11:53:00Z

    EUROPE: The Council of the EU, which brings together national ministers from each member state, has called on the European Commission to draw up ‘swiftly’ a pandemic and major crisis contingency plan for the freight sector.

  • The rescheduled InnoTrans trade fair which was planned for April 2021 will not now go ahead, and the next InnoTrans will take place from September 20 to 23 2022.
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    InnoTrans 2021 postponed to 2022 in the face of pandemic uncertainty

    2020-10-22T15:46:00Z

    INNOTRANS: The rescheduled InnoTrans trade fair which was planned for April 2021 will now take place in the event’s regular two-yearly slot from September 20 to 23 2022, organiser Messe Berlin announced on October 22. The 13th InnoTrans had originally been scheduled for September 2020, but ...

  • Plans to bring Wales & Borders passenger services under public management have been announced by the Welsh Government
    Rail Business UK

    Wales & Borders rail operations to transfer to public control with new role for KeolisAmey

    2020-10-22T10:54:00Z

    UK: Plans to bring Wales & Borders passenger services under public management have been announced by the Welsh Government, along with a new partnership which would see Transport for Wales continue to work with Keolis and Amey.

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    Rail Business UK

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

    2020-10-21T00:01:00Z

    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.

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    Space agency backs hospital train demonstrator

    2020-10-20T11:56:00Z

    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 specialist ...

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    EU track access rebates approved

    2020-10-14T10:49:00Z

    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

    2020-10-13T05:00:00Z

    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

    2020-10-07T05:00:00Z

    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

    2020-10-06T10:58:00Z

    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 and ...

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    News

    Thello to withdraw Milano – Marseille inter-city trains

    2020-10-02T07:36:00Z

    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 bar ...

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    Metro Report International

    MTR depot produces face masks

    2020-10-02T05:00:00Z

    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

    2020-09-30T14:52:00Z

    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

    2020-09-29T09:58:00Z

    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’ for ...

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    Berlin protest train calls for fair play for independent operators

    2020-09-28T11:56:00Z

    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

    2020-09-24T10:20:00Z

    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 function’, ...

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    Metro Report International

    Contactless payment introduced on Málaga suburban network

    2020-09-24T05:00:00Z

    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 for ...

  • The Scottish government has extended its funding for the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises,
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail Emergency Measures Agreement extended

    2020-09-22T05:00:00Z

    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 Scottish ...

  • ·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

    2020-09-21T08:38:00Z

    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’.