Coronavirus news – Page 8

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    Metro Report International

    UK government aims to ‘permanently change’ transport use as tram and bus funding announced


    Source: Tony Miles UK: ‘We must plan our route to recovery’, said Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps at the government’s daily coronavirus briefing on May 23, when he announced £283m of funding ‘to ensure that more buses, trams and light rail networks return ...

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    Coronavirus app as part of Turkey’s transport restart


    TURKEY: To support the restart of inter-city public transport, a mobile phone app is being used to track passengers in case anyone should subsequently test positive for the coronavirus. Intending passengers must install the app and input their date of birth, national identity number, ticket number, ...

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    AI tools help Infrabel to maintain social distancing


    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel is to deploy a raft of artificial intelligence tools to support its efforts in maintaining social distancing across its business as the country’s coronavirus lockdown is gradually eased. The company says that its ongoing research into the use of AI means ...

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    Metro Report International

    Grant to develop public transport social distancing technology


    Source: Transport for London UK: The Innovate UK innovation agency has awarded UrbanThings a grant to develop a coronavirus social distancing and contact tracing platform for public transport operators. This is intended to help ensure that transport systems can operate with social distancing measures in ...

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    Medical PPE supplies from China to Italy by train


    INTERNATIONAL: DB Schenker is organising the delivery of a total of 186 containers with more than 1 300 tonnes of medical protective equipment from China to hospitals in the Lombardia region of Italy. The products are collected from the factories and taken by road to the ...

  • Stadler Group CEO Dr Thomas Ahlburg has left by mutual agreement with the board, owing to ‘different views’ regarding strategic and organisational development,

    Stadler CEO steps down over strategic differences


    STADLER: Stadler Group CEO Dr Thomas Ahlburg has left by mutual agreement with the board, owing to ‘different views’ regarding strategic and organisational development, the company announced on May 21. Executive Chairman Peter Spuhler has returned to his previous role of Group CEO on an interim ...

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    Rail Business UK

    West Coast Main Line repairs undertaken while travel demand is low


    UK: Network Rail has taken advantage of reduced travel demand during the coronavirus pandemic to close a section of the West Coast Main Line between Rugby and Milton Keynes which Gus Dunster, Executive Director of Operations at Avanti West Coast, said was ‘a notoriously difficult section to ...

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    Metro Report International

    Moscow Metro fights the coronavirus


    RUSSIA: Moscow Metro has shared some of the steps it has taken to fight against the spread of the coronavirus. The operator said it had continued its record of running every say since the first section opened in May 1935, with the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    Open access operator Grand Central has extended its service suspension throughout June. ‘I think over the coming month we’ll get a really informative picture of passenger attitude, government intentions and how the industry is dealing with social distancing, but for now the most sensible course of ...

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    Joint call to facilitate cross-border rail freight


    INTERNATIONAL: The World Customs Organization, the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail and the Organisation for Co-operation Between Railways have jointly called for better co-ordination between customs administrations, transport authorities and the rail sector to facilitate the operation of cross-border supply chains and help mitigate ...

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    Israel Railways accelerates station enhancement works during lockdown


    ISRAEL: In addition to accelerating major infrastructure projects and undertaking track and rolling stock maintenance, Israel Railways has used the opportunity presented by the suspension of passenger services during national Covid-19 lockdown measures to undertake planned enhancement works at 40 stations. The ...

  • : ‘Coronavirus poses monumental challenges to our city’s complex public transport network’, said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
    Metro Report International

    Social distancing measures in place as Transport for London increases services


    UK: ‘Coronavirus poses monumental challenges to our city’s complex public transport network’, said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on May 18, when Transport for London began increasing its services to accommodate growing ridership as coronavirus lock-down measures are eased. The increase in ...

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    Metro Report International

    Transport for London to receive emergency funding


    UK: The government has agreed to provide a grant of £1·095bn and a loan of £505m from the Public Works Loan Board to support continuity of operations at Transport for London. In return for the package of support running to October 17 which was agreed on ...

  • The government’s message is still to avoid using public transport if at all possible (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Franchising faces an uncertain future as ‘the clock is ticking’ on emergency agreement


    UK: The only certainty in the UK rail sector at the moment is that the future is uncertain, particularly as the government’s long-term message is still to avoid using public transport if at all possible, whilst encouraging people to return to work. The Department for Transport’s Emergency ...

  • Deutsche Bahn has put the first of its fleet of ICE4 trainsets into regular operation (Photo: DB).

    ​DB set for emergency funding package as losses mount


    GERMANY: Emergency support to help Deutsche Bahn weather the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is likely to come in the form of another equity injection, according to proposals being drawn up by the federal government ahead of a DB board meeting on May 15. ...

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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 ...

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    IAF track technology trade fair moved to 2022


    GERMANY:·The VDEI professional association of German railway engineers has postponed its 28 th 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...