Coronavirus news – Page 8

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    Metro Report International

    AI helps metro operator manage social distancing on trains and stations


    PANAMA: Alstom has updated its Mastria multimodal operations management platform to help transport operators make real-time changes to their services, enabling passengers to comply with the social distancing requirements which have been implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Mastria aggregates information ...

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    Metro Report International

    Tram operators share best practice on coronavirus communications


    UK: Light rail industry association UK Tram organised a virtual event to enable its members to discuss the measures they had taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and to share best practice for post-lockdown communications as passengers begin to return. ‘Early observations suggest that the new ...

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    Rail Business UK

    TransPennine Express releases details of July timetable uplift


    UK: TransPennine Express has announced details of the timetable improvements it plans to make from July 6 as lockdown measures are eased and more people return to work. The date has been selected by the Department for Transport for all operators to make similar improvements. TPE expects ...

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    Dedicated logistics concept developed for China – Germany medical glove shipments


    INTERNATIONAL: Geodis has organised four shipments of containers carrying millions of disposable medical gloves from Chengdu to Nürnberg by rail for the German government. A batch was also sent to Frankfurt by air. The 40 ft containers are fitted with GEOtags which enable live tracking via GPS. ...

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    Indian Railways converts coaches into coronavirus isolation wards


    INDIA: With the incidence of Covid-19 infections continuing to rise, more than 5 000 passenger coaches have been converted by Indian Railways’ zonal workshops to act as temporary isolation wards during the pandemic.

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    How the rail sector fought Covid-19


    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways’ coronavirus task force has published its third document on the sector’s response to the crisis, focusing on how the rail industry fought Covid-19 during lockdown periods and looking at the mitigation measures put in place to stop the spread of ...

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    Metro Report International

    Dashboard to help passengers ‘travel smarter’ in Chicago


    USA: Chicago Transit Authority has launched an ridership information dashboard to help passengers avoid travelling at the busiest times during the coronavirus pandemic. CTA and the Chicago Department of Public Health have set capacity limits of 15 passengers on a standard bus and 22 on an articulated ...

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    Metro Report International

    Metro de Barcelona tests UV light disinfectant


    SPAIN:· In addition to the regular daily cleaning of surfaces using conventional methods, Metro de Barcelona is working with cleaning companies and robot manufacturers to test the use of ultraviolet light for disinfecting trains, stairways, handrails and passenger circulating areas. The test sessions have taken place ...

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    SNCF launches ‘unprecedented’ regional rail and tourism campaign


    FRANCE: What SNCF terms an ‘unprecedented relaunch’ of its TER regional passenger services was announced on June 12 as the country starts to open up after the coronavirus pandemic. Branded ‘TER de France’, the campaign is being led by SNCF in conjunction with regional authorities acting through ...

  • Great Western Railway has applied artwork in the form of painted face coverings to one of its Hitachi Intercity Express Trains.
    Rail Business UK

    Face coverings now mandatory on trains in England


    UK: It became mandatory for public transport passengers in England to cover their nose and mouth on June 15. Government advice remains to avoid public transport where possible, however mandating the use of face coverings is intended to help prevent infected people from spreading coronavirus as lockdown ...

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    In depth

    Comment: A question of support


    Chris Jackson , Editor-in-Chief, Railway Gazette Governments and railways around the world are facing up to the economic turmoil engendered by the coronavirus pandemic and the threat of long-term recession. But as countries start easing their lockdown restrictions, the thinking needs to move from simply getting ...

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    Coronavirus crisis offers lessons for rail freight policy


    EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association says lessons about the key success factors for rail freight can be learned from the significant improvement in performance which has occurred as a direct consequence of the drastic reduction in passenger traffic during the coronavirus pandemic. Shippers have long been ...

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    New York MTA implements 13-point reopening plan


    Source: Joseph M Calisi USA: A 13-point plan to return subway and commuter rail services to pre-coronavirus levels was launched by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority on June 8. The action plan includes: an increase in services; additional cleaning and disinfecting; ...

  • Workers social distancing at Primrose Hill tunnel
    Rail Business UK

    Rail supply chain needs clarity on future work to support coronavirus recovery planning


    UK: Companies in the railway supply chain are largely confident that they can survive the coronavirus crisis as long as they gain visibility on future work by early autumn, according to the findings of a survey commissioned by the Rail Supply Group. RSG said the survey undertaken ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Department for Transport demands train operators return to full service from July 6


    UK: The Department for Transport has advised all franchised operators that a full service timetable is to be re-introduced from July 6. This follows the step-up in services from May 18, and despite high numbers of staff continuing to be unavailable for work after contracting the coronavirus ...

  • The government has announced that operators of public transport services including trains, trams, buses, coaches, ferries and aircraft in England will be asked to make the wearing of non-medical face coverings a requirement for passengers from June 15.
    Rail Business UK

    Face coverings to be required on trains in England from June 15


    Source: Transport for London UK: The government has announced that operators of public transport services including trains, trams, buses, coaches, ferries and aircraft in England will be asked to make the wearing of non-medical face coverings a requirement for passengers from June 15. The rules for trains ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Alerting passengers to busy trains and stations before leaving home


    UK: Intending passengers can see how busy a specific train or station is likely to be before leaving home, using technology launched as part of efforts to help people stagger their journeys while social distancing measures remain in place The system developed by ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Welsh Government announces £65m Emergency Measures Agreement


    UK: The Welsh Government is to provide up to £65m over the next six months through an Emergency Measures Agreement to ensure that Wales & Borders passenger services can continue to operate. This will also ensure key infrastructure projects can be delivered, and fund free travel for ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Union calls for government support for open access operators


    UK: The RMT trade union has written to the Secretary of State for Transport calling on the government to intervene to support open access operators Hull Trains and Grand Central. Unlike franchised operators, the open access companies which are owned by FirstGroup and Arriva have not received ...

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    Wabtec launches BlueFilter air filters for trains


    FILTER: Wabtec Corp has launched BlueFilter, a filter designed to be retrofitted to current passenger train HVAC systems to ensure the provision of clean air on board. The company says it can remove contaminants that are .01 to 1 000 μm size, smaller than current standard filters ...