Coronavirus news – Page 9

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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% ...

  • gb Grand Central train at London King's Cross
    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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

  • Captrain and TankMatch Rail Hamburg are transporting 1 000 tonnes of ethanol in an 18-wagon train from the Port of Rotterdam to Pleszew in Poland on May 4-5.

    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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

  • 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

  • Network Rail Manchester hospital
    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 ...

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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 ...

  • Amsterdam city transport operator GVB
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport news round-up


    Amsterdam transport operator GVB is to strengthen its current basic timetable in stages from April 29, May 4 and May 11. Although the Dutch government has extended its coronavirus restrictions until at least May 19, there has been a slight increase in the number of public ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Gin distillery supplies Network Rail with hand sanitiser


    UK: Network Rail’s Central route has bought 300 bottles of hand sanitiser produced by the Piston Gin distillery in Worcester. The hand sanitiser is being used in signal boxes across the route, as well as at the main signalling centre in Birmingham where signallers are working ...

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    Accelerated delivery of medical supplies from China to Russia by rail


    RUSSIA: RZD Logistics has organised the accelerated delivery of personal protective equipment and medical supplies from China to various Russian cities. The first container train departed from Shanghai on April 19, taking the northern transit route through Zabaikalsk to the Vorsino and then Yekaterinburg where customs-clearance was ...

  • gb Sheffield Supertram tram and tram-train (Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    UK announces support for light rail during the pandemic


    UK: The Department for Transport has confirmed that a ‘multi-million pound’ package of emergency funding will be provided for light rail networks as part of measures aimed at keeping essential transport services running during the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement covers the light rail networks in Sheffield, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    GBRf trials EMU to move medical supplies


    UK: GB Railfreight has trialled the use of a commuter EMU for express delivery of parcels, with a view to delivering urgent medical supplies to major hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic.