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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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    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’ ...

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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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    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 ...

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    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • ·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’.

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    UrbanThings launches social distancing technology

    2020-09-21T05:00:00Z

    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

    2020-09-18T11:15:00Z

    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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    Cheapest offers in crosshairs as government confirms January rail fare rise

    2020-09-16T05:00:00Z

    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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    CrossCountry resumes normal seat reservations

    2020-09-11T05:00:00Z

    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

    2020-09-10T11:06:00Z

    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.

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    Design agency showcases post-Covid metro train concept

    2020-09-04T05:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Design company Tangerine has developed a concept for a ‘post-Covid’ metro train, designed to help operators plan for future pandemics by enabling them to readily adapt the interior to minimise the risk of transmission during local outbreaks. The ‘Metamorphosis’ concept has ...

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    Rail receives €4·7bn in French recovery spending package

    2020-09-03T15:45:00Z

    Photo: Christophe Masse FRANCE: The government announced on September 3 its intention to provide a financial support package for the rail sector worth €4·7bn as part of a post-pandemic recovery plan. Transport Secretary Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said that the funding package, which forms part of ...

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    Amtrak works with Reckitt Benckiser to increase cleaning

    2020-09-03T13:37:00Z

    USA: Amtrak is to work with cleaning, health and household products manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser to strengthen its disinfection protocols for trains, stations and lounges. RB is to supply disinfection equipment for use across high-touch and high-traffic areas, including products which Amtrak said were proven to be ...

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    Freight RAILCAR bill aims to support US wagon industry

    2020-09-03T13:11:00Z

    USA: The Railway Supply Institute which represents more than 200 companies has welcomed the bipartisan introduction to the House of Representatives of the Freight Rail Assistance Investment to Launch Coronavirus-era Activity Recovery Act, which would offer a time-limited 50% tax credit for purchasing ...

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    Covid-19 aid package unfair, say independent operators

    2020-09-02T12:44:00Z

    GERMANY: Financial aid earmarked for national operator Deutsche Bahn in the form of a €5bn equity increase as compensation for the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic constitutes unfair state aid under European Union law, according to Netzwerk Europäischer Eisenbahnen, an association of around 60 independent rail freight ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Passenger concerns hold back return to rail

    2020-09-02T09:54:00Z

    Passenger demand remains low, with Transport Focus data showing that travel by train remains at around 5% of pre-pandemic levels, and the industry’s work during the pandemic has brought a range of responses.

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    Treasury concerns over ticketing changes

    2020-09-02T09:41:00Z

    UK: Department for Transport sources have confirmed to Rail Business UK that a key focus within the department is now on the development of part-time season tickets or carnets to encourage commuters to return to train services. However, pressure from the Treasury to manage any ...

  • The Department for Transport has exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021.
    Rail Business UK

    GWR Emergency Measures Agreement extended

    2020-09-01T09:47:00Z

    UK: On September 1 the Department for Transport exercised its option to extend the Emergency Measures Agreement covering FirstGroup’s Great Western franchise until at least June 26 2021. FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory said this ‘provides important clarity and continuity for our customers, employees and wider ...