All coronavirus articles – Page 10

  • The government and rail sector have agreed a plan for the gradual reduction of train services to reflect lower passenger demand as people stop unnecessary travel and decrease non-essential social contact
    Rail Business UK

    Rail services to be reduced to match demand and provide resilience


    UK: The government and rail sector have agreed a plan for the gradual reduction of train services to reflect lower passenger demand as people stop unnecessary travel and decrease non-essential social contact in line with advice to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Under plans ...

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    Wuhan rail service launched to meet demand as road transport disrupted


    CHINA: In response to customer requests arising from the difficulties of using road transport during the coronavirus crisis, Nippon Express Co has launched a rail-based freight service from Shanghai to Wuhan in collaboration with Sinotrans. Nippon Express said the coronavirus outbreak had led to numerous restrictions ...

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    Urban news

    London Underground, rail and bus services cut by coronavirus


    UK: Major cuts to metro, rail and bus services were announced by Transport for London on March 18, with the operator explaining that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had asked it to focus on enabling ‘critical workers to make essential journeys’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry forms Coronavirus Joint Forum


    UK: Trade unions and industry leaders agreed on March 18 to set up a Rail Industry Coronavirus Joint Forum. This will engage at a senior level to support a collective industry response and help to ensure that the railway can continue to operate during the coronavirus crisis. ...

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    Coronavirus pushes switch from cash to card payment


    NEW ZEALAND: Cash sales of tickets on the Metlink transport network in Greater Wellington will end on March 23, in a move which Metlink said was designed ‘to stay one step ahead of Covid-19 and give our passengers and staff more peace of mind’. On the ...

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    UIC publishes Covid-19 management guidance for railway stakeholders


    INTERNATIONAL: Following the first meeting of its coronvirus task force, the International Union of Railways has published Management of Covid-19: Guidance for Railway Stakeholders . UIC has published Management of Covid-19: Guidance for Railway Stakeholders. The document which is freely ...

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    Urban news

    Transport for London forecasts £500m financial impact from coronavirus


    UK: Transport for London has issued an update on how the coronavirus has affected passenger numbers and how it intends to utilise its reserves to manage the forecast initial financial impact of £500m. On March 16 TfL said it had seen an underlying softness in demand ...

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    Intermodal sector calls for ‘fast, lean, pragmatic’ measures to safeguard rail freight in the coronavirus crisis


    EUROPE: A group of organisations involved in the intermodal freight sector have published an open letter to European and Italian institutions emphasising the importance of acting in a ‘fast, lean, pragmatic way’ to safeguard rail transport as a strategic asset for the economy during the coronavirus outbreak. ...

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    Metro operator deploys cleaning robot to fight the coronavirus


    CHINA: Hong Kong’s MTR Corp has deployed an automated Vapourised Hydrogen Peroxide Robot to undertake deep cleaning and decontamination of its trains and stations. The VHP Robot is the result of a joint project between MTR Corp and biotechnology company Avalon Biomedical. It automatically sprays ...

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    International Union of Railways forms coronavirus task force


    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways has formed a Covid-19 Task Force which will work with the rail section and external organisations to disseminate best practice on limiting and managing the disease’s outbreak while taking into account rail-specific issues and ensuring harmonisation within the railway community. ...

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    LIVE: rail sector responds to coronavirus


    Rolling updates on the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the global railway industry.

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    Rail unions call for action on coronavirus


    UK: General Secretary of the TSSA trade union Manuel Cortes has written to Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps urging the government to convene a transport sector summit on tackling the Covid-19 outbreak. The summit would bring together train operators, representatives of ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority and Zambia Railways Ltd have delivered an initial shipment of 1·1 million litres of oil from the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to New Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia under an agreement with Delta Energy Zambia which covers up to 6 ...

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    IT-Trans event postponed owing to coronavirus concerns


    GERMANY: ‘In light of the extreme circumstances’ arising from the global spread of the coronavirus, the International Association of Public Transport and Messe Karlsruhe have ‘with regret but determination’ postponed the IT-Trans transport technology conference and exhibition which was due to be held on March 3-6. ...

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    ‘No reason to cancel InnoTrans’


    INNOTRANS: Amid concerns about the impact of the coronavirus and associated travel restrictions on international business, on February 28 InnoTrans organiser Messe Berlin told Railway Gazette International ‘we are in constant communication with the responsible health authorities and are monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19’. Messe ...

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    Rail ticket refunds offered to Chinese customers unable to travel because of the coronavirus


    UK: Passenger operators in Great Britain have agreed to offer fee-free refunds for rail tickets purchased in China, following the suspension of flights in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Train operators and independent ticket retailers Assertis, Atomised, Click Travel, Evolvi, On Track ...