All coronavirus articles – Page 8

  • 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 ...

  • gb Palace of Westminster from the river
    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 ...

  • piston gin
    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 ...

  • RZD Logistics intermodal train.

    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.

  • The Northeast Corridor is shared by national long-distance operator Amtrak and eight commuter rail agencies.

    Pandemic scuppers Amtrak’s hopes of breaking even


    USA: Amtrak has lost close to 95% its ridership since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, just as the national passenger carrier was projecting that it would finally break even for the first time in almost 50 years. Ridership has all but disappeared because of ...

  • Davies Turner says it has seen a 195% increase in bookings for its Express China Rail weekly less-than-container-load service.

    Rail freight offered with air cargo style pricing to highlight cost saving


    INTERNATIONAL: Davies Turner has added a pricing mechanism based on air freight practice for its weekly Express China Rail rail, road and sea service from Xi’an to the UK. This is intended to demonstrate the potential cost savings to importers who have traditionally used aviation. ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    The number of trains between Bro, 30 km from Stockholm, and Malmö which TX Logistik operates for retailer Coop has been doubled to 20 per week, to ensure the delivery of food to supermarkets in the south of the country. ‘Even for goods that were previously ...

  • Greater Anglia ticket machine
    Rail Business UK

    Great Anglia temporarily closes ticket offices during lockdown


    UK: With its passenger numbers down by more than 90%, Greater Anglia temporarily closed 34 ticket offices with effect from April 19 and reduced opening hours at a further seven. Offices consistently selling less than 20 tickets/day have been closed, except for those near big hospitals. ...

  • us-bart-construction
    Metro Report International

    BART increases opportunities for small businesses


    USA: San Francisco Bay Area metro operator BART says it is taking ‘unprecedented steps’ to increase the opportunities available to small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. ‘We are actively soliciting as many small businesses as possible to help us with essential work’ said Fei Liu of ...

  • Industry sources confirm that train operating companies have been asked to prepare to reinstate a significant number of services from May 18.
    Rail Business UK

    UK government planning increase in rail services from May 18


    UK: Despite an explicit denial of any proposals to increase passenger rail services when First Secretary of State Dominic Raab was questioned at the government’s daily coronavirus press briefing on April 22, industry sources confirm that train operating companies have been asked to prepare to reinstate a ...

  • Christian Kuendig, Fitch

    Rolling stock leasing companies exposed to effects of prolonged lockdowns


    Government support for train operators will protect the short-term cash generation of rolling stock leasing companies during coronavirus lockdown periods, but there could be pressure on their revenue base once the restrictions are lifted, warns Christian Kuendig , Senior Director, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, at Fitch Ratings.

  • tn_gb-manchester-metrolink-mediacity-tram_03.jpg
    Rail Business UK

    Manchester Metrolink faces financial crisis and Merseyrail struggling to survive, mayors warn


    UK: Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has warned that services on the region’s Metrolink light rail system could be suspended unless government funding is provided, while his Liverpool City Region counterpart Steve Rotheram said Merseyrail suburban rail services also need help. Urgent action needed ...

  • ch-Ceneri base tunnel

    Testing resumes in Ceneri Base Tunnel


    SWITZERLAND: Test running has restarted in the 15∙4 km Ceneri Base Tunnel at the southern end of the Gotthard corridor. Agreement for the tests to resume on April 20 was reached after tunnel contractor AlpTransit Gotthard AG concluded discussions with medical specialists at operator SBB and ...

  • Messe Berlin has rescheduled the InnoTrans 2020 trade fair, the biggest event in the rail industry calendar.

    InnoTrans 2020 moved to new date


    INNOTRANS: Organiser Messe Berlin has rescheduled the InnoTrans 2020 trade fair, the biggest event in the rail industry calendar. The Messe Berlin venue has more than 3 km of outdoor tracks for rail vehicles to be displayed. InnoTrans 2020 was ...

  • cz Praha metro seat trial
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport news round-up


    A revised seating layout is being tested on the Praha metro. The current seats are arranged in a 2+1 transverse configuration, but in the proposed layout the single seats are turned 90º to face the aisle. Many passengers were already sitting sideways on these seats, and ...

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    Rail investment is vital to post-Covid-19 recovery, say associations


    EUROPE: Investment to ‘make rail the core element of the European transport system’ should be an intrinsic part of the EU’s plans for stimulating economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic, according to rail sector associations CER and UNIFE.

  • Newport training facility
    Rail Business UK

    Signaller training centre to keep trains moving through the pandemic


    UK: Network Rail has converted former testing workshops and meeting rooms at Newport into a temporary training centre to ensure it has enough skilled signallers to keep trains in the Wales Western Region moving during the coronavirus crisis. More than ...