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    German operating contracts awarded


    GERMANY: Rhein-Main-transport authority RMV has awarded Hessische Landesbahn a contract to operate Lahntal, Vogelsberg and Rhönbahn regional passenger services for 15 years from December 10 2023, and with its Rheinland-Pfalz Nord counterpart has awarded VIAS the next contract to operate Rheingau services. The Lahntal, Vogelsberg ...

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    Elastic project stretches tram technology


    ITALY: Three trams and three tram stops in Firenze have been equipped with sensing, computation and communication capabilities as part of the Software Architecture for Extreme-ScaLe Big-Data AnalyticS in Fog CompuTIng ECosystems project to develop autonomous tram technology. The EU-funded €5·9m ELASTIC project is being ...

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    Cross-border line to be electrified


    SLOVAKIA: Infrastructure manager ŽSR has awarded Reming Consult a €427 650 contract to draw up plans for the modernisation of the cross-border bridge over the River Morava/March in preparation for the long-planned 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the 2·4 km single-track line from Devínska Nová ...

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    Europe: Reviving the overnight network


    An array of revived and new overnight services is planned across western and central Europe. Murray Hughes provides an overview of the latest developments.

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    ICM Mobility acquires mobile ticketing and payment specialist Unwire


    DENMARK: ICM Mobility Group has acquired mobile ticketing and payment specialist Unwire, which offers a white label platform aggregating services ranging from traditional public transport to micromobility, paratransit, rideshare and other options. Features include multimodal trip planning and on-demand microtransit booking and scheduling. København-based Unwire ...

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    Station refurbishment at Santiago de Compostela to go ahead


    SPAIN: On June 1 the government authorised ADIF Alta Velocidad to call tenders for reconstruction of the station at Santiago de Compostela.

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    Wagons delivered for wood chip import service


    EUROPE: The Finnlog subsidiary of Finland’s VR Group has taken delivery of 35 wagons manufactured by ZMK which will be used for transporting wood chips from Metsä Group’s Svir sawmill in Russia to its pulp mill at Joutseno in Finland. Cross-border ...

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    France: Report presages night train renaissance


    A detailed report on the revival of domestic and international overnight passenger services on the French network indicates a potential market of 5∙7 million trips a year.

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    Design of Moscow’s next tram unveiled


    RUSSIA. Sinara has revealed the appearance of the 90 Type 71-628M fully low-floor, four-axle trams which it has designed for Moscow and which will be produced by subcontractor UKVZ. The contract includes 30 years of maintenance. The first five cars are ...

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    Shift2Rail, CEN and CENELEC sign standardisation co-operation agreement


    EUROPE: Shift2Rail, the European Committee for Standardization and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization have signed a memorandum of understanding formalising their existing collaboration and agreeing to work together to identify areas where standardisation can contribute to innovation in the rail sector. Examples of such ...

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    RZD places order for 200 diesel locomotives


    RUSSIA: Russian Railways and Sinara Transport Machines have agreed a firm order for the supply and life-cycle maintenance of 200 2TE35A twin-section main line freight diesel locomotives able to haul trains of up to 7 100 tonnes. This follows a framework agreement for the supply ...

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    FlixTrain enters the overnight market


    GERMANY: Open access operator FlixTrain is to launch an overnight service between Hamburg, Berlin and München on June 17. The company says many FlixBus passengers like to travel overnight, and that it has always believed there is ‘great potential’ for a night train service. ‘We would ...

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    Left bank of the Rhein operating contract awarded


    GERMANY: The Rheinland-Pfalz Nord, Süd and Rheinland transport authorities have jointly awarded incumbent Transdev company Trans Regio Deutsche Regionalbahn the next contract to operate RB26 MittelrheinBahn regional passenger services linking Köln, Koblenz and Mainz via the scenic route along the left bank of the River Rhein. ...

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    Olsztyn tram extension contract finalised


    POLAND: After more than year of appeals against the planned contract award, in early June the city of Olsztyn was finally cleared to award a consortium of Polimex and Trakcja a 403m złoty contract to build a 6 km extension of the tram network. The ...

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    Interim diesel contracts awarded pending switch to zero-emission operation


    GERMANY: Nahverkehr Rheinland has awarded two contracts for the operation of diesel-worked local passenger services around Düren as interim measure pending a switch to fuel cells or other zero-emission traction. Both contracts were awarded to incumbent Rurtalbahn and run for four years from December 12 ...

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    Brussels M7 metro trains launched


    BELGIUM: Brussels metro operator STIB has officially launched its M7 series trainsets into operation, with CEO Brieuc Meeûs d’Argenteuil and the capital region’s Minister of Mobility Elke van den Brandt taking invited guests for a short ride on the first unit from Erasmus station on Line 1.

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    LDz launches semitrailer service with Stena Line


    LATVIA: National railway Latvijas Dzelzceļš has launched what it says is its first piggyback intermodal service carrying semitrailers with the aim of capturing a greater share of the freight market for shipments heading to western Europe.

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    Trento tramway approved


    ITALY: The province of Trentino and Trento municipality have reached agreement for the construction of an 8 km tram line in the city.

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    CAF Oaris EMUs enter service with Flytoget


    NORWAY: The first CAF Oaris high speed EMUs entered traffic with Oslo airport express operator Flytoget on June 3.

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    EU transport ministers call for modal shift, so rail can grow faster than the wider economy


    EUROPE: Meeting virtually on June 3, EU transport ministers gave unequivocal backing to rail’s role at the heart of sustainable mobility by adopting two sets of EU Council conclusions.