Europe – Page 10

  • Cambrils, Spain
    Metro Report International

    Camp de Tarragona tram plan


    SPAIN: Catalan transport operator FGC has called tenders for a €1·9m, 18-month contract to produce specifications for the first phase of the proposed Tramvia del Camp de Tarragona light rail line This would run 14·6 km through the municipalities of Cambrils, Salou and Vila-seca, using the ...

  • Arriva Stadler Wink multiple-units

    Diesel train modified for battery traction tests


    NETHERLANDS: One of Arriva’s 18 Stadler Wink diesel multiple-units has been temporarily modified to test the potential for using battery power for emission-free operation without the cost of fixed electrification infrastructure. Normally used on secondary routes around Groningen and Leeuwarden, the Wink units are powered by ...

  • DB Cargo UK to France automotive train service launched
    Rail Business UK

    UK to France automotive train service launched


    EUROPE: DB Cargo UK has launched a rail service transporting Corolla hybrid cars manufactured at Toyota’s Derby plant in the UK to Valenciennes in France via the Channel Tunnel, returning with Aygo, Yaris and Yaris+ vehicles. ‘This project is the culmination of four years of work ...

  • Algeciras port (Photo: ABPA)

    Algeciras picks Fesava to provide port rail services


    SPAIN: Algeciras port authority ABPA has awarded Fesava a two-year contract to provide rail services at its Isla Verde Interior and Exterior terminals. The port rail network was previously operated by ADIF under an agreement with APBA and Puertos del Estado, with rail freight operations managed ...

  • Switzerland, Wengernalpbahn WAB He(m) 4-4 '41' locomotive

    Wengernalpbahn locomotive delivered


    SWITZERLAND: Wengernalpbahn has taken delivery of the first of three Hem 4/4 narrow-gauge electro-diesel locomotives that it ordered from Stadler Bussnang in October 2019 at a cost of SFr13·5m for use on the Wengen Shuttle service. The first locomotive was delivered on ...

  • Pasazieru Vilciens Skoda EMU (1)

    Latvian electric train unveiled


    LATVIA: ‘These trains are bringing to Latvia a new standard of quality’, said Rodžers Jānis Grigulis, CEO of national passenger operator Pasažier Vilciens, at the unveiling of the first of 32 four-car electric multiple-units ordered from Škoda Transportation. The EMU was unveiled at the factory in ...

  • es-Madrid metro sol gran via link-2-M A Navarro
    Metro Report International

    Millimetre-wave radio data transfer trialled on the Madrid Metro


    SPAIN: Metro de Madrid and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid have tested a millimetre-wave radio system supplied by Israeli company Radwin to support data transfer between trains and between train and the lineside. Radwin said the tests showed that its TerraBridge mmWave radio technology can provide a ...

  • Nis station, Serbia (Photo: Toma Bacic)

    CRCC to bore tunnel in Beograd – Niš corridor


    SERBIA: Infrastructure manager Infrastruktura Zeleznice Srbije has signed a contract with a consortium led by China Railway 21st Bureau Group, a subsidiary of CRCC, to build a tunnel between Stalać and Đunis in the south of the country. According to a statement issued by IZS on ...

  • Spanish train

    Detecting earthquakes with ADIF’s optic fibre network


    SPAIN: ADIF has signed an agreement for the Instituto Geográfico Nacional to use its optic fibre network to gather and analyse data about earthquakes, which are relatively common in the Iberian Peninsula. To date, ADIF’s 16 000 km dark optic fibre network has not been made ...

  • ÖBB sign

    Disputed double-deck EMU contract awarded to Stadler again


    AUSTRIA: Stadler has once again been named the winner of a disputed 10-year framework contract to supply Austria Federal Railways with up to 186 double-deck electric multiple-units worth €3bn.

  • es-Iryo-branded ILSA ETR1000-credit Iryo

    ILSA to add a third partner


    SPAIN: Intermodalidad de Levante, the high speed joint venture between Trenitalia and Air Nostrum, is poised to agree a deal with Globalvia under which it would become the third partner in the business. Globalvia, a motorway and urban transport infrastructure concessionaire owned by three investment funds, ...

  • Train and EU flag

    European Year of Rail raised awareness of sustainability credentials


    EUROPE: ‘2021 was an extremely challenging year for railways’, European rail industry bodies said in a joint message marking the formal end of the European Year of Rail. ‘The Covid-19 pandemic hit the sector hard, and its impact is still felt today with more than €50bn ...

  • Montenegro train

    International rail links in Montenegro‘s national infrastructure plan


    MONTENEGRO: Plans for international rail links and other long term improvements to the rail network are included a national infrastructure strategy for 2021-23 which has been adopted by the government. The proposed international links would run from Nikšić towards Bileća in Bosnia & Herzegovina and from ...

  • LDZ passenger trains

    Latvia surveys interest in passenger rail tendering


    LATVIA: The Road Transport Administration has launched a survey to gauge market interest in providing domestic passenger rail services. The RTA said this was the first survey of this type in Latvia, and would meet the requirements of EC Regulation 1370/2007 which sets out rules for ...

  • euERJU-formal-launch-Paris-220221

    Europe’s Rail research initiative launched


    EUROPE: The Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking that will co-ordinate EU railway research over the next decade was formally launched in Paris on February 21, during an event organised by SNCF in conjunction with the French Presidency of the European Union.

  • SRS Modertrans tram impression
    Metro Report International

    Schöneicher-Rüdersdorf Strassenbahn orders low-floor trams


    GERMANY: Schöneicher–Rüdersdorf Strassenbahn has awarded Modertrans a contract to supply three low-floor trams for use on Route 87, which connects Berlin-Rahnsdorf S-Bahn station with Woltersdorf, just outside Berlin. The 5·6 km standard gauge line is currently operated using 60-year old Gotha vehicles. The new low-floor trams ...

  • The ZNPK federation of independent train operators has called for a ‘serious debate’ on access charges and a ‘radical’ 50% cut in fees (Photo: PKP PLK).

    Polish operators call for track access charge cut to stem loss of market share


    POLAND: The ZNPK federation of independent train operators has called for a ‘serious debate’ on access charges and a ‘radical’ 50% cut in fees, saying infrastructure manager PKP PLK’s current charges for freight trains are amongst the highest in Europe. ZNPK says that PKP PLK’s draft ...

  • RENFE Stadler EMU impression

    Spanish EMUs to have ABB traction batteries


    SPAIN: Stadler has awarded ABB a US$80m contract to supply traction converters and roof-mounted lithium-ion batteries for 59 double-deck electric multiple-units which RENFE has ordered for use on Madrid and Barcelona commuter services. The EMUs will operate primarily using 3 kV DC overhead, but will be ...

  • Oberweißbacher Bergbahn funicular

    Oberweißbacher Bergbahn operating contract awarded


    GERMANY: Thüringen’s Ministry of Infrastructure & Agriculture has directly awarded incumbent DB RegioNetz Verkehrs a contract to continue operating the Oberweißbacher Bergbahn funicular and electric train services for a further 10 years. A market survey determined that it would be impractical to hold a competitive tender ...

  • DB Regio Warnow II Stadler Flirt BEMU impression

    Battery trains on the Baltic coast


    GERMANY: Having been named the winner of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Warnow II passenger train operating contract, DB Regio Nordost has ordered Stadler Flirt Akku battery-electric multiple-units to replace diesel multiple-units on two of the routes. The Land announced the award of the Warnow II contract to the incumbent ...