Europe – Page 12

  • Bucuresti Metrorex metro train (Photo: Toma Bacic)
    Metro Report International

    București awards Line M6 phase one contract


    ROMANIA: Metrorex has awarded Turkey’s Alsim Alarko a €242m design and build contract covering the first section of București metro Line M6. The 6 km long section will have six stations (Pajura, Expoziției, Piața Montreal, Gara Băneasa, Aeroportul Băneasa and Tokyo), and is being financed jointly ...

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    Flat wagons recalled to prevent use in invasion of Ukraine


    EUROPE: Lithuania’s national freight operator LTG Cargo has stopped the leasing of its flat wagons and banned their transport to Russia or Belarus, out of concern that the governments could nationalise them and use them for military purposes as part of the invasion of Ukraine. LTG ...

  • Coradia iLint (Photo: Alstom/Rene Frampe)

    Hydrogen train operating contract awarded


    GERMANY: Rhein-Main-transport authority RMV has awarded DB Regio subsidiary Regionalverkehre Start Deutschland the contract to operate hydrogen fuel cell trains on the Taunus network for 12 years from December 11 2022. Awarded following an international tender, the contract covers four services in the Frankfurt area: ...

  • The Association of German Transport Undertakings has put forward proposals to accelerate the rate of railway electrification (Photo: DB/Martin Busbach)

    Electrification still best for climate protection, says VDV


    GERMANY: The Association of German Transport Undertakings has put forward proposals to accelerate the rate of electrification, emphasising that more of the national rail network needs to be electrified to encourage modal shift and meet the federal government’s climate protection objectives. In a position paper aimed ...

  • The French government has established public corporations to handle the financing of three major high speed line projects.

    High speed line financing corporations established


    FRANCE: The government has established public corporations to handle the financing of three major high speed line projects. The three are the Ligne Nouvelle Provence Côte d’Azur between Marseille and Nice, the Grand Projet du Sud-Ouest from Bordeaux to Toulouse, and the Ligne Nouvelle Montpellier – ...

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    Alstom suspends deliveries and investment in Russia


    INTERNATIONAL: The suspension of deliveries to and future investments in Russia was announced by Alstom on March 9. The company said it would ‘obviously comply with all applicable sanctions and laws’ imposed following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Alstom has a 20% stake in Transmashholding, the ...

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    Speno International to show latest rail grinding trolley at IAF


    GERMANY: Speno International will be exhibiting its latest generation of rail grinding trolley at this year’s IAF railway infrastructure maintenance trade fair in Münster. The trolley features an increased capacity for collecting grinding debris while ensuring a high output. The company will also be highlighting the ...

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    UIC suspends companies from Russia and Belarus


    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways has suspended the membership of companies from Russia and Belarus which are under international sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine. This includes Russian Railways. On March 8 UIC said it was committed to enabling international railway co-operation with the values ...

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    Metro Report International

    Trams to return to Konstantynów


    POLAND: A consortium of Przedsiębiorstwo Drogowo-Budowlane Kemy and MPK-Łódź has been awarded a 80·6m złoty design and build contract to rehabilitate the out of use tram line between the city of Łódź and Konstantynów. The 7 km route running west from the Zdrowie terminus in Łódź ...

  • Santiago de Compostela derailment (Photo: Contando Estrelas CC-BY-2.0/Wikimedia Commons)

    Spain to create single transport accident investigation body


    SPAIN: The government is currently drafting legislation to establish a single transport accident investigation body, combining the responsibilities of the three commissions currently in charge of investigating maritime, civil aviation and railway accidents.

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    Bosruck tunnel refurbishment enters final phase


    AUSTRIA: Work has begun on the second and final phase of the refurbishment of the 4 766 m long single-track Bosruck tunnel which links the Länder of Oberösterreich and Steiermark.

  • Chemnitz Stadler Kiss IC train

    DB to restore direct inter-city services to Chemnitz


    GERMANY: DB Fernverkehr is to relaunch regular inter-city trains to and from Chemnitz Hauptbahnhof in June after a gap of more than 15 years. Zweckverband Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen has awarded DB Fernverkehr a contract to run four of its Berlin – Dresden services per day to and ...

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    Polish industry calls for ’full and complete’ sanctions on Russian and Belarusian railways


    EUROPE: Representatives of the Polish railway industry have issued a joint call for the European Commission to impose ‘full and complete’ sanctions on the Russian and Belarusian railways because of their logistical role in the invasion of Ukraine. The statement issued on March 3 is signed by ...

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    ​Marseille – Nice route modernisation signed off


    FRANCE: Upon completion of a public inquiry on February 28, the French government, SNCF and the local authorities involved have signed off the €3·5bn funding package for the Ligne Nouvelle Provence Côte d’Azur programme to enhance capacity in the Marseille – Nice corridor.

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    Maiorana takes over at Trafikverket


    SWEDEN: Roberto Maiorana has taken over as Director-General of rail and highway infrastructure manager Trafikverket with effect from March 1. Nominated by the government on February 17, Maiorana has extensive experience in the international transport sector. He held a range of leading roles at airline SAS ...

  • Italian trains

    State aid for Italy’s long-distance train operators approved


    ITALY: The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a €687m Italian government package intended to compensate operators of commercial long-distance passenger rail services for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic over the period between July 1 2020 and April 3 2021. The decision ...

  • Freight train (Photo: Christophe Masse)

    Domestic thinking continues to hinder European freight revival, conference told


    EUROPE: The need for European co-ordination, better train paths and the best use of technology to improve service quality were among the topics covered when the French Ministry of Transport organised a conference in Paris on February 23-24 to discuss ways of improving European rail freight ...

  • Kyiv station and flags

    Rail supply sector responds to Russian invasion of Ukraine


    Railway Gazette International  asked major companies from the railway supply industry how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is affecting their business activities.

  • Recaro has announced a ‘double digit million euro’ investment in Polish train seat manufacturer Growag

    Recaro enters the train seat market with Growag investment


    POLAND: Aviation and automotive seat company Recaro has announced a ‘double digit million euro’ investment in Polish train seat manufacturer Growag, saying it expects to see significant growth in the rail market in the next 10 years. Recaro said its expansion into the train seat market ...

  • Paris Lourdes night train relaunch (Photo: J Anne)

    Rolling stock manufacturers keen to support night train market


    EUROPE: Rolling stock manufacturers have expressed interest supplying new sleeping cars at a conference in Paris on February 23-24 on best practice in night train operation. The conference in Paris was organised by the French Ministry of Transport as part of the country’s Presidency of the ...