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  • Ukrainian refugees at station

    International rail organisations say ‘sovereignty, self-determination, independence and territorial integrity’ must be respected


    UKRAINE: ‘We are firmly against the use of railways in armed conflicts’, the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail and the Organisation for Co‑Operation Between Railways said in a joint statement issued on March 21; it did not specifically mention Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The ...

  • Beograd - Novi Sad reopening (Photo: Toma Bacic)

    Beograd – Novi Sad line reopens following 200 km/h upgrade


    SERBIA: Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attended a ceremony on March 19 to mark the completion of the modernisation of the 77·6 km Beograd – Novi Sad route, and the launch of 200 km/h inter-city services on this section of the ...

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    More French inter-city services in prospect as tendering relaunched


    FRANCE: A 20% increase in ridership on conventional inter-city services or Trains d’Equilibre du Territoire over the next decade is envisaged in a new operating contract between the government and SNCF Voyageurs which was signed in Paris on March 17.

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    Stadler reports ‘best year’ since IPO


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler has reported record orders and earnings before tax for the 2021 financial year.

  • Pilotprojekt - Wavebreaker och Tvärbanan2

    Swedish start-up develops sound damping modules to mitigate railway noise


    SWEDEN: Lerum-based start-up Wavebreaker has developed a passive sound damping module designed to mitigate traffic and railway noise in urban environments. Tested in a pilot project with Stockholm transport authority SL last year, the Wavebreaker modules are based on the principle of ...

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    MainRail to digitalise ADIF maintenance records


    SPAIN: Aldesa Group company Coalvi and Rover Rail have selected the MainRailMT digital platform for tracking and asset condition and managing maintenance tasks in real time. The two companies will deploy the technology to support their contract to maintain more than 2 700 km of ADIF’s ...

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    Rail Business UK

    National Rail operators to offer free travel to Ukrainian arrivals


    UK: National Rail train operators are to offer people arriving from Ukraine free travel to their final destination from March 20. Ukrainians who have arrived in the UK will be able to travel for free by showing their Ukrainian passport and a boarding pass or ticket ...

  • Ukrainian refugees at station

    European railways co-ordinate efforts to support Ukrainians


    EUROPE: Railways are playing a key role in the flow of refugees out of Ukraine and the supply of aid into the country since it was invaded by Russia, and the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies says it is working closely with its members ...

  • Hydrogen pilot project train leasing agreement signed

    Hydrogen pilot project train leasing agreement signed


    GERMANY: Transdev subsidiary Bayerische Regiobahn has signed an agreement to lease a prototype Mireo Plus H hydrogen fuel cell-powered multiple unit from Siemens Mobility for trials in Bayern. The contract signed on March 15 is a follow-up to the letter of intent which was signed in ...

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    Out-of-use Serbian railways to be dismantled


    SERBIA: Infrastruktura Železnice Srbije has begun dismantling 435 km of track on lines which were abandoned between 1978 and 2014. The move is expected to generate €2·7m through the sale of scrap metal. Novi Sad based company ZGOP is undertaking the work. The lines are: ...

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    Metro Report International

    Keolis merges its digital services


    FRANCE: Keolis is merging all its public transport related data and software development activities into a single entity called Hove, formed from the words Hive and Move. Hove will take over the 110 employees of Kisio Digital and those of the data team of Kisio Services ...

  • Innofreight

    TŽV Gredelj to manufacture Innowaggons under 10-year production agreement


    CROATIA: Innofreight, Tatravagónka and Slovak rail logistics group Budamar Logistics have signed a framework agreement covering wagon production for 10 years which is potentially worth €2bn. Under the agreement, Tatravagónka subsidiary TŽV Gredelj will produce 1 000 Innowaggons per year for Innofreight at its plant in ...

  • Vlexx receives notification of funding of €7m for the conversion of six Elektro-Netz Saar Talent 3 EMUs to BEMUs

    Vlexx to convert six EMUs to battery-electric operation


    GERMANY: The Federal Ministry of Digital & Transport has announced a grant of €6∙7m to cover part of the €17m cost of converting six of Vlexx’s Bombardier Talent 3 EMUs to battery-electric operation. The grant was announced by Transport Minister Oliver Luksic at a ceremony held ...

  • SAD Nahverkehr will continue to operate local passenger services in South Tirol.

    RFI endorses northern link to Riva del Garda


    ITALY: An assessment by infrastructure manager RFI commissioned last year by the Trentino-South Tirol region has backed the idea of building a railway from Rovereto to Riva del Garda as ‘technically and economically feasible’.

  • Duisburger Hafen aerial view

    Port of Duisburg pulls out of Belarus


    BELARUS: German logistics group Duisburger Hafen AG announced on March 11 that it was ceasing all business activity in Belarus with immediate effect, because of the country’s support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Duisport will divest its 38·9% stake in Eurasian Rail Gateway which is ...

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    Thales selected for Dutch ERTMS Central Safety System contract


    NETHERLANDS: Infrastructure manager ProRail has selected Thales as preferred bidder for a contract to develop, install and maintain an ERTMS Central Safety System on the 7 000 track-km network. The contract is potentially worth €420m over its maximum duration of 37 years. Siemens had also been ...

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    Metro Report International

    Oslo metro train procurement begins


    NORWAY: Oslo transport operator Sporveien has called tenders for the supply of metro trainsets ahead of the opening of the Fornebu Line in 2027-28. An initial firm order for 20 three-car trainsets is planned, with options for up to 90 further vehicles to be supplied within ...

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    Europe’s Rail research programme issues first call for proposals


    EUROPE: The Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking that is co-ordinating EU railway research over the next decade has issued its first call for proposals, under which it will provide €234m to back rail innovation projects worth €390m.

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    RFI awards €500m ERTMS framework agreement


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a partnership of Hitachi Rail, Alstom Ferroviaria and Ceit a €500m framework agreement to design and deploy ERTMS in Sicily (480 km), Umbria (150 km) and on the Roccasecca – Avezzano line (80 km).

  • Zittauer Schmalspurbahn

    Sachsen narrow gauge line goes digital


    GERMANY: PSI Transcom subsidiary Moveo Software is to supply its Profahr personnel planning system for the 750 mm gauge line from Zittau which is operated by Sächsisch-Oberlausitzer Eisenbahn. This will digitalise staff scheduling for 50 drivers and 35 trains/day, with short-term changes managed automatically and in ...