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  • European Sleeper route map of planned night train service
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    Night train to connect Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin and Praha

    2021-04-06T11:22:00Z

    EUROPE: Plans to launch a Praha – Dresden – Berlin – Amsterdam – Brussels night train services have been unveiled by established Czech independent operator RegioJet and newly-formed Dutch overnight train co-operative European Sleeper. Applications for paths are to be submitted shortly, with the aim ...

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    International rail travel revival endorsed by European stakeholders

    2021-03-30T11:24:00Z

    EUROPE: Stakeholders from across the rail sector have endorsed political proposals for the revitalisation and expansion of international passenger services, and committed to assist with future development to make rail ‘the preferred mode’ for international travel.

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    Spanish fruit and vegetables reach Denmark by rail

    2021-03-30T09:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Transfesa Logistics and Euro Pool System have expanded the CoolRail network of refrigerated services to Denmark, with the first trial delivery of a container of fresh fruit and vegetables. This travelled from Almussafes near Valencia in Spain to Denmark via Köln, with a transit ...

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    Year of Rail must focus on modal shift

    2021-03-30T08:30:00Z

    EUROPE: ‘We need to have a medium and long-term vision for rail’, emphasised Portugal’s Minister for Infrastructure & Housing Pedro Nuno Santos on March 29, officially launching the European Union Year of Rail with a virtual conference hosted from Lisboa.

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    RENFE to take stake in Leo Express in support of internationalisation strategy

    2021-03-09T16:47:00Z

    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE has announced its intention to acquire a 50% stake in central European open access operator Leo Express. RENFE said it sees a strategic opportunity to develop international business activities as Spain’s domestic market opens to competition. The proposed acquisition announced ...

  • Nightjet coach bodyshell unveiling
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    New fleet to make Nightjet ‘the best option for travelling between major European cities’

    2021-02-23T16:39:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The exterior design and first painted carbody for the fleet of coaches which Siemens Mobility is to supply for Nightjet night train services has been unveiled by Austrian Federal Railways. The couchette vehicles will include ‘mini-suites’ offering more privacy for lone travellers. ...

  • Transwaggon Group is to install Savvy Telematic Systems devices on a further 7 000 wagons
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    Transwaggon to install Savvy telematics equipment on entire fleet

    2021-02-21T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Swiss wagon leasing company Transwaggon Group is to install Savvy Telematic Systems devices on a further 7 000 wagons over the next three years, completing the roll-out across its entire fleet of 13 500 vehicles. The rugged devices which are designed to operate even ...

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    Pension funds invest in rolling stock leasing company

    2021-01-19T12:00:00Z

    ALPHA TRAINS: Investment manager AMP Capital and Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board have separately agreed to sell their stakes in rolling stock leasing company Alpha Trains to Dutch pension providers APG, which already owns an indirect interest, and PGGM Infrastructure Fund. Completion is subject to ...

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    Railpool financing package agreed

    2021-01-19T09:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Leasing company Railpool’s plans for the acquisition of new vehicles are being supported by KfW IPEX-Bank, ABN AMRO Bank, Crédit Agricole Corporate Investment Bank and ING Bank, which are providing equal amounts of debt capital totalling €150m in a seven-year financing package. KfW ...

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    Virtual groundbreaking launches construction of the Fehmarn Belt tunnel

    2021-01-11T09:00:00Z

    EUROPE: A virtual groundbreaking ceremony was held on January 1 to officially mark the start of construction of the 18 km Fehmarnbelt tunnel between Denmark and Germany. Plans for a live event in Rødbyhavn on January 4 had been cancelled because of ...

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    EIB backs CargoBeamer’s modal shift ambitions

    2021-01-05T14:25:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Investment Bank is providing financing to support the development of three CargoBeamer rail freight terminals at Calais in France, Kaldenkirchen near Germany’s border with the Netherlands and Domodossola near Italy’s border with Switzerland. CargoBeamer’s patented system comprising wagons, transhipment terminals and logistics software ...

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    RegioJet ready to launch Polish sleeper

    2020-12-30T12:12:00Z

    EUROPE: RegioJet has obtained all the approvals needed to launch its planned overnight service between Praha, Kraków and Przemysl, the Czech independent operator confirmed on December 30.

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    ERRAC outlines nine strategic railway research priorities

    2020-12-10T09:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Rail Research Advisory Council has published a list of nine ‘transforming projects’ which it believes are needed to maximise rail’s contribution towards meeting European transport and environmental goals. Intended to offer a framework for further decision-making on joint actions, the Strategic Research ...

  • Trebling of high speed rail travel and doubling of rail freight’s market share are two of the priorities outlined in the European Commission’s Sustainable & Smart Mobility Strategy
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    Rail to play a key role in EU strategy for ‘green, smart and affordable’ mobility

    2020-12-09T13:53:00Z

    EUROPE: A trebling of high speed rail travel and doubling of rail freight’s market share are two of the priorities outlined in the European Commission’s Sustainable Smart Mobility Strategy, which was unveiled in Brussels by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean on ...

  • The national rail operators of Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland have agreed to co-operate on the expansion of international night train services, suggesting that there is now a political willingness to provide the framework required for long term
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    Four operators to co-operate to expand night train services

    2020-12-08T16:37:00Z

    EUROPE: The national rail operators of Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland have agreed to co-operate on the expansion of international night train services, suggesting that there is now a political willingness to provide the framework required for long term success. ‘Europe’s leading railways are pooling their ...

  • Deutsche Bahn has launched a railway training scheme for refugees (Photo: DB).
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    Pan-European alliance to develop rail skills base

    2020-12-03T14:04:00Z

    EUROPE: The Skill Training Alliance For the Future European Rail system partnership of 32 organisations from across the transport, policy and education sectors has been launched to address the rail industry’s current and emerging skills and training needs.

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    ERA seminar examines human factors in rail automation

    2020-12-02T05:29:00Z

    EUROPE: Recognising that humans cannot be wholly removed from what it terms ‘the socio-technical system’ of railway operation, the European Union Agency for Railways is hosting a virtual seminar on December 2-3 to examine human and organisational factors in railway automation.

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    Alstom-Bombardier deal to complete in January

    2020-12-01T17:53:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Alstom and Bombardier announced on December 1 that they had received ‘all necessary regulatory approvals’ required to complete the sale of Bombardier Transportation to Alstom.

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    Hit Rail to provide interoperable European rail ticketing platform

    2020-11-16T12:51:00Z

    EUROPE: The International Union of Railways has awarded railway IT specialist Hit Rail a contract to supply an Open Sales Distribution Model platform to replace its existing PRIFIS international tariff distribution tool. Developed jointly by UIC, train operators and ticket vendors, OSDM provides a ...

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    Technical pillar boosts European harmonisation

    2020-11-12T14:19:00Z

    EUROPE: Harmonised procedures have come into force making the EU Agency for Railways the single certification body for train operators and rolling stock used in international service, as well as for the approval of ERTMS trackside equipment. October 31 was the formal deadline for EU member ...