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    EU funds rail cybersecurity research

    2020-06-24T13:10:00Z

    EUROPE: The Safety4Rails research programme to improve the resilience of railways and metros to cyber and physical attacks is one of five projects that will share €38m in funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research budget.

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    Coronavirus crisis offers lessons for rail freight policy

    2020-06-11T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association says lessons about the key success factors for rail freight can be learned from the significant improvement in performance which has occurred as a direct consequence of the drastic reduction in passenger traffic during the coronavirus pandemic. Shippers have long ...

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    European coalition to improve international rail travel

    2020-06-09T09:58:00Z

    EUROPE: A willingness to co-operate to increase rail’s share of the international passenger market is a set out in political statement signed by a ‘coalition of the willing’ comprising all EU member states except Croatia, Estonia, Cyprus and Malta (the latter two having no railways) and including ...

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    Associations emphasise importance of public transport in tackling climate change

    2020-06-04T14:06:00Z

    EUROPE: The International Union of Railways, International Association of Public Transport and European railway suppliers’ association UNIFE have called for ‘a new sense of urgency’ in developing a more sustainable transport mix, arguing that decision makers need to look beyond the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath and not forget that ‘the rising danger’ of climate change ‘has not stopped during the crisis’.

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    Latest Shift2Rail call for proposals attracts strong market interest

    2020-06-01T10:54:00Z

    EUROPE: The 2020 Shift2Rail call for proposals has prompted requests for railway research funding worth €113∙3m, the joint technology initiative announced on May 29. A total of 43 proposals have been submitted with a total value of €185∙8m, of which S2R would support €113m. Eight were ...

  • 'A boost for rail travel and clean mobility in our cities and regions’ is included in the proposals for a major post-coronavirus recovery plan set out by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
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    Boost for rail travel and clean mobility in EU recovery plan

    2020-05-29T08:46:00Z

    EUROPE: ‘A boost for rail travel and clean mobility in our cities and regions’ is included in the proposals for a major post-coronavirus recovery plan for the European Union set out by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on May 27. This includes changes to ...

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    Electronic Ticket Control Database enters service

    2020-05-19T11:52:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: A centralised system for the real-time exchange of ticket control information has been launched to enable rail ticket issuers and carriers around the world to increase their electronic ticketing capabilities and prevent fraud. The Electronic Ticket Control Database has been developed by not-for-profit European rail ...

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    Covid-19 crisis is hitting the rail industry hard, consultancy finds

    2020-05-07T07:42:00Z

    EUROPE: The coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a wide-ranging impact on train operators, vehicle owners and the rolling stock supply industry, according to a study undertaken by German management consultancy SCI Verkehr. Entitled ‘ Impact of the Covid-19 Crisis on the railway sector in Europe ...

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    Rail gets disinfectant material to Poland

    2020-05-04T14:46:00Z

    EUROPE: Captrain and TankMatch Rail Hamburg are transporting 1 000 tonnes of ethanol in 18 wagons from the Port of Rotterdam to Pleszew in Poland on May 4-5. The ethanol is urgently needed for the production of disinfectants, with Poland facing a shortage because of the ...

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    UIC shares ways to restore confidence in rail travel

    2020-04-30T12:02:00Z

    COVID-19: The International Union of Railways has published a summary of potential steps that could be adopted to increase customer confidence in rail transport following the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Trafikverket proposes Malmö – Brussels overnight service

    2020-04-29T15:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Trafikverket has recommended a Malmö – Köln - Brussels overnight train as the best option for increasing international rail travel to and from Sweden, although it has identified a number of hurdles that must be overcome.

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    Rolling stock leasing companies exposed to effects of prolonged lockdowns

    2020-04-23T08:49:00Z

    Government support for train operators will protect the short-term cash generation of rolling stock leasing companies during coronavirus lockdown periods, but there could be pressure on their revenue base once the restrictions are lifted, warns Christian Kuendig , Senior Director, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, at Fitch Ratings.

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    Rail investment is vital to post-Covid-19 recovery, say associations

    2020-04-21T15:51:00Z

    EUROPE: Investment to ‘make rail the core element of the European transport system’ should be an intrinsic part of the EU’s plans for stimulating economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic, according to rail sector associations CER and UNIFE.

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    Trains ensure food supplies to Sweden’s supermarkets

    2020-04-17T15:24:00Z

    EUROPE: To ensure deliveries to Sweden during the coronavirus pandemic, grocery chain ICA is transporting goods using rail services which Green Cargo normally operates for Volvo Group. The trains are run to transport goods from Sweden to Volvo’s factory at Gent in Belgium. For the last ...

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    Eurasian freight market is still developing

    2020-04-16T09:00:00Z

    ANALYSIS: Up to 2 million TEU could be moving by rail across the Eurasian landbridge corridors by 2030, according to a study commissioned by the International Union of Railways.

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    Berlin – Malmö night train to continue despite closure of ferry route

    2020-04-14T10:08:00Z

    EUROPE: The Berlin Night Express overnight train between Sweden and Germany will continue to run despite shipping company Stena Line’s plans to close the Trelleborg – Sassnitz ferry route which the train uses to cross the Baltic, operator Snälltåget has told Railway Gazette International . ...

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    ALLRAIL calls for action to save new passenger train operators

    2020-04-09T14:54:00Z

    EUROPE: The coronavirus pandemic is ‘annihilating’ the business cases of many independent passenger operators, and without urgent action the first bankruptcies could be seen this month, the ALLRAIL association of new entrants to the rail market has warned. On April 9 ALLRAIL said the ‘understandable’ decision ...

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    EU funding to support Madrid – Lisboa link

    2020-04-08T11:01:00Z

    EUROPE: More EU funding has been allocated to enhancing rail links between Portugal and Spain. The EU co-financing is part of a €1·4bn package of European Green Deal projects in seven EU states that was announced by the Commissioner for Cohesion Reforms Elisa Ferreira in ...

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    UBS predicts post-pandemic shift from air to high speed rail

    2020-04-07T09:58:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: A report published by UBS Research suggests that many travellers will switch from air to high speed rail in the post Covid-19 period.

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    Data4PT multimodal transport data interoperability project launched

    2020-04-01T08:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The Data4PT project has been formally launched to support the development of multimodal transport data exchange standards and models to fulfil the needs of travel information service providers. The EU-funded project aims to support member states in deploying the Transmodel, NeTEx and SIRI harmonised public ...