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    Interview: Alternative traction can deliver decarbonisation in Europe

    2021-07-26T07:00:00Z

    Alstom’s decision to focus on ‘net zero’-compliant traction technology as long ago as 2014 is firmly bearing fruit in Europe, the company’s Vice-President for Regional Rolling Stock Brahim Soua* tells Nick Kingsley.

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    Infrastructure managers assess impact of catastrophic flooding

    2021-07-19T15:51:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail infrastructure managers are assessing the extent of impact of catastrophic flooding which has destroyed tracks, bridges, earthworks and stations in Germany, Belgium and elsewhere. Deutsche Bahn reported on July 18 that 600 km of track and around 80 stations in Nordrhein-Westfalen and Rheinland-Pfalz ...

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    Covid Impact Tracker shows continued losses for rail in 2021

    2021-07-14T14:19:00Z

    EUROPE: The economic situation for EU railways shows very little sign of improvement, according to the Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies’ Covid Impact Tracker. Revenues from January to May 2021 were lower across the board than in the second half of 2020, the association reported. ...

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    MEPs urge faster ERTMS rollout

    2021-07-07T10:32:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Parliament has called for expedited deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System in order to reduce the ‘fragmentation’ of the European rail sector and achieve the EU’s climate and digital transition objectives.

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    Provisional EU agreement on women in rail reached

    2021-07-03T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Provisional agreement on a binding EU-level deal to promote the employment of women in the rail sector has been reached by the Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies, representing employers, and the European Transport Workers’ Federation, representing staff. CER and ETF said ...

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    Call for 2022 to be the European Year of Rail & Public Transport

    2021-06-29T10:15:00Z

    EUROPE: With plans to celebrate 2021 as the Year of Rail having been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, five European transport associations have jointly called on the European Union to extend and expand the concept and make 2022 the European Year of Rail Public ...

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    Research, market access and demand form three pillars of UNIFE advocacy strategy

    2021-06-18T09:00:00Z

    EUROPE: UNIFE’s general assembly has approved the European rail supply industry association’s 2021-22 advocacy strategy, through which it aims to continue to raise awareness of the strategic importance of the sector from both an industrial and a sustainable transport point of view, and highlight the challenges ...

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    Paris – Edinburgh route proposed under French start-up Midnight Trains’ hotel train plan

    2021-06-16T09:39:00Z

    EUROPE: A Paris – Edinburgh service is among the most eye-catching proposals for a network of premium overnight sleeping car services set out by French start-up Midnight Trains on June 16.

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    Night train start-ups European Sleeper and Moonlight Express join forces

    2021-06-16T09:32:00Z

    EUROPE: Night train start-up companies European Sleeper and Moonlight Express have decided to join forces rather than develop competing initiatives to launch overnight services from Belgium and the Netherlands. On June 16 the companies said they would work together under the European Sleeper brand to ...

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    Europe: Reviving the overnight network

    2021-06-14T12:00:00Z

    An array of revived and new overnight services is planned across western and central Europe. Murray Hughes provides an overview of the latest developments.

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    Shift2Rail, CEN and CENELEC sign standardisation co-operation agreement

    2021-06-10T14:35:00Z

    EUROPE: Shift2Rail, the European Committee for Standardization and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization have signed a memorandum of understanding formalising their existing collaboration and agreeing to work together to identify areas where standardisation can contribute to innovation in the rail sector. Examples of such ...

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    EU transport ministers call for modal shift, so rail can grow faster than the wider economy

    2021-06-07T10:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Meeting virtually on June 3, EU transport ministers gave unequivocal backing to rail’s role at the heart of sustainable mobility by adopting two sets of EU Council conclusions.

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    Russian-built 1 435 mm gauge wagons approved for EU use

    2021-06-03T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: United Wagon Co has obtained type approval from the EU Agency for Railways for two types of container wagon, which it says is the ‘first time in modern history’ that Russian-built wagons will operate on 1 435 mm gauge lines in Europe. Approval for ...

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    Association of European Rail Rolling Stock Lessors formed

    2021-05-31T10:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The Association of European Rail Rolling Stock Lessors has been formed to promote ‘interoperable, efficient, sustainable and safe’ rolling stock in the European Union and Switzerland. Based in Brussels, the non-profit organisation aims to enhance technical collaboration and engage with public bodies at the ...

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    ČD Cargo targets the Balkans

    2021-05-27T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The Czech Republic’s national freight operator ČD Cargo has established the ČD Cargo Adria subsidiary, which aims to begin operation in Croatia within a year. ČD Cargo Chairman Tomáš Tóth said the company sees opportunities for the expansion in the Balkans, with the market ...

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    Eurostar to increase services and complete Thalys merger as £250m refinancing agreement secured

    2021-05-18T09:27:00Z

    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed train operator Eurostar has announced a £250m refinancing agreement with its shareholders and banks, which it said would enable it to continue to operate services and meet its short to mid-term financial obligations. The refinancing package announced on May 18 comprises ...

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    Connecting Europe Express to tour 26 countries in 36 days

    2021-05-10T10:07:00Z

    EUROPE: Marking Europe Day on May 9 and the EU Year of Rail , the European Commission has confirmed the programme for its Connecting Europe Express exhibition train. Intended to demonstrate ‘the power of rail to connect people and businesses’, the project will also celebrate ...

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    Pandemic brings ‘bleak’ first quarter for European railways

    2021-05-06T13:48:00Z

    EUROPE: The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a heavy impact across the rail sector, according to the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies’ Covid Impact Tracker.

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    Access charge reductions fairer than direct support, says ERFA

    2021-04-27T05:00:00Z

    Duisburg (Photo: DB). EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association has reiterated its belief that reducing track access charges would be the best way of supporting the rail freight sector through the pandemic in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner, rather than providing direct support for individual ...

  • 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 ...