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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 ...

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    Interview: ‘Freight has had a good crisis’

    2020-11-12T05:22:00Z

    Post-coronavirus financial pressure on governments and mounting public concern about climate change may finally prove the catalysts to unlock substantial private investment in European rail freight. Stephen Layburn and Tim Jackson of transport finance house Centrus describe the outlook to Nick Kingsley.

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    Research project starts work on FRMCS demonstrator

    2020-11-11T10:22:00Z

    EUROPE: Work has officially started on an EU-backed project to develop a demonstrator version of the Future Railways Mobile Communication System, as a successor to current GSM-R technology.

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    European policy: Getting ready for the Year of Rail

    2020-11-04T11:04:00Z

    By designating 2021 as the European Year of Rail, the European Commission is seeking to focus attention on the environmental, economic, commercial and cultural benefits of rail, and highlight its role in supporting sustainable mobility.

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    VTG raises green bond financing

    2020-11-02T17:11:00Z

    EUROPE: Wagon leasing group VTG has raised €746m as part of its capital restructuring through the issuing of climate bonds on the US and European capital markets.

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    European Commission says České Dráhy may have engaged in predatory pricing

    2020-11-02T11:34:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: The European Commission has reached a preliminary view that incumbent state passenger operator České Dráhy may have engaged in predatory pricing in breach of EU rules on the Praha – Ostrava route in 2011-19.

  • DB Schenker organised the transport of several hundred tonnes of pasta by rail from Italy to Germany.
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    Call for EU freight transport crisis contingency plan

    2020-10-27T11:53:00Z

    EUROPE: The Council of the EU, which brings together national ministers from each member state, has called on the European Commission to draw up ‘swiftly’ a pandemic and major crisis contingency plan for the freight sector.

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    Rail sector targets Generation Z

    2020-10-26T15:47:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail industry suppliers’ association UNIFE has launched a campaign to raise the awareness of young people about rail, in a bid to encourage them to travel more by train and to consider a career in the rail sector.

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    Freight ATO demonstration on track

    2020-10-22T13:00:00Z

    EUROPE: An automatically operated freight train ran successfully between Sierre and Sion in Switzerland on October 19 using ATO over ETCS.

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    Unique Rail Vehicle Identification System planning underway

    2020-10-15T09:46:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The first formal meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s Group of Experts on establishing a common, permanent unique marking system for rolling stock took place in Genève during September. This marked the start of a two-year programme to formulate a set of practical ...

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    EU track access rebates approved

    2020-10-14T10:49:00Z

    EUROPE: A regulation permitting European Union member states to waive or defer track access charges in order to support the rail sector through the coronavirus pandemic has been formally adopted by the EU Council and European Parliament.

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    Retrack and European Loc Pool announce long-term locomotive leasing deal

    2020-10-13T12:53:00Z

    EUROPE: VTG Rail Logistics subsidiary Retrack has signed a long-term full-service leasing contract with European Loc Pool covering up to four Stadler EuroDual six-axle electro-diesel locomotives. To be delivered from Q1 2021, these will be rated at 2·8 MW in diesel mode and 6 MW in ...

  • Passes for Italy can also be bought on mobile devices, with more One Country Passes to follow later this year.
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    Interrail passes go digital

    2020-10-11T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Eurail and Interrail Global Passes are now available on a mobile phone app which can be used in 33 countries. Users can add journeys from the app’s travel planner to their mobile pass before boarding, removing the need to record each journey in the paper ...

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    European transport sector calls for b2b data framework

    2020-10-09T16:04:00Z

    EUROPE: The Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies and UITP have joined other logistics and manufacturing industry associations in making a joint call for the creation of an EU-wide framework for the governance of business-to-business data which would provide a level playing field ‘for all ...

  • The ALLRAIL association of independent passenger train operators and retailers has called on EU member states to ensure that market-dominant incumbent operators share their data with third party journey planning and ticket selling platforms.
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    Call for booking platforms to be given access to train operators’ data

    2020-10-07T11:55:00Z

    EUROPE: The ALLRAIL association of independent passenger train operators and retailers has called on EU member states to ensure that market-dominant incumbent operators share their data with third party journey planning and ticket selling platforms. Commenting on calls by EU stakeholders for the creation of a ...

  • A main line electric locomotive with last-mile battery pack ordered by Rail Cargo Hungaria has been rolled out at CRRC Zhuzhou’s factory in China.
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    CRRC Zhuzhou rolls out European electric loco

    2020-10-06T06:00:00Z

    HUNGARY: A main line electric locomotive with last-mile battery pack ordered by Rail Cargo Hungaria has been rolled out at CRRC Zhuzhou’s factory in China. The order placed by the ÖBB-owned freight operator in September last year covers two prototype main line locomotives and two electric-battery ...

  • Bombardier Transportation Traxx MS3 locomotive.
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    Brake support contract extended

    2020-10-06T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Knorr-Bremse and Bombardier Transportation have agreed to further extend the Europe-wide service contract under which Knorr-Bremse RailServices supports the maintenance of Traxx locomotives by the manufacturer’s service business. Originally signed in September 2010, the contract was originally intended to run for five years, but in ...

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    Passenger groups raise concerns about EU passenger rights recast

    2020-10-02T13:09:00Z

    EUROPE: Following three years of negotiations the European Parliament and EU Council reached a provisional agreement on October 1 for changes to EU rail passenger rights legislation. However, customer groups immediately raised concerns about limitations in the scope of the recast. Announcing the agreement, European Commissioner ...

  • German freight yard (Photo: DB).
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    Three-way co-operation agreement to promote European interoperability

    2020-10-01T06:00:00Z

    EUROPE: A three-way agreement for administrative co-operation to promote technical interoperability, in particular for the transport of dangerous goods, has been signed by the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility Transport and the EU Agency for Railways. ...