All Europe articles – Page 13

  • Report of the expert group on competitiveness of the European rail supply industry

    Policies needed to maintain EU rail suppliers’ global leadership


    EUROPE: A report setting out policy measures which are needed to maintain the European supply sector’s ‘global leadership’ and competitiveness has been published by an EU expert group drawn from across the rail industry. Established a result of a European Parliament resolution in 2016, the group ...

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    Tiranë airport rail link tenders invited


    ALBANIA: Prequalified bidders have been invited to tender for a contract to modernise the existing 34·5 km railway between Durrës and the Tiranë Public Transport Terminal and construct a 5 km link to the international airport at Rinas. Both routes should be equipped with ETCS Level 1, ...

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    Four bidders seek Spanish train paths


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has received four requests for capacity to operate passenger services on the ‘general interest’ national network including the main high speed corridors. Applications for train paths from December 14 2020 were submitted by national incumbent RENFE, the Rielsfera subsidiary of France’s SNCF, ...

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    Digital campus supports Norway’s ERTMS roll-out


    NORWAY: ‘The railway is moving into the digital era’, announced Digitisation Minister Nikolai Astrup, on October 31, when he inaugurated Bane NOR’s ERTMS test and training centre at Campus Nyland on October 31.

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    TransContainer orders flat wagons


    RUSSIA: Intermodal operator TransContainer has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 100 Type 13-6851-05 flat wagons for the transport of heavy containers and tank containers. The contract announced on October 29 is TransContainer’s second for the type, following on from an order for 30 ...

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    Russian Railways approves digital transformation strategy


    RUSSIA: A digital transformation strategy running to 2025 has been approved by the Russian Railways board. The document defines the conceptual foundations and principles for the national railway’s digitalisation, setting priorities including the substitution of foreign IT with domestic technology. One of the main features ...

  • Alstom iLint fuel cell multiple-unit.

    Fuel cell train to be tested in the Netherlands


    NETHERLANDS: A Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel-cell multiple-unit is to be tested on the Groningen – Leeuwarden line after an agreement was signed at the Klimaattop Noord NL climate summit by manufacturer Alstom, the province of Groningen, local operator Arriva, infrastructure manager ProRail and energy company Engie. ...

  • Iarnród Éireann InterCity Railcar diesel multiple-unit (Photo: Tony Miles)

    Iarnród Éireann orders DMU cars to increase commuter capacity


    IRELAND: Government approval for the €150m purchase of 41 intermediate coaches to lengthen Iarnród Éireann’s InterCity Railcar diesel multiple-units was announced by Minister for Transport, Tourism Sport Shane Ross on October 30. This will provide a 34% increase in peak capacity across the Kildare ...

  • Shift2Rail Catalogue of Solutions

    Freight to be focus of Shift2Rail successor


    EUROPE: Freight is likely to be a core focus of the successor to the Shift2Rail joint technology initiative, S2R Executive Director Carlo Borghini told Railway Gazette on October 30 on the sidelines of the World Congress on Railway Research in Tokyo. While the so-called Shift2Rail ...

  • Antwerpen beer train

    Stella Artois train launched


    BELGIUM: A rail freight service carrying beer for brewing company AB InBev was inaugurated by Minister-President of Flanders Jan Jambon on October 28. The trains operated by Lineas each carry 47 containers directly from a warehouse owned by Katoen Natie to DP World’s Quay 1700 within ...

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    Stadler beats CRRC to win Westbahn fleet replacement


    AUSTRIA: A contract for the supply and maintenance of a fleet of 15 six-car Kiss double-deck electric multiple-units was signed on October 29 by Stadler, Wien – Salzburg open access operator Westbahn and leasing company Austrian Train Finance. The order is worth just under €300m, with delivery ...

  • The Northern franchise which Arriva has operated since April 2016 faces three specific challenges which have severely impacted on performance.
    Rail Business UK

    Northern rail crisis is a ‘collective system inability’, says Arriva UK Trains MD


    Arriva UK Trains Managing Director Chris Burchell talks to Rail Business UK about ongoing problems at the Northern franchise, where performance has been hit by the late delivery of new trains, a series of industrial disputes and the inability of the infrastructure to handle the timetable.

  • Map of the Liefkenshoek rail link in Antwerpen.

    Liefkenshoek rail tunnel PPP refinanced


    BELGIUM: The BAM PPP-PGGM joint venture of Royal BAM Group’s public-private partnership arm BAM PPP and Dutch institutional pension fund investor PGGM has refinanced €580m of debt and associated interest swaps relating to the Liefkenshoek rail link in Antwerpen. The 16 km link including a 6·5 ...

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    Ukrainian Railways considers fleet modernisation options


    UKRAINE: National railway UZ is negotiating with manufacturers for the purchase of main line electric locomotives to replace its ageing Soviet-era fleet, including VL8 locomotives first produced in 1955. On October 17 Chairman Yevgen Kravtsov met a French delegation led by Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari to ...

  • CD Cargo Effishunter handover

    EffiShunter 1000 handed over to ČD Cargo


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The first of five CZ Loko EffiShunter 1000 Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotives ordered by national freight operator ČD Cargo under the fleet renewal programme launched in January 2018 was officially handed over on September 30. The loco is to be ...

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    Pesa to supply Elf 2 EMUs to Koleje Małopolskie


    POLAND: Koleje Małopolskie signed a 109m złoty contract with Pesa for the supply of four Elf 2 electric multiple-units on October 28. The four-car EMUs will be 75 m long with six doors per side, and will have capacity for 480 passengers including 200 seated. They ...

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    Istria line revival planned


    CROATIA: An agreement to co-operate to rehabilitate the railway from Lupoglav to the port of Raša on the Istria peninsula has been signed by HŽ Infrastruktura and the Port of Rijeka Authority. The 52 km single-track and non-electrified line opened in 1951 but was closed in ...

  • Operail diesel locomotive

    Operail to test LNG freight locomotive


    ESTONIA: Operail is to work with Latvian dual-fuel technology company DiGas to convert a GE Transportation C36 locomotive to dual-fuel diesel and LNG operation. Testing is planned for mid-2020, ahead of revenue operation later in the year. Operail said that while LNG shunting locomotives have been ...

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    Rail Business UK

    HS2 streamlines civils subcontracting process


    UK: The four High Speed 2 main works civils contractors have collaborated to introduce a standardised pre-qualification system for subcontractors which is designed to streamline the process, reduce costs and boost productivity. Under the Common Assessment Standard, bidders for work with Align, BBV, EK and SCS ...

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    SNCF confirms CAF inter-city EMU order to ‘transform the traveller experience’


    FRANCE: The SNCF Mobilités board has formally approved the selection of CAF to supply the railway’s next generation of inter-city trainsets, designated as Confort 200 . Meeting in Paris on October 24, the board confirmed the award of a firm order for ...