All Europe articles – Page 13

  • Transport Scotland’s Director of Rail Bill Reeve said the project would ‘support more people to make active travel choices whilst delivering wider economic benefits’
    Rail Business UK

    DMUs converted to carry bikes and luggage on the West Highland line


    UK: Five Class 153 single-car diesel multiple-units are being converted to carry up to 20 bicycles and large luggage including winter sports equipment, for use by ScotRail to provide additional seating capacity and encourage tourism on the scenic West Highland line. The ...

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    Rail Business UK

    North-West Transport Hub opens


    North-West Transport Hub UK: The rail facilities at the North-West Transport Hub in Northern Ireland’s second city were opened by transport agency Translink on October 21. The new Derry~Londonderry station returns to railway use the city’s former Waterside station, a Grade B-listed nineteenth ...

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    EU funds Napoli – Bari upgrade


    ITALY: The European Commission has approved the allocation of €124m from the European Regional Development Fund to support upgrading of 16·5 km of the Napoli – Bari route between Cancello and Frasso Telesino. This includes double-tracking to provide an increase in speed and capacity, the construction ...

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    Grand Est orders electro-diesels for services to Germany


    FRANCE: The Grand Est region has placed a €360m order for a further 39 Alstom Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units for delivery in 2022-24. The order announced on October 22 includes 30 four-car units to be delivered from the end of 2023 for use on cross-border services ...

  • Operail has awarded CZ Loko a contract to supply kits for the rebuilding of a further four C30-7Ai diesel-electric locomotives to the C30-M design (Photo: CZ Loko/Raul Mee).

    Operail seeks to enter Finland’s rail freight market


    FINLAND: Estonian freight operator Operail has established Operail Finland Oy with the aim of entering the country’s rail market. It plans to invest €50m to develop the business and acquire rolling stock, as part of its strategy of diversifying its activities with new services, products and ...

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    BLS Cargo selects Vectron for north–south corridor


    SWITZERLAND: BLS Cargo has selected Siemens Mobility for a contract to supply 25 multi-system electric freight locomotives, after what it described as an ‘intensive’ tendering process including test running with candidate designs. The locomotives are to be delivered in 2020-25, replacing older locos and supporting the ...

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    Legal challenge halts Gateway Basel Nord


    SWITZERLAND: The planned start of construction of the Gateway Basel Nord project for a trimodal container terminal has been delayed following a successful legal challenge by container and logistics company Swissterminal AG. Gateway Basel Nord is the brainchild of a joint venture formed of SBB Cargo, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    LNER launches Azumas to Lincoln


    UK: ‘We are putting Lincoln firmly on the LNER map’, said Customer Service Director Suzanne Donnelly at the formal launch of Azuma services off the East Coast Main Line on October 21. With effect from the December timetable change Lincoln will benefit from ...

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    EU allocates €838m for Polish rail enhancement project


    POLAND: The EU is to provide €838m of cohesion funding for a project to upgrade a 214·5 km section of the TEN-T network between Chorzów Batory in Śląskie voivodship and Zduńska Wola Karsznice in Łódzkie. Due for completion by January 2023, the project includes subgrade strengthening, ...

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    PKP Cargo looks to acquire Romanian operators


    EUROPE: Polish freight operator PKP Cargo announced on October 17 that it had started talks to acquire shares in three Romanian operators. Ploiești-based Vest Trans Rail SRL, Ferest Logistics SRL and Romcargounit SRL (both based in București) are active on the Romanian market, and PKP Cargo ...

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    London St Pancras twins with Bordeaux Saint-Jean to promote direct service


    Twinning EUROPE: Channel Tunnel rail link concessionaire HS1 Ltd announced a twinning agreement between its London St Pancras International station and SNCF’s Bordeaux Saint-Jean station on October 18, saying this would help to progress the development of proposals for a through passenger service between the ...

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    Metro Report International

    First RER NG EMU emerges


    FRANCE: The first of 255 double-deck EMUs being built by Alstom and Bombardier for Paris RER lines D and E has been completed, and is expected to start testing shortly, Île-de-France Mobilités announced on October 18. The regional transport authority has committed to a complete replacement ...

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    ADIF signs rescue locomotive contract


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has signed a contract for a consortium of Stadler and Erion to supply 22 Eurolight diesel-electric locomotives for use on maintenance, rescue, inspection and snow clearing trains on the 1 435 mm gauge high speed network, the Swiss company announced on October 18. ...

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    SKM Warszawa cancels train order with Pesa


    POLAND: Suburban operator SKM Warszawa announced on October 17 that it was cancelling its contract with Pesa for the supply of 13 electric multiple-units, owing to the supplier’s failure to meet the delivery deadlines. SKM signed the 310·5m złoty contract on May 21 2018. The base ...

  • The Norwegian and Spanish infrastructure managers have signed a memorandum of understanding covering the exchange of experiences, mutual training, joint workshops, study visits and technical assistance.

    Infrastructure managers share knowledge


    EUROPE: The Norwegian and Spanish infrastructure managers have signed a memorandum of understanding covering the exchange of experiences, mutual training, joint workshops, study visits and technical assistance. ‘We have a lot to learn from ADIF in certain areas, for example ERTMS where they have the largest ...

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    Employers and unions aim to increase the number of women in the rail sector


    EUROPE: Negotiations for an EU-level agreement aimed at promoting the employment of women in the rail sector have been launched by the Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies, representing more than 70 employers, and the European Transport Workers’ Federation which represents 5 million transport workers ...

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    DB Regio awarded Karlsruhe operating contract


    GERMANY: Baden-Württemberg has formally awarded DB Regio the Netz 7b contract to operate passenger services from Karlsruhe after none of the three losing bidders objected. The contract announced on October 10 runs for 13 years from December 2022. Various changes to services are planned, some ...

  • Alstom and the Madrid Asperger Association have signed a partnership agreement for people with Asperger syndrome to undertake pre-occupational professional internships

    Alstom launches internships for people with Asperger syndrome


    SPAIN: Alstom and the Madrid Asperger Association have signed a partnership agreement for people with Asperger syndrome to undertake pre-occupational professional internships at the company’s sites in Spain. This will include theoretical training and practical internships at Alstom’s Railway Signalling Safety Centre in Madrid, ...

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    New Rail Baltica board appointed


    EUROPE: A new supervisory board for Rail Baltica project promotor RB Rail AS was approved by the national shareholders from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on October 15. The RB Rail AS joint venture is registered in Latvia, where commercial law requires a new supervisory board to ...

  • The Department for Transport has published its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline.
    Rail Business UK

    DfT publishes network enhancement project pipeline


    UK: The Department for Transport published its five-year Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline on October 16, listing projects to increase to the capabilities of the rail network in England Wales where development is being funded through the enhancements budget for Control Period 6 (2019-24). The ...