All Europe articles – Page 14

  • 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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

  • RZD International is undertaking projects in Serbia

    Beograd – Bar line modernisation agreement signed


    SERBIA: An agreement to co-operate to modernise the 208 km Valjevo – Vrbnica section of the line from Beograd to Bar in Montenegro was signed by Minister of Construction, Transport Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlović and Russian Railways Chief Executive Oleg Belozerov on October 19. Russia ...

  • Transdev subsidiary NordWestBahn has awarded Stadler a €100m contact to supply 16 Flirt electric multiple-units for use on Regio-S-Bahn Bremen/Niedersachsen services.

    Alpha Trains finances Bremen S-Bahn fleet enhancement


    GERMANY: Leasing company Alpha Trains is to finance enhancement of the Regio-S-Bahn Bremen/Niedersachsen fleet, including the €100m acquisition of new electric multiple-units as well as the refurbishment of existing trainsets. Regio-S-Bahn Bremen/Niedersachsen services have been operated by Transdev’s NordWestBahn since 2010. Following a competitive tender, in ...

  • 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 ...

  • Alstom Cordia Polyvalent (Photo: Alstom/Arnaud Février)

    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 ...

  • Proposed Gateway Basel Nord intermodal container terminal.

    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, ...