All Europe articles – Page 2

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    Europe: Reviving the overnight network


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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 ...

  • ČD Cargo

    ČD Cargo targets the Balkans


    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 ...

  • Eurostar and Thalys trains

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


    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


    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 the cultural, economic ...

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    Pandemic brings ‘bleak’ first quarter for European railways


    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


    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

    Night train to connect Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin and Praha


    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 ...

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    International rail travel revival endorsed by European stakeholders


    EUROPE: Stakeholders from across the rail sector have endorsed political proposals for the revitalisation and expansion of international passenger services, and committed to assist with future development to make rail ‘the preferred mode’ for international travel.

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    Spanish fruit and vegetables reach Denmark by rail


    EUROPE: Transfesa Logistics and Euro Pool System have expanded the CoolRail network of refrigerated services to Denmark, with the first trial delivery of a container of fresh fruit and vegetables. This travelled from Almussafes near Valencia in Spain to Denmark via Köln, with a transit ...

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    Year of Rail must focus on modal shift


    EUROPE: ‘We need to have a medium and long-term vision for rail’, emphasised Portugal’s Minister for Infrastructure & Housing Pedro Nuno Santos on March 29, officially launching the European Union Year of Rail with a virtual conference hosted from Lisboa.

  • Leo Express Sirius train on test

    RENFE to take stake in Leo Express in support of internationalisation strategy


    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE has announced its intention to acquire a 50% stake in central European open access operator Leo Express. RENFE said it sees a strategic opportunity to develop international business activities as Spain’s domestic market opens to competition. The proposed acquisition announced ...

  • Nightjet coach bodyshell unveiling

    New fleet to make Nightjet ‘the best option for travelling between major European cities’


    AUSTRIA: The exterior design and first painted carbody for the fleet of coaches which Siemens Mobility is to supply for Nightjet night train services has been unveiled by Austrian Federal Railways. The couchette vehicles will include ‘mini-suites’ offering more privacy for lone travellers. ...

  • Transwaggon Group is to install Savvy Telematic Systems devices on a further 7 000 wagons

    Transwaggon to install Savvy telematics equipment on entire fleet


    EUROPE: Swiss wagon leasing company Transwaggon Group is to install Savvy Telematic Systems devices on a further 7 000 wagons over the next three years, completing the roll-out across its entire fleet of 13 500 vehicles. The rugged devices which are designed to operate even ...

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    Pension funds invest in rolling stock leasing company


    ALPHA TRAINS: Investment manager AMP Capital and Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board have separately agreed to sell their stakes in rolling stock leasing company Alpha Trains to Dutch pension providers APG, which already owns an indirect interest, and PGGM Infrastructure Fund. Completion is subject to ...

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    Railpool financing package agreed


    EUROPE: Leasing company Railpool’s plans for the acquisition of new vehicles are being supported by KfW IPEX-Bank, ABN AMRO Bank, Crédit Agricole Corporate Investment Bank and ING Bank, which are providing equal amounts of debt capital totalling €150m in a seven-year financing package. KfW ...

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    Virtual groundbreaking launches construction of the Fehmarn Belt tunnel


    EUROPE: A virtual groundbreaking ceremony was held on January 1 to officially mark the start of construction of the 18 km Fehmarnbelt tunnel between Denmark and Germany. Plans for a live event in Rødbyhavn on January 4 had been cancelled because of ...