All Europe articles – Page 22

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    Rail Business UK

    Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet


    UK: Hitachi Rail has been selected to supply a fleet of 200 km/h inter-city trains to operate on the Midland Main Line, as part of the new East Midlands Railway franchise, where Abellio is due to take over from incumbent operator Stagecoach on August 18. The NS subsidiary announced ...

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    Škoda signs Latvian EMU contract


    LATVIA: National passenger operator Pasažieru Vilciens has signed the €240m contract for Škoda Vagonka to supply a fleet of 32 dual-system EMUs for the Riga suburban network, the manufacturer announced on July 30. Škoda Vagonka was named as preferred bidder in February, after procurement monitoring agency IUB blocked an ...

  • The European Commission is to refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to comply with rules regarding the certification of train drivers.

    Austria referred to court over driver certification


    AUSTRIA: The European Commission announced on July 25 that it would refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to comply with rules regarding the certification of train drivers. At present, the licensing of train drivers in Austria is managed by SCHIG, the public railway ...

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    Mixed progress with Czech ETCS tenders


    CZECH REPUBLIC: ČD has awarded the first contract for the installation of ETCS on its fleet, but has halted the tendering process for other contracts. AŽD Praha and ČD-Telematika are to equip 102 Class 162 and 362 electric locomotives by 2022 at a cost of KC1·4bn, with 39% of ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Stadler bimodes enter service at Greater Anglia


    UK: The first of 38 three- and four-car electro-diesel multiple-units being supplied by Stadler to operate regional services in East Anglia began revenue operation on Abellio's Greater Anglia routes from Norwich to Lowestoft and Yarmouth on July 29. The first Stadler multiple-units to operate in the UK, the Class ...

  • SNCF’s rail motorway subsidiary VIIA currently operates rail motorway services on five routes.

    Port of Barcelona rail motorway terminal agreed


    SPAIN: An agreement to build and operate a rail motorway terminal in the Port of Barcelona has been signed by the government of Catalunya and SNCF subsidiary VIIA. The terminal will be open to any operator, offering capacity to accommodate eight trains per day carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers ...

  • Repair and renewal of ageing bridges is a major priority for DB's next infrastructure spending programme. (Photo: DB AG/Jochen Schmidt)

    Government plans €86bn spend to renew German network


    GERMANY: A 54% increase in spending on infrastructure renewals will see €86bn invested in the national rail network over the next decade, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer announced on July 26. Unveiling a 10-year plan for 2020-29 which he described as ‘the biggest railway modernisation programme’ in Germany's history, Scheuer ...

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    Hauts-de-France keen to reopen Abbeville – Le Tréport


    FRANCE: Plans are in hand to run competitively tendered passenger services over the Abbeville – Le Tréport line in northern France that was closed in May 2018. In a corrigendum published on July 19 to an April notice in the Official Journal of the European Union the region ...

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    St Pölten workshop modernised


    AUSTRIA: The ÖBB Technische Services subsidiary of Austrian Federal Railways has completed a €29m, 16-month modernisation of its St Pölten rolling stock maintenance workshop. Three new halls have been erected for the maintenance of diesel locomotives, DMUs and components. These are equipped with diesel exhaust extraction systems, enabling engines ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Accessible travel policy guidance updated


    UK: The Office of Rail Road has published updated guidance designed to enable train and station operators to provide older and disabled people with greater confidence when travelling by rail. The Accessible Travel Policy replaces ORR’s Disabled Persons’ Protection Policy and broadens its scope. ...

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    Trans-Pennine ETCS procurement begins


    UK: Network Rail has begun the process of appointing a contractor to supply and maintain ETCS Level 2 for the line between Stalybridge near Manchester and Cottingley near Leeds as part of the Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade Programme. The selected contractor would be expected to maintain the ETCS equipment ...

  • The extra rolling stock will provide more seats per train than the DMUs which RegioJet current uses on the route.

    RegioJet buys double-deck coaches to cope with ridership growth


    SLOVAKIA: RegioJet has acquired 10 second-hand double-deck coaches from DB Regio, which it plans to use to provide a rapid increase in capacity on Bratislava – Dunajská Streda – Komárno services operated under contract to the Ministry of Transport. The Dbz750 coaches were built at the Bautzen plant in ...

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    New lines go ahead as FS infrastructure spending approved


    ITALY: A €28bn package of funding for FS Group infrastructure spending was formally approved by the government’s Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning on July 24, the state railway group has confirmed. CIPE has also approved updates to the programme contracts between the Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport and the ...

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    Minimum access rights include station platforms, court rules


    AUSTRIA: The use of station platforms is included within the ‘minimum access package’ which EU Directive 2012/34 requires infrastructure managers to make available to all train operators, the European Court of Justice has ruled. This means that charges for the use of platforms must not exceed the cost that ...

  • Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    Grant Shapps was appointed Secretary of State for Transport in new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet on July 24. The Member of Parliament for Welwyn Hatfield succeeds Chris Grayling. The Office of Rail & Road published its annual Network Rail Monitor assessment of the infrastructure manager’s performance on ...

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    DSB starts driverless S-bane train procurement


    DENMARK: State operator DSB has launched a market sounding exercise in preparation for the procurement of a fleet of driverless trains to operate the København S-bane. Building on work now underway to equip the S-bane with CBTC, the government decided in December 2017 to convert the stand-alone 1·5 kV ...

  • An ‘ambitious’ Integrated Rail Plan for the Sheffield City Region has been published.
    Rail Business UK

    Sheffield City Region rail vision launched


    UK: An ‘ambitious’ Integrated Rail Plan for the Sheffield City Region was launched by Mayor Dan Jarvis on July 18. The plan was produced by the region’s local authorities supported by organisations including Transport for the North. The proposals include a Barnsley Dearne Valley station in Goldthorpe on the ...

  • FlixMobility has completed a Series F funding round.   FlixMobility plans to use the equity raised to support the growth of its FlixTrain services in Germany and expansion into other EU countries; it has already applied for paths in France and Sweden.

    FlixTrain raises funding for expansion


    INTERNATIONAL: FlixMobility has completed a Series F funding round co-led by growth equity firms TCV and Permira, with long-time investor HV Holtzbrinck Ventures also participating through a joint investment with the European Investment Bank. In the rail sector, the company plans to use the equity raised to support the ...

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    Alstom completes first Class 175 DMU refurbishment


    UK: Alstom's Technology Centre at Widnes has rolled out the first of 27 Class 175 long-distance 160 km/h regional diesel multiple-units to be refurbished in a £6·7m programme which is being undertaken for Transport for Wales. The Alstom-built Class 175 has received TfW’s exterior branding, with interior changes including ...

  • Alstom’s Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit has been approved for passenger service.

    Electrification, batteries and hydrogen trains should replace DMUs, says study


    GERMANY: Electrification, battery power and fuel cells are the most sensible options for replacing diesel multiple-units, according to an environmental and value-for-money study undertaken by the Association for Electrical, Electronic Information Technologies. The Alternatives to DMUs in Rail Passenger Transport study was undertaken ...