All Europe articles – Page 4

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    Call for cross-border freight action plan

    2022-01-12T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport has called on the European Commission to produce an action plan to boost long-distance and cross-border rail freight, similar to the plan for the passenger sector which was published in December. UIRR said half of EU freight trains ...

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    Rail Baltica contracts awarded and Tallinn station name announced

    2022-01-11T06:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Further contracts have been awarded for the Rail Baltica standard gauge line project, and the name of the future terminal in Tallinn has been announced.

  • Railpool has awarded Siemens Mobility a framework contract for the supply of 100 Vectron locomotives, with a firm order for an initial 70.
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    Railpool awards 100-loco framework contract

    2022-01-05T10:55:00Z

    EUROPE: Leasing company Railpool has awarded Siemens Mobility a framework contract for the supply of 100 Vectron locomotives, with a firm order for an initial 70. The 6·4 MW locomotives with a maximum speed of 200 km/h will be equipped with ETCS and national train control ...

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    Europe: Night train renaissance gathers pace

    2022-01-04T05:51:00Z

    A slew of new overnight passenger services and significant investment in rolling stock is on the agenda for the next couple of years as both state-owned and independent operators revive sleeping car and couchette services across Europe. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Akiem orders 20 locomotives for cross-border passenger services

    2021-12-21T10:59:00Z

    EUROPE: Leasing company Akiem has ordered 20 Siemens Mobility Vectron locomotives. The firm order announced on December 21 is the first to be placed under a framework agreement which the companies signed in August. The 6·4 MW multi-system electric locomotives will be equipped with ETCS and various ...

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    Green Rail Investment Platform to kick-start rail projects

    2021-12-16T11:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission and European Investment Bank have announced a Green Rail Investment Platform, which is intended to help the rail sector access EU financing and advisory support for investment in rolling stock, electrification, new business models and technology. GRIP will support investment in infrastructure, ...

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    Rail sector welcomes proposed TEN-T revision

    2021-12-16T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail sector representatives have welcomed the European Commission’s proposals for a revision of the trans-European transport network regulation, with the aim of improving the passenger network, setting more ambitious technical standards and providing better multimodal integration. However, they have cautioned that bringing forward deadlines would ...

  • The European Commission has set out an action plan designed to boost long distance and cross-border passenger rail services
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    European action plan for long distance and cross-border passenger rail services

    2021-12-16T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has set out an action plan designed to boost long distance and cross-border passenger rail services, with the aim of doubling high speed rail traffic and making scheduled public transport trips under 500 km carbon neutral by 2030, and tripling high speed ...

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    EU’s Global Gateway to offer ‘values-driven’ alternative to China’s Belt & Road Initiative

    2021-12-02T10:26:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The European Commission has unveiled its Global Gateway international investment programme, which aims to offer countries around the world a ‘values driven’ alternative to China’s Belt & Road Initiative when they are deciding how to meet their infrastructure development needs. Global Gateway aims to provide ...

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    Europe’s Rail takes over railway research portfolio

    2021-12-01T11:23:00Z

    EUROPE: The Europe’s Rail joint undertaking which is being established under the EU’s Horizon Europe research programme has formally assumed responsibility for railway research, succeeding the Shift2Rail joint undertaking which has led the sector for the past five years. The regulation establishing Europe’s Rail and nine ...

  • Construction of the German side of the 18 km Fehmarn Belt immersed tube road and rail tunnel between Germany and Denmark was officially launched with a sod-turning ceremony on Puttgarden (Photo: O Malzahn/Femern AS)
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    Groundbreaking launches work on German side of Fehmarn Belt tunnel

    2021-11-30T12:25:00Z

    GERMANY: Construction of the German side of the 18 km Fehmarn Belt immersed tube road and rail tunnel between Germany and Denmark was officially launched with a sod-turning ceremony on Puttgarden on November 29. Attendees included Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of ...

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    Clockface timetable plan and contract awards as Rail Baltica makes progress

    2021-11-15T15:50:00Z

    EUROPE: A strategy for a Swiss-inspired national clockface timetable in Latvia has been published as part of the Rail Baltica programme, and further contracts for development of the 870 km standard gauge line have been awarded.

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    Europe: Harmonising rail capacity strategies

    2021-11-10T07:00:00Z

    Development of a single European railway area is being hampered by nationally led approaches to the development of route utilisation strategies. Now a pan-European programme is underway to harmonise the planning and management of network capacity.

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    Poland – Germany passenger revival agreed

    2021-11-09T11:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Local transport authorities in Lubuskie voivodship and the Land of Brandenburg have agreed to reinstate passenger services on the railway between Zielona Góra in Poland and Guben, which is split by the Germany-Poland border.

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    Women in rail agreement comes into force

    2021-11-08T10:55:00Z

    EUROPE: A binding deal aimed at promoting the employment of more women in the rail sector came into force on November 5, when it was formally signed by the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies representing employers and the European Transport Workers’ Federation representing staff. ...

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    Brussels – Amsterdam – Berlin – Praha night train capacity allocated

    2021-11-01T15:17:00Z

    EUROPE: European Sleeper has been awarded track access for its planned Brussels – Amsterdam – Berlin – Praha overnight train, the promoters confirmed on November 1. The Dutch night train start-up co-operative plans to announce a launch date and final timetable for the service ‘in the ...

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    Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Albania sign rail corridor memorandum

    2021-10-20T15:48:00Z

    EUROPE: Ministers from Bulgaria, Albania and North Macedonia have signed a memorandum covering plans to complete the missing rail links between their countries by 2030, but cautioned that this will require signficant investment. Bulgaria is to complete the upgrading of the Sofia – Pernik – Radomir ...

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    Europe: Mont Cenis base tunnel takes shape

    2021-10-20T14:05:00Z

    The award of civil works contracts earlier this summer to build the 57 km base tunnel across the Franco-Italian border has given new impetus to plans to complete a high-capacity corridor between Lyon and Torino. Toma Bačić reports.

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    Rail Baltica safety assessment services contract awarded

    2021-10-12T13:42:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail and the national project implementers Eiropas Dzelzceļa Līnijas, Rail Baltic Estonia and LTG Infra have awarded Certifer a €4·5m contract to act as the single safety assessment services provider throughout the design, construction and integration phases of developing the ...

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    Vision for a seamless European rail passenger ticketing experience

    2021-10-11T08:00:00Z

    EUROPE: A position paper setting out a long-term ‘political vision’ for the seamless planning and booking of international rail journeys has been published by the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies. However, independent passenger operators are disappointed at the lack of firm commitments.