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  • Iarnród Éireann train

    Iarnród Éireann deploys integrated HaCon systems


    IRELAND: National rail operator Iarnród Éireann has become the first customer to adopt HaCon’s Train Planning System as well as its HAFAS journey planning software. Siemens subsidiary HaCon said this would be the first time that HAFAS and TPS would be fully integrated without any intermediate ...

  • UWC 1435 mm gauge flat wagon for Laude Intermodal

    Polish operator orders high-capacity flat wagons


    POLAND: Laude Smart Intermodal has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 200 Type Sgmmns 1 435 mm gauge flat wagons for transporting heavy-duty containers. The Russian manufacturer said the wagons it had developed would differ from similar vehicles available on the European market. They ...

  • St Peterburg Vitebsky station (Photo: Vladimir Waldin)
    Metro Report International

    St Petersburg passenger rail investment agreement


    RUSSIA: Governor Alexander Beglov has announced that the government of St Petersburg and Russian Railways have confirmed their intention to invest 500bn roubles developing passenger rail services in and around the city by 2030. This would include spending of 90bn roubles in 2020-25. The plans ...

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    Signalling supplier reopens upgraded branch line


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Regular passenger services returned to the so-called Plum Railway in the Ústí nad Labem region with effect from the December 15 timetable change, after signalling company AŽD Praha reached agreement with the local government to restore services on the Litoměřice horní nádraží – Most line U10.

  • Gradec – Sveti Ivan Žabno cut-off opened (Photo: Toma Bacic)

    Croatian cut-off line opened


    CROATIA: Prime Minister Andrej Plenković inaugurated the 12·2 km Gradec – Sveti Ivan Žabno cut-off line with a ceremony on December 16, the day after the start of revenue services on the first new line to be built in Croatia for 52 years. ...

  • Alstom Pop

    Trenitalia signs Calabria operating contract


    ITALY: A passenger operating contract running to 2032 was signed by the Calabria region and national operator Trenitalia on December 11. The agreement provides for expenditure of €300m in the region during the contract period. This includes the €210·2m purchase of 27 Alstom Coradia Stream Pop ...

  • BVZ Chief Executive Fernando Lehner said acquiring new and faster vehicles to replace life-expired rolling stock up to 57 years old formed an important part of the operator’s strategy to develop Gornergrat as a top mountain for national and international

    Popular Landscape Railway In Switzerland rack EMUs ordered


    SWITZERLAND: Metre-gauge railway group BVZ Holding has awarded Stadler a SFr45m contract to supply five two-car Abt rack EMUs for use on its 9·4 km Gornergrat mountain railway from 2021. The units will be branded Polaris, derived from POpular LAndscape Railway In Switzerland. The follows ...

  • BLS Cargo has called for better co-ordination of engineering works on the trans-Alpine corridors.

    Freight coalition publishes Contingency Management handbook


    EUROPE: In a bid to avoid the widespread disruption to international rail traffic which occurred following the tunnel collapse at Rastatt in August 2017, and to provide greater resilience for commercially sensitive traffic, a coalition of rail freight operators and industry associations has put together a Contingency ...

  • Go-Ahead Nordic launch

    Go-Ahead takes over Norway’s first tendered services


    NORWAY: The first service to be taken over by the private sector as part of the government’s passenger rail tendering programme left Stavanger for Oslo at 06.47 on December 15. National rail authority Jernbanedirektoratet awarded UK-based international transport group Go-Ahead the Lot 1 Sør contract ...

  • Mechan traverser at Holgate depot
    Rail Business UK

    Bespoke traverser installed at York depot


    UK: Specialist lifting equipment supplier Mechan has delivered a bespoke 130 tonne traverser to move vehicles between workshop roads at infrastructure manager Network Rail’s Holgate depot in York. The traverser was commissioned by Story Contracting to replace a 50-year old unit that was at the end ...

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    Hitachi Rail STS wins LGV Sud-Est interlocking contract


    FRANCE: Infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau has selected Hitachi Rail STS to supply new interlockings for the modernisation of LGV Sud-Est between Paris and Lyon.

  • Alstom Coradia Continental electric multiple-unit for Elektronetz Mittelsachsen services.

    Battery-electric multiple-unit financing agreed


    GERMANY: Mittelsachsen transport authority ZVMS has reached an agreement for an order for 11 battery multiple-units to be financed by mandated lead arranger KfW IPEX-Bank with Nord/LB and Deutsche Kreditbank. The financing package is worth €49m and has a term of 22 years. The order is ...

  • The Scottish government will not take up an option for Abellio’s ScotRail franchise to run for the full term,
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail franchise to end in 2022


    UK: The Scottish government will not take up an option for Abellio’s ScotRail franchise to run for the full term, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure Connectivity Michael Matheson confirmed on December 18. The contract started on April 1 2015 with a minimum term of ...

  • Ukrainian trains

    Ukraine announces private freight haulage pilot project


    UKRAINE: The cabinet has approved plans for a pilot project which would allow private sector companies to haul freight trains on selected sections of the national network. On December 4 Minister of Infrastructure Vladislav Krikli said this could help address a shortage of locomotives at national ...

  • Rock double-deck EMU for Trenitalia (Photo: Toma Bačić).

    Trenitalia and Campania region sign operating agreement


    ITALY: National operator Trenitalia has signed a 2019-33 service contract with the Campania region which includes plans to invest €680m to improve services. Trenitalia will provide €209m and the region €180m for the purchase and commissioning of 37 trainsets, which are to be delivered from 2020 ...

  • ÖBB-Infrastruktur has completed electrification of the 14·4 km section of the Ausserfernbahn

    Electrification of Tirol rail network completed


    AUSTRIA: ÖBB-Infrastruktur has completed electrification of the 14·4 km section of the Ausserfernbahn between Reutte and Schönbichl on the German border. This completes the electrification of the standard gauge network in the Land of Tirol. The 15 kV 16·7 Hz electrification ...

  • Changes to rail passengers’ rights are proposed

    Reform of rail passengers’ rights under discussion


    UK: The general approach to reform of Regulation 1371/2007 on rail passengers’ rights has been agreed by the Council of the European Union, which brings together ministers from member states. The Council and the European Parliament will now negotiate the final text, which would be applicable ...

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    Metro Report International

    Škoda and Sinara establish vehicle joint venture


    RUSSIA: Škoda Transportation and Sinara Group have signed an agreement to establish a 50:50 joint venture for the production of metro trains, trams and trolleybuses. The joint venture, branded Sinara-Škoda will be headquartered in St Petersburg. ‘Russia is a huge and promising market in which we ...

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    Portugal’s only private operator sees concession extended


    PORTUGAL: On December 12 the government announced its intention to extend until 2024 the public service contract held by private operator Fertagus, which runs suburban trains serving communities on both sides of the river Tagus in Lisboa. The Council of Ministers suggested that the four ...

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    Second ERTMS pilot line commissioned


    DENMARK: Commercial operation using ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3 has started on Banedanmark’s Roskilde – Køge line in Sjaelland, which forms the second Early Deployment Line for the national Signalling Programme. Alstom is installing ETCS on the eastern half of the national network under the Fjernbane ...