All Europe articles – Page 8

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    VTG raises green bond financing


    EUROPE: Wagon leasing group VTG has raised €746m as part of its capital restructuring through the issuing of climate bonds on the US and European capital markets.

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    European Commission says České Dráhy may have engaged in predatory pricing


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The European Commission has reached a preliminary view that incumbent state passenger operator České Dráhy may have engaged in predatory pricing in breach of EU rules on the Praha – Ostrava route in 2011-19.

  • DB Schenker organised the transport of several hundred tonnes of pasta by rail from Italy to Germany.

    Call for EU freight transport crisis contingency plan


    EUROPE: The Council of the EU, which brings together national ministers from each member state, has called on the European Commission to draw up ‘swiftly’ a pandemic and major crisis contingency plan for the freight sector.

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    Rail sector targets Generation Z


    EUROPE: Rail industry suppliers’ association UNIFE has launched a campaign to raise the awareness of young people about rail, in a bid to encourage them to travel more by train and to consider a career in the rail sector.

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    Freight ATO demonstration on track


    EUROPE: An automatically operated freight train ran successfully between Sierre and Sion in Switzerland on October 19 using ATO over ETCS.

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    Unique Rail Vehicle Identification System planning underway


    INTERNATIONAL: The first formal meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s Group of Experts on establishing a common, permanent unique marking system for rolling stock took place in Genève during September. This marked the start of a two-year programme to formulate a set of practical rules ...

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    EU track access rebates approved


    EUROPE: A regulation permitting European Union member states to waive or defer track access charges in order to support the rail sector through the coronavirus pandemic has been formally adopted by the EU Council and European Parliament.

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    Retrack and European Loc Pool announce long-term locomotive leasing deal


    EUROPE: VTG Rail Logistics subsidiary Retrack has signed a long-term full-service leasing contract with European Loc Pool covering up to four Stadler EuroDual six-axle electro-diesel locomotives. To be delivered from Q1 2021, these will be rated at 2·8 MW in diesel mode and 6 MW in electric ...

  • Passes for Italy can also be bought on mobile devices, with more One Country Passes to follow later this year.

    Interrail passes go digital


    EUROPE: Eurail and Interrail Global Passes are now available on a mobile phone app which can be used in 33 countries. Users can add journeys from the app’s travel planner to their mobile pass before boarding, removing the need to record each journey in the paper travel ...

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    European transport sector calls for b2b data framework


    EUROPE: The Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies and UITP have joined other logistics and manufacturing industry associations in making a joint call for the creation of an EU-wide framework for the governance of business-to-business data which would provide a level playing field ‘for all ...

  • The ALLRAIL association of independent passenger train operators and retailers has called on EU member states to ensure that market-dominant incumbent operators share their data with third party journey planning and ticket selling platforms.

    Call for booking platforms to be given access to train operators’ data


    EUROPE: The ALLRAIL association of independent passenger train operators and retailers has called on EU member states to ensure that market-dominant incumbent operators share their data with third party journey planning and ticket selling platforms. Commenting on calls by EU stakeholders for the creation of a rail ...

  • A main line electric locomotive with last-mile battery pack ordered by Rail Cargo Hungaria has been rolled out at CRRC Zhuzhou’s factory in China.

    CRRC Zhuzhou rolls out European electric loco


    HUNGARY: A main line electric locomotive with last-mile battery pack ordered by Rail Cargo Hungaria has been rolled out at CRRC Zhuzhou’s factory in China. The order placed by the ÖBB-owned freight operator in September last year covers two prototype main line locomotives and two electric-battery shunting ...

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    Brake support contract extended


    EUROPE: Knorr-Bremse and Bombardier Transportation have agreed to further extend the Europe-wide service contract under which Knorr-Bremse RailServices supports the maintenance of Traxx locomotives by the manufacturer’s service business. Originally signed in September 2010, the contract was originally intended to run for five years, but in ...

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    Passenger groups raise concerns about EU passenger rights recast


    EUROPE: Following three years of negotiations the European Parliament and EU Council reached a provisional agreement on October 1 for changes to EU rail passenger rights legislation. However, customer groups immediately raised concerns about limitations in the scope of the recast. Announcing the agreement, European Commissioner for ...

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    Three-way co-operation agreement to promote European interoperability


    EUROPE: A three-way agreement for administrative co-operation to promote technical interoperability, in particular for the transport of dangerous goods, has been signed by the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport and the EU Agency for Railways. The agreement ...

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    RegioJet’s train to Croatia is a sell-out summer success


    EUROPE: Open access operator RegioJet’s summer service linking the Czech Republic and Slovakia with Croatia’s Adriatic coast carried more than 60 000 passengers on 120 trains during its first season of operation. RegioJet announced the summer-only overnight service on June 1, and 30 000 tickets had been ...

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    EU ministers commit to foster freight corridors


    EUROPE: EU transport ministers endorsed a formal declaration in Berlin on September 21 committing them to ‘support international rail freight and further strengthen the Rail Freight Corridors’. Acknowledging that the Rail Freight Corridors had ‘proven to be very effective in developing common measures facilitating the enhancement of ...

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    Trans-Europ-Express renaissance proposed


    EUROPE: A network of international long-distance high speed passenger services spanning much of western Europe could be launched by 2025 if proposals announced by Germany’s Federal Minister for Transport Andreas Scheuer at a virtual conference of Europe’s transport ministers on September 21 are taken forward. The proposals ...

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    European digital automatic coupler deployment planned by 2030


    EUROPE: A memorandum of understanding committing to the EU-wide deployment of a digital automatic coupler by 2030 was signed by representatives of the European rail freight sector on September 18. The signatories said Europe was ‘trailing the world’ as ‘the last continent to use standard manual couplers’. ...

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    Mazzola to succeed Lochman at CER


    EUROPE: Alberto Mazzola was elected as the next Executive Director of the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies at the CER General Assembly on September 21.