All Railway Gazette International articles in February 2023 – Page 6

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    In depth

    France: Start-ups energise the passenger market


    Open access passenger operators have so far had limited success in penetrating the French market, but a medley of ambitious entrepreneurs is now tackling the task. Jérémie Anne reports.

  • St Pancras station strike sign
    Rail Business UK

    Rail impact of minimum service legislation to be investigated


    UK: The House of Commons Transport Committee has launched an inquiry into how the government’s proposed Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill would apply in practice to the rail sector. If passed, the bill would allow the Secretary of State to make regulations setting out the minimum ...

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    RENFE to create French subsidiary


    FRANCE: The board of Spain’s national operator RENFE is to seek Spanish government approval for the formation of a French subsidiary to take advantage of the ongoing liberalisation of that market. Announcing its plan to set up a French business on February 2, RENFE said it ...

  • Aerial view of Washwood Heath HS2 depot
    Rail Business UK

    Washwood Heath HS2 depot approved


    UK: Birmingham City Council has granted Schedule 17 approval for High Speed 2’s Washwood Heath depot. The 2017 act providing legal powers for the construction of Phase One of HS2 provides deemed planning permission for the project, but Schedule 17 requires that HS2 Ltd seeks the ...

  • Bonn's first Skoda tram delivered
    Metro Report International

    Škoda tram delivered to Bonn


    GERMANY: The first of 28 Škoda Group trams for Bonn was delivered to Beuel depot on the morning of February 1, having left the factory in Plzeň on a heavy-duty road transporter at 21.00 on January 30. Entry into service is planned for this summer, following ...

  • Downer is preferred bidder for a contract to supply 65 six-car trains as part of the Queensland Train Manufacturing Programme.

    Downer selected for Queensland rolling stock contract


    AUSTRALIA: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the selection of Downer as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 65 six-car trains for use in the southeast of the state as part of the Queensland Train Manufacturing Programme. The 1 067 mm gauge trains are to ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    This week’s round-up of business news from the UK railway industry.

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    Franco-Swiss TGV partnership extended for five more years


    EUROPE: The TGV Lyria cross-border passenger train partnership of France’s SNCF Voyageurs (74%) and Switzerland’s SBB (26%) has been extended for a further five years. The co-operation dates back 30 years. There are 17 return trips per day across the Genève – Paris, Lausanne – Paris ...

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    Metro Report International

    Knorr-Bremse wins metro train coupler contract


    ITALY: Knorr-Bremse has announced its entry into the international passenger rolling stock coupler market, as part of a contract to supply subsystems for metro trains which Milano operator ATM has ordered from Hitachi for use on lines M1, M2 and M3. Hitachi was awarded a framework ...

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    Etihad Rail orders push-pull trains


    UAE: Etihad Rail has awarded CRRC Qingdao Sifang a contract to supply three push-pull trainsets with options for up to 20 more. Each trainset will comprise a diesel locomotive, five intermediate passenger cars and a driving trailer coach. They will have a design ...

  • Docklands Light Railway CAF train (Photo: TfL)
    Metro Report International

    Docklands Light Railway trains unveiled


    UK: The first of 52 automated light metro trainsets which CAF is supplying for London’s Docklands Light Railway was unveiled at Beckton depot on February 8. The 750 V DC third-rail driverless trainsets are expected to enter service from between 2024 and 2026. ...

  • George Bradshaw Address 2023
    Rail Business UK

    Rail reform will enhance the role of the private sector, says Harper


    UK: Private sector train operators will have a key role to play in the reformed rail structure, Secretary of State for Transport Mark Harper told industry leaders on February 7. Presenting the annual George Bradshaw Address hosted by industry association Rail Partners, Harper sought to set ...

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    Metro Report International

    Stadler awarded València and Alacant tram contract


    SPAIN: Operator FGV has awarded sole bidder Stadler a contract to supply 16 trams to support future network expansion in València and Alacant. The first of the Series 4500 LRVs are scheduled to be delivered from the manufacturer’s Albuixech plant in 24 months, and the last ...

  • Passenger services have been launched between Sisophon in Cambodia and Poipet on the border with Thailand.

    Cambodian railway regauging study completed


    Train between Sisophon and Poipet CAMBODIA: A feasibility study for a further rebuild of the 382 km line from Phnom Penh to Poipet on the Thai border was submitted to the government on January 24. The study financed and undertaken by China Road & Bridge Corp ...

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    SmartTransit Americas 2023

    Due to SEPTA recently announcing their plans for developing their network, taking inspiration from services in Europe and the announcement last year of the 8 potential expansion projects to take place in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, we are delighted to announce that Philadelphia will host this years SmartTransit Americas conference.

    The conference key topics include: Ticketing, post pandemic recovery, communications and onboard connectivity, transit orientated developments, condition monitoring and modal shift. Visit Smart Transit

  • Cape Town Northern Line service resumed
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport industry news round-up


    This week’s round-up of news from the urban transport sector.

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    Ferrovie della Calabria unveils narrow gauge DMU


    ITALY: The first of four 950 mm gauge Stadler SRDe 212 diesel multiple-units for Ferrovie della Calabria was unveiled at Cosenza station on February 1. The two-car DMUs ordered in February 2021 have large windows, facing seats and low-floor areas with dedicated ...

  • Steve Warrener
    Rail Business UK

    Urban Transport Group’s next Chair appointed


    UK: Steve Warrener, Managing Director of Transport for Greater Manchester, has been named Chair of the Urban Transport Group of city region transport authorities. This follows the end of the two-year term of outgoing Chair Laura Shoaf, Chief Executive of West Midlands Combined Authority. ‘The cost ...

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    Battery train pilot project on ‘challenging’ Westerwald routes


    GERMANY: Hessische Landesbahn has ordered three Mireo Plus B battery-electric multiple-units from Siemens Mobility to replace diesel sets on steep and partly-electrified routes in the Westerwald region. The BEMUs will be used from the December 2025 timetable change on the 115 km Oberwesterwaldbahn service RB90 Limburg ...

  • HS2 announces hundreds more apprenticeship jobs

    Reasons to do a railway industry apprenticeship highlighted


    UK: The variety of roles available across the rail industry and the opportunities for career development are being highlighted as part of National Apprenticeship Week from February 6–12. This year’s theme is Skills for Life, showcasing how apprenticeships can help people to develop the skills and ...