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    UK: Transforming Transport for Wales


    Transport for Wales is pushing ahead with its ambitious strategy to refresh the country’s rail services, despite the ending of a long-term operating contract as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Tony Miles investigates.

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    UK: HS2 progress overshadowed by coronavirus and controversy


    While construction of HS2’s initial phase between London and the West Midlands is forging ahead despite local protests, completion of the 540 km ‘Y network’ as originally outlined in 2010 now appears much less certain. Nick Kingsley reports.

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    UK: HS2 enters the delivery stage


    After years of parliamentary scrutiny, the initial phases of High Speed 2 are now firmly under construction, with the railway initially expected to link London with Crewe from 2033, as HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Mark Thurston explains.

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    India: Budget sets ambitious targets


    The government has promised record capital investment in India’s rail network as part of its 2021-22 budget, citing the National Rail Plan now in development. However, IR needs to improve its productivity and get its finances back on an even keel, believes Raghu Dayal.

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    Viewpoint: Unlocking Africa’s economic growth


    Railway reform and regulatory stability will help to revitalise Africa’s railways and put them at the heart of sustainable transport strategies across the African Continental Free Trade Area, suggests ARIA Chief Executive Officer Mesela Nhlapo.

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    France: Regions take on revival of rural routes


    Following recent changes in legislation, France’s regional governments have the option of taking control of rural railways within their jurisdiction. Will this reverse the long decline of minor routes and branch lines? Christian Scasso investigates.

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    Training & Skills: Supporting recovery and the EU Green Deal


    Reflecting on the importance of research and innovation in shaping a more sustainable rail sector, outgoing ERRAC Chair Alberto Parrondo considers the strategic priorities which need to be addressed by the new Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking.

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    Rail Baltica concept trains inspired by sun, sea and sand


    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has produced conceptual images to help inform the public about the type of trains which could link Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with Poland and western Europe using the future standard gauge line. The concepts are intended to inform ...

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    Training & Skills: Training the world’s rail welders


    Last year, Pandrol opened a railway welding centre of excellence in Raismes, northern France, which is already proving its worth as training methods change during the pandemic. Nick Kingsley reports.

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    Training & Skills: Time to HOP on board


    Innovation and digitalisation are changing young people’s perception of railways, while opening up attractive career opportunities. Work is underway to rethink rail-related training and education, in order to provide the skills needed to shape sustainable mobility for the future.

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    Interview: Digital becomes tangible


    There is a window of opportunity to combine increased public funding with the demonstrable operational benefits of digital technology in order to drive modal shift to rail after the pandemic, Knorr-Bremse’s Board Member for Rail Systems Dr Jürgen Wilder explains to Nick Kingsley.

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    Switzerland: GoldenPass Express launch postponed to 2022


    After repeated delays, Montreux-Oberland Bahn has chosen to further postpone the start date for its gauge-changing GoldenPass Express panoramic trains between Montreux and Interlaken until the end of 2022. Murray Hughes reports.

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    Switzerland: Lötschberg Base Tunnel flood damage repaired


    Swiss operator BLS resumed normal services through the Lötschberg Base Tunnel at the end of February after completing repairs in the wake of flooding in the eastern bore last year. Toma Bačić reports.

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    München – Zürich: an island no longer


    Electrification of a 155 km section of the München – Zürich corridor and the rerouting of inter-city trains to bypass the island in Lindau has reduced journey times between the two cities to 4 h, with hopes of further cuts to come, reports Toma Bačić.

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    Ireland: Iarnród Éireann looks to post-Covid bounce


    CEO Jim Meade believes the Irish national railway is well-placed to expand after the coronavirus pandemic, with the government committing to significant investment. Tony Miles reports.

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    Infrastructure: Norway’s first slab track commissioned


    Construction of a long single-bore tunnel to alleviate capacity problems in the Bergen area included the laying of the first ballastless track in Norway.

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    Turkey: Freight won’t wait


    Restrictions on road haulage due to the pandemic have driven a sharp increase in Turkey’s rail freight traffic, particularly on international corridors, reports David O’Byrne. Further growth is expected to follow the completion of rail-served logistics centres across the network.

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    USA: Living with extreme weather


    Building on many years of experience, US railroads large and small have developed cost-effective approaches to dealing with the impact of extreme weather incidents and other natural disasters, but continue to evolve their response strategies. Dave Lustig investigates.

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    Infrastructure: Getting to grips with climate change


    As part of a broader weather resilience and climate change adaptation strategy, Network Rail has been reviewing its management of earthworks and structures. It has also put in place environmental initiatives aimed at mitigating its own impact.

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    Comment: Sending the wrong signal


    Policymakers need to learn lessons from the apparent collapse of the agreement to build a high speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, suggests Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.