All Railway Gazette International articles in July 2021 – Page 7

All articles published this month.

  • CER Covid-19 tracker infrastructure

    Covid Impact Tracker shows continued losses for rail in 2021


    EUROPE: The economic situation for EU railways shows very little sign of improvement, according to the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies’ Covid Impact Tracker. Revenues from January to May 2021 were lower across the board than in the second half of 2020, the association reported. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Go-Ahead commits to net zero


    Announcing a ‘wholesale shift’ from diesel to zero-carbon modes including electric and hydrogen traction, Go-Ahead says it is aiming to achieve a fully decarbonised rail fleet by 2035, and to switch its 5 000-strong UK bus fleet to zero emission vehicles.

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    Rail Business UK

    Welsh Affairs Committee calls for a Wales Rail Board, Swansea Bay Metro and electrification


    UK: Cardiff – Swansea electrification, a Swansea Bay Metro and the creation of a Wales Rail Board tasked with prioritising proposals for investment have been recommended by the House of Commons’ Welsh Affairs Committee. Published on July 14, the Railway Infrastructure in Wales report recommends the ...

  • Nepal Railway passenger train

    Cross-acceptance accord to boost Nepalese rail freight


    NEPAL: Rail freight movements between India and Nepal are set to increase following the signing of a cross-acceptance agreement as part of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy to enhance regional connectivity. The two countries have agreed to permit the international operation of wagons authorised by the other ...

  • Testing CCTV camera resolution (Photo: TfL)
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport industry news round-up


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

  • BEG awarded Länderbahn a contract to reintroduce regular passenger services on the 24·8 km Gotteszell – Viechtach route.

    Regional passenger trial extended by a year


    GERMANY: Bayern railway agency BEG has awarded Die Länderbahn a contract to continue operating a trial passenger service on the Gotteszell – Viechtach line. Regular passenger services on the 24·8 km route ended in 1991. BEG and Die Länderbahn agreed to reintroduce a trial service from ...

  • Regiolis cross-border trainset (Photo: Région Grand Est)

    Grand Est cross-border fleet unveiled


    FRANCE: The first of 30 electro-diesel trainsets for cross-border services between the French region of Grand Est and the German Länder of Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland was demonstrated to local politicians and officials in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse on July 10. An identical trainset is meanwhile ...

  • Shaoxing metro (3)
    Metro Report International

    Shaoxing opens first line of planned 208 km metro network


    CHINA: The first metro line in Shaoxing has opened, running 20·3 km from Guniangqiao and China Textile City. The project was originally known as known as the Hangzhou – Shaoxing Inter-city railway, and is now branded as metro Line 1. There are ...

  • InnoTrans

    Rail can help the EU reach its climate targets


    INNOTRANS: ‘Railway transport is a central means to achieve the European Green Deal’, suggests Prof Dr Siefkes of the DLR aerospace research centre in the sixth InnoTrans podcast, released on July 13. Discussing the potential for rail to help the EU reach its climate targets, Siefkes ...

  • Network Rail overhead line engineers
    Rail Business UK

    ORR calls for Network Rail action on drainage, structures and track worker safety


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road published its latest annual assessments of railway safety in Great Britain and of Network Rail’s performance on July 13. ‘Our reports highlight the need for Network Rail to focus on the interlinked fundamentals of safety, managing assets, delivering efficiently ...

  • Fukuoka Series 3000A train impression
    Metro Report International

    Fukuoka Subway orders sky and mountain liveried trainsets


    JAPAN: Fukuoka City Transport Bureau has ordered four four-car Series 3000A trainsets to support an expansion of services when the Fukuoka Subway’s 12 km Nanakuma Line is extended by 1·6 km from Tenjin Minami to Hakata in 2022. Two of the 1 435 mm gauge, ...

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    Metro Report International

    Wi-fi used to estimate station usage


    UK: Transport for London is using aggregated and depersonalised data from its wi-fi network to provide real-time information on how busy London Underground stations are at any particular time of the day. TfL has previously used ticketing data to understand travel patterns, with its estimates of ...

  • Siemens Mobility Mireo Plus H hydrogen fuel cell train impression

    Mireo Plus H hydrogen train to be tested in Bayern


    GERMANY: An agreement been signed for a Siemens Mobility Mireo Plus H hydrogen fuel cell train to be trialled on Bayerische Regiobahn’s Augsburg – Füssen route. Siemens is developing the Mireo Plus H to have a range of up to 800 km, powered by two roof-mounted ...

  • Louise Cheeseman
    Rail Business UK

    Hull Trains Managing Director Louise Cheeseman leaves for TfL


    UK: Louise Cheeseman stepped down as Managing Director of FirstGroup’s open access operator Hull Trains on July 12, ahead of joining Transport for London as Director of Buses on August 2. Andy Mellors, Managing Director of Non-Franchised Businesses for the parent company’s First Rail business unit, ...

  • Alstom would supply 30 SkyTrain automated light metro trainsets, using options within the fleet renewal and expansion contract which TransLink and Bombardier Transportation announced in December 2020.
    Metro Report International

    Vancouver SkyTrain expansion funding announced


    CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that the federal government would provide up to C$1·3bn to meet 40% of the cost of the proposed Surrey Langley Extension of Vancouver’s SkyTrain automated light metro network, subject to due diligence and the approvals process. The Province of ...

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    Freight operators concerned by ‘misguided’ competition Executive Order


    USA: Freight railroads have expressed concern about the implications of an Executive Order issued by President Biden on July 9 aimed at ‘promoting competition in the American economy’. The order calls on regulatory bodies to facilitate ‘robust’ competition and reduce monopoly power in various sectors ranging from ...

  • CargoBeamer has opened a facility for transferring road semi-trailers to and from trains in Calais (Photo: Philippe Turpin/CargoBeamer).

    CargoBeamer opens Calais intermodal terminal


    FRANCE: CargoBeamer has opened a facility for transferring road semi-trailers to and from trains in Calais. Close to the port and the Channel Tunnel, the terminal forms part of the company’s plan to develop a European network of transhipment facilities at important hubs to handle ‘hundreds ...

  • mz-unitrans-maputo-harare-train

    Maputo – Harare logistics service launched


    AFRICA: Diversified logistics company Unitrans Africa has launched dedicated rail freight services between the Port of Maputo in Mozambique and three trading hubs at Harare, Bulawayo and Gweru in Zimbabwe.

  • Operail has converted a GE C36 locomotive to diesel and LNG dual-fuel operation (Photo: Raul Mee/Operail).

    Operail unveils LNG freight locomotive


    ESTONIA: Operail has unveiled a General Electric C36 main line freight locomotive which it has converted to dual-fuel operation using natural gas as well as diesel. ‘It will help us reduce our fuel costs by 30%, and the machine emits 20% less carbon dioxide and as ...

  • Karlsruhe regioKArgo freight tram (Photo: AVG/Michael Krauth)
    Metro Report International

    Parcel tram software under development


    GERMANY: Public transport IT specialist INIT has been selected to develop the booking, transport management, payment and shipment tracking system for the RegioKArgo freight tram demonstrator project in Karlsruhe. The project aims to assess the feasibility of urban deliveries using trams rather than lorries and vans, ...