All Railway Gazette International articles in March 2023 – Page 2

  • TfW Flirt naming ceremony
    Rail Business UK

    Transport for Wales launches Class 231 Flirt DMUs


    UK: Transport for Wales officially launched its fleet of Stadler Flirt Class 231 diesel multiple-units into revenue service with a ceremony at Caerphilly on March 29, at which unit 231001 was named ‘Sultan’. Ordered from Stadler as part of a £800m fleet replacement programme, the 11 ...

  • UK Pavillion at InnoTrans 2022
    Rail Business UK

    Eight recommendations to improve UK rail exports


    UK: The Railway Industry Association has submitted a series of recommendations to the International Trade Select Committee setting out how it believes the government can grow rail exports. The committee is holding an inquiry examining the current situation for exporters, the government support offered, and how ...

  • Northern train with NHS thank you message
    Rail Business UK

    Northern offers 25% discount for key workers


    UK: Northern has worked with employee discounts and benefits company Network to offer a 25% discount on its Advance tickets for NHS workers, carers, teachers and staff working for registered charities. NHS workers can book via the Health Service Discounts website, carers via Discounts for Carers, ...

  • 20230321_Brno_more_45T
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport industry news round-up


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

  • Impression of UKRL shed
    Rail Business UK

    Work begins on Leicester loco facility


    UK: Construction of a £1·5m locomotive maintenance shed has begun at rolling stock engineering company UK Rail Leasing Ltd’s Leicester site. The facility is scheduled to be completed this year and to open in early 2024, enabling UKRL to maintain a variety of locomotive classes and ...

  • Phil Eng
    Metro Report International

    Phillip Eng named MBTA General Manager


    USA: State Governor Maura T Healey has announced the appointment of Phillip Eng as General Manager of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from April 10. Interim General Manager Jeff Gonneville will remain with MBTA and assist with the transition. Eng has nearly 40 years of experience in ...

  • Ridership on the Málaga Metro light rail network is expected to double from seven to 14 million passengers/year following the opening of an extension into the city centre (Photo: Alstom)
    Metro Report International

    Málaga extension opening expected to double ridership


    SPAIN: Ridership on the Metro de Málaga light rail network is expected to double from seven to 14 million passengers/year following the opening of an extension into the city centre on March 27. The 1·7 km underground extension starts at El Perchel-María Zambrano, adjacent to the ...

  • JR Central N700S train

    Taiwanese high speed train contract approved


    TAIWAN: Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp has approved a NT$28bn contract for a consortium of Hitachi and Toshiba to supply 12 N700S high speed trainsets to augment the Series 700T sets that have been used since the line opened in 2007.

  • RENFE CAF Cercanias Civia (Photo RENFE)

    RENFE orders commuter trains


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has awarded CAF a contract to supply 29 electric multiple-units for use on Cercanías suburban passenger services. The contract announced on March 27 is worth €192·7m, including 15 years of maintenance and the supply of spare parts. There are options for a ...

  • Aerial view of HS2's London Euston Station site_2
    Rail Business UK

    NAO report calls for ’affordable, deliverable’ plan for HS2 at Euston


    UK: The government should use the two-year pause on new construction work for High Speed 2 at London Euston to develop a design that is affordable, deliverable and value for money, according to a National Audit Office report. The government announced on March 10 that it ...

  • tn_tram-painted-on-road_a6e604.jpg
    Metro Report International

    Mallorca tram-train scheme revived


    SPAIN: After a decade in limbo, plans have been revived for tram-train style service from Manacor to Artá in the northeast of the island of Mallorca. Development was suspended for financial reasons in 2012. In mid-March this year, the regional government and Manacor town council agreed ...

  • Tanzania_04

    Tanzanian training academy planned


    TANZANIA: Tanzania Railways Corp has been granted approval to build a training institute on a 74 ha site in Tabora, according to local media reports. TRC will use the facility to focus on developing engineers with railway skills as it continues to develop the country’s 1 ...

  • CFM TE33AC loco

    Moldovan rail upgrades to handle Ukrainian export traffic


    MOLDOVA: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has approved a €23m crisis response loan which national railway CFM will use to part-finance the modernisation of two sections of railway for use by Ukrainian transit traffic. The total cost of the work to increase capacity and ...

  • Euro 4000 Portren locomotives have been left Stadler Valencia factory

    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • Zürich transport operator VBZ has donated 35 secondhand Tram 2000 vehicles to Vinnytsia.
    Metro Report International

    Zürich trams donated to Ukraine


    UKRAINE: Zürich transport operator VBZ has donated 35 secondhand Tram 2000 vehicles to Vinnytsia. The first batch of eight trams set off from Switzerland on March 15. It is expected that will have a further service life of 12 to 15 years on the Ukrainian city’s ...

  • Enerpac RP70a rail stressor
    Rail Business UK

    Lightweight rail stressing kit gets Network Rail approval


    UK: Enerpac has obtained Network Rail approval for its RP-70A hydraulic rail stressor and ZC3-Series battery powered stressing pump, which are designed to be easier to transport and assemble and up to three times lighter than similar tools. The kit is designed for railway maintenance crews ...


    Six 8E locos to receive HVAC upgrade


    SOUTH AFRICA: Booyco Engineering has been commissioned to update the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system fitted to the driver’s cabs of six Class 8E locomotives operated by a South African coal producer. The HVAC systems are designed and manufactured at Booyco Engineering’s Germiston facilities. However, the ...

  • Orient Express La Dolce Vita impression

    Knorr-Bremse to equip La Dolce Vita luxury trains


    ITALY: Arsenale Express has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply braking, climate control, door and sanitary systems for two rakes of 11 coaches which are being modernised for use on La Dolce Vita luxury ‘slow travel’ services La Dolce Vita is being developed by luxury travel ...

  • Barcelona Series 7000 (2)
    Metro Report International

    Barcelona metro Series 7000 trainset enters service


    SPAIN: The first Series 7000 trainset entered service on metro Line 3 in Barcelona on March 13. Alstom is supplying 26 Series 7000 trainsets for the 1 435 mm gauge Line 3 and 24 Series 8000 vehicles for the 1 668 mm gauge Line 1 under ...

  • Bee Network Livery
    Rail Business UK

    Manchester buzzing to put rail into its Bee Network


    Greater Manchester Transport Commissioner Vernon Everitt tells Rail Business UK how rail services could be better integrated with other public transport in the conurbation under the recently agreed Trailblazer devolution deal.