All Railway Gazette International articles in May 2023 – Page 6

  • Channel Tunnel freight Shuttle (Photo: Eurotunnel)

    Eurotunnel lorry shuttle service rebranded


    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel concessionaire Getlink has announced what it calls a ‘major rebranding initiative’ for its Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Freight lorry shuttle service, which will now be known as LeShuttle Freight. This is part of a ‘full brand evolution across both the freight and car passenger ...

  • Jena tram delivery
    Metro Report International

    Jena tram deliveries begin


    GERMANY: Stadler has delivered the first of 24 Tramlink low-floor trams that it is building for the metre-gauge network in Jena. The tram was delivered from the Valencia factory in two parts, arriving at municipal transport operator Jenaer Nahverkehr’s Burgau depot on May 5. ...

  • BDZ electric loco

    Bulgarian ETCS support scheme approved


    BULGARIA: The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a €32m Bulgarian scheme to encourage freight and passenger modal shift from road to rail. To be funded through the Recovery & Resilience Facility, the scheme aims to remove technical barriers to rail interoperability and ...

  • Barrow sidings (1)
    Rail Business UK

    Collaborative approach completes depot upgrade


    UK: RTS Infrastructure Services has installed a new fuelling and servicing facility at Northern’s Barrow-in-Furness light maintenance depot, as part of a project which the contractor’s Managing Director Chris Reid said was a ‘masterclass in teamwork and flexibility’. The depot enhancements enable Northern to operate six-car ...

  • National Express train

    National Express to become Mobico Group


    INTERNATIONAL: National Express plc is to change the name of its corporate parent company to Mobico Group plc from early June. The board believes that the Mobico name better reflects its international nature and the range of public transport services it operates. The company said National ...

  • Hyundai Rotem and Hana Bank have agreed to form a fund which will invest in long-term railway, road and airport projects.

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    This week’s news from the global railway supply chain.

  • DSB IC5 Alstom Coradia Stream mock-up (7)

    Danish IC5 Coradia Stream mock-up unveiled


    DENMARK: National passenger operator DSB has unveiled a full-size mock-up of the IC5 Coradia Stream multiple-units which Alstom is to supply to replace IC3, IC4, IR4 and Øresund trainsets on inter-city and regional services. The IC5 design combines ‘innovation, sustainability and great passenger comfort in the ...

  • Rail Freight Forward 1

    ‘We need more capacity’ urges DB’s Nikutta as she takes on Rail Freight Forward leadership


    EUROPE: DB Board Member for Freight and DB Cargo CEO Sigrid Nikutta has succeeded Rail Cargo Group Chief Executive Clemens Först as Chair of the Rail Freight Forward alliance.

  • Bologna tramway start of construction
    Metro Report International

    Bologna starts construction of its first modern tram line


    ITALY: Construction work has started for the 16·5 km Red Line tram route in Bologna, with events marking the occasion held at the site of the future depot in Borgo Panigale and the northern terminus at Michelino-Fiera. The first of four routes in a planned 57 ...

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    Ouigo España launches Madrid – Alacant service


    SPAIN: SNCF’s low-cost subsidiary Ouigo España launched two pairs of daily trains between Madrid Chamartín and Alacant on April 28, following a ceremony at Alacant Terminal the previous day. The trains call only at Albacete Los Llanos on the 486 km route from Madrid Chamartín to ...

  • Greggs LST
    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry responds to longer lorry trailers


    UK: The rail freight sector is not expecting to see a significant impact from the government’s decision to allow the operation of longer semi-trailers on Great Britain’s roads, although the RMT trade union has expressed concern. Following 11 years of trials involving 300 operators and 3 ...

  • TransPennine Express Class 802 at Liverpool Lime Street
    Rail Business UK

    No silver bullet promised as TransPennine Express to transfer to Operator of Last Resort


    UK: FirstGroup’s National Rail Contract to operate TransPennine Express services will not be renewed when it expires on May 28, Secretary of State for Transport Mark Harper announced on May 11. Operations will instead be transferred to the government’s Operator of Last Resort. Services will run ...

  • FGC Stadler Class 257 loco launch

    Metre gauge electro-diesel freight locos enter service


    SPAIN: Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya has put into service the first two of five Class 257 metre gauge electro-diesel freight locos ordered from Stadler to replace its Class 254 diesels. The €30·2m contract for the 20 m long, 3 900 mm high, 90 tonne ...

  • Simon Jones and James Price
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


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

  • Jurong Region Line map
    Metro Report International

    Singapore tenders operation of future metro lines


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has called tenders to appoint operators for the future Jurong Region Line and Cross Island Line from 2024 and 2027 respectively. The tenders announced on May 9 are limited to existing rail operators SMRT Trains and SBS Transit Rail, but foreign operators ...

  • Wiener-Linien-Siemens-Mobility-Series-X-train-at-InnoTrans-2022-(2)
    In depth

    Austria: A transport network for everyone


    Emerging EU legislation on accessibility will put stronger regulatory requirements on public transport operators to ensure their services are open to all. Faced with a mix of modes including a large legacy tramway, Wien operator Wiener Linien is making steady progress towards meeting this challenge. Toma Bačić reports.

  • LNER passenger holding mobile phone
    Rail Business UK

    LNER to expand single-leg ticket pricing


    UK: LNER has announced the roll-out of single-leg pricing across all journeys where it manages the pricing, with tickets going on sale from May 14 for travel from June 11. The operator said this would make ticketing ‘simpler and more flexible’. Anytime Single, Off-Peak/Super Off-Peak Single ...

  • BoxXpress train

    German government urged to revise pessimistic rail freight assumptions


    GERMANY: The leaders of six private rail freight operators have published an open letter to federal Transport Minister Dr Volker Wissing urging the government to revise pessimistic forecasts for the sector’s future growth.

  • Network Rail overhead line engineers
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail trials mid-week engineering work to reflect post-pandemic travel demand


    UK: With data from inter-city operator LNER suggesting that that Fridays and Sundays are now the most popular days for travel on the East Coast Main Line, infrastructure manager Network Rail is to undertake engineering work mid-week rather than at the weekend as a trial. Track, ...

  • CP hydrogen locomotive

    Hydrogen locos to be tested on coal trains


    CANADA: Piloting the use of hydrogen locomotives is included in an agreement for Canadian Pacific Kansas City to haul steelmaking coal from Teck Coal’s four operations in southeastern British Columbia. The agreement announced on May 4 builds on existing services for Teck and runs until the end ...