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  • Eurostar at London St Pancras
    News

    Eurostar cannot grow amid pandemic, Brexit and cost crises, CEO warns

    2022-09-27T16:21:00Z

    EUROPE: Problems faced by Eurostar as a result of the pandemic, Brexit and rising costs have been set out in detail in a letter from outgoing CEO Jacques Damas to the Chair of the UK’s House of Commons Transport Select Committee. Chair Huw Merriman MP had ...

  • ERTMS (Photo ProRail)
    News

    NS awards ETCS onboard equipment contract

    2022-09-16T09:30:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: NS has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to equip 176 VIRM double-deck EMUs for use with ETCS Level 2, in the first major contract for the roll-out of ETCS onboard equipment under the national retrofitting programme. Siemens Mobility will provide the equipment and installation support ...

  • RTB Cargo has signed a 10-year agreement to lease four battery-electric shunting and medium-distance locomotives from Northrail, which will provide full maintenance.
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    Battery-electric locomotive lease signed

    2022-09-09T09:00:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: RTB Cargo has signed a 10-year agreement to lease four battery-electric shunting and medium-distance locomotives from Northrail, which will provide full maintenance. The Vossloh Rolling Stock DM20-EBB locomotives are intended to operate in the Port of Rotterdam and its hinterland, and will be able to ...

  • Freightliner 66503 with containers
    News

    Genesee & Wyoming’s UK/Europe CEO departs

    2022-09-07T12:07:00Z

    EUROPE: Eddie Aston has left Genesee & Wyoming Inc, where was Chief Executive Officer of the UK/Europe Region.

  • NS train.
    News

    Dutch EMU contract preferred bidder selected

    2022-08-25T13:58:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS has selected CAF as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 60 electric multiple-units. The base order would cover 30 four-car single-deck EMUs and 30 six-car double-deck units, with options to order additional units including for cross-border traffic. The 160 km/h ...

  • Alstom has signed a contract to provide full-service maintenance for 60 MaK DE6400 diesel locomotives operated by DB Cargo Belgium and DB Cargo Netherlands.
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    Alstom awarded 60-loco maintenance contract

    2022-08-23T08:03:00Z

    EUROPE: Alstom has signed a contract to provide full-service maintenance for 60 MaK DE6400 diesel locomotives operated by DB Cargo Belgium and DB Cargo Netherlands. Alstom sites in Rotterdam and Brugge will be responsible for preventive and corrective maintenance for an initial term of three years, ...

  • ICNG_3110-Zwolle-Gerrit-Jan-van-den-Berg
    In depth

    Benelux: Faster timings in prospect with ICNG fleet

    2022-07-12T13:00:00Z

    Part of the fleet of Intercity New Generation trainsets now being tested by Netherlands Railways is destined to replace the locomotive-hauled ICRm sets currently in use on Amsterdam – Brussels services via HSL-Zuid, trimming up to 40 min off the journey. The rest of the 200 km/h fleet will be deployed on domestic routes.

  • NS ICNG at Rotterdam Centraal station (Photo NS)
    News

    NS unveils its Intercity Next Generation trainset

    2022-07-04T15:48:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: The Intercity Next Generation trainset was officially unveiled by Acting President of national passenger operator NS Bert Groenewegen and Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge at Rotterdam Centraal station on July 2, ahead of entry into service later this year. NS said the trains would become an ...

  • Dual Inventive and Plasser & Theurer have signed a co-operation agreement with a view to developing tools and processes aimed at improving track worker safety.
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    Plasser and Dual Inventive sign track worker safety technology partnership

    2022-06-30T08:25:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: Dutch technology specialist Dual Inventive and Plasser & Theurer have signed a co-operation agreement with a view to developing tools and processes aimed at improving track worker safety. The partners are aiming to increase the output of on-track plant, with a specific focus on minimising ...

  • TRACKBOT
    News

    Installation robot to accelerate ETCS roll-out

    2022-06-24T14:25:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: Strukton Rail is to work with Trackbot robot developers AMT Group and No Man Trackwork to produce a prototype autonomous machine for the fast and accurate installation of balises and axle counters as part of the national ERTMS deployment programme. The partners hope that a prototype ...

  • Impression of a Sunweb and European Sleeper train in the Alps
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    Sunweb and European Sleeper plan holiday trains to the Alps and coast

    2022-06-13T09:38:00Z

    EUROPE: Dutch package holiday company Sunweb Group and night train start-up European Sleeper have announced a partnership to offer overnight trains from the Netherlands and Belgium to tourist destinations in France. The companies said their aim is to make ‘sustainable and relaxed’ rail travel more attractive ...

  • Hasselt - Maastricht tram-train impression
    Metro Report International

    Cross-border tram-train project scrapped

    2022-05-31T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: After many years of discussion and planning, the government of the Belgian region of Vlaanderen has decided not to go ahead with plans to for a tram-train service running from Hasselt across the Dutch border to Maastricht. The route would have been around 30 km ...

  • Paris Nord station
    News

    Eurostar Group formed as holding company for Eurostar and Thalys

    2022-05-03T10:46:00Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar Group has been established as the holding company for international high speed train operators Eurostar and Thalys, and the shareholders have announced their ambition for the combined services to carry 30 million passengers/year within 10 years, compared to 18 million in 2019. ...

  • Terneuzen Gent canal (Photo: Erich Westendarp/Pixabay)
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    Funds committed to North Sea Port rail access route

    2022-04-26T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The Dutch cabinet is to make available €105m from the National Growth Fund towards the Rail Gent Terneuzen project to improve access to North Sea Port, the 60 km area on the Western Scheldt between Vlissingen in the Netherlands and the Belgian city of Gent ...

  • Maaslijn Arriva train (Photo: ProRail)
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    War and cost increases delay Dutch electrification scheme

    2022-04-22T08:54:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: ProRail has cancelled a tender for electrification of the Maaslijn between Nijmegen and Roermond, saying the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the increasing cost of materials and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the supply chain had forced it to reconsider its approach to upgrading ...

  • KLM Thalys
    News

    Airline to transfer more passengers to high speed rail

    2022-04-08T14:59:00Z

    EUROPE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Thalys have agreed to develop their joint AirRail product to further increase the number of air passengers who use high speed trains to travel between Brussels and Amsterdam Schiphol airport. KLM already offers air passengers the option of using Thalys ...

  • Marjan Rintel
    Organisations

    Head of NS steps down to join airline

    2022-03-31T15:08:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: National passenger train operator NS announced on March 31 that Marjan Rintel is to step down as President to become President & CEO of airline KLM on July 1. Rintel has been at NS since November 2014, initially as Chair of the Passenger Services business ...

  • The European Commission has approved the planned merger of cross-border high speed train operators Thalys and Eurostar.
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    Merger approval ‘should ensure the rebound and growth ambitions of Thalys and Eurostar’, says SNCF

    2022-03-31T11:58:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has approved the planned merger of cross-border high speed train operators Thalys and Eurostar. SNCF Voyageurs told Railway Gazette International the merger ‘should ensure the rebound and growth ambitions of Thalys and Eurostar.’ Announcing its decision on March 29, the Commission said ...

  • Track (Photo: ProRail)
    News

    Thales selected for Dutch ERTMS Central Safety System contract

    2022-03-15T13:32:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: Infrastructure manager ProRail has selected Thales as preferred bidder for a contract to develop, install and maintain an ERTMS Central Safety System on the 7 000 track-km network. The contract is potentially worth €420m over its maximum duration of 37 years. Siemens had also been ...

  • Arriva Stadler Wink multiple-units
    News

    Diesel train modified for battery traction tests

    2022-02-28T12:44:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: One of Arriva’s 18 Stadler Wink diesel multiple-units has been temporarily modified to test the potential for using battery power for emission-free operation without the cost of fixed electrification infrastructure. Normally used on secondary routes around Groningen and Leeuwarden, the Wink units are powered by ...