EUROPE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is to replace one of its five daily flights between Brussels and Amsterdam Schiphol with reserved seat capacity on a Thalys high speed train service from March 29 2020.
UK: Investment of £26m to secure the future of the 13·7 km line between Ryde and Shanklin on the Isle of Wight was announced on September 16. This includes infrastructure modernisation and replacement of the life-expired fleet of small profile ex-London Underground trains which date back to 1938.
EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has invited expressions of interest in the supply of up to 100 diesel-electric locomotives for use on long-distance passenger services, with tendering expected to get underway by the end of the year.
HUNGARY: ÖBB-owned freight operator Rail Cargo Hungaria has awarded CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive a contract to supply four prototype ‘high power’ electric–battery main line and shunting locomotives.
Lineas has doubled capacity on its intermodal trains in and out of Antwerpen from 2 600 to 5 300 containers per week to take traffic off the local road network during the Oosterweel road construction project.
NORWAY: National operator Vy has appointed Vobling to develop a virtual reality fire fighting simulator for staff training.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager SŽDC has launched works on several long-awaited electrification schemes.
RUSSIA: Fertiliser producer PhosAgro Group has ordered a further 56 molten sulphur tank wagons from United Wagon Co.
ALSTOM: On September 12, French construction and industrials conglomerate Bouygues confirmed that it had divested more than 29 million shares in Alstom.
AFRICA: The Grain Marketing Board of Zimbabwe has awarded Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority, Zambia Railways Ltd and National Railways of Zimbabwe a contract to transport 17 000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania to Bulawayo.