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Proposed Gateway Basel Nord intermodal container terminal.

Legal challenge halts Gateway Basel Nord


SWITZERLAND: The planned start of construction of the Gateway Basel Nord project for a trimodal container terminal has been delayed following a successful legal challenge by container and logistics company Swissterminal AG.

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LNER launches Azumas to Lincoln


UK: ‘We are putting Lincoln firmly on the LNER map’, said Customer Service Director Suzanne Donnelly at the formal launch of Azuma services off the East Coast Main Line on October 21.


World rail freight news round-up


Ermewa has acquired 127 Shimms wagons from Express Group. The company said this would consolidate its ‘strong presence’ in the steel industry, and support its ambition of expanding its geographical footprint in Central and Eastern Europe.


EU allocates €838m for Polish rail enhancement project


POLAND: The EU is to provide €838m of cohesion funding for a project to upgrade a 214·5 km section of the TEN-T network between Chorzów Batory in Śląskie voivodship and Zduńska Wola Karsznice in Łódzkie.


Bioceanic railway studies funded


BOLIVIA: Latin American development bank CAF has signed a US$3m grant agreement to fund pre-investment studies for part of the Bolivian section of the proposed Bioceanic Railway Integration Corridor which would connect Ilo in Peru with Santos in Brazil.


PKP Cargo looks to acquire Romanian operators


EUROPE: Polish freight operator PKP Cargo announced on October 17 that it had started talks to acquire shares in three Romanian operators.


London St Pancras twins with Bordeaux Saint-Jean to promote direct service


EUROPE: Channel Tunnel rail link concessionaire HS1 Ltd announced a twinning agreement between its London St Pancras International station and SNCF’s Bordeaux Saint-Jean station on October 18, saying this would help to progress the development of proposals for a through passenger service between the cities.


First RER NG EMU emerges


FRANCE: The first of 255 double-deck EMUs being built by Alstom and Bombardier for Paris RER lines D and E has been completed, and is expected to start testing shortly, Île-de-France Mobilités announced on October 18.

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ADIF signs rescue locomotive contract


SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has signed a contract for a consortium of Stadler and Erion to supply 22 Eurolight diesel-electric locomotives for use on maintenance, rescue, inspection and snow clearing trains on the 1 435 mm gauge high speed network, the Swiss company announced on October 18.


Railway supply industry news round-up


Voith has commissioned a multi-functional transmission test bench at its Heidenheim site in Germany. This can test transmission performance under conditions including temperatures from -50°C to +85°C, mechanical stress, wind flow velocities of up to 180 km/h and ice build-up. It also enables testing of noise levels. ‘Our unique test ...

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