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    Rumo-Inpasa partnership keeps ethanol flowing


    BRAZIL: Rumo Logística has signed a 10-year agreement with ethanol producer Inpasa Group to operate a ‘rail pipeline’ from Rondonópolis in Mato Grosso state to serve markets in the São Paulo area. Inpasa has invested around R$100m in the project, acquiring a dedicated fleet of 50 ...

  • Abidjan – Ouagadougou railway

    West Africa rail action plan agreed


    AFRICA: Transport ministers from Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin and Togo have agreed an action plan for the development of an international rail network. The proposed network connecting the cities of Abidjan, Ouagadougou, Niamey, Cotonou and Lomé would have a total length of 3 034 ...

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    Airport link maintenance contract extended


    POLAND: Pomorska Kolej Metropolitalna has awarded Alstom a further two-year contract to maintain signalling and train control systems on its 19·5 km route serving Gdańsk airport. The contract running from May 1 covers repair and periodic inspections of equipment manufactured by Alstom, including balises, axle counters ...

  • Map of East West Rail preferred route alignment from Oxford to Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge
    Rail Business UK

    East West Rail plans updated and Bedford – Cambridge preferred route confirmed


    UK: Project promoter East West Railway Co has published updated plans for the development of the future Oxford to Cambridge rail corridor, and confirmed its preferred alignment for the Bedford to Cambridge section of the route. The latest plans take into account the results of public ...


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  • Leo Express train

    Leo Express targets significant market share by 2030


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Open access and public service contract operator Leo Express says it is aiming to gain a ‘significant’ share of the Czech passenger market by 2030, and to launch further services in neighbouring countries. In 2022 its train and coach services in the Czech Republic, ...

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    Contract let to build first section of Salerno – Reggio Calabria high speed line


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a €2bn design and build contract for a consortium of Webuild (60%) Ghella (20%) and Impresa Pizzarotti (20%) to build the Battipaglia – Romagnano section of the Salerno – Reggio Calabria high speed line. The project is to be financed ...

  • RENFE train and passengers at Valencia station

    RENFE to provide third party access to travel data


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has agreed to provide third party ticket retailers with access to real-time ticketing and train running information which is currently only available through its own platforms. On May 19 RENFE met with the UNAV travel agency association which has 120 full members. ...

  • MehrSpur Zürich–Winterthur map

    SBB consults on second Zürich – Winterthur route


    Source: SBB SWITZERLAND: During June Swiss Federal Railways is to undertake public consultation on plans to build a new double-track line including a 9 km tunnel which, along with the existing route, would provide a total of four tracks between Zürich and Winterthur. The new alignment ...

  • Alstom logo on Saint Ouen building

    Export credit agency to support sustainable transport projects


    CANADA: Alstom and Export Development Canada have signed a C$3·5bn three-year sustainable global corporate partnership covering export financing support and insurance in the transport sector. The export credit agency will focus its support on digital systems, services and projects based on low-emission freight and passenger transport ...

  • Pomorskie voivodship has awarded Newag a 128m złoty contract to supply four Impuls 2 electro-diesel multiple-units.

    Pomorskie voivodship orders bi-mode multiple-units


    POLAND: Pomorskie voivodship has awarded Newag a 128m złoty contract to supply four Impuls 2 electro-diesel multiple-units. The contract was signed on May 15, with deliveries scheduled for the second half of 2024. The order is being financed from national and EU sources. The units will ...

  • Palermo-Catania-Messina_01

    More Palermo – Catania route modernisation contracts let


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded two design and build contracts for the realignment of the Palermo – Catania main line to allow higher speeds. Both of the projects are to be financed through the EU’s Recovery & Resilience Fund. A €1·2bn contract for Lot 4A ...

  • Angola CFB CRRC Tangshan DMU

    CRRC DMUs enter service on Lobito – Benguela line


    ANGOLA: Three diesel multiple-units supplied by CRRC Tangshan have entered revenue service on the Lobito – Benguela line. The trains are being used on the Ombaka Express service operated by Caminho de Ferro de Benguela; the Lobito to Benguela journey takes 30 min. An adult ticket ...

  • Deutschlandticket train

    Retail group offers staff discounted Deutschlandticket


    GERMANY: REWE is the first company to sign a national framework agreement with Deutsche Bahn enabling the retail and tourism group’s 150 000 staff to use the Deutschlandticket as a Jobticket employer-subsidised season ticket. REWE Group employees can now buy a monthly Deutschlandticket for €34·30 rather ...

  • Transpnevmatika brakes

    Russian company launches domestic production of disc brakes


    RUSSIA: Transpnevmatika has begun the series production of disc brake systems for use on Transmashholding’s Ivolga 3 electric multiple-units and the newly launched ES104 Vostok EMU. The ES104 is a domestic design developed as an alternative to the Lastochka EMUs derived from the Siemens Desiro range, ...

  • Network Rail engineering works
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail publishes five-year Strategic Business Plan for England & Wales


    UK: Network Rail has published its Strategic Business Plan setting out how it intends to spend £44bn on operating, maintaining and renewing the rail network in England and Wales during Control Period 7, which runs for five years from April 1 2024. The SBP published on May ...

  • Via Rail Siemens trainset

    VIA Rail President & CEO appointed


    CANADA: Mario Péloquin has been named as the next President & CEO of national passenger train operator VIA Rail. Péloquin’s five-year term starts on June 12. He will succeed Martin Landry, who took over the role of President & CEO on an interim basis after Cynthia ...

  • Intramotev TugVolt autonomous battery-electric wagon

    Autonomous battery-powered wagons to be deployed in Michigan


    USA: Intramotev has been awarded funding for the first commercial use of its TugVolt concept for an autonomous battery-electric wagon. Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility & Electrification has awarded a $200 000 grant for the deployment at a mining site in the state’s Upper Peninsula in ...

  • EMU-320

    Korail and Supreme Railways order high speed trains


    SOUTH KOREA: Hyundai Rotem has been awarded a contract to supply 31 high speed trains to South Korea’s two inter-city operators. The supplier will deliver 17 eight-car EMU-320 high speed trainsets for national operator Korail, plus 14 similar sets to private operator Supreme Railways, Hyundai Rotem ...

  • it Firenze HS tunnel

    Construction starts on Firenze high speed tunnel


    ITALY: Work on the 7 km twin-bore tunnel to carry the country’s north-south high speed under Firenze was officially inaugurated on May 15, with the launch of the first tunnel boring machine near Campo di Marte station. The ceremony was attended by Minister of Infrastructure & ...