News – Page 6

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail industry holds first national safeguarding conference


    UK: A national conference dedicated to safeguarding staff and customers on the rail network was hosted by South Western Railway at Lloyd’s of London on May 10. The event brought together representatives from 15 train operating companies, the police, charitable organisations, campaign groups, local authorities, Network ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Virgin plans return to rail as an open access operator


    UK: Virgin Group has applied to the Office of Rail & Road for train paths which would enable it to return to the rail network as an open access operator.

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    CRRC to establish rail vehicle production facilities in Hungary


    HUNGARY: IT, logistics and energy company Acemil has signed a co-operation agreement with CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co covering the purchase of locomotives and the joint establishment of production capacity in Hungary. The parties have agreed to set up four joint centres in Hungary in the fields ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Buckland Rail brings together three rolling stock engineering businesses


    UK: Buckland Group has brought together its wagon manufacturing subsidiary WH Davis and support services businesses Davis Wagon Services and Yellow Rail under the Buckland Rail brand. Derby-based Buckland Rail replaces WH Davis (Holdings) Ltd. It aims to leverage the strengths of the three subsidiaries through ...

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    Škoda Group acquires Cegelec


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Škoda Group has acquired 100% of the shares of tram, metro and trolleybus electrical component supplier Cegelec from Vinci Energies. Cegelec will operate under the name Electric Components as part of the Škoda Electric business. ‘Škoda Group is undergoing long-term development, which includes strengthening ...

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    In depth

    Asia-Pacific: ‘We need 20 000 new staff in the next five years’


    The Philippine Railways Institute in the Manila area is training staff to support the expansion of the city’s rail network. But as PRI Managing Director Anneli Lontoc explains to Benjámin Zelki, there are wider ambitions for the centre to become a training hub for the Asia Pacific region.

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    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail appoints Eastern Routes Partnership contractors


    UK: Network Rail has appointed 15 contractors to its Eastern Routes Partnership framework, which is designed to enable it to directly award key infrastructure contracts worth £3·5bn during Control Period 7, with the option to extend for CP8. Network Rail said removing the need for individual ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Railmark takes over Mississippi freight line


    USA: Railmark Industrial Railway is to take over operation of an 18 km freight branch in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, which interchanges with Norfolk Southern and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The railway was built in 1980 to serve a planned nuclear power station. The nuclear project was cancelled ...

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    SCT Logistics automates resource management tasks


    AUSTRALIA: SCT Logistics has signed a multi-year agreement to use Trapeze Group’s Rail Workforce Management software to automate a range of complex staff and fleet resource allocation processes. SCT has around 1 500 employees, including drivers, shunters and maintenance workers, plus a fleet of 40 locomotives ...

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    President unveils Sierra Leone iron ore railway locos


    SIERRA LEONE: President Julius Maada Bio attended the unveiling of 10 diesel locomotives which CRRC Ziyang has supplied for the 197 km railway linking Leone Rock Metal Group’s New Tonkoliri Iron Mine with the port of Pepel. The locos were unveiled on ...

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    Danish ETCS programme revised again


    DENMARK: Infrastructure manager Banedanmark has announced a revised timetable for the deployment of ETCS in eastern Denmark, following further delays to the national Signalling Programme. Eastern Denmark ETCS deployment timetable Route Previous plan Revised plan Roskilde – Holbæk – ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Government proposes lowering the minimum age to be a train driver


    UK: Industry bodies and drivers’ union ASLEF have welcomed the start of consultation on a government proposal to lower the minimum age to become a train driver in Great Britain from 20 to 18. The consultation runs from May 16 to June 13. If given the ...

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    Metro Report International

    Control centre opening marks latest stage in Paris RER modernisation


    FRANCE: Paris transport operator RATP and national railway SNCF have transferred the management of RER Line A to a new control centre.

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    Rail Business UK

    FirstGroup’s Lumo seeks to launch Rochdale – London open access service


    UK: FirstGroup has applied to operate Rochdale – London open access passenger trains, more than 20 years after a short-lived through service ran between the two destinations. On May 17 FirstGroup said that it had applied to the Office of Rail & Road to launch six ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

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    Eurostar plans to acquire 50 ‘fully interoperable’ trains


    EUROPE: International high speed train operator Eurostar says it is ‘preparing to invest’ in up to 50 high speed trainsets, which would be fully interoperable ’across five countries and beyond’. The new trains would enter service from the early 2030s, replacing the 17 PBKA and nine ...

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    Oxygène next-generation French inter-city train unveiled


    FRANCE: National passenger operator SNCF Voyageurs and manufacturer CAF have unveiled the first of the Z26700 Oxygène inter-city trainsets which will replace Corail locomotive-hauled coaches on 200 km/h inter-city serves on conventional lines. The Oxygène trainsets are designed to be ‘the reference inter-city train of the ...

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    Modernised Port Harcourt – Aba railway reopens


    NIGERIA: Minister of Transportation Sa’idu Alkali flagged off an inaugural train to mark the completion of work to modernise the 62 km Port Harcourt – Aba line on April 30, and has provided an update on progress with other ongoing rail projects. The upgrading of the ...

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    Xi Jinping and Orbán agree to develop Hungarian rail projects


    HUNGARY: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán have reached an agreement to start ‘preparation works’ for the development of a rail freight bypass around Budapest and a rail-based link to the capital’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport. The agreement was announced by Péter ...