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  • Accrington & Rossendale College has installed a section of track for use as part of a railway maintenance and repair course which is designed to fast-track unemployed people aged 19+ into ‘well-paid, skilled careers for life’.
    Rail Business UK

    Training for ‘well-paid, skilled careers’ in rail


    UK: Accrington & Rossendale College has installed a section of track for use as part of a railway maintenance and repair course which is designed to fast-track unemployed people aged 19+ into ‘well-paid, skilled careers for life’. The course runs Monday to Friday over an eight-week ...

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    Stadler Flirt3 XLs ordered for Frankfurt – Koblenz service


    GERMANY: VIAS Rail is to lease eight Stadler Flirt3 XL electric multiple-units from Alpha Trains for use on a Frankfurt – Koblenz service along the right bank of the Rhein which is to be introduced in December 2025. There is an option for one more EMU. ...

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    Rail Baltica regional station design contract signed


    ESTONIA: National Rail Baltica project implementation body Rail Baltic Estonia has awarded Ardanuy Ingeneria a €368 000 contract to design seven stations for use by regional passenger services on the future 1 435 mm gauge line. The stations at Assaku, Luige, Saku and Kurtna in the ...

  • Aerial view of HS2's London Euston station site
    Rail Business UK

    Government ‘committed to delivering HS2 to Manchester’


    UK: The government is committed to building High Speed 2 through to London Euston rather than terminating it short at Old Oak Common, according to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt. ‘I don’t see any conceivable circumstance in which that would not end up at Euston’, he told the ...

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    National Express selected for 10-year operating contracts


    GERMANY: National Express Rail has been selected to operate passenger services RE1 Aachen – Hamm and RE11 Düsseldorf – Paderborn – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe for 10 years from the December 2023 timetable change. The €1bn contract tendered by Rhein-Ruhr transport authority VRR, go.Rheinland (formerly NVR), Westfalen-Lippe authority NWL ...

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    Global Centre of Rail Excellence promoters confident as investment search ramps up


    Rail Business UK visits the future site of the Global Centre of Rail Excellence in South Wales, as promoter GCRE Ltd steps up its search to find an outside investor able to attract £330m in funding to fulfil its vision. Nick Kingsley reports.

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

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    In depth

    Portugal: National plan to boost rail’s market share


    Ambitious plans to connect Portugal’s 10 largest cities by high speed rail form the centrepiece of a comprehensive railway development package unveiled by the Portuguese government late last year. To be completed by 2050, the plan also envisages new suburban corridors and a third bridge over the River Tagus. André Pires  reports.

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    Operail sells more wagons from its lease fleet


    ESTONIA: National freight operator Operail has sold a further 807 wagons from its lease fleet for €22·1m as part of a programme of divestment of non-core assets. More than 40 companies were invited to participate and 20 tenders were submitted. After what Operail said was a ...

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    Long Island Rail Road opens its Grand Central Madison hub in New York


    USA: Long Island Rail Road opened its Grand Central Madison deep-level station beneath New York’s famous Grand Central Terminal on January 25.

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    DB Regio awarded Rheine – Löhne operating contract


    GERMANY: DB Regio has been selected to operate new regional express service RE62 Rheine – Osnabrück – Löhne for seven years from December 2023. The service running every 2 h is being commissioned by Neidersachsen transport authority LNVG and Westfalen-Lippe authority NWL to retain an hourly ...

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    Luxembourg Rail Protocol registrar designate changes hands


    INTERNATIONAL: Regulis, the registrar designate for the Luxembourg Rail Protocol, has been acquired from SITA by Canadian company Information Services Corp. The 2007 Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment has been developed to create a global legal regime for ...

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    Merseyrail’s custom-designed Class 777 EMUs enter service


    UK: Rail Business UK  travels on the first passenger service operated by Merseyrail’s custom-built Stadler Class 777 electric multiple-units to see a revised method of operation and hear about Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s plans for ‘putting the public back into public transport’.

  • Impression of a Škoda Group electric multiple-unit for Elron.

    Elron orders 10 more EMUs


    ESTONIA: Passenger operator Elron has awarded Škoda Group a firm order to supply a further 10 electric multiple-units. The order announced by the Czech manufacturer on January 24 has been placed using an option in a 2021 contract for initial six EMUs which are now being ...

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    Work to rebuild Praha Masarykovo station to start this year


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The remodelling and expansion of Praha’s Masarykovo terminus has received planning approval, infrastructure manager Správa železnic has confirmed. Tenders are due to be called in the spring, and construction work is scheduled to start later this year. The existing seven platforms will ...

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    Transnet seeks locomotive rehabilitation options


    SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet has announced its intention to call an open tender for the rehabilitation of 161 non-operational locomotives ‘as a matter of urgency’, saying it had reached an impasse with the manufacturer. The CRRC Class 22E electric locos are intended for use on the North, ...

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    Electrification motor tower cars delivered


    AUSTRIA: Europten has taken delivery of the first two of three Plasser & Theurer MTW 100.216 motor tower cars for use on electrification and maintenance projects in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The MTW is a designed for overhead contact line installation inspection and maintenance, and can ...

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    Merged Eurostar and Thalys branding revealed


    EUROPE: The branding for the merged Eurostar and Thalys high speed rail businesses was unveiled in Brussels on January 24.

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    In depth

    Europe: Authorising modifications — time to learn from experience


    Practical experience suggests that changes to the vehicle authorisation process introduced in the EU’s Fourth Railway Package have clarified the requirements covering the approval of modifications to existing rolling stock deployed in more than one country.

  • Aargau Verkehr Stadler Saphir II EMU impression

    Aargau Verkehr orders EMUs to standardise fleet


    SWITZERLAND: Aargau Verkehr has awarded Stadler a SFr39·5m contract to supply five ABe4/8 Saphir II metre-gauge electric multiple-units for use on the 22 km Wynental and 10 km Suhrental lines west of Zürich from December 2025. The firm order has been placed as an option on ...