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    Metro Report International

    Suburban and light rail investment agreement to create Busan-Ulsan ‘one-hour zone’


    SOUTH KOREA: A mutual cooperation agreement has been signed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport and local authorities to create a ‘one-hour living zone’ for the cities of Busan and Ulsan in the south of the country. The agreement covers the development of suburban rail ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Mentoring programme launched to develop rail freight skills


    UK: The Rail Freight Group trade association has launched a cross-member mentoring scheme to develop skills across the sector and support individual personal development. The programme is open to anyone working in an RFG member company. Participants will be matched with mentors from different organisations who ...

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    Study proposes massive expansion of Europe’s high speed rail network


    EUROPE: A master plan for massive expansion of the high speed rail network has been proposed by the Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking in co-operation with the Community of European Railways, supply industry association UNIFE and the AllRail association of new entrants to the passenger market. Unveiled ...

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    Underground suburban station in Santiago approved


    CHILE: The government has granted environmental approval for the construction of a 3·2 km double-track tunnel and underground station to serve Santiago’s Central-Alameda complex as part of the Alameda – Melipilla suburban rail scheme.

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    Containerised coal overcomes the break-of-gauge


    EUROPE: Innofreight containers are being transferred from broad to standard gauge trains as part of a through journey for the first time. Russia’s attack on Ukraine has forced Poland to seek alternatives to Russian coal, but Polish ports have limited capacity to handle the required volumes. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Varamis Rail launches regular express light freight service


    UK: Varamis Rail has launched a 160 km/h express freight service between Glasgow and Birmingham International using a converted electric multiple-unit. The service is targeted at express parcels and third-party delivery companies seeking next day delivery of consumer goods. Consignments arriving at the Glasgow hub by ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    MxV Rail restarts in-person emergency response training


    USA: MxV Rail has restarted in-person training at its Security & Emergency Response Training Center, offering rail, road and industrial emergency responders realistic hands-on training in dealing with hazardous materials. This follows the rebranding and relocation of the former TTCI business. ‘It’s great to have the ...

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    Kontron acquires Kapsch TrafficCom transport business


    SPAIN: Kontron Transportation has completed the acquisition of Kapsch TrafficCom’s ticket vending machine and access control business Arce Mobility Solutions for €7·6m. The deal was announced in August 2022, with Kapsch TrafficCom saying Arce was not seen as a core business, and following regulatory approval completion ...

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    Papua New Guinea railway proposal


    PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Proposals for what would be country’s first major railway are being developed, according to Prime Minister James Marape. The line would begin in Lae and run via Markham, Ramu and the East Sepik plains to Vanimo, supporting plans to increase agricultural production in ...

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    Amtrak launches night train fleet replacement process


    USA: National passenger operator Amtrak has issued a request for information to potential suppliers of rolling stock to replace the vehicles used on 14 overnight routes including the Auto Train, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder and Southwest Chief. During December ‘as many as 10’ ...

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    In depth

    Southeast Asia: Rising costs force ASEAN nations to redefine Belt & Road projects


    Ballooning costs and imprecise contract terms have led to significant changes to major projects and in some cases to renegotiation of terms. Toma Bačić  investigates schemes in three ASEAN countries.

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    Hungary seeks EU support for rail schemes in Budapest, Debrecen and at the Ukrainian border


    HUNGARY: The national government has issued a list of railway projects for which it intends to seek funding support from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility 2. CEF is one of few EU funding instruments to which the Hungarian administration led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán currently has ...

  • RS Clare acquires Swiss lubrication product supplier

    RS Clare acquires Swiss lubrication product supplier


    EUROPE: UK-based lubricant supplier RS Clare & Co has acquired Switzerland-based wheel-rail friction management product manufacture Igralub Holding, along with its subsidiaries in Germany and Austria and its share in a North American joint venture. Igralub will operate as a subsidiary of RS Clare, benefiting from ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

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    European Commission investigates state aid to Fret SNCF


    FRANCE: The European Commission has begun a detailed investigation into measures taken by the French government in 2007-19 to provide financial support to Fret SNCF, the rail freight subsidiary of Rail Logistics Europe, itself a subsidiary of national operator SNCF. The objective is to determine whether ...

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    Limerick – Foynes railway reopening contract awarded


    IRELAND: Rehabilitation of the Limerick – Foynes line to enable freight services to restart is set to begin in February, after Iarnród Éireann awarded John Sisk & Son a contract for the first phase of work. The 42 km line closed to passenger traffic in 1963, ...

  • Northern Intelligent Trains concept train 150136 at Manchester Victoria (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Northern unveils Intelligent Train for in-service infrastructure monitoring


    UK: Rail Business UK joins a demonstration run of a diesel multiple-unit which has been equipped to undertake infrastructure monitoring while in passenger service.

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    AŽD offers Estonia an alternative to Russian equipment


    ESTONIA: Infrastructure manager Eesti Raudtee has awarded AŽD Praha a contract to supply 800 point machines. The large order ‘is very important for AŽD and creates an interesting alternative to existing Russian-made products in the Baltic countries’, said Petr Žatecký, the Czech company’s Director of Foreign ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Introduction of Merseyrail Class 777 EMUs ‘just days away’


    UK: ‘The time has finally arrived — our new trains are now just days away’, said Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram when he announced that Merseyrail’s Stadler Class 777 EMUs are expected to enter service on January 23. Rotheram’s announcement on January 18 came after ...