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    International Level Crossing Awareness Day focuses on vulnerable people


    INTERNATIONAL: ‘Beware of trains. Life can change in a split second’ is the slogan for the 16th International Level Crossing Awareness Day, which this year has a particular emphasis on the safety of vulnerable people. Around 50 countries take part in the annual ILCAD campaign which ...

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    Components joint venture agreement


    INDIA: The AT Railway a subsidiary of Amber Enterprises India has signed a joint venture agreement with South Korea’s Yujin Machinery to design, manufacture, and develop critical components for various types of rolling stock used in India. The joint venture will focus on components such as ...

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    Next-generation Railjets enter service to link three countries


    EUROPE: Austrian Federal Railways has put into service the first of its updated Railjet trainsets on services linking Germany, Austria and Italy. Toma Bačić rode on a preview run between München and Verona on April 5.

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    Ceremony launches Brightline West’s high speed link to Las Vegas


    USA: Project promoter Brightline West held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 22 in Las Vegas to launch its project to build a high speed line from the city to southern California.

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    ‘Price dumping’ row mars Ouigo’s latest expansion


    SPAIN: SNCF’s low-cost subsidiary Ouigo has further expanded its operations in Spain, launching Madrid – Valladolid services on April 19, consisting of two return trips per day. Single fares start at €9, and initially 14 000 tickets per week have been made available. The operator could ...

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    Knorr-Bremse enters signalling market with North American acquisition


    NORTH AMERICA: Knorr-Bremse announced on April 19 that it had agreed to buy Alstom’s North American conventional signalling business, with a deal that is expected to be formally concluded ‘in summer 2024’. The former General Railway Signal Co was established in 1904 through the merger of ...

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    Stadler’s Spanish suburban EMUs on test


    SPAIN: The first of 44 double-deck EMUs which Stadler is supplying to RENFE are now being tested at the manufacturer’s plant at Albuixech near València. In March 2021, RENFE placed a contract which covered an initial 24 EMUs 100 m long and 25 sets 200 m ...

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    Paris Line C investment plan outlined


    Photos: Jérémie Anne FRANCE: Paris regional transport authority Ile-de-France-Mobilités has set out revised plans to develop RER Line C, one of the busiest and most operationally challenging in the conurbation. Line C is 176 route-km long and features six branches; it carries up to 540 000 ...

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    ERA launches railway factsheets


    EUROPE: The EU Agency for Railways has launched ERA Railway Factsheets, giving what it calls ‘a comprehensive overview of the rail sector across European countries with one-click access’. Covering aspects such as transport statistics, railway organisations, rolling stock, infrastructure, safety, market structure, and the legal framework, ...

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    Post-Covid rail sector must understand what it does best, says Haines


    UK: ‘We in the rail sector must be objective and honest about what we are good at’, Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines told a conference in Birmingham on October 3, as he reflected on how the industry can plot its way through the uncertainty of the post-Covid period.

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    British railway family comes together to back Ukraine’s railways


    EUROPE: Senior figures from across the UK rail sector came together at the Rail Partners with Ukraine event to hear how national railway Ukrzaliznytsia is keeping trains running under wartime conditions, and to raise money to fund food parcels for Ukrainian railway workers and their families. ...

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    Indian Railways reports buoyant business in post-Covid rebound


    INDIA: Publishing its final results for the 2022-23 financial year, Indian Railways has reported a 27·75% increase in revenue for the 12 months to March 31. Reflecting economic buoyancy in the face of global headwinds, the national railway reported revenues of Rs2·44tr for the year. This ...

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    Excellence recognised at the 25th Rail Business Awards


    UK: Launched soon after rail privatisation to recognise and celebrate achievements across every aspect of industry, the 25th anniversary of the Rail Business Awards was marked with a gala evening hosted by comedian Zoe Lyons at London’s Hilton on Park Lane on February 23. Attended by ...

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    Ukrzaliznytsia named Rail Champion at European Railway Award


    EUROPE: The heroism and resilience of Ukrainian Railways over the past year was marked at the 16th European Railway Award celebrations, with the presentation of the Rail Champion award.

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    PKP reborn as a holding company


    POLAND: Polish State Railways has been formally restructured as a holding company under a programme to make the railway more competitive as the European rail market continues to open up. PKP Group is formed of 18 companies led by PKP SA, which is 100% owned by ...

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    SmartTransit West explores North America’s growing rail and metro market


    USA: Taking place in Denver on October 24-26, SmartTransit West will bring together industry leaders to discuss the future of regional, suburban and metro rail in North America, and to assess the wider urban mobility landscape.

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    Denver to host 2022 International Level Crossing Awareness Day


    SAFETY: After two years of virtual conferences, the International Level Crossing Awareness Day organised by the International Union of Railways returns to a live format with a three-day launch event in Denver. Taking place annually since 2009, ILCAD is supported by railways around the world, with ...

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    Lobito Corridor concession decision due in May


    ANGOLA: The Ministry of Transport is due to announce in May the winner of a competition to manage the Lobito Corridor that includes the 1 067 mm gauge Benguela Railway. The 1 344 km line was rebuilt in 2002-15 with the help of various Chinese companies ...

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    Warning of long-term effects of EU railways’ €50bn revenue hit during the pandemic


    Railway companies in European Union member states lost €27bn of revenue in 2020 and €23bn in 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies’ Covid Impact Tracker.

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    DB Netz Chair to open IAF track technology show


    GERMANY: The VDEI association of German railway engineers has announced that Frank Sennhenn, Chairman of the management board of infrastructure manager DB Netz, will officially open the 28th IAF international exhibition of track technology in Münster on May 31 and give the keynote speech. ‘We welcome ...