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  • The Portal Bridge at Kearny on the Northeast Corridor causes delays to rail services when it fails in the 'open' position.

    FTA stalls federal support for Gateway Programme


    USA: The Federal Transit Administration on March 18 announced that it had ranked the Gateway Programme to increase rail capacity between New York and New Jersey with a ‘medium to low’ financing status, making it ineligible at present for federal Capital Investment Grants. The ranking applies both to the ...

  • The expansion of the national network is putting strain on human resources in the Israeli rail sector.

    An academic route to train track specialists


    ISRAEL: The first intake of students is expected to enrol in May at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa as ISR and the Ministry of Transport launch a programme to train more track engineers. Historically, the national railway was able to draw on a large ...

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    Oil traffic to benefit from Kırıkkale electrification


    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD announced on March 12 that it had awarded the contract for electrification of 231 km of single track on the Nenek - Şefaatli route to a consortium of domestic companies Ultra Teknoloji and Emeray Insaat Enerji. The contract is valued at TL69·9m. TCDD received two bids. ...

  • Routes under threat from the Trump proposal could include the Chicago - Seattle 'Empire Builder'.

    Buses to replace long-distance Amtrak trains under Trump budget proposal


    USA: The initial budget proposal for the 2020 financial year issued by President Donald Trump on March 11 would see federal funding for Amtrak long-distance trains eliminated. While the full details of the budget are due to be released on March 18, the initial synopsis from the White House ...

  • Rail Alliance manages the testing and production site at Long Marston, a former military storage facility, which is home to Vivarail and a number of other suppliers.
    Rail Business UK

    Rail Alliance and BCRRE join forces to foster innovation


    UK: Trade association Rail Alliance and Birmingham Centre for Railway Research Education announced the formal integration of the two organisations on March 11. The merger is intended to foster a closer partnership between the supply industry and academia to support a more focused approach ...

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    Rail-specific insurance to mitigate cybersecurity risk


    GERMANY: A novel insurance policy intended to mitigate the cybersecurity risks facing railway operators has been launched in Germany. Deutsche Verkehrs Assekuranz Vermittlungs is a bespoke insurance broker owned by national railway Deutsche Bahn (65%) and insurers DEVK and Marsh. Through DVA, policyholders will be eligible for discounts from ...

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    World rail market - February 2019


    China: ST Engineering is to supply a passenger information system for Shanghai metro Line 14. Germany: Bremenports has commissioned DBH Logistics IT to supply a new IT platform for the 193 km network serving the port of Bremen, with functions to include planning, scheduling, train monitoring and ...

  • The winners of the 21st Rail Business Awards.
    Rail Business UK

    21st Rail Business Awards celebrate the hard work behind the headlines


    UK: Almost 700 senior representatives from across the rail sector, from operators to suppliers and consultants, packed the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London on February 21 for the 21st Rail Business Awards. After what had been a difficult year for the UK’s railways, it was a chance to ...

  • RENFE and SNCF have been co-operating to run international trains between France and Spain since 2013.

    SNCF registers Rielsfera brand for Spanish passenger business


    SPAIN: French national passenger operator Voyages SNCF has registered the Rielsfera trademark and appointed a legal practice in Barcelona with a view to establishing a train operating business in Spain. The EU trademark registration for the Rielsfera brand was lodged by SNCF Voyages Développement last November, and is currently listed ...

  • Californian Governor Gavin Newsom has pledged to complete the Initial Operating Section of the high speed programme, which would be built in the Central Valley.

    FRA pulls funds from California high speed project


    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration announced on February 19 that it intended to cancel $929m of federal grant destined for the high speed rail project in California. In addition, FRA ‘is actively exploring every legal option to seek the return from California of $2·5bn in Federal funds FRA previously granted ...

  • While many rural railways in France have seen their passenger services reduced or suspended over recent years, there have been some exceptions. The 24·7 km line between Oloron-Sainte-Marie and Bedous in the foothills of the Pyrénées reopened in June 2016.

    ‘Battle plan’ to save France’s rural railways


    FRANCE: A report into the condition, usage and prospects of almost 9 000 route-km of secondary railway is to be handed to government before the end of March. According to Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne, the report will form part of a ‘battle plan’ to save a broad swathe of the ...

  • The Penn Station Access plan would see four new stations built in the Bronx, to be served by Metro-North commuter trains.

    Amtrak plans to serve Long Island as Metro-North seeks Penn access


    USA: Amtrak announced on February 5 that it had reached agreement with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority covering two enhancements to passenger services. The first is a long-standing proposal to allow MTA Metro-North to use Amtrak infrastructure to reach Penn Station in Manhattan, while the second envisages investment to ...

  • The UK government has been strongly criticised over recent years for a perceived lack of investment in the rail network in northern England, where key hubs including Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly are largely saturated.
    Rail Business UK

    Rail at heart of £70bn northern England investment plan


    UK: A transport investment programme worth up to £70bn over the next three decades was unveiled by Transport for the North on January 31. Rail spending features prominently in the multi-modal plan, which is intended to support the creation of around 850 000 jobs and deliver economic benefits worth ...

  • An SNCF TER service at Marseille St-Charles station.

    More trains and better security in SNCF-PACA agreement


    FRANCE: SNCF President Guillaume Pepy and the President of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Renaud Muselier, signed a co-operation agreement on January 17 covering the development of regional passenger services in 2019-23. The improvement plan covers the remaining period within SNCF’s current agreement to operate local passenger trains. The contract to operate TER ...

  • The latest order will take BC's fleet of Stadler Flirt EMUs to 28. The trains will be assembled at Stadler's Fanipol plant near Minsk.

    Belarus orders more Flirts


    BELARUS: Stadler announced on January 17 that it had received an order from Belarussian national railway BC for a further 10 Flirt trainsets. The 1 520 mm gauge, five-car Flirt EMUs will be delivered in 2020, joining an existing fleet of 18 trainsets supplied in various batches since 2010. ...

  • Ermewa's total wagon fleet totals more than 40 000 vehicles.

    Ermewa buys intermodal wagon fleet


    EUROPE: SNCF’s wagon leasing subsidiary Ermewa announced on January 14 that it had acquired the intermodal fleet of Macquarie European Rail. The fleet comprises almost 600 vehicles made up of 60 ft, 80 ft and 90 ft container wagons. Ermewa says that the acquisition would ‘further strengthen’ its position in ...

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    Alstom train makes first run in Dakar


    SENEGAL: President Macky Sall was among the invited guests who joined the first test run of an Alstom Coradia Polyvalent multiple-unit in Senegal on January 14. The train’s first run marks a further step in preparations for the opening of the 55 km Train Express Régional rail link between the ...

  • Inter-city services between Nantes and Bordeaux are currently operated by SNCF Mobilités under contract to the government using Alstom Coradia Liner trainsets.

    France to tender operation of two inter-city routes


    FRANCE: The government on January 9 formally launched the process of opening the French domestic main line passenger railway to competition when it announced the publication of a Prior Information Notice covering two routes. Issued by the Ministry of Environmental Transformation & Sustainability and to be published this week ...

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    World rail market - December 2018


    Afghanistan: The Afghanistan Railway Authority and Afghan National Insurance Co have signed a memorandum of understanding for fire, health, vehicle, railway equipment, third party and cargo insurance services. Finland: Helsinki transport operator HKL is to deploy Teleste’s S-Aware situational awareness platform to support decision making when to complex ...

  • Alstom produced the AGV demonstrator in 2007. A production series of 25 AGV trainsets is operated by Italo-NTV on the Italian high speed network.

    AGV demonstrator car arrives in Doncaster


    UK: An intermediate car from Alstom’s Pégase AGV demonstrator arrived at the National College for High Speed Rail campus in Doncaster in early December, having been transported more than 1 000 km from the supplier's La Rochelle factory in France. Built in 2007, the car previously formed part of Alstom’s ...