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    Rail Business UK

    RENFE joins MTR’s West Coast Partnership bid team


    UK: MTR Corp announced on December 20 that Spanish national operator RENFE had joined its bid for the West Coast Partnership franchise. The Department for Transport invited three shortlisted bidders to tender for WCP in March this year. The contract will cover operation of inter-city services on the West Coast ...

  • NJ Transit already has a fleet of 429 Bombardier multilevel coaches, which are used as push-pull sets with diesel, electric and electro-diesel locomotives.

    NJ Transit orders double-deck EMUs from Bombardier


    USA: A firm order for 113 double-deck EMU cars was approved by the NJ Transit board on December 12. A base contract will be placed with Bombardier Transportation for what the commuter rail operator claims will be ‘the first self-propelled multilevel railcars in the USA’. The contract is valued ...

  • SNCF launched its low-cost high speed operation Ouigo in 2013. It is intended to account for a quarter of all TGV traffic by 2020.

    Connection concerns raised as Ouigo expands


    FRANCE: The European timetable change on December 9 marks a further expansion of SNCF’s low-cost high speed operation Ouigo. Routes to be added to the network include three daily return services between Paris-Lyon and Marseille, and three between Lille-Flandres and Marseille. When Ouigo was launched in April 2013, it ...

  • RFI's Adriatic Corridor upgrading covers 800 route-km between Bologna, Ancona, Bari and Lecce. Photo: David Campione.

    RFI completes Adriatic Corridor gauge clearance work


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI opened the double-track Frentani tunnel near Ortona south of Pescara on December 2. Built at a cost of €25m, the tunnel is 523 m long and has been excavated 30 m south of the existing single-bore Castello tunnel. RFI now intends to close this bore ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    The parliamentary Transport Select Committee issued its formal report on December 4 examining the widespread disruption experienced across the network after the May 2018 timetable change. The committee makes a series of recommendations, including the ‘immediate priority’ of establishing national oversight for upcoming timetable changes with independent oversight of ...

  • Supreme Railways launched its high speed services to and from Suseo in December 2016.

    Korail-Supreme Railways merger plan back on


    SOUTH KOREA: The government has revived plans to combine national passenger operator Korail with new entrant Supreme Railways, Korail’s Vice-President for Passenger Transport Hyungik Cho has told Railway Gazette . The Ministry of Land & Infrastructure has commissioned a feasibility study into the effects of the possible merger, and ...

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    More EU funding to enhance the Kosovan network


    KOSOVO: A second tranche of EU funding worth €17·2m has been awarded to Kosovo to support rehabilitation of the railway between Fushë Kosovë and Mitrovicë, which is on the main line running south towards the border with FYR Macedonia and is part of pan-European Corridor X. The EU funding ...

  • The South Korean survey train passed through the Demilitarised Zone between the two countries on November 30.

    Hopes rise for trans-Korean rail traffic


    ASIA: The first train in a decade to cross the border between the two Koreas passed through the Demilitarised Zone on November 30 as negotiations begin to restore international rail traffic between the two countries. Staffed by 28 South Korean specialists, the test train is due to spend 18 ...

  • The inauguration of the Kyiv Boryspil Express was attended by President Petro Poroshenko, and UZ Chief Executive Yevgeny Kravtsov among other dignitaries.

    Poroshenko inaugurates airport link in Kyiv


    UKRAINE: On November 30, national railway UZ introduced an airport shuttle branded Kyiv Boryspil Express between the city’s Pasazhyrskiy station and its principal airport. The rail link to Boryspil airport has been completed within a budget of 480m hryvna; it required construction of a 4 km branch running south ...

  • Brightline has been running scheduled services in southern Florida since January. Photo: Bob Johnston

    Brightline to negotiate land leases as Orlando – Tampa proposal progresses


    USA: The state of Florida has chosen to accept a proposal from inter-city passenger company Brightline to develop a route between Orlando and Tampa, largely following trunk roads. Brightline had initially proposed the route as the third phase of its network; Florida Governor Rick Scott then issued a request ...

  • Grand Central Terminal is one of the most visited attractions in New York City.

    New York MTA to acquire Grand Central Terminal


    USA: New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has agreed to purchase Grand Central Terminal and sections of the Hudson and Harlem commuter rail lines, correcting what it terms a ‘historical quirk’ of New York infrastructure ownership. The acquisitions, valued at $35m, were approved at an MTA finance committee meeting in ...

  • Stadler's Guardia onboard equipment is to be fitted to the Flirt EMUs it is supplying to BLS.

    Stadler rolls out Guardia with BLS as it expands into signalling


    SWITZERLAND: Field tests and approval work is now underway ahead of the introduction of Stadler’s first onboard train protection unit with BLS. Stadler describes the development of the Guardia ETCS onboard unit as a ‘key milestone’ in its history. The Swiss company has previously focused on producing vehicles, but ...

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    Medway seeks Iberian freight growth


    PORTUGAL: Private freight operator Medway is planning to invest €25m in a new intermodal terminal at Famalicão. The subsidiary of shipping line MSC Group hopes that construction can begin next year, once Famalicão municipality and infrastructure manager Infraestruturas de Portugal have given final sign-off. According to Medway President Carlos ...

  • High speed services between Ankara and Istanbul would share the Marmaray alignment using a bidirectional track equipped with ETCS for train protection.

    Marmaray corridor to open in Q1 2019, minister says


    TURKEY: Transport Minister Cahit Turhan provided a progress update on November 16 on three new line projects as they near completion under the railway investment Master Plan. The government’s priority is completion of the surface works along the Marmaray corridor which runs across Istanbul from Gebze on the Asian ...

  • HS2 Ltd says that contracts are to be let shortly for construction of Old Oak Common station in west London and expansion of London Euston to handle HS2 services.

    ‘Broad coalition’ needed to deliver HS2


    UK: ‘It will take a broad coalition involving us, the supply chain and local and national government to deliver this project’, Mark Thurston, Chief Executive of government high speed rail project delivery company HS2 Ltd told the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group on November 20. He was updating parliamentarians on ...

  • The Initial Operating Section covers a 190 km high speed line between Madera and northern Bakersfield in California's Central Valley.

    ‘Serious challenges’ facing California high speed programme


    USA: The programme to build a high speed rail network through California linking Los Angeles with the San Francisco Bay Area is facing ‘serious challenges’, according to a report issued by the state auditor on November 15. Many of the risks relate to California High Speed Rail Authority’s decision ...

  • VIA Rail is to procure 32 push-pull trainsets or multiple-units for its primary Québec - Windsor route. These will initially be used in diesel mode but with provision for future electrification.

    Private funding needed under C$6bn VIA Rail investment plan


    CANADA: National passenger operator VIA Rail says that private-sector backing will be needed to support an investment programme worth more than C$6bn over the next decade. Chief Executive Yves Desjardins-Siciliano told the Terrapinn World Rail Festival conference in Amsterdam on November 13 that VIA Rail’s most pressing priority is ...

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    SHERPA project tackles terrorist threat to railways


    EUROPE: The Shared & coHerent European Railway Protection Approach project to address risks associated with terrorist threats to trains and stations was launched in Paris on November 13. The 24-month SHERPA project is being funded by a grant from the European Union’s Internal Security Fund Police and co-ordinated by ...

  • FS Group has been showing the Mercitalia Fast concept to policymakers and stakeholders since October 29.

    Mercitalia launches high speed freight service


    ITALY: FS Group freight subsidiary Mercitalia is to launch its first high speed freight service on November 7. FS says the Mercitalia Fast service is designed to meet the needs of express courier companies, logistics operators, producers and distributors. Operated by a converted ETR500 trainset, the Mercitalia Fast overnight ...

  • Improvements to the border station at Edirne are planned.

    Contract to modernise Turkey – Bulgaria main line awarded


    TURKEY: Working with the Directorate-General for Foreign Relations & European Union Affairs, the transport ministry has awarded a contract to modernise a 200 km section of the main line which links Istanbul with the Bulgarian border to a consortium of domestic construction and contracting groups Gulermak Agir Sanayii ve Taah ...