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

    2018-12-06T15:29:42Z

    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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    UK railway news round-up

    2018-12-06T07:15:00Z

    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.
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    Korail-Supreme Railways merger plan back on

    2018-12-05T14:33:39Z

    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

    2018-12-05T11:05:29Z

    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.
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    Hopes rise for trans-Korean rail traffic

    2018-12-03T14:44:05Z

    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.
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    Poroshenko inaugurates airport link in Kyiv

    2018-12-03T13:49:14Z

    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
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    Brightline to negotiate land leases as Orlando – Tampa proposal progresses

    2018-11-30T12:03:26Z

    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.
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    New York MTA to acquire Grand Central Terminal

    2018-11-28T10:46:43Z

    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.
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    Stadler rolls out Guardia with BLS as it expands into signalling

    2018-11-26T13:33:18Z

    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

    2018-11-26T09:01:00Z

    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.
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    Marmaray corridor to open in Q1 2019, minister says

    2018-11-23T11:51:09Z

    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.
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    ‘Broad coalition’ needed to deliver HS2

    2018-11-21T10:58:14Z

    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.
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    ‘Serious challenges’ facing California high speed programme

    2018-11-19T13:54:04Z

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

    2018-11-15T10:49:31Z

    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

    2018-11-13T13:23:18Z

    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.
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    Mercitalia launches high speed freight service

    2018-11-07T09:48:32Z

    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.
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    Contract to modernise Turkey – Bulgaria main line awarded

    2018-11-01T07:52:00Z

    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 ...

  • No fewer than 21 rail-connected logistics hubs are being developed by TCDD for opening by 2023.
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    Branch line to serve Samsun logistics hub

    2018-10-29T10:52:49Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has awarded a TL190m contract for the construction of a railway between the existing Samsun - Sivas line and TCDD's Gelemen rail logistics centre. The lead contractor will be a consortium of Dekovil Entegre Sistemler and Feza Taahut. The contract involves construction of a 6·7 ...

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    Eurostar to expand Amsterdam service next year

    2018-10-23T10:52:10Z

    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed operator Eurostar expects to launch a third daily train between London and Amsterdam in June 2019, reflecting the initial success of the route which was launched with two trains per day in April this year. Eurostar reports that it has already carried more than 130 ...

  • SBB Cargo aims to be in the black by 2020 and to become fully competitive and financially independent by 2023.
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    SBB Cargo to test autocouplers in intermodal traffic

    2018-10-23T08:14:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: In January 2019 SBB Cargo plans to begin a full-scale test of wagons fitted with automatic couplers on intermodal services. Under a SFr1·5m programme, a fleet of 100 wagons has been equipped with hybrid couplings that feature an autocoupler which folds up to reveal a conventional screw coupler. ...