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  • Siemens has supplied day coaches for ÖBB's Railjet inter-city fleet over recent years, and it is now set to supply overnight coaches for the Nightjet network too.

    ÖBB chooses Siemens to build day and night fleets


    AUSTRIA: National operator ÖBB has picked Siemens Mobility as the supplier of a fleet of inter-city rolling stock. Bids closed on June 29, and ÖBB said on July 20 that it had concluded its evaluation of the tenders, allowing the preferred bidder to be named. The deal is subject to ...

  • Both the northernmost section of the Linha do Oeste around Figueira da Foz and the southern end near Lisboa are already electrified, but national operator CP is short of diesel rolling stock for through trains on the 200 km corridor.

    Environmental approval paves way for Linha do Oeste upgrading


    PORTUGAL: National environment agency APA has approved plans for the modernisation of part of the Linha do Oeste which links Lisboa with Louriçal and Figueira da Foz. Being undertaken as part of the government’s Ferrovia 2020 investment programme, the upgrading covers the 87 route-km between Meleças on the Lisboa ...

  • SNCB operates cross-border conventional passenger services on several routes, serving destinations including Lille, Luxembourg and Aachen.

    Franco-Belgian passenger services to be enhanced from December


    EUROPE: Amid concern from policymakers and rail advocates about the extent and quality of cross-border passenger services in Europe, SNCB is to reintroduce conventional services linking Charleroi and Mons with Maubeuge and Aulnoye in France from the December timetable change. Direct inter-city trains had linked Paris with the Wallonie ...

  • The redevelopment and expansion of Paris-Nord features input from architectural practices Valode & Pistre and AREP, an SNCF subsidiary. Lighting specialist Yann Kersalé is also involved.

    Rooftop running in Paris-Nord expansion plan


    FRANCE: The refurbishment and expansion of Paris-Nord station took a step forward on July 9 when the management board of SNCF Mobilités selected Ceetrus as preferred partner for exclusive negotiation with Ceetrus to undertake the programme. Ceetrus is the commercial property arm of retail group Auchan, and SNCF said ...

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    François Davenne calls for new vision at UIC


    INTERNATIONAL: Currently Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail, François Davenne has been selected as the next Director General of the International Union of Railways. Appointed at the 92nd UIC General Assembly in Madrid on July 4, he will join UIC in January 2019, ...

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    World rail market - June 2018


    Europe: Rail Baltica promoter RB Rail has awarded Atkins a €389 496 contract to identify the ‘optimum’ infrastructure management model. France: Teleste is to supply information screens and a data transmission platform for 30 trainsets that Alstom is building for Lyon metro lines B and D. ...

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    Connecticut regional passenger service launched


    USA: Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy joined federal, state, and local officials on June 16 to mark the launch of CTrail commuter rail services along a 100 km route linking New Haven and Hartford in Connecticut with Springfield, Massachusetts. The line is shared with Amtrak services, and the national passenger ...

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    Bourgogne-Franche-Comté agrees operating contract with SNCF


    FRANCE: A target of 22% growth in TER ridership has been set by the région of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté as part of an operating agreement with SNCF Mobilités running until 2026. The contract with the incumbent operator was announced by the regional authority on May 25, although it applies retrospectively from ...

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    Ministers urge that Rastatt lessons are learnt


    EUROPE: Transport ministers have issued a Declaration calling for rapid implementation of measures to mitigate the effects of a major incident such as the seven-week closure last August of the Rhein Valley main line between Basel and Karlsruhe in Germany following a tunnel collapse beneath the alignment at Rastatt. The ...

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    Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed project faces cancellation


    ASIA: Recently elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad vowed on May 28 to cancel the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail project, with the Chinese-backed East Coast Rail Link also set to be dropped. Mahathir told local media that a number of major projects would come under immediate ...

  • Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan was among the guests attending the start of test running on the European surface alignment of the Marmaray route.

    Test running begins on European Marmaray alignment


    TURKEY: An inaugural diesel test train operated along part of the European section of Istanbul’s 77 km Marmaray cross-city suburban corridor on May 23. Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan was onboard the diesel locomotive that ran between Halkalı and Kazlıçeşme, a distance of 20 km. This forms part of the ...

  • Stadler is supplying a fleet of non-tilting 250 km/h trainsets for the Gotthard corridor.

    SBB and Trenitalia to step up cross-border services


    EUROPE: Swiss and Italian national operators SBB and Trenitalia signed an agreement on May 22 to increase the number of cross-border inter-city services. In an initial step the 2020 timetable will include an extra Basel – Milano service via Bern, giving four trains a day in each direction, with a ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    From June 1, Russia's FESCO Transportation Group is to offer a transit time of 15 days between Busan and Moscow, an improvement on the 21-23 days currently offered. The acceleration has largely been achieved by reducing transhipment time at the port of Vladivostok and by faster transit times on the ...

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    World rail market - May 2018


    Europe: Sqills is providing its S3 Passenger sales, distribution and reservation suite for Eurostar. Director Bart van Munster said this would offer ‘interesting’ new interfaces with ticketing and reservation systems from the UK’s Association of Train Operating Companies, air global distribution systems and SNCF’s PAO API. Wavestone is providing ...

  • Regional railway BLS operates an extensive network of rail, bus and ferry routes as well as owning 436 km of railway infrastructure centred on the two Lötschberg routes.

    Operators oppose long-distance concession plans


    SWITZERLAND: Regional operator BLS is contesting the plans announced in April by the Federal Office for Transport (BAV) for the 10-year concession to run long-distance passenger services from December 2019. Under the proposals national operator SBB would run all Intercity routes and most of the so-called Basic Network, but the ...

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    Beskyd tunnel completed


    UKRAINE: Celebrations on May 24 marked the formal completion of the Beskyd tunnel construction project, enabling the first revenue-earning trains to pass through it the following day. The 1 822 m long tunnel has been built to alleviate a single-track bottleneck on the Lviv – Chop section of pan-European ...

  • Alstom sees hydrogen fuel cell technology as a means to reduce carbon emissions from passenger trains.

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    New Jersey-based supplier of rolling stock and braking components Strato Inc has signed an agreement for GBS Railroad & Mining Services to promote and distribute its products for the rail sector in Australia and New Zealand. Systems and engineering technology consultancy Frazer-Nash has formed a new ...

  • The DMUs have been designated Class 61 by KTMB.

    Graphene supercapacitor DMU fleet takes shape


    MALAYSIA: The first of 13 Class 61 inter-regional diesel multiple-units for services along Malaysia’s east coast corridor has been largely completed at CRRC Zhuzhou’s plant in China. CRRC is producing two of the trains in Zhuzhou before transferring production of the remaining 11 to a local assembly plant in ...

  • Portrush station is being rebuilt ahead of next year's Open golf tournament.
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    UK railway news round-up


    On May 23 the Department for Transport said that ‘tackling poor performance’ at the Northern franchise was its ‘top priority’. A combination of factors, stemming largely from delays to Network Rail electrification work in northwest England, has caused a surge in delays and cancellations as Northern struggled to train ...

  • The MegaHub will occupy part of the existing marshalling yard at Lehrte. (Photo: Julia Chorus/DB Netz)

    Lehrte MegaHub construction launched


    GERMANY: Work to build the automated MegaHub intermodal terminal at Lehrte, about 20 km east of Hannover, was formally launched on May 15. Speaking at a midday ceremony, Parliamentary Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry for Transport & Digital Infrastructure Enak Ferlemann said that the start of work for ...