All News articles – Page 8

  • The ODP contract could see some routes in the South Wales Valleys transferred from Network Rail control and integrated with future light rail routes around Cardiff.
    Rail Business UK

    KeolisAmey selected as Operating & Development Partner in Wales


    UK: In a written statement issued on May 23, the Welsh government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Transport Ken Skates announced the award of a contract for KeolisAmey to ‘operate and develop the Wales & Borders rail service and the South Wales Metro’. The contract will begin on June ...

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    Rail Business UK

    University alliance to promote high speed rail


    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways has moved to strengthen its nascent network of academic institutions which are intended to work together to promote the development of high speed rail. UIC first announced plans for its alliance of universities at the World Congress on High Speed Rail in Tokyo ...

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    Celebrations as Brightline trains reach Miami


    USA: A weekend of celebrations entitled ‘Welcome to the 305!’, referencing the city’s historic telephone code, marked the launch of Brightline inter-city services to Miami on May 19. Brightline’s first public trains ran in January over the 74 km between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The extension to ...

  • The InterCity East Coast franchise held by a joint venture of Stagecoach and Virgin is to be terminated on June 24 (Photo: Tony Miles).
    Rail Business UK

    Government terminates Virgin Trains East Coast franchise


    UK: The current InterCity East Coast franchise held by a joint venture of Stagecoach Group (90%) and Virgin Holdings (10%) will be terminated on June 24, Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling informed the House of Commons on May 16. From that date, DOHL, a government-owned ‘operator of ...

  • Ankara hosted the 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail. The next Congress is expected to take place in 2019-20 in China.

    Competition is key as high speed rail keeps growing


    Global ridership has surged by 40% in the three years since UIC last staged its World Congress on High Speed Rail. Yet operators and policymakers must work hard to keep the rail mode ahead as competition grows both in and for the market. Benjámin Zelki reports from the latest summit ...

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    Bologna – Firenze route modernisation to start this year


    ITALY: Work will begin in October to modernise the 80 km direttissima between Bologna and Prato, north of Firenze. The fast line between the two cities was inaugurated in 1934 and forms part of pan-European Corridor V. Since December 2009, express passenger services between Bologna and Firenze have mostly ...

  • The electrification project would extend wires along the coastal Algarve Line, complementing the existing electrification between Tunes and Faro. Photo: Andre Pires

    IP targets Algarve electrification by 2020


    PORTUGAL: National infrastructure manager Infraestruturas de Portugal has proposed electrification at 25 kV 50 Hz of the railway along the country’s south coast under the auspices of the Algarve Regional Co-ordination & Development Commission. The €57·9m project would cover electrification of the 45 km between Tunes and Lagos, and ...

  • Rehabilitation of the Sisophon - Battambang section of the line between the Thai border and Phnom Penh follows the opening of Sisophon - Poipet on April 4.

    Cambodia reinstates Sisophon – Battambang railway


    CAMBODIA: The reopening of a further 69 km of main line railway was celebrated on April 29 when an inaugural train ran from Sisophon to Battambang carrying Transport Minister Sun Chanthol. The reopening of this section of the country’s northern main line between Phnom Penh and the Thai border ...

  • Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson believes that the operator should focus on medium distance corridors typified by the Chicago - St Louis route.

    Amtrak should focus on medium-distance corridors, says Anderson


    USA: Amtrak should focus on its medium-distance operations and prioritise investment in a network of corridors across the country of between 200 km and 1 000 km, where the greatest ridership can be achieved, believes its new Chief Executive Richard Anderson. Outlining his vision for the future of the ...

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    UK railway news round-up


    FirstGroup and joint venture partner Trenitalia have decided to withdraw from the East Midlands franchise competition, in order to focus on bidding for the West Coast Partnership franchise. ‘This is an exciting opportunity to be the first operator of High Speed 2, as well as to run conventional West ...

  • Owned by the regional government, Euskotren operates a metre-gauge network around Bilbao and San Sebastián.

    Euskotren planning high speed commuter services


    SPAIN: Basque regional operator Euskotren is planning to launch high speed commuter trains over the 1 435 mm gauge ‘Basque Y’ high speed network linking San Sebastián, Gasteiz-Vitoría and Bilbao. Speaking on the sidelines of the World Metro & Light Rail Congress in Bilbao on April 19, Euskotren Chief ...

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    World rail market - March 2018


    Europe: Cross Rail, BLS Cargo, Rotterdam Rail Feeding, InRail and Captrain are using Hit Rail‘s Hermes VPN for the exchange of train composition messages in ‘soft compliance’ with Telematics Applications for Freight TSI requirements. Netherlands: Amsterdam transport authority GVB has awarded Indra a contract to supply 130 ...

  • The Hudson Tunnels are used by both Amtrak long-distance and New Jersey Transit commuter trains. Amtrak is the infrastructure owner for this section of the Northeast Corridor.

    Hopes rise on Gateway tunnel funding despite Trump opposition


    USA: Hopes of progress in the Gateway Programme to build new tunnels between New York and New Jersey were raised on March 22 when $650m of federal funding was directed to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. The Gateway Programme covers a series of enhancements worth approximately $30bn to the busiest section ...

  • The 'TGV of the Future' design is expected to feature short-wheelbase power cars and double-deck trailer cars.

    French government to order 100 ‘TGVs of the future’


    FRANCE: Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said that the government is to place a firm order with Alstom ‘by the end of June’ for 100 TGV trainsets. He was addressing a press conference on March 22 to update progress on the merger of Siemens Mobility and Alstom. These ...

  • Opening is envisaged for 2024, in time to receive the Intercity New Generation EMUs which NS ordered from Alstom in 2016.

    NS studies Lelystad depot plan


    NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS is studying the feasibility of constructing a new workshop in Lelystad, where there is currently a servicing point and train washing plant. The new workshop employing around 200 people would supplement the existing maintenance workshops at Maastricht, Leidschendam, Amsterdam Watergraafsmeer and Onnen near Groningen. ...

  • Transdev operates the Guingamp - Paimpol branch line as a subcontractor to SNCF.

    Transdev receives safety approval for French passenger market


    FRANCE: Transdev announced on March 12 that its train operating subsidiary CFTA had received a certificate of railway safety. This is a prerequisite for Transdev to enter the main line passenger market as a competitor to national railway SNCF. CFTA already operates two rural passenger services in Bretagne, through ...

  • The government has accepted the majority of the recommendations put forward by Jean-Cyril Spinetta, with the exception of those advocating closure of rural railways.

    Government spares rural railways but backs Spinetta reforms


    FRANCE: In announcing on February 26 his response to the Spinetta review of the state of France’s national railway, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe rejected a proposal to close up to 9 000 route-km of secondary railway. Former Air France-KLM Chief Executive Jean-Cyril Spinetta had issued his wide-ranging report into ...

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    DB Rail Academy starts Brazilian training programme


    BRAZIL: Working with local sector organisations, DB Engineering & Consulting has launched the country’s first internationally certified training programme for rail and logistics managers. Under the DB Rail Academy programme, an initial tranche of 35 managers from rail freight and passenger operators began an 18-month course in Brasilia on February ...

  • The Quinton Rail Technology Centre near Long Marston will be among the facilities used as part of UKRRIN's Centre of Excellence for Testing.

    UK railway research network established


    UK: A parliamentary reception on February 20 marked the formal launch of the UK Rail Research & Innovation Network, bringing together railway industry bodies and eight universities. Through a £92m funding package, these partners are to work together to establish four ‘world class’ centres of excellence focused on rolling stock, ...

  • Spinetta says that high speed rail is integral to the needs of the French travelling public, but his report advises against the construction of more high speed lines, as most major cities are now served by TGVs.

    Spinetta report urges SNCF to prepare for competition


    FRANCE: The national railway must refocus on ‘the areas where it has greatest relevance’: transporting large numbers of passengers within urban areas, and providing high speed connectivity between France’s principal cities. This mission statement is at the heart of a landmark report handed to Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on ...