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Railway supply industry news round-up

30 Mar 2018

Trainline has announced a partnership with Austrian Federal Railways, enabling it to sell all ÖBB products including discounted, Nightjet and Wien City Airport Train tickets.

Scandinavian sales, distribution and settlement company Linkon AB has been rebranded as SilverRail Technologies AB and integrated into the SilverRail Technologies Group. ‘SilverRail has been a majority shareholder in Linkon AB for several years, so we know each other well’, said Sebastian Egedius, Managing Director of SilverRail Technologies AB. ‘We have identified significant synergies and benefits of becoming one company, both internally and for our customers. The name change is the starting point for integrating our operations while simplifying our messaging to the market.’

Ahead of the expected publication in April of the invitation to tender for the High Speed 2 rolling stock contract, a ‘meet the bidder’ event organised by the UK’s Railway Industry Association at Doncaster’s National College for High Speed Rail brought nearly 70 suppliers together to pitch for contracts with shortlisted companies Alstom, Bombardier, Hitachi, Siemens and Talgo.

Austrian open access operator Westbahn has appointed Linz-based Blue Shield Security to provide cybersecurity services.

The UK’s Railway Industry Association has been appointed as a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on the competitiveness of the rail supply industry. RIA said it would work closely within the group until the UK formally leaves the EU on March 29 2019. ‘It is vital that the UK rail industry continues to engage with EU policy and the international rail industry’, said RIA Policy Manager Damian Testa. ‘We are therefore delighted to be accepted as a member of this new Expert Group which will ensure that the views of contractors, manufacturers, consultants and the whole UK industry are heard and shared for the benefit of both UK and European railways.’

Scheidt & Bachmann has renewed its Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard certification, corresponding to the current PCI-DSS version 3.2. ‘As a leading supplier of ticketing systems for public transport, we are hosting more and more back office systems for our customers‘, said Dirk Holzwarth, Head of IT Service Management. ‘We are proud that we offer our customers highest security and reliability in accordance with the strict PCI-DSS standard.‘