Passenger rail industry news
Latest news from the passenger railway industry, including intercity, regional and commuter transport.
Turkey’s National Train enters service
TURKEY: TCDD Taşımacılık has put into service the first National Train domestically designed and manufactured electric multiple-unit.
‘A victory for union hard-liners’ as TransPennine Express transfer risks causing more disruption
Rail Business UK can reveal that the short-notice decision by Transport Secretary Mark Harper to bring TransPennine Express into the government’s Operator of Last Resort has stoked serious concerns about unintended consequences within the industry.
European Sleeper begins operations with Berlin – Brussels night train
EUROPE: Night train start-up European Sleeper has begun passenger operations, providing an overnight rail connection between Brussels and Berlin for the first time since 2008.
Cross-border local train service proposed in the Basque Country
EUROPE: Plans for frequent local passenger services between San Sebastián in Spain and Bayonne in France are being developed by local authorities on each side of the border.
Interview: ‘You can’t innovate as a monopolist’
UK: Avanti West Coast and c2c parent Trenitalia is ready to make significant investment in Britain’s railways, mirroring its recent expansion in Spain. But this is contingent on the government relaxing its grip on the industry, the company’s UK Managing Director Ernesto Sicilia explains to Nick Kingsley and Sophie Burton.
Metre-gauge line to be modernised
SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has called tenders for a comprehensive upgrade of the 1 000 mm gauge Cercedilla – Los Cotos mountain railway, which is operated as Madrid suburban Line C9.
Paris suburban services show real-time occupancy
Leo Express targets significant market share by 2030
CRRC DMUs enter service on Lobito – Benguela line
Retail group offers staff discounted Deutschlandticket
Construction starts on Firenze high speed tunnel
UAE luxury cruise train service planned
Work to start in September on five-year rebuild of Praha Smíchov station
Deutsche Bahn orders 73 ICE trainsets
Danish IC5 Coradia Stream mock-up unveiled
Ouigo España launches Madrid – Alacant service
No silver bullet promised as TransPennine Express to transfer to Operator of Last Resort
Austria: A transport network for everyone
Network Rail trials mid-week engineering work to reflect post-pandemic travel demand
Accessibility: Time to ‘mind the gap’, once and for all
Indian Railways reports buoyant business in post-Covid rebound
DSB cleared to order automated S-bane trains
No fee promise as ‘nimble and ambitious’ challenger enters rail ticketing market
Crowns, chocolates, a named train and planning ahead as rail industry prepares for the coronation