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Passenger News in Brief

01 Apr 2002

German Railway has begun a programme to refurbish 1305 Eurocity and Intercity coaches (RG 3.01 p141). DB's workshops at Neumünster, Delitzsch and Wittenberge will share the work with PFA Weiden, Mittenwalder Gerätebau and Vossloh, which will supply electronic seat reservation systems.

Eurostar is to run a London - Avignon service on Saturdays between July 20 and September 7.

Moscow Railroad Agency is to sell tickets on the internet from this summer.

JR East and Tokyo Metropolitan Government have agreed a ´50bn plan for redevelopment of Tokyo Central station by 2011, including two 40-storey buildings.

IATA has developed an internet-based Raillink interface to connect travel agents with luxury and charter train booking and settlement systems, based on proven airline industry technology.

Netherlands Railways is to discontinue its overnight motorail services to Austria, France and Italy, and its Alpen Express ski trains. The rolling stock is in need of replacement, which cannot be justified as the services are loss-making.

Completion is expected in December of a new station in Union Township, on New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley line. Vollmer Associates is responsible for design, and the contractor is Hall Construction.

Egyptian National Railways workshops are building 300 coaches at a cost of Eú52m. A programme to replace ENR's older vehicles calls for 200 coaches/year, at a cost of Eú35m.

Spoornet has signed a R35m contract with Intersite for extensive upgrading of main line passenger facilities to improve safety, passenger flow and operational efficiency at Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban.