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  • Westbahn KISS 3 EMU
    News

    Westbahn unveils Kiss 3 double-deck EMUs to celebrate sustainable travel pass

    2021-09-08T09:41:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Open access operator Westbahn has unveiled the first of 15 third-generation six-car Kiss trainsets. Ordered from Stadler under a €300m full-service contract in October 2019, the double-deck EMUs are due to carry their first fare-paying passengers on September 9. Westbahn announced during a press trip ...

  • FirstGroup has unveiled Lumo as the brand name for the East Coast Trains open access service between Edinburgh and London which is set launch on October 25
    Rail Business UK

    Lumo aims to be the green alternative to Edinburgh – London flights

    2021-09-06T23:01:00Z

    Having unveiled Lumo as the brand name for its Edinburgh to London open access service, FirstGroup explains to Rail Business UK how it is taking a different approach to rail travel with the aim of winning passengers from air and coach.

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    RENFE completes acquisition of 50% stake in Leo Express

    2021-08-26T04:57:00Z

    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE has gained access to the passenger markets of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia and ‘the necessary licences and resources’ to enter the German market, following the completion of its purchase of a 50% stake in Czech open access operator Leo Express.

  • Grand Union Trains has submitted a modified Section 17 application for track access to run four trains a day between Stirling and London Euston via the West Coast Main Line
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Union submits modified Stirling – London open access proposal

    2021-06-23T05:00:00Z

    UK: Aspiring open access operator Grand Union Trains has submitted a modified Section 17 application for track access to run four trains a day between Stirling and London Euston via the West Coast Main Line. The Office of Rail Road is seeking responses to ...

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    Paris – Edinburgh route proposed under French start-up Midnight Trains’ hotel train plan

    2021-06-16T09:39:00Z

    EUROPE: A Paris – Edinburgh service is among the most eye-catching proposals for a network of premium overnight sleeping car services set out by French start-up Midnight Trains on June 16.

  • es-Ouigo trial run Madrid-Barcelona-Mariano Alvaro Navarro
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    SNCF launches Ouigo high speed services in Spain

    2021-05-10T08:23:00Z

    SPAIN: The first fare-paying passengers were due to board Ouigo services on the morning of May 10 as SNCF’s low-cost high speed rail subsidiary entered the Spanish domestic market, competing with RENFE on the Madrid – Barcelona route.

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    FlixTrain prepares to launch in Sweden

    2021-04-14T16:18:00Z

    SWEDEN: Open access operator FlixMobility has opened ticket bookings for its first rail service in Sweden, with services between Stockholm and Göteborg expected to start from May 6, a year later than originally anticipated.

  • European Sleeper route map of planned night train service
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    Night train to connect Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin and Praha

    2021-04-06T11:22:00Z

    EUROPE: Plans to launch a Praha – Dresden – Berlin – Amsterdam – Brussels night train services have been unveiled by established Czech independent operator RegioJet and newly-formed Dutch overnight train co-operative European Sleeper. Applications for paths are to be submitted shortly, with the aim ...

  • Lisboa Oriente station (Photo: Ricardo Adelaide/Pixabay)
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    Barraqueiro forms Portuguese open access operator

    2021-03-25T16:11:00Z

    PORTUGAL: Bus and coach group Barraqueiro has established B-Rail as a subsidiary to run open access passenger train services along the Atlantic corridor linking cities in the north and south of the country as part of an integrated multi-modal transport strategy. B-Rail has applied to ...

  • Leo Express Sirius train on test
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    RENFE to take stake in Leo Express in support of internationalisation strategy

    2021-03-09T16:47:00Z

    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE has announced its intention to acquire a 50% stake in central European open access operator Leo Express. RENFE said it sees a strategic opportunity to develop international business activities as Spain’s domestic market opens to competition. The proposed acquisition announced ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Grand Union’s London – Cardiff open access plan rejected

    2021-02-10T17:29:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail Road has rejected Grand Union Trains Ltd’s application to introduce an open access passenger service between London Paddington and Cardiff Central. Grand Union had hoped to operate seven return services a day from December 2021 using Class 91 ...

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    Westbahn cutbacks in prospect as public service contract ends

    2021-02-10T08:30:00Z

    AUSTRIA: More than half of Westbahn’s inter-city passenger services between Wien and Salzburg may be withdrawn within the next few days, unless agreement is reached to continue the interim support provided by the government for operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Affecting both Austrian Federal Railways ...

  • RegioJet is to add the city of Split as a destination for its summer overnight trains between Praha and Croatia
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    RegioJet extends Croatian summer holiday trains to Split

    2021-02-02T12:11:00Z

    EUROPE: RegioJet is to add the city of Split as a destination for its summer overnight trains between Praha and Croatia, building on the success of the Praha – Rijeka service which was launched last year and carried more than 60 000 passengers on 120 trains. ...

  • ALLRAIL said Eurostar’s original Class 373 trainsets dating from the early 1990s could be made available to competitors rather than scrapped.
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    Call for Eurostar trains to be made available to support on-rail competition

    2021-01-27T09:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The ALLRAIL association of new entrants to the rail market has said any government support which might be offered to Eurostar during the coronavirus pandemic should be accompanied by conditions designed to facilitate cross-Channel competition.

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    Railcoop plans freight launch this year ahead of passenger market entry

    2021-01-19T13:50:00Z

    FRANCE: Start-up open access operator Railcoop aims to launch its first freight services later this year. If the co-operative’s plans come to fruition, Railcoop would follow up in 2022 with the launch of inter-city passenger services on the Bordeaux – Lyon via Périgueux route.

  • r Grand Central said it would be suspending all its services from January 9 until March 1.
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central suspends services until March 1

    2021-01-05T17:33:00Z

    UK: Following the government’s announcement of a third national lockdown in England, London to West Yorkshire and Sunderland open access operator Grand Central said it would be suspending all its services from January 9 until March 1. ‘It is hugely disappointing for us to be starting ...

  • Hull Trains Paragon Fleet
    Rail Business UK

    Hull Trains suspends services for a third time

    2021-01-05T17:17:00Z

    UK: East Yorkshire to London open access operator Hull Trains is to temporarily suspend all services from 00.01 on January 9, following the government’s announcement of a third coronavirus lockdown in England. As an open access operator, FirstGroup subsidiary Hull Trains is not eligible for the ...

  • RegioJet train at Wien Hbf
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    Night train strategy should include open access operators, says RegioJet

    2020-12-09T12:03:00Z

    VIEWPOINT: The vision for an expansion of night train services presented by state railways DB, SBB, ÖBB and SNCF should be expanded to include other operators, says Aleš Ondrůj, Director of Communications & Sales at open access operator RegioJet.

  • Grand Central is to restart services on December 3 as the lockdown restrictions in England change
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central to restart services

    2020-11-25T16:00:00Z

    UK: Grand Central is to restart services on December 3 as the lockdown restrictions in England change, but the open access operator warned that it would only be offering a reduced and reservation-only timetable and no onboard catering. ‘While it’s great to be back, we can’t ...

  • Hull Trains Paragon fleet
    Rail Business UK

    Hull Trains and Grand Central to suspend services again

    2020-11-03T15:32:00Z

    UK: Open access operators Hull Trains and Grand Central are to suspend services again as England enters a second period of coronavirus lockdown running for four weeks from November 5. The open access companies operate on a purely commercial basis, and were not entitled to the ...