Passenger rail news

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail and tram-train in Manchester’s Bee Network expansion plans


    UK: Local rail services around Manchester are to be brought into the region’s expanding Bee Network by 2028 as part of a public transport development strategy unveiled by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham on July 10.

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    Joint border crossing to accelerate Serbia – Montenegro train services


    EUROPE: Montenegro and Serbia opened a joint rail border crossing at Bijelo Polje on the Beograd – Bar line on July 8. All border checks will be undertaken at the Montenegrin station where locomotives are changed, eliminating the separate checks at Vrbnica station on the Serbian ...

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    Liège – Maastricht – Aachen regional services finally launched


    EUROPE: A through regional passenger train service linking Liège in Belgium with Aachen in Germany via Maastricht in the Netherlands was finally launched on June 30. Branded as LIMAX for the cities served, the so-called Three Countries Service was originally expected to start running in 2018. ...

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    In depth

    Romania: New rolling stock to support rail market reforms


    Romania’s Railway Reform Authority is procuring new multiple-units to operate regional and inter-regional services under competitively tendered PSO contracts, but this is only part of a wider market opening strategy, ARF President Ștefan Roșeanu explains to Benjámin Zelki.

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    Go-Ahead Deutschland renamed Arverio as ÖBB targets growth in southern Germany


    GERMANY: The Go-Ahead Deutschland business which Austrian Federal Railways acquired from The Go-Ahead Group in February has been rebranded as Arverio Deutschland, a name derived from the Gallo-Roman ‘god of the roads’ Arvernus. Announcing the new name on July 10, Arverio said ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Scottish transport ticketing goes digital


    UK: Unicard has migrated paper-based ZoneCard tickets valid on ScotRail, Glasgow Subway and bus services in the west of Scotland to its ITSO-compliant smart ticketing platform. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport awarded the contract with the aim of improving the passenger experience and reducing the complexity of ...

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    VR beats Vy to win next Norrtåg operating contract


    SWEDEN: The Norrtåg transport authority owned by four regions in the north of Sweden has selected VR Sverige as preferred bidder for the next contract to operate local passenger train services.

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    More coaches to boost capacity on Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway


    KENYA: A further 20 coaches which CRRC Nanjing Puzhen is supplying to increase capacity on the 480 km Standard Gauge Railway route from Mombasa to Nairobi were shipped from Shanghai at the end of June. The contract signed in September covers a mix of first, second ...

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    Sprinter corridor double-tracking project gets grant


    USA: The federal Department of Transportation has awarded California’s North County Transit District a $10·2m grant to complete preliminary engineering and environmental clearance for the San Marcos to Escondido eastern segment of the Sprinter Corridor Service Improvement Project. The overall project involves 15 km of double-tracking ...

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    Great British Rail Replacement aims to bring a fresh approach during train service disruption


    UK: CMAC Group has launched Great British Rail Replacement to help operators provide a more seamless passenger experience during planned and short notice disruption. 

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    Metro Report International

    Japanese local railway pilots facial recognition ticketing


    JAPAN: Light rail and bus operator Yamaman Co has added facial recognition to the Jorudan Style Point&Pass ticketing system used on its 4·1 km six-station Yukarigaoka Line and local bus services. Passengers need to register online and provide a passport-style photo and credit card details to ...

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    Incumbent awarded next Niedersachsen-Ost operating contract


    GERMANY: The Niedersachen, Greater Braunchsweig and Hannover transport authorities have awarded incumbent Metronom the next contract to operate Elektro-Netz Niedersachsen-Ost passenger services. The next ENNO contract will run from December 2025 to December 2038, with the option to extend for a further two years. It covers ...

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    ComfortJet coaches enter service


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator ČD has put its first set of ComfortJet inter-city coaches into revenue service. An initial set began operating on the Praha – Bohumín route on June 12, with the Bohumín – Františkovy Lázně route to follow once three sets are ready for ...

  • London Northwestern Railway Class 730 at Crewe (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    West Midlands Trains proposes Manchester to London service


    UK: West Midlands Trains has announced plans to extend its existing West Coast Main Line services to create a Manchester – London route.

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    Wiremind software to help Eurostar optimise revenue


    EUROPE: International high speed train operator Eurostar has signed a five-year contract to use Wiremind’s CAYZN software to modernise its revenue management processes, identify new revenue opportunities and increase load factors. It is expected to go live in Q1 2025. Eurostar Chief Commercial Officer François Le ...

  • London Overground operating concessionaire Arriva Rail London is to test technology that translates digital passenger information into British Sign Language which can be accessed through a smart device via a personalised digital avatar.
    Rail Business UK

    Sign language translation to be tested at London Overground stations


    UK: London Overground operating concessionaire Arriva Rail London is to test technology that translates digital passenger information into British Sign Language which can be accessed through a smart device via a personalised digital avatar. The Luna platform supplied by GoMedia uses translation technology from Signapse. Trials ...

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    Dublin – Belfast boost in Irish timetable recast


    IRELAND: National railway Iarnród Éireann is planning a major uplift in its inter-city and inter-regional services in the second half of the year, including a boost in frequency to the cross-border Enterprise service linking Dublin and Belfast.

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    Koleje Mazowieckie orders more Flirts


    POLAND: Regional operator Koleje Mazowieckie has signed a 3·2bn złoty framework agreement with Stadler for the supply of 50 five-car Flirt electric multiple-units. A firm order has been placed for an initial batch of 25. The deal includes the provision of maintenance for 18 years, as ...

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    Traction innovations on show in Ostrava


    CZECH REPUBLIC: One of the 18 Flirt electric multiple-units being supplied to Serbia formed the centrepiece of the Stadler presentation for the Rail Business Days 2024 trade fair at Ostrava’s Trojhalí Karolina centre.

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    Rail Business UK

    Heathrow Express access rights extended


    UK: Heathrow Express announced on June 24 that it had secured a track access agreement covering its non-stop services between London Paddington and the airport terminals until June 2028.