Passenger rail news

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    Herringbone night train coach design concept


    RUSSIA: A herringbone pattern concept for a long-distance coach interior which features berths positioned diagonally to the aisle as been presented by rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding and Russian Railways’ Federal Passenger Co. The concept was developed by 2050.LAB, and is the third in a series of ideas ...

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    Battery EMUs ordered to replace diesel on partially electrified network


    GERMANY: DB Regio has been awarded two regional passenger train operating contracts in Rheinland-Pfalz, and has placed an order for 44 Stadler Flirt Akku battery-electric multiple-units to meet a requirement for services on the 240 km partially electrified Pfalznetz Lot 1 network to be converted from ...

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    Norwegian passenger tendering competitions cancelled


    NORWAY: The government confirmed on November 19 that it was cancelling two tendering processes for regional and inter-city passenger services.

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    ‘New era’ as German coalition prioritises rail spending over road


    GERMANY: The so-called ‘traffic light coalition’ formed by the Social Democratic, Green and Free Democratic parties as the next federal government has committed to launching a ‘Rapid Capacity Expansion’ to enhance railway infrastructure as part of its wider transport strategy.

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    CAF to acquire Alstom multiple-unit ranges and Reichshoffen plant


    EUROPE: Alstom has agreed to divest its Coradia Polyvalent and Talent 3 multiple-unit families to CAF, along with the production facilities at Reichshoffen in northern France.

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    ILSA services to be branded Iryo


    SPAIN: Independent high speed operator ILSA unveiled Iryo as its customer-facing brand in a ceremony at Madrid Atocha station on November 18.

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    Rail Business UK

    Trial operation begins on London’s Crossrail


    UK: Trial operations have finally begun on the central section of London’s Crossrail project, ahead of the launch of Elizabeth Line services between Paddington and Abbey Wood in ‘the first half of 2022’. Trial running started on November 20, and will include more than 150 operating ...

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    Pakistan finalises Chinese coach contract


    PAKISTAN: CRRC Tangshan Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co Ltd has signed a contract to supply 230 ‘high speed’ passenger coaches to Pakistan Railways, under plans to revitalise the country’s long-distance passenger services.

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    Rail Business UK

    Dartmoor reopening returns regular trains to Okehampton


    UK: GWR began operating regular passenger services between Exeter and Okehampton on November 20, with the ‘Dartmoor Line’ from Crediton being the first route to be reopened under the government’s ‘Restoring Your Railway’ programme.

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    Tobu Railway orders N100 units


    JAPAN: Tobu Railway has awarded Hitachi Rail a contract to supply 24 six-car N100 six-car electric multiple-units with 212 seats, private compartments, lounge areas and a bar. The aluminium-bodied 1 067 mm gauge units from the manufacturer’s A Train family are to be produced at the ...

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    Clockface timetable plan and contract awards as Rail Baltica makes progress


    EUROPE: A strategy for a Swiss-inspired national clockface timetable in Latvia has been published as part of the Rail Baltica programme, and further contracts for development of the 870 km standard gauge line have been awarded.

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    Swedish station announcements to be silenced


    SWEDEN: Station public address announcements will in future only be made if trains are delayed or there is a platform alteration, Trafikverket has decided.

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    Ländchesbahn operating contract secures service increases


    The Rhein-Main transport authority has awarded Hessische Landesbahn a contract to continue operating service RB21 from Wiesbaden to Niedernhausen and Limburg.

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    Coradia Stream EMUs to work Frankfurt – Kassel inter-regional service


    GERMANY: Following a European tender, regional authorities RMV and NVV have selected incumbent DB Regio for the next contract to operate Main-Weser passenger service RE30 between Frankfurt, Gießen, Marburg and Kassel. The contract will run for 14 years from December 15 2024. The current timetable with ...

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    Poland – Germany passenger revival agreed


    EUROPE: Local transport authorities in Lubuskie voivodship and the Land of Brandenburg have agreed to reinstate passenger services on the railway between Zielona Góra in Poland and Guben, which is split by the Germany-Poland border.


    Tanzanian railway project offers accessibility examples for Africa, disability body says


    TANZANIA: The SHIVYAWATA federation of disabled people’s organisations says organisations across Africa can learn from the provision of facilities for people with reduced mobility on the Dar es Salaam – Morogoro standard gauge railway. On October 30 the SHIVYAWATA board toured the 202 km first phase ...

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    Industry welcomes $66bn of rail funding in Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act


    USA: Rail industry organisations have welcomed the passing by Congress of the $1tr Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, which includes significant funding for passenger and freight rail as well as public transport. The White House said IIJA would provide the largest investment in passenger rail since ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail’s growth agenda evaporates as Treasury takes control


    UK: Having spoken to a range of senior figures across the industry in recent weeks, almost all on condition of anonymity, Rail Business UK  can confirm widespread concern that significant investment spending is coming to an end after three decades of growth in rail use, with potentially significant implications for the future of the network.

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    Cross River Rail train contract tendered


    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland government has called tenders for the supply of 65 electric multiple-units to expand Brisbane’s suburban fleet and operate the Cross River Rail link which is now under construction for opening in 2025. Bids are due by early 2022, with the winning bidder expected ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopens following £26m modernisation


    UK: The Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopened on November 1, following a £26m renewal programme including the introduction of a replacement fleet of electric multiple-units rebuilt from former London Underground trains. ‘We are so excited to welcome our customers back onboard having completed the ...