Passenger rail news

  • London Waterloo station
    Rail Business UK

    Passenger numbers at UK’s busiest station still less than half of pre-pandemic levels


    UK: London Waterloo has regained its status as the most used National Rail station according to estimates for the 2020-21 financial year, although usage was less than half that recorded in the last year before the coronavirus pandemic. The Office of Rail & Road’s estimates for ...

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    Iryo brings Italian style to Spanish high speed rail services


    With Iryo preparing to launch its first high speed rail services this week, Mike Bent reports from a preview service between Madrid and València

  • Virginia Railway Express train (Photo: George Tenney/VRE)

    Transforming Rail in Virginia programme manager appointed


    USA: CSX has awarded consultancy Michael Baker International a 10-year contract to lead programme and construction management for the $3·7bn Transforming Rail in Virginia project to enhance passenger services on the route between Washington DC and Richmond. Supported by Patrick Engineering, Michael Baker’s Rail & Transit ...

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    Norwegian ERTMS programme delayed


    NORWAY: Citing global supply problems and delays to the retrofitting of trains, Bane Nor has postponed the planned launch of ERTMS on its first lines.

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    Electric transport support approved


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a scheme to promote the use of electric transport as a greener alternative to diesel vehicles, and to support a shift of freight and passenger traffic from road to rail. Under the €180m scheme ...

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    Aarhus IC5 depot contract awarded


    DENMARK: National passenger operator DSB has selected MT Højgaard Danmark to construct a depot and workshop complex near Aarhus to maintain its future fleet of Alstom Coradia Stream EMUs.

  • Nightjet train to Brussels

    Support scheme aims to make Belgium an international night train hub


    BELGIUM: The Council of Ministers has approved a draft law which aims to encourage the operation of attractively priced international night trains by offering reductions in infrastructure access charges and energy costs. The high loadings on the thrice-weekly Nightjet service between Brussels and Wien show the ...

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    FRA sets out Northeast Corridor enhancement priorities


    USA: A list of priority projects for enhancing the Northeast Corridor linking Washington DC with Boston via Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York has been published by the Federal Railroad Administration. The list is intended to assist Amtrak, states and other stakeholders with the implementation of critical ...

  • RMV Alstom iLint hydrogen train (Photo: RMV/Arne Landwehr)

    RMV prepares to deploy world’s largest hydrogen train fleet


    GERMANY: Rhein-Main transport authority RMV has demonstrated the first of 27 Cordia iLint fuel cell multiple-units being delivered by Alstom, which are due to begin entering revenue service from December. ‘Not only are we putting the world’s largest hydrogen train fleet on the rails, we are ...

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    Operators team up to introduce common maps


    SWITZERLAND: In a bid to make use of public transport easier, operators in the area at the western end of Lac Léman have published maps of their individual networks based on common design standards. Local rail, tram, bus and lake shuttle and steamer services in Genève, ...

  • Flixtrain
    Rail Business UK

    ​Open access should replace inter-city franchising, says independent operators’ association


    UK: A fully-commercial open-access model should replace government contracts for the provision of long-distance services in Great Britain, according to the Alliance of Passenger Rail New Entrants. ‘It seems that the only choice being discussed is between public service contract concessions and renationalisation’, said AllRail Secretary ...

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    Federal government signs São Paulo inter-city train agreement


    BRAZIL: Outgoing state governor of São Paulo Rodrigo Garcia has signed a technical agreement with the federal Ministry of Infrastructure that marks another milestone in the long process to reinstate inter-city trains between São Paulo and Campinas. The agreement inked on November 4 paves the way ...

  • German-Polish border between Angermünde and Szczecin (Photo: Deutsche Bahn/Volker Emersleben)

    Germany – Poland service to be enhanced under next operating contract


    EUROPE: The German Länder of Berlin and Brandenburg have awarded DB Regio Nordost the Netz Berlin–Stettin operating contract covering enhanced passenger services between the German capital and the Polish city of Szczecin. Announcing the contract award on November 14, Brandenburg’s Transport Minister Guido Beermann said this ...

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    Southwestern Ontario passenger rail enhancement study commissioned


    CANADA: The federal government has appointed two consultancies to study options to improve passenger train frequencies and on-time performance and to shorten travel times in southwestern Ontario. CPCS Transcom and WSP will examine present and future demand, evaluate existing routes, identify options for new alignments as ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Portishead railway reopening granted planning consent


    UK: The Department for Transport has granted planning consent for reinstatement of the railway between Portishead and Pill. This is the first passenger reopening to be approved using a Development Consent Order, which includes planning and environmental consent and compulsory land acquisition. The reintroduction of passenger ...

  • First TfW Rail CAF Class 197 DMU in passenger service (Photo Tony Miles) (3)
    Rail Business UK

    Soft launch for Transport for Wales Class 197 DMUs


    UK: The first of the 77-strong fleet of Class 197 diesel multiple-units entered service with Transport for Wales Rail on November 14. Without any pre-announcement or ceremony, unit 197 004 carried its first passengers on the 05.30 from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog, spending the rest ...

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    Ukraine – Romania cross-border link reopened


    EUROPE: The 19·3 km cross-border rail link between Rakhiv in Ukraine and Valea Vișeului in Romania has been reopened for regular traffic.

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    DB IO signs Egyptian high speed operating contract


    EGYPT: A consortium led by Deutsche Bahn International Operations has been selected to operate and maintain the first phase of the country’s future high speed rail network, dubbed the ‘Suez Canal on Rails’.

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    Egis to design Kénitra – Marrakech high speed line


    MOROCCO: ONCF has appointed Egis Group to act as general consultant for design work on the long-planned extension of the country’s high speed line from Kénitra to Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech.

  • Transdev operates the Guingamp - Paimpol branch line as a subcontractor to SNCF.

    Consortium to develop low-cost operations to revive France’s local lines


    FRANCE: Thales is part of a consortium of companies and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region seeking to reduce the cost of running trains on lightly-used rural lines.