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    Connecting Europe Express to tour 26 countries in 36 days


    EUROPE: Marking Europe Day on May 9 and the EU Year of Rail , the European Commission has confirmed the programme for its Connecting Europe Express exhibition train. Intended to demonstrate ‘the power of rail to connect people and businesses’, the project will also celebrate ...

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    Zipabout shows passengers their last mile options


    UK: A last mile feature has been added to the Rail Delivery Group’s National Rail ‘Alert Me by Messenger’ function, which uses Facebook’s messaging platform to provide passengers with alternative routes to help maintain social distancing if their journey is predicted to be busy or disrupted. ...

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    New Zealand’s 10-year Rail Plan prioritises resilience and reliability


    NEW ZEALAND: The government has published a 10-year Rail Plan, setting out its ambitions for a ‘resilient and reliable’ rail network and outlining its investment priorities. The plan does not provide a definitive list of investments or funding commitments, but is intended as a sign ...

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    NI Railways targets zero emissions by 2040


    UK: Translink is to assess the options for procuring zero-emission trains in support of its recently published Climate Positive Strategy, which sets out an ‘ambitious’ target to achieve a 50% reduction in train, bus and building emissions by 2030, net zero emissions by 2040 and to ...

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    Pandemic brings ‘bleak’ first quarter for European railways


    EUROPE: The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a heavy impact across the rail sector, according to the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies’ Covid Impact Tracker.

  • Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has authorised investment of €25m in a project to introduce hydrogen fuel cell trains in the Land of Brandenburg.

    Hydrogen trains for the Heidekrautbahn


    GERMANY: Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has authorised investment of €25m in a project to introduce hydrogen fuel cell trains in the Land of Brandenburg. Announcing the grant at Basdorf station on the Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn on May 3, Scheuer said this would be ‘a giant ...

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    Regulations agreed for Luxembourg Protocol rolling stock registry


    INTERNATIONAL: Draft regulations have been approved outlining the operation of the international rolling stock registry that is being established under the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. The regulations have been drawn up by a Preparatory Commission which ...

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    Le Train eyes Arcachon – La Rochelle TGVs


    FRANCE: Taking advantage of the forthcoming liberalisation of domestic passenger services, open access operator Le Train has applied to transport regulation authority ART for powers to run regional high speed services in the southwest. Envisaged as the first private high speed operator in France, evoking parallels ...

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    Castex agrees to fund Bordeaux – Toulouse high speed line


    FRANCE: The French government will contribute €4·1bn to help finance the long-planned high speed line between Bordeaux and Toulouse, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on April 28. Toulouse is France’s fourth largest city and the capital of the Occitanie region. It would be the last major ...

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    Provence – Côte d’Azur upgrade funding agreed


    FRANCE: The government has agreed a €3∙5bn funding package to launch the first two phases of the long-planned upgrade of the route along the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and Nice, including sections of new line.

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    Rail Baltica concept trains inspired by sun, sea and sand


    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has produced conceptual images to help inform the public about the type of trains which could link Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with Poland and western Europe using the future standard gauge line. The concepts are intended to inform ...

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    JR Central sets out ¥722bn spending plan to stimulate post-Covid recovery


    JAPAN: JR Central has unveiled its investment priorities for the 2021-22 financial year, which began on April 1, as it seeks to recalibrate its business for the post-Covid recovery period, when restoring lost ridership will be a key priority.

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    Snälltåget will not bid for Stockholm – Brussels night train contract


    EUROPE: Open access operator Snälltåget has decided not to bid for the contract to operate the Swedish government’s proposed overnight service between Stockholm, Malmö, Hamburg, Köln and Brussels.

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    Siemens preferred bidder to supply Amtrak with bi-mode trainsets


    USA: Amtrak has selected Siemens Mobility as preferred bidder to supply a fleet of 83 electro-diesel trainsets for use on medium-distance inter-city services in the Northeast Corridor, the Cascades corridor in the Pacific Northwest and on various state-supported routes.

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    SBB orders 60 double-deck EMUs to increase capacity and accessibility


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a further 60 Kiss double-deck electric multiple-units to provide additional capacity and improve accessibility on its InterRegio long-distance services.

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    HANS retains operating contract


    GERMANY: Sachsen-Anhalt transport authority NASA and its Berlin-Brandenburg counterpart VBB have awarded Hanseatische Eisenbahn a contract to operate Elbe-Altmark II passenger services for six years from the December 2022 timetable change. The contract covers local services RB 34 Stendal – Rathenow and RB33 Stendal –Tangermünde. ...

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    Silver Line access to Dallas/Fort Worth airport agreed


    USA: The Dallas Area Rapid Transit board has approved a payment of $21·5m to Trinity Metro to fund works which will enable the existing TEX Rail station at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Terminal B to be used by the future DART Silver Line, which is under ...

  • Passenger services have been reinstated on the 159 km route between Boden and Haparanda on the border with Finland.

    Sweden reinstates passenger trains to Finnish border


    SWEDEN: Passenger services have been reinstated on the 159 km route between Boden and Haparanda on the border with Finland. Regular passenger services on the line had ended in 1992, but have now restarted with Vy Tåg’s Norrtåg subsidiary initially operating two return trains a ...

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    FlixTrain prepares to launch in Sweden


    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.

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    Alstom agrees to RER Line B fleet order


    FRANCE: Paris transport authority Île‐de‐France Mobilités and operators RATP and SNCF Voyageurs have reached agreement with Alstom‐Bombardier and CAF, paving the way for construction of the MI20 fleet of electric multiple-units to operate RER Line B. In January, the operators selected a consortium of Bombardier Transportation ...