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  • The Northern franchise which is currently held by Arriva will be nationalised on March 1, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed  (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    No immediate changes to follow Northern nationalisation

    2020-01-29T15:35:00Z

    UK: The Northern franchise which is currently held by Arriva will be nationalised on March 1, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed in a widely-anticipated announcement on January 29. This follows severe performance problems. Last year the Secretary of State requested proposals for the ...

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    Cost, time, convenience and carbon emissions to be included in journey planner

    2020-01-28T06:00:00Z

    NORWAY: National train operator Vy Group has appointed SkedGo to build a multimodal journey planner covering Scandinavia. Users will be able to tailor their trips according to personal preferences, emphasising cost, time, convenience or lowest carbon emissions. It will be possible to make searches based on ...

  • Stadler is to supply custom-designed electric multiple-units for the 891 mm gauge Roslagbanan.
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    Stagecoach Group joins new market entrants’ association ALLRAIL

    2020-01-27T08:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Public transport operating group Stagecoach has joined the ALLRAIL association of new entrants to the European rail market. ‘As a major operator of rail services in the UK for over two decades and with significant experience of operating public transport services across Europe, we are ...

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    Lying not flying, as Nightjet sleeper train reaches Brussels

    2020-01-20T09:41:00Z

    EUROPE: Under the slogan ‘lying not flying’, Austrian Federal Railways launched its twice-weekly Wien – Brussels Nightjet overnight train on January 19. The ceremony at Wien Hbf was attended by Austria’s Minister of Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Innovation Technology Leonore Gewessler as well as members ...

  • Metrolink Van Nuys station inauguration (Photo: David Lustig)
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    Metrolink marks $32m modernisation of Van Nuys station

    2020-01-17T16:47:00Z

    USA: California commuter operator Metrolink has held a ceremony to mark the $32m rebuilding of Van Nuys station in Los Angeles under a two-year project which is nearing completion. The station is on Metrolink’s Ventura Line, a Union Pacific route which is also served by Amtrak ...

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    Farandou reshapes SNCF leadership team

    2020-01-17T10:55:00Z

    FRANCE: A new management structure for the ‘unified’ SNCF group was unveiled by President & CEO Jean-Pierre Farandou on January 16, following the first board meeting of the national railway group since the 2018 reforms came into effect on January 1.

  • Snälltåget Berlin to Malmö overnight train (4)
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    Malmö – Köln suggested as first route for a network of night trains

    2020-01-16T17:16:00Z

    EUROPE: Swedish transport agency Trafikverket has suggested that Malmö – Köln could be the first route to be launched as part of a proposed network of overnight trains connecting Sweden with other European countries, and that a start data as early as 2022-23 could be possible. ...

  • Greater Anglia Class 720 Bombardier Transportation Aventra EMU
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    Greater Anglia’s first Class 720 commuter EMU delivered for testing

    2020-01-16T13:50:00Z

    UK: The first of the Class 720 Aventra electric multiple-units which Bombardier Transportation’s Derby factory is supplying for Greater Anglia’s London commuter services has been delivered to Ilford depot ahead of testing. Entry into passenger service is planned for spring this year, with the entire fleet ...

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    Barcelona – Valencia trains accelerated as Vandellòs cut-off opens

    2020-01-16T09:43:00Z

    SPAIN: Commercial services began using a 46·5 km cut-off between Camp de Tarragona and Vandellòs on January 13, when ADIF completed a further section of upgrading on the Barcelona – Valencia Mediterranean Corridor.

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    Czech region orders its own EMU fleet

    2020-01-16T09:00:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Jihomoravský has become the first regional authority to order its own rolling stock, placing a contract for Škoda Transportation to supply 37 RegioPanter low-floor 160 km/h electric multiple-units between spring 2021 and the end of 2022. Škoda Transportation was the only bidder to remain ...

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    ‘The wow effect is coming’ as German government signs €86bn rail programme

    2020-01-14T16:10:00Z

    GERMANY: The €86bn LuFV III railway operating and financing agreement running to 2030 was signed by Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, Deutsche Bahn CEO Richard Lutz and Board Member for Infrastructure Ronald Pofalla on January 14, at a ceremony attended by Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz.

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    Narrow gauge operator orders EMUs

    2020-01-10T15:53:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Chemin de Fer Nyon-Saint-Cergue-Morez has awarded Stadler a contract to supply six two-car electric multiple-units. Deliveries are scheduled between late 2021 and early 2022. The 1·5 kV DC EMUs will be similar to four Abe4/8 units which Stadler supplied to the 27 km long metre-gauge ...

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    Northern franchise is no longer viable, says Shapps

    2020-01-09T10:59:00Z

    UK: The current Northern rail franchise is no longer financially viable and will have to be replaced by some form of management contract, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed in a written statement to the House of Commons on January 9.

  • Greater Anglia Class 745 Stadler inter-city trainset at London Liverpool Street
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    Greater Anglia’s first Stadler inter-city trainset enters service

    2020-01-09T07:30:00Z

    UK: The first of the Class 745/0 Flirt inter-city trainsets which Stadler is supplying for Greater Anglia’s Norwich – London Liverpool Street main line route entered service on January 8. All 10 are expected to be in traffic by mid-April. The 12-car 25 kV 50 ...

  • Evidence that high speed rail competes effectively against air came was presented to Terrapinn’s World Rail festival in Amsterdam by Serafino Lo Piano, Head of Sales, Long-Distance Rail, at Trenitalia.
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    High speed rail wins market share

    2020-01-08T14:30:00Z

    ITALY: Evidence that high speed rail competes effectively against air was presented to Terrapinn’s World Rail Festival in Amsterdam by Serafino Lo Piano, Head of Sales, Long-Distance Rail, at Trenitalia. Since the launch of the Frecciarossa brand 10 years ago, he said, rail’s share of the ...

  • Avanti West Coast Pendolino
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    Avanti West Coast Pendolino refurbishment and maintenance contract awarded

    2020-01-08T10:08:00Z

    UK: Operator Avanti West Coast and leasing company Angel Trains have awarded Alstom a £642m, seven-year contract to overhaul and maintain the 56 Class 390 Pendolino tilting trainsets which entered service on the West Coast Main Line from 2003. Alstom said the £127m refurbishment element of ...

  • The Open Transport Initiative has launched Open Transport API specifications designed to support the development of Mobility-as-a-Service initiatives (Photo: Hull Trains).
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    Open standards launched to provide transport account interoperability

    2020-01-06T07:00:00Z

    UK: The Open Transport Initiative has launched Open Transport API specifications designed to support the development of Mobility-as-a-Service initiatives by enabling customers to access data held in separate accounts with multiple transport operators and agencies. The standards, which were formally launched on January 3, have been ...

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    Made in Ukraine DMU enters service on Kyiv airport route

    2020-01-02T14:05:00Z

    UKRAINE: The first DPKr-3 diesel multiple-unit built by KVSZ has entered passenger service on the route linking Kyiv’s main station with Boryspil International Airport. This follows testing undertaken between Ternopil, Kyiv and Kremenchug to obtain type approval for the domestically-developed trainset. ...

  • Bombardier Sifang Transportation CR400AF under construction
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    Joint venture awarded Chinese high speed train contract

    2020-01-02T10:56:00Z

    CHINA: The Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture has been awarded a 2·97bn yuan contract to supply China State Railway Group with a further 10 16-car CR400AF 350 km/h trainsets by mid-2020. The contract announced on January 1 is the third order for the CR400AF to ...

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    PayPal travel payment now available in the Rhein-Main region

    2020-01-01T06:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Public transport users in Rhein-Main transport authority RMV’s ticketing region can now pay for travel using PayPal, which has been integrated into the RMV app and back office system supplied by Cubic Transportation Systems. Weekly and monthly passes can also now be purchased through a ...