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    Spanish high speed network extended towards Galicia

    2020-10-27T14:43:00Z

    SPAIN: A 110∙8 km section of the Madrid to Galicia high speed line between Zamora, Puebla de Sanabria and Pedralba de la Pradería was inaugurated by ADIF on October 26.

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    Berlin S-Bahn extended to BER airport

    2020-10-26T17:13:00Z

    GERMANY: Berlin S-Bahn services were extended to the new Berlin Brandenburg International airport on October 26, in preparation for the start of full operations at the end of the month.

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    Comment: Realism amid the romance

    2020-10-23T09:37:00Z

    While the recent resurgence in sleeping car services in Europe has been rightly lauded, Managing Editor Nick Kingsley argues that policymakers must be realistic in accepting that overnight trains alone cannot deliver the modal shift to rail which will be necessary to meet climate goals.

  • Plans to bring Wales & Borders passenger services under public management have been announced by the Welsh Government
    Rail Business UK

    Wales & Borders rail operations to transfer to public control with new role for KeolisAmey

    2020-10-22T10:54:00Z

    UK: Plans to bring Wales & Borders passenger services under public management have been announced by the Welsh Government, along with a new partnership which would see Transport for Wales continue to work with Keolis and Amey.

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    CRRC unveils gauge-changing high speed train

    2020-10-22T10:22:00Z

    CHINA: State-owned rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles has unveiled a prototype gauge-changing high speed train intended for international operation.

  • Stadler has now sold a total of more than 1 900 Flirt multiple-units in 21 countries.
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    CP orders 1 668 mm gauge electric and bi-mode multiple-units

    2020-10-22T07:53:00Z

    PORTUGAL: National operator CP has awarded Stadler its first contract to supply 1 668 mm gauge versions of its Flirt regional multiple-unit family for use on the Iberian Peninsula.

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    National Rail Contracts to succeed ERMAs as cost cutting envisaged

    2020-10-21T16:50:00Z

    UK: The future direction of passenger contracts is becoming clearer, as insiders confirm that successful negotiations between owning groups and the Department for Transport would see franchised operators move from Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements to new National Rail Contracts. NRCs are expected to continue until post-Covid ...

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    ScotRail’s active travel coach offers space for skis, tandems and e-bikes

    2020-10-21T12:44:00Z

    UK: ScotRail has unveiled the interior of the first of the five ‘active travel’ coaches which are being produced by modifying Class 153 single-car diesel multiple-units to carry up to 20 bicycles, bulky luggage and sporting equipment such as skis. The vehicles ...

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    Nigerian standard gauge network takes shape

    2020-10-21T10:30:00Z

    NIGERIA: The 1 435 mm gauge north-south railway linking Itakpe, Ajaokuta and Warri has been formally opened for commercial operation, following an inauguration ceremony at Agbor in Delta state.

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    SWEG unveils DMU ahead of timetable revision

    2020-10-21T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: One of 18 Alstom Lint 54 diesel multiple-units ordered by the Land of Baden-Württemberg’s rolling stock body SFBW for use on Hohenzollerische Landesbahn services was unveiled by locally-owned operator SWEG on October 15. The 140 km/h two-car DMU has a capacity of 150 passengers, ...

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    Scientific study to improve understanding of Covid-19 transmission on trains and buses

    2020-10-21T00:01:00Z

    UK: A study has been launched to develop a better understanding of the risks of Covid-19 transmission on public transport and to identify the best control measures.

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    Full electrification in record infrastructure spend

    2020-10-19T09:57:00Z

    AUSTRIA: ‘More than €17bn is being spent on railway projects across the whole country’, said Federal Minister for Climate Protection Leonore Gewessler on October 16, announcing with Austrian Federal Railways CEO Andreas Matthä ‘the biggest railway investment package that the Republic has ever seen’.

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    Ouigo adds digital infotainment portal

    2020-10-19T09:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Passengers travelling on Ouigo low-cost high speed services between Paris and Lyon are now able to access a wide range of information and entertainment options thanks to a partnership between the operator and digital services company Moment.

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    Amsterdam – Wien sleeper train testing

    2020-10-18T05:00:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: Trial running has been completed for the operation of Nightjet sleeper trains between Amsterdam and Wien from the December timetable change, when Amsterdam will rejoin the network of European overnight trains for the first time since 2016. Following a tender, Dutch national passenger operator NS ...

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    LNVG awards Niedersachsen Mitte diesel operating contract

    2020-10-17T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has awarded DB Regio a contract to operate a bundle of local passenger services on non-electrified routes for eight years from December 2021. The Niedersachsen Mitte contract combines the previous Heidekreuz contract, held by Erixx and covering services RB37 Bremen Hbf ...

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    Long-distance fleet renewal recommended

    2020-10-16T15:00:00Z

    NORWAY: Working with leasing company Norske Tog and infrastructure manager Bane NOR, the national railway directorate has recommended the purchase of a single type of passenger train to replace the country’s entire long-distance fleet over the next decade.

  • The Department for Transport has directly awarded incumbent Arriva a new contract to operate CrossCountry passenger services
    Rail Business UK

    New CrossCountry contract includes capacity, accessibility and environmental improvements

    2020-10-16T12:37:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has directly awarded incumbent Arriva a new contract to operate CrossCountry services for a further three years. CrossCountry Managing Director Tom Joyner tells Rail Business UK about the operator’s plans, saying ’the good thing is the longevity, which CrossCountry really needs as it gives us a real chance to do some serious planning for the future.’

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    SAFRA awarded first contract to refurbish TER trainsets

    2020-10-16T07:00:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF has awarded SAFRA a contract to refurbish 12 three-car multiple-units used in the Midi-Pyrénées area and seven four-car sets used in Languedoc-Roussillon. There is an option for a further 10 trains. SAFRA said the 26-month contract announced on October 15 marks its entry into ...

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    DB awarded Donau-Isar operating contract

    2020-10-15T15:31:00Z

    GERMANY: Bayern railway agency BEG has awarded DB Regio the Donau-Isar contract covering the operation of a group of regional passenger services for 12 years from December 2024. The contract is split into two phases, to enable a restructuring once the second cross-city S-Bahn tunnel through ...

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    Arriva and ČD win long-distance contracts

    2020-10-15T07:36:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Arriva Vlaky has been awarded a seven-year contract to operate PSO-supported inter-regional services on routes R14A and R14B from Liberec to Pardubice and Ústí nad Labem with effect from December 13. The Ministry of Transport announced on October 5 that Arriva’s bid was KC302m ...