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    First RER NG EMU emerges


    FRANCE: The first of 255 double-deck EMUs being built by Alstom and Bombardier for Paris RER lines D and E has been completed, and is expected to start testing shortly, Île-de-France Mobilités announced on October 18. The regional transport authority has committed to a complete replacement ...

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    SKM Warszawa cancels train order with Pesa


    POLAND: Suburban operator SKM Warszawa announced on October 17 that it was cancelling its contract with Pesa for the supply of 13 electric multiple-units, owing to the supplier’s failure to meet the delivery deadlines. SKM signed the 310·5m złoty contract on May 21 2018. The base ...

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    DB Regio awarded Karlsruhe operating contract


    GERMANY: Baden-Württemberg has formally awarded DB Regio the Netz 7b contract to operate passenger services from Karlsruhe after none of the three losing bidders objected. The contract announced on October 10 runs for 13 years from December 2022. Various changes to services are planned, some ...

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    Kenyatta inaugurates SGR Phase 2A


    KENYA: The next 120 km section of the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway was formally inaugurated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 16. Running from the Nairobi SGR station at Embakasi to a temporary terminus at Suswa, 35 km southwest of Naivasha, the extension takes the 1 ...

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    Typhoon breaches Hokuriku Shinkansen and Chuo Main Line


    JAPAN: Services on the Hokuriku Shinkansen and various other lines are expected to be disrupted for several weeks as a result of typhoon damage, East Japan Railway confirmed on October 15. Rail and road links in the Kanto Koshinetsu and Tohoku regions were badly affected by ...

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    Travel industry confirms rail ‘renaissance’ in Europe


    INTERNATIONAL: Assertions that long-distance rail services in Europe are rapidly becoming more popular as passengers eschew flying for environmental reasons were amply confirmed at the Rail Innovation Forum organised by Amadeus at its head office near Nice on October 9-10. Speakers from across the travel industry highlighted ...

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    NightJet expands to Amsterdam and Brussels


    INTERNATIONAL: Regular overnight trains will return to the Netherlands with effect from the December 2020 timetable change, with the launch of a daily service between Amsterdam, München and Wien, State Secretary of Infrastructure Water Management Stientje Van Veldhoven announced on October 10. Citing an ...

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    Ctrip expands across the rail market


    INTERNATIONAL: On October 9 Chinese travel specialist Ctrip launched bookings for journeys on the RENFE network in Spain using the Amadeus platform. This marks another stage in the company’s expansion into the European rail travel market, where it works not only with Amadeus but with Rail Europe ...

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    Paris Line B train refurbishment underway


    PARIS: The refurbishment of 31 RATP-owned MI84 electric multiple-units used on Paris RER Line B is underway at Alstom’s Reichshoffen plant, with the first two expected to return to service in December. The similar SNCF-owned MI79 sets have already been refurbished. ...

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    Tejas Express pilots passenger privatisation


    INDIA: The first step towards opening up the provision of inter-city passenger services on the IR network began on October 4, with the launch at Lucknow Junction of a new Tejas Express service by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. Operating over the ...

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    Tokyo’s Joban Line to get ATO


    JAPAN: Automatic Train Operation is to be introduced on Tokyo’s Joban Line (Local) services next year, East Japan Railway announced on October 8.

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    NS to test automatic train operation


    NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS is to test attended automatic operation on the 50 km Hanze Line between Lelystad and Zwolle by the end of this year. The tests are to be undertaken by NS in partnership with infrastructure manager ProRail and the Ministry of Infrastructure ...

  • Two transport authorities plan to order a battery version of Alstom's Coradia Continental.

    Battery units planned for Chemnitz – Leipzig route


    GERMANY: Mittelsachsen and Leipzig transport authorities ZVMS and ZVNL have agreed to order 11 three-car battery-powered versions of Alstom’s Coradia Continental multiple-units for use on Chemnitz – Leipzig service RE6 from 2023. Route RE6 is currently operated by Transdev’s Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn using Siemens ER20 diesel-electric locomotives ...

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    Prototype Egyptian coaches unveiled by TMH


    EGYPT: Two prototype third class coaches for Egyptian National Railways were unveiled when Minister of Transport Kamel al-Wazir visited Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works in Russia on October 4. In September 2018 TMH Hungary signed a five-year contract worth more than €1bn for ...

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    Merseyrail’s first Stadler train heads for testing


    The first of 52 EMUs which Stadler is building for Merseyrail has been sent for dynamic testing (Photo: Stefan Schulthess Railroad, Aviation Landscape Photography, Switzerland). UK: The first of 52 bespoke four-car electric multiple-units which Stadler Bussnang is building for Liverpool area commuter operator ...

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    WeChat booking for Swiss railways


    SWITZERLAND: Scheidt Bachmann has developed a Swiss Tourism Attractions in-app ‘Mini Program’ for public transport operators who are targeting tourists from Asia where the WeChat platform is widely used. Traveller can use their mobile devices to purchase and receive tickets for services ...

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    Lombardia trains on show at Expo Ferroviaria


    ITALY: Two mock-ups of the next generation of suburban and regional trainsets for Lombardia were formally presented at the Expo Ferroviaria trade fair in Milano on October 1. Speaking at the event’s opening forum, Lombardia’s councillor for Infrastructure, Transport Sustainable Mobility Claudia ...

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    Newag launches bi-mode multiple-unit


    POLAND: Newag launched a bi-mode variant of its Impuls multiple-unit at the Trako fair, which took place in Gdańsk on September 24-27. The 36WEh has a maximum speed of 160 km/h when powered by 3 kV DC electrification and 120 km/h when using diesel power. The ...

  • Stadler is to supply three trainsets for the Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren line.

    Swiss narrow gauge railway updates fleet


    SWITZERLAND: Jungfraubahn Holding has awarded sole bidder Stadler Bussnang a SFr17·3m+VAT contract to supply three trainsets for the 4·3 km Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren line. Services on what the operator describes as ‘one of the most beautiful panoramic tracks in the Alps’ are currently provided using four 560 ...

  • Arriva Rail London has launched a rail-specific deaf awareness training course

    Rail-specific deaf awareness course developed


    UK: London Overground concessionaire Arriva Rail London has launched a rail-specific deaf awareness training course to bolster its existing disability awareness training as part of customer service induction. The course was developed with Signly, Deafax and University College London’s Deafness Cognition Language Research Centre ...