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    Rail associations welcome EU Green Deal proposals

    2019-12-13T15:50:00Z

    EUROPE: Railway industry associations have welcomed the transport sector proposals in the EU Green Deal package outlined by new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a plenary session of the European Parliament on December 11.

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    PRASA put into administration

    2019-12-10T09:43:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: The interim board of Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa has been dismissed, and the troubled organisation has been put into administration Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on December 9. ‘The continued decline of the quality of service PRASA provides to the ...

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    NS CEO calls for comprehensive high speed network

    2019-12-06T11:53:00Z

    EUROPE: ‘Something is really wrong’ when airlines can offer flights ‘at ridiculous prices’ in Europe, said Roger Van Boxtel, CEO of Dutch national passenger operator NS in the keynote opening session at the World Rail Festival in Amsterdam on December 4. Referring to the UN Climate ...

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    ‘Romance’ of rail can mitigate skills crisis

    2019-12-05T09:34:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The rail sector needs to embrace rapid changes in workplace expectations in order to overcome a looming demographic crisis, delegates at the AusRail conference in Sydney heard on December 4.

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    DB plans Arriva flotation in May

    2019-12-04T16:24:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn is looking to float its international public transport operating subsidiary Arriva on the stock market next year, CEO Richard Lutz told local media on December 4.

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    CP signs public service contract

    2019-12-04T15:42:00Z

    PORTUGAL: State-owned train operator Comboios de Portugal has finally signed its first contract to run passenger services on the national rail network.

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    ‘Golden age’ in New South Wales, Collins tells AusRail

    2019-12-03T09:04:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: New South Wales is experiencing ‘a golden age’ of rail investment, Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins told delegates at the AusRail 2019 conference in Sydney on December 3.

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    Three operators awarded Spanish high speed paths

    2019-11-27T16:03:00Z

    SPAIN: High speed infrastructure manager Adif AV has selected three preferred bidders to negotiate 10-year framework agreements enabling them to operate passenger services on the routes from Madrid east to Valencia and Alacant, south to Sevilla and Málaga and north to Barcelona and the French border. ...

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    New ERFA President calls for a ‘truly European and competitive’ freight market

    2019-11-22T07:00:00Z

    EUROPE: BLS Cargo CEO Dirk Stahl was elected as President of the European Rail Freight Association at its board meeting on November 20. Maciej Gladyga, director of Poland’s Land Transport Chamber of Commerce, was elected as Vice-President of the organisation which represents new entrants to the freight ...

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    Federal funds to boost Queensland projects

    2019-11-21T15:02:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The federal government has committed to increase funding for several railway projects in Queensland, as part of an A$3·8bn package of infrastructure spending announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on November 21. Described by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as a ‘huge win’, the announcement followed ...

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    Doll to leave DB as Arriva sale falters

    2019-11-19T12:35:00Z

    Photo: Deutsche Bahn AG/Pablo Castagnola GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has announced that Alexander Doll, Board Member for Finance, Freight Traffic Logistics, will leave the business on December 31. Doll’s departure was agreed on November 18 at an extraordinary meeting of the Supervisory Board. A new ...

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    Rail’s priorities for a European Green Deal

    2019-11-13T09:39:00Z

    EUROPE: Measures to achieve full transport decarbonisation by 2050, encourage modal shift and implement ‘polluter pays’ principles are amongst the measures which the Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies believes should be included in the European Green Deal that incoming European Commission President Ursula von ...

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    Turkey publishes 2020 rail plan

    2019-11-12T06:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Tenders for the design of new lines as well as the rehabilitation, electrification and resignalling of existing routes, proposals for rail-served logistics centres and the further development of the domestic supply chain are included in a 2020 strategic programme published by the president’s office on November ...

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    Network Rail regions take over project delivery

    2019-11-11T12:18:00Z

    UK: The next phase of Network Rail’s devolution strategy came into force on November 11, when responsibility for capital projects was transferred from the former centralised Infrastructure Projects business to the five geographical regions that were established in June to provide support for the 14 routes responsible ...

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    Swiss vote to adopt technical pillar

    2019-11-07T10:17:00Z

    Photo: SBB SWITZERLAND: Changes to the Eisenbahnverordnung national railway regulations to embed the requirements of the technical pillar of the EU’s Fourth Railway Package were formally approved by the Federal Council on November 6. Emphasising that ‘Switzerland has a great interest in ensuring that ...

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    Bulgarian Railways to create stand-alone passenger and freight divisions

    2019-11-06T10:14:00Z

    BULGARIA: A restructuring of national train operator BDZ EAD which will see its passenger and freight divisions become stand-alone joint stock companies has been agreed with the Ministry of Transport, IT Communications. Bulgarian freight train. This follows the government’s ...

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    Policies needed to maintain EU rail suppliers’ global leadership

    2019-11-05T11:32:00Z

    EUROPE: A report setting out policy measures which are needed to maintain the European supply sector’s ‘global leadership’ and competitiveness has been published by an EU expert group drawn from across the rail industry. Established a result of a European Parliament resolution in 2016, the group ...

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    Four bidders seek Spanish train paths

    2019-11-04T14:29:00Z

    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has received four requests for capacity to operate passenger services on the ‘general interest’ national network including the main high speed corridors. Applications for train paths from December 14 2020 were submitted by national incumbent RENFE, the Rielsfera subsidiary of France’s SNCF, ...

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    Freight to be focus of Shift2Rail successor

    2019-10-31T09:19:00Z

    EUROPE: Freight is likely to be a core focus of the successor to the Shift2Rail joint technology initiative, S2R Executive Director Carlo Borghini told Railway Gazette on October 30 on the sidelines of the World Congress on Railway Research in Tokyo. While the so-called Shift2Rail ...

  • The Northern franchise which Arriva has operated since April 2016 faces three specific challenges which have severely impacted on performance.
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    Northern rail crisis is a ‘collective system inability’, says Arriva UK Trains MD

    2019-10-30T07:30:00Z

    Arriva UK Trains Managing Director Chris Burchell talks to Rail Business UK about ongoing problems at the Northern franchise, where performance has been hit by the late delivery of new trains, a series of industrial disputes and the inability of the infrastructure to handle the timetable.