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    Amtrak welcomes FRA rule on passenger train performance


    USA: After a hotly contested process lasting more than a decade, the Federal Railroad Administration published a Final Rule on November 16 establishing metrics and minimum standards to measure the performance and service quality of inter-city passenger trains.

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    Porto – Lisboa high speed link revived under €10∙5bn rail spending programme


    PORTUGAL: The government has confirmed its intention to press ahead with rail investment totalling more than €10bn as part of a wider national stimulus programme. The highlight of the package is the revival of a proposal for a high speed rail link between Lisboa and Porto, which was the subject of extensive studies in the mid-2000s.

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    Technical pillar boosts European harmonisation


    EUROPE: Harmonised procedures have come into force making the EU Agency for Railways the single certification body for train operators and rolling stock used in international service, as well as for the approval of ERTMS trackside equipment. October 31 was the formal deadline for EU member ...

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    Public funds to save Italo-NTV


    ITALY: From November 10, high speed open access operator Italo-NTV will cut back its services to a bare minimum because a second national lockdown needed to combat Covid-19 has caused demand to collapse.

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    Amtrak quick to welcome Biden win


    USA: National passenger rail corporation Amtrak was one of the first organisations to welcome the news on November 7 that Joe Biden had won the US presidential election.

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    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail sets climate change targets


    UK: Following on from its recently published long-term environmental sustainability strategy, Network Rail has committed to independently-verified Science-Based Targets to help in the process of climate change mitigation.

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    European Commission says České Dráhy may have engaged in predatory pricing


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The European Commission has reached a preliminary view that incumbent state passenger operator České Dráhy may have engaged in predatory pricing in breach of EU rules on the Praha – Ostrava route in 2011-19.

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    Traxtion targets open access opportunities


    SOUTH AFRICA: Rolling stock leasing and engineering company Traxtion Group has announced plans to invest in additional locomotives and wagons to support open access operations as the 22 500 km Transnet network is opened up to new entrants. On October 15 South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa ...

  • DB Schenker organised the transport of several hundred tonnes of pasta by rail from Italy to Germany.

    Call for EU freight transport crisis contingency plan


    EUROPE: The Council of the EU, which brings together national ministers from each member state, has called on the European Commission to draw up ‘swiftly’ a pandemic and major crisis contingency plan for the freight sector.

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    Rail sector targets Generation Z


    EUROPE: Rail industry suppliers’ association UNIFE has launched a campaign to raise the awareness of young people about rail, in a bid to encourage them to travel more by train and to consider a career in the rail sector.

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    Rail Business UK

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


    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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    Rail Business UK

    National Rail Contracts to succeed ERMAs as cost cutting envisaged


    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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    Nigerian standard gauge network takes shape


    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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    Full electrification in record infrastructure spend


    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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    EU track access rebates approved


    EUROPE: A regulation permitting European Union member states to waive or defer track access charges in order to support the rail sector through the coronavirus pandemic has been formally adopted by the EU Council and European Parliament.

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    European transport sector calls for b2b data framework


    EUROPE: The Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies and UITP have joined other logistics and manufacturing industry associations in making a joint call for the creation of an EU-wide framework for the governance of business-to-business data which would provide a level playing field ‘for all ...

  • The ALLRAIL association of independent passenger train operators and retailers has called on EU member states to ensure that market-dominant incumbent operators share their data with third party journey planning and ticket selling platforms.

    Call for booking platforms to be given access to train operators’ data


    EUROPE: The ALLRAIL association of independent passenger train operators and retailers has called on EU member states to ensure that market-dominant incumbent operators share their data with third party journey planning and ticket selling platforms. Commenting on calls by EU stakeholders for the creation of a ...

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    Passenger groups raise concerns about EU passenger rights recast


    EUROPE: Following three years of negotiations the European Parliament and EU Council reached a provisional agreement on October 1 for changes to EU rail passenger rights legislation. However, customer groups immediately raised concerns about limitations in the scope of the recast. Announcing the agreement, European Commissioner ...

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    Three-way co-operation agreement to promote European interoperability


    EUROPE: A three-way agreement for administrative co-operation to promote technical interoperability, in particular for the transport of dangerous goods, has been signed by the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility Transport and the EU Agency for Railways. ...

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    Brazilian passenger rail revival agreement


    BRAZIL: An agreement intended to pave the way for the eventual introduction of more passenger services on the national rail network has been signed by the ANPTrilhos association of passenger operators and the Ministry of Infrastructure. The technical co-operation agreement was signed on September 14 by ...