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    Trains replace planes on Wien – Salzburg route

    2020-07-02T14:16:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Inter-city rail travel will replace domestic flights between Wien and Salzburg, Austrian Airlines announced on July 2.

  • The German government has underlined its commitment to investment in the rail sector to enable a significant increase in market share
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    German government commits to rail at national summit

    2020-07-01T08:27:00Z

    GERMANY: The federal government underlined its commitment to investment in the rail sector to enable a significant increase in market share during a Rail Summit hosted by the Federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure in Berlin on June 30.

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    PowerHaul locos arrive in Finland as Operail expands outside Estonia

    2020-06-29T11:20:00Z

    FINLAND: Wabtec announced on June 26 that the first two of nine broad gauge PowerHaul diesel locomotives had been delivered to the port of Hanko in Finland for use by the local arm of Estonian state-owned operator Operail. The 1 524 mm gauge locomotives are being ...

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    Comment: Getting back on track

    2020-06-24T09:03:00Z

    An essential first step will be to overcome the perception that public transport is dangerous, and emphasise that the risks can be managed. As well as putting the appropriate processes in place, it is vital to get the messaging right, and that needs to start now.

  • The Department for Transport launched the Restoring Your Railway Fund in January to support the development of proposals to reopen closed railway lines and stations.
    Rail Business UK

    Restoring Your Railway Fund could provide a toolkit for town transformation

    2020-06-23T12:55:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport launched the Restoring Your Railway Fund in January to support the development of proposals to reopen closed railway lines and stations. The introduction of this new stream of funding for the rail ...

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    Study finds uncertainties in rail to bus conversion

    2020-06-23T06:00:00Z

    Source: Lokaltog DENMARK: Conversion of the Østbanen local railway in eastern Sjælland into a busway could be a viable alternative to renewing the life-expired rail infrastructure, a study has suggested. The infrastructure rail renewals which are required are expected to take 2½ years and cost ...

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    How the rail sector fought Covid-19

    2020-06-18T09:33:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways’ coronavirus task force has published its third document on the sector’s response to the crisis, focusing on how the rail industry fought Covid-19 during lockdown periods and looking at the mitigation measures put in place to stop the spread of ...

  • The Department for Transport’s disqualification of non-compliant bids for the East Midlands, South Eastern and West Coast Partnership franchises was lawful, Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said when handing down judgment in the High Court on June 17.
    Rail Business UK

    Disqualification of non-compliant franchise bids was lawful, High Court finds

    2020-06-17T15:24:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport’s disqualification of non-compliant bids for the East Midlands, South Eastern and West Coast Partnership franchises was lawful, Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said when handing down judgment in the High Court on June 17. In April 2019 the then Secretary of State for ...

  • Great Western Railway has applied artwork in the form of painted face coverings to one of its Hitachi Intercity Express Trains.
    Rail Business UK

    Face coverings now mandatory on trains in England

    2020-06-15T11:50:00Z

    UK: It became mandatory for public transport passengers in England to cover their nose and mouth on June 15. Government advice remains to avoid public transport where possible, however mandating the use of face coverings is intended to help prevent infected people from spreading coronavirus as ...

  • Regional services on rural lines are to be operated under the TER PROXI brand. (Photo: Christophe Masse)
    News

    Co-operative group seeks to launch Lyon – Bordeaux open access service from 2022

    2020-06-12T05:30:00Z

    FRANCE: Nascent open access operator Railcoop lodged a formal application with the Autorité de Régulation des Transports on June 9 to launch a Bordeaux – Lyon inter-city service using the conventional route via Périgueux and Montluçon. Photo: Christophe Masse A direct Lyon - Bordeaux service could ...

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    Coronavirus crisis offers lessons for rail freight policy

    2020-06-11T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association says lessons about the key success factors for rail freight can be learned from the significant improvement in performance which has occurred as a direct consequence of the drastic reduction in passenger traffic during the coronavirus pandemic. Shippers have long ...

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    Reliability focus and capital investment in NJ Transit strategic plan

    2020-06-10T16:51:00Z

    USA: Reconstruction of Hoboken Terminal to improve flood resilience and a trial of battery-electric trains are among the rail projects identified in the NJT2030 10-year strategic plan unveiled by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and NJ Transit President & CEO Kevin Corbett on June 8.

  • Plans to relaunch the rail freight business are now being finalised in preparation for formal presentation to the government by the end of this month.
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    Alliance targets doubling of freight market share

    2020-06-09T12:13:00Z

    FRANCE: Plans to relaunch the rail freight business are now being finalised in preparation for formal presentation to the government by the end of this month. Drawn up by the Fret Ferroviaire Français du Futur alliance (4F), the proposals aim to double rail’s share of the freight ...

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    European coalition to improve international rail travel

    2020-06-09T09:58:00Z

    EUROPE: A willingness to co-operate to increase rail’s share of the international passenger market is a set out in political statement signed by a ‘coalition of the willing’ comprising all EU member states except Croatia, Estonia, Cyprus and Malta (the latter two having no railways) and including ...

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    Associations emphasise importance of public transport in tackling climate change

    2020-06-04T14:06:00Z

    EUROPE: The International Union of Railways, International Association of Public Transport and European railway suppliers’ association UNIFE have called for ‘a new sense of urgency’ in developing a more sustainable transport mix, arguing that decision makers need to look beyond the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath and not forget that ‘the rising danger’ of climate change ‘has not stopped during the crisis’.

  • Transport for the North’s members have called for sustained investment in the region’s rail network and a commitment to ‘quick wins’ as well as high speed links
    Rail Business UK

    Focus on ‘five Cs’ to maximise potential of rail investment, says Transport for the North

    2020-06-03T08:56:00Z

    UK: Transport for the North’s members have called for sustained investment in the region’s rail network and a commitment to ‘quick wins’ as well as high speed links in evidence submitted to the National Infrastructure Commission to support its development of an Integrated Rail Plan. ...

  • 'A boost for rail travel and clean mobility in our cities and regions’ is included in the proposals for a major post-coronavirus recovery plan set out by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
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    Boost for rail travel and clean mobility in EU recovery plan

    2020-05-29T08:46:00Z

    EUROPE: ‘A boost for rail travel and clean mobility in our cities and regions’ is included in the proposals for a major post-coronavirus recovery plan for the European Union set out by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on May 27. This includes changes to ...

  • Border facilities have been commissioned at Chernyshevskoye in Kaliningrad.
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    Joint call to facilitate cross-border rail freight

    2020-05-20T05:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The World Customs Organization, the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail and the Organisation for Co-operation Between Railways have jointly called for better co-ordination between customs administrations, transport authorities and the rail sector to facilitate the operation of cross-border supply chains and help mitigate ...

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    Turkish government designates PSO services

    2020-05-19T07:00:00Z

    TURKEY: The government has designated 61 routes or service groups as eligible for Public Service Obligation support, under an amendment to Clause 8 of the railway liberalisation legislation which came into force in May 2013. A presidential decree which took effect on April 8 amended the ...

  • The government’s message is still to avoid using public transport if at all possible (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Franchising faces an uncertain future as ‘the clock is ticking’ on emergency agreement

    2020-05-15T07:00:00Z

    UK: The only certainty in the UK rail sector at the moment is that the future is uncertain, particularly as the government’s long-term message is still to avoid using public transport if at all possible, whilst encouraging people to return to work. The Department for Transport’s Emergency ...