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    Ukrainian standard gauge railway plan


    UKRAINE: Announcing a range of infrastructure and regulatory measures to more closely integrate Ukraine with EU transport networks, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Ukraine would begin phased construction of railway tracks to European standards. This would start with hubs and large cities, and then gradually expand ...

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    France: Newcomers still face market entry hurdles


    With France’s passenger market finally open to competition, areport from regulatory body ART finds that various barriers still hinder access for new entrants. Jérémie Anne asks ART President Bernard Roman what lessons have been learnt and what lies ahead.

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    Australian government’s plans are positive for the rail industry, says ARA


    AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Railway Association says the newly-elected federal government ‘is likely to be positive for the Australian rail industry’, given commitments which were announced in the lead-up to the election. The incoming Labor government’s National Rail Manufacturing Plan and National Reconstruction Fund would support ...

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    Japan: Facing a rural railway conundrum


    Population decline, urban migration, rising car ownership and better local roads mean that traffic on many of Japan’s rural railways is falling. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism is addressing the issue and an action plan is to be drawn up by July. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Programme seeks to identify US inter-city passenger expansion opportunities


    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has launched a Corridor Identification & Development programme to identify routes where inter-city passenger rail services could be introduced or expanded.

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    Government sets out ambitions to make rail South Africa’s ‘transport backbone’


    SOUTH AFRICA: A White Paper on National Rail Policy has set out the Department of Transport’s ambitions to make rail the backbone of the transport network by 2050.

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    Sustainable development priority in FS Group’s €190bn 10-year business plan


    ITALY: New organisational and governance structures and a focus on sustainability are the centrepieces of a €190bn business plan for 2022-31 unveiled by national railway FS Group.

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    Four companies launch Spanish passenger operators’ association


    SPAIN: Independent high speed operator Iryo, regional railways FGC and Euskotren, and national incumbent RENFE have joined forces to launch a national association of passenger train operators.

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    STB seeks to tackle US rail freight performance issues


    USA: Federal regulator the Surface Transportation Board is to require Class I railways to submit reports on their operations, performance and employment in an effort to address the problems reported by agricultural, energy and other shippers. It follows a recent public hearing involving government officials, unions ...

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    São Paulo plans rail revival


    BRAZIL: The São Paulo state government has drawn up a Strategic Railway Plan which aims to revitalise much of the network of underused or moribund lines that have been left to decay in many parts of the state. The plan has been developed by the Logistics ...

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    Cape Town to study commuter rail devolution


    SOUTH AFRICA: Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana has authorised the city of Cape Town to undertake a detailed feasibility study for the potential devolution of control of suburban rail services from the national government. ‘This is a big deal, because up until now, the national government ...

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    Strikes will not undermine industry reform programme, says Hendy


    UK: The industry will not back away from its modernisation and cost reduction drive despite the threat of strike action this summer, Network Rail Chair Sir Peter Hendy told the Railway Industry Association Innovation Conference in Nottingham on April 27. More than 40 000 RMT members ...

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    Williams sees ‘vast opportunities’ for the private sector under Great British Railways


    UK: There will be ‘vast opportunities’ for the private sector to shape the rail sector as the development of Great British Railways gathers pace, Keith Williams, author of the Williams-Shapps Review into rail reform, told the Railway Industry Association’s Innovation Conference. GBR is being established ‘as ...

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    USA: Pueblo test centre comes under new management


    With management of the vast TTC railway centre in Pueblo, Colorado, transferring from TTCI to ENSCO this year, future director of operations Ron Lang spoke to railway companies to dispel speculation about what the change means for the industry.

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    DB warned over market abuse in digital mobility platforms


    GERMANY: The Federal Monopolies Commission has reached a preliminary conclusion that Deutsche Bahn has committed ‘an abuse of market power’ in relation to digital mobility platforms designed to offer passengers integrated route planning and ticket purchasing. Announcing this on April 20, the Commission said that it ...

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    Interview: Iryo targets a 30% share


    Ahead of the launch of its Iryo-branded high speed service in Spain later this year, we ask ILSA Chief Executive Simone Gorini to outline his vision for the Trenitalia-backed entrant to the high speed market.

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    SmartRail Europe brings industry leaders to Roma


    ITALY: Industry leaders will gather at SmartRail Europe in Roma in June to learn about the latest innovations and challenges facing the rail sector across the continent.

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    Two options to develop wagonload freight


    SWITZERLAND: Two options to determine the future of the wagonload freight business are to be analysed further with a view to the government setting the direction of future policy later this year. Rail currently handles about 25% of all freight traffic in Switzerland, but it has ...

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    Cybersecurity: Intrusion detection to protect the digital railway

    2022-04-14T08:00:00Z Author Swantje Weiss Siemens Mobility

    Increasing reliance on digital technologies has made railways more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Intrusion Detection Systems can help to protect new and existing infrastructure and ensure availability.

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    EU accelerates funding for military transport projects


    EUROPE: The European Commission has brought forward the awarding of EU grants to co-fund projects to support military mobility, explaining that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has increased the urgency of making Europe’s transport infrastructure fit for dual civilian and defence use. The first Military Mobility ...