All Policy articles – Page 10

  • CP leases DMUs from RENFE for use on routes including Porto - Vigo.
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    CP and EMEF to merge ahead of market opening

    2019-07-03T15:31:26Z

    PORTUGAL: The government has approved a €45m capital investment programme for both national operator CP and rolling stock maintenance business EMEF. To be funded from the state budget, the 2019-22 plan approved on June 27 has two parts. The first covers investment of €9m in 2019, primarily to enable ...

  • Minister of Transport & Communications Sanna Marin has suspended plans to call tenders for the operation of regional passenger services in southern Finland.
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    Finnish passenger tendering plan put on hold

    2019-07-03T13:13:41Z

    FINLAND: Recently-appointed Minister of Transport & Communications Sanna Marin has suspended plans to call tenders for the operation of regional passenger services in southern Finland. On June 27 the ministry said that the preparatory process had shown that it would not be possible to proceed as planned. A fair and ...

  • RENFE already uses its S100 trains on cross-border services between France and Spain.
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    RENFE seeks to take on the TGV

    2019-07-01T16:21:12Z

    FRANCE: On July 1, RENFE Operadora confirmed its intention to enter the French high speed passenger market, saying it had lodged the relevant applications with regulator Arafer, safety authority EPSF and infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau. The Spanish national operator would compete with incumbent SNCF on high speed routes initially ...

  • A freight train operated by Rumo passing through Sorocaba in São Paulo state.
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    São Paulo state seeks to relaunch passenger network

    2019-07-01T14:47:00Z

    BRAZIL: A state-wide X-shaped network of passenger services could be reintroduced to the main line network in São Paulo under plans being developed by Governor João Doria. The initial service would link São Paulo with Campinas, a distance of around 100 km. The proposals envisage adapting ...

  • China's Beijing - Shanghai line now hosts the world's fastest scheduled trains. (Photo: Andrew Benton)
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    China out in front with the world’s fastest trains

    2019-07-01T13:30:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: China now has the fastest regular timetabled trains in the world, significantly faster than any other country, according to Railway Gazett e's biennial World Speed Survey , which appears in the July 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine. Compiled by Jeremy Hartill of the Railway Performance Society, ...

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    Switzerland: Competitive stress

    2019-07-01T09:36:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways CEO Andreas Meyer believes that SBB could be forced into a position where it became a residual operator if the federal government were to pursue further its policy of on-rail competition. In an interview with Neue Zürcher Zeitung on May 29, ...

  • Jernbanedirektoratet has announced its preferred option for tendering the operation of passenger services around Oslo and southeast Norway.
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    East Norway passenger operating contract plan announced

    2019-06-27T12:47:59Z

    NORWAY: Railway agency Jernbanedirektoratet has announced its preferred option for tendering the operation of passenger services around Oslo and southeast Norway. This follows a study of eight options for grouping the routes which it undertook on behalf of the Ministry of Transport & Communications. The two operating contracts would be ...

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    Switzerland approves SFr13bn infrastructure investment package

    2019-06-26T10:34:45Z

    SWITZERLAND: The upper house of Parliament ( Ständerat ) voted unanimously on June 21 in favour of a further phase of rail infrastructure expansion to eliminate bottlenecks, allow more frequent services and make stations more accessible. Worth SFr12∙89bn, the investment package known as STEP 2035 ( Strategische Entwicklungsprogramm Bahninfrastruktur ) ...

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    Davenne takes over at UIC

    2019-06-26T09:13:03Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The appointment of François Davenne as Director General of the International Union of Railways was formally confirmed at the UIC General Assembly in Budapest on June 25. Taking over with effect from July 1, he succeeds Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, who has served as UIC Director General since the organisation was ...

  • The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to determine whether the public financing model for the Fehmarn Belt fixed link is aligned with EU state aid rules.
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    Fehmarn Belt link financing investigation opens

    2019-06-21T08:00:00Z

    DENMARK: The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to determine whether the public financing model for the Fehmarn Belt fixed link is aligned with EU state aid rules. Under the intergovernmental agreement between Denmark and Germany, Denmark will be the sole owner and will bear the full risk for ...

  • China Railway Corp has been restructured as China State Railway Group Co.
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    China Railway Corp becomes China State Railway Group Co

    2019-06-19T11:30:57Z

    CHINA: China Railway Corp was officially restructured as China State Railway Group Co on June 18, with China Railway and CR as its official English-language short name and abbreviation. China Railway is a solely state-owned enterprise with registered capital of 1·74tr yuan, established in accordance with company law. Its responsibilities ...

  • There are three FlixTrain services already running in Germany.
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    FlixTrain seeks to enter French passenger market

    2019-06-18T09:05:13Z

    FRANCE: FlixMobility GmbH has lodged an application with rail regulator Arafer to launch five inter-city routes from January 1 2021. The FlixTrain-branded services would cover four domestic routes as well as one international route. The proposed services are seven return trains per day between Paris Nord and Brussels ...

  • The European Union Agency for Railways has taken on responsibility for vehicle authorisation, safety certification and ERTMS trackside system approval.
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    ERA becomes cross-border authorisation body

    2019-06-17T14:44:21Z

    EUROPE: The European Union Agency for Railways has taken on responsibility for vehicle authorisation, safety certification and ERTMS trackside system approval with effect from June 16, opening what it called ‘a new era of single and simplified authorisation and certification processes in Europe’. This forms part of the technical pillar ...

  • SBB Cargo said it regretted the court’s decision.
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    Passengers prevail over freight in capacity allocation dispute

    2019-06-10T09:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The need to provide a minimum level of network capacity for freight operators should not be understood in absolute terms, but instead all relevant interests need to be weighed up, the Federal Administrative Court has ruled in a dispute about train paths. As a result, its says the needs ...

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    Illinois votes to fund rail expansion

    2019-06-07T15:59:04Z

    USA: Dedicated funding for two new inter-city rail services and urban rail expansion is included in a $45bn package of infrastructure investment approved by the Illinois state legislature on May 31. The six-year programme put together by Governor J B Pritzker allocates $33·2bn for transport projects. The majority of this ...

  • ‘The most important stop of the day!’ is the slogan for this year’s International Level Crossing Awareness Day on June 6.
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    Level crossing safety ‘the most important stop of the day’

    2019-06-06T08:53:50Z

    INTERNATIONAL: ‘The most important stop of the day!’ is the slogan for this year’s International Level Crossing Awareness Day on June 6, which is targeting professional drivers of lorries, buses, coaches, farm, industry and emergency vehicles with the message that a brief stop is always preferable to a serious accident ...

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    Competition authority opposes online ticket monopoly

    2019-06-05T10:14:11Z

    SWEDEN: Competition authority Konkurrensverket has called on the government to review the regulations governing the online sale of rail tickets, in order to address the dominant position of the sj.se website run by state-owned incumbent operator SJ AB. Two new entrants – MTR Express and Saga Rail – filed complaints ...

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    Thello bids to run Milano – Paris high speed service

    2019-06-05T08:25:19Z

    FRANCE: Trenitalia subsidiary Thello has notified rail regulator ARAFER of its intention to launch the first open access passenger services on the French high speed network. The regulator announced on June 4 that Thello had requested paths from SNCF Réseau for a twice-daily service between Milano and Paris to start ...

  • The 140 km first phase of LGV Rhin-Rhône opened in December 2011.
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    Borne backs early extension of Rhin-Rhône high speed line

    2019-05-31T13:22:51Z

    FRANCE: Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne has agreed to ‘look again’ at the timescale for completing the second phase of the LGV Rhin-Rhône high speed line, serving Dijon and Mulhouse. LGV Rhin-Rhône opened with the December 2011 timetable change, covering an initial 140 route-km between Auxonne, east of Dijon, and ...

  • ‘We have concerns with the current balance of risk and reward being offered’ by UK passenger rail franchises, warned FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory.
    Rail Business UK

    FirstGroup concerned about UK franchise risk and reward

    2019-05-30T14:19:41Z

    FIRSTGROUP: ‘We have concerns with the current balance of risk and reward being offered’ by UK passenger rail franchises, warned FirstGroup Chief Executive Matthew Gregory when presenting the train and bus operator’s annual results on May 30. Gregory said FirstGroup would await the government’s Williams review of the structure of ...