All Policy articles – Page 10

  • The 876 route-km network linking Bogota, Belencito, La Dorada and Chiriguná reopened last year after eight years of disuse.
    News

    Red Férrea de Atlántico operational support contract awarded

    2019-08-23T11:00:00Z

    COLOMBIA: National infrastructure authority ANI has awarded Spanish engineering and technology consultancy Airtificial a €1·5m contract to optimise operations on the Red Férrea de Atlántico. The contract covers operations on the 876 route-km linking Bogota, Belencito, La Dorada and Chiriguná. These 914 mm gauge lines had been out ...

  • Estonia is developing a rail electrification strategy to help meet its 2030 climate goals.
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    Estonia plans rail electrification to meet 2030 climate goals

    2019-08-23T07:00:00Z

    ESTONIA: The Ministry of Economic Affairs Communications and the Ministry of the Environment are preparing a railway electrification strategy after receiving cabinet backing for the development of proposals. The government envisages that electrification works could be undertaken in 2022-28, supporting the aim of reducing ...

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    News

    BLS and SBB agree to share long-distance concession

    2019-08-22T10:38:04Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways and BLS AG have reached ‘an amicable solution’ to share the operation of long-distance services, the Federal Ministry of Environment, Transport, Energy & Communication announced on August 22. This will enable BLS to re-enter the long-distance passenger market with effect from the December 2019 timetable change. ...

  • The terms of reference and timeline for an independently-led government review of whether and how to proceed with the High Speed 2 project have been published.
    Rail Business UK

    Review to consider whether and how to proceed with High Speed 2

    2019-08-21T11:14:35Z

    UK: The terms of reference and timeline for an independently-led government review of whether and how to proceed with the High Speed 2 project were published by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on August 21. The ‘independent, thorough and objective’ review is to be chaired by Douglas ...

  • ALLRAIL has expressed concerned about tender for the operation of passenger services on the Žilina – Rajec line.
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    Tender favours state incumbent, new entrants’ group claims

    2019-08-20T08:38:04Z

    SLOVAKIA: The ALLRAIL group of new entrants to the rail market has expressed concerned about tender for the operation of passenger services on the Žilina – Rajec line, saying it believes that the process favours state incumbent ZSSK and ‘it seems that real competition is not wanted’. The tender ...

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    SBB and ÖBB to strengthen overnight services

    2019-08-19T15:08:57Z

    EUROPE: Citing a significant increase in demand for international passenger services during the first half of 2019, Swiss Federal Railways announced on August 19 that it intended to strengthen its long-term co-operation with Austria’s ÖBB and expand the provision of both daytime and overnight trains. Suggesting that increased awareness ...

  • Rolling motorway services are to be massively expanded in a bid to switch more traffic from road to rail on the Brenner corridor (Photo: ÖBB).
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    Brenner rolling motorway to be expanded to reduce impact of lorry traffic

    2019-08-16T07:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Rolling motorway services are to be massively expanded in a bid to switch more traffic from road to rail on the Brenner corridor. Under plans agreed at a high-level meeting of officials in Innsbruck on August 9, operator ÖBB will step up the number of rolling motorway ...

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    Rail Business UK

    First Trenitalia awarded West Coast Partnership

    2019-08-14T08:39:00Z

    UK: The consortium of FirstGroup (70%) and Trenitalia (30%) has been selected for the West Coast Partnership franchise to operate intercity services on the West Coast Main Line and the first phase of High Speed 2, the Department for Transport announced on August 14. Final award is ...

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    Rail Business UK

    South Eastern franchise competition cancelled pending Rail Review

    2019-08-07T11:18:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport terminated the competition for the next South Eastern franchise on August 7, saying it had ‘significant concerns’ that continuing with the process ‘would lead to additional costs incurred to the taxpayer, with no certainty that this would deliver envisaged benefits for passengers ...

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    Editorial Comment

    Comment: Jumping on the night train

    2019-08-05T07:00:00Z

    After years of decline, overnight trains in Europe could be on the cusp of a renaissance. Rail is increasingly being hailed as a sustainable alternative to short-haul flying, encouraged in part by the flygskam (flight shaming) movement that originated in Sweden, and bolstered by the success ...

  • The Monopolies Commission report on rail competition was presented to State Secretary Michael Güntner at the federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure on July 25.
    News

    Monopolies Commission urges more competition on German network

    2019-07-31T12:57:20Z

    GERMANY: Further separation of infrastructure provider DB Netz from the Deutsche Bahn group is amongst a raft of measures recommended by the Monopolies Commission to enhance quality and competition on the rail network. In its seventh report, published on July 25, the Commission highlights the need for better service ...

  • Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North which manages the Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises.
    Rail Business UK

    Nine recommendations for rail in northern England

    2019-07-31T09:00:00Z

    Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North which manages the Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises. UK: Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership ...

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    News

    Legal row over track safety rule change

    2019-07-31T08:32:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel said on July 30 that it had been forced to defend itself and changes in its maintenance policy in a case brought before the Brussels Francophone Business Court by freight operator Lineas. Services run by Lineas and other operators had been affected by ...

  • The European Commission is to refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to comply with rules regarding the certification of train drivers.
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    Austria referred to court over driver certification

    2019-07-30T07:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The European Commission announced on July 25 that it would refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to comply with rules regarding the certification of train drivers. At present, the licensing of train drivers in Austria is managed by SCHIG, the public railway ...

  • Repair and renewal of ageing bridges is a major priority for DB's next infrastructure spending programme. (Photo: DB AG/Jochen Schmidt)
    News

    Government plans €86bn spend to renew German network

    2019-07-29T10:29:33Z

    GERMANY: A 54% increase in spending on infrastructure renewals will see €86bn invested in the national rail network over the next decade, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer announced on July 26. Unveiling a 10-year plan for 2020-29 which he described as ‘the biggest railway modernisation programme’ in Germany's history, Scheuer ...

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    News

    Hauts-de-France keen to reopen Abbeville – Le Tréport

    2019-07-29T10:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Plans are in hand to run competitively tendered passenger services over the Abbeville – Le Tréport line in northern France that was closed in May 2018. In a corrigendum published on July 19 to an April notice in the Official Journal of the European Union the region ...

  • Rail haulage of Viterra grain traffic on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula finished at the end of May. (Photo: John Kirk)  Map: Railway Directory
    News

    Eyre grain lines are not closed, insists GWA

    2019-07-26T15:30:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Unequal treatment of road and rail was a major factor behind the decision to suspend services on the 1 067 mm gauge network in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, according to operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia. The 700 km network was mothballed at the end of May after GWA’s only ...

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    News

    New lines go ahead as FS infrastructure spending approved

    2019-07-25T16:11:33Z

    ITALY: A €28bn package of funding for FS Group infrastructure spending was formally approved by the government’s Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning on July 24, the state railway group has confirmed. CIPE has also approved updates to the programme contracts between the Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport and the ...

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    News

    Minimum access rights include station platforms, court rules

    2019-07-25T08:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The use of station platforms is included within the ‘minimum access package’ which EU Directive 2012/34 requires infrastructure managers to make available to all train operators, the European Court of Justice has ruled. This means that charges for the use of platforms must not exceed the cost that ...

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    News

    Norfolk Southern starts TOP 21 roll-out

    2019-07-24T12:31:00Z

    USA: Norfolk Southern has successfully rolled out the first phase of its Thoroughbred Operating Plan 21, covering its wagonload and automotive traffic, the railway confirmed on July 22. Mirroring the principles of the Precision Scheduled Railroading concept adopted by other Class Is, TOP21 is designed to improve system velocity ...