All Policy articles – Page 15

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    DB to order more high speed trains as government cuts VAT on fares


    Photo: DB AG/Georg Wagner GERMANY: Rail spending is to be increased significantly as part of a €54bn package of measures to mitigate the effects of climate change, which was announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel on September 20. In order to reduce the environmental impact of ...

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    DB rejects Audit Office claims


    Photo: DB AG/Volker Emersleben GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has strongly rejected concerns raised by the Federal Audit Office that it had failed to manage federal funds effectively and that its finances were in disarray. Reports published by press agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur and subsequently in national media ...

  • The Phnom Penh – Pursat section of Cambodia's northern main line was reopened on July 4 (Photo: Ministry of Public Works & Transport).

    Cambodia Freight Forwarders call for rail improvements


    CAMBODIA: The rail network is not yet working well for freight shippers despite recent improvements, a trade body told the 17th ASEAN Ports Shipping Conference in Phnom Penh. Moving containers on the 266 km metre-gauge route from the capital and business hub Phnom Penh ...

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    Rovana Plumb nominated as European Commissioner for Transport


    EUROPE: Rovana Plumb was nominated as European Commissioner for Transport by Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on September 10. Plumb is a Social Democratic Party (PSD) member of the Romanian and European parliaments. She has almost two decades of experience in politics, serving as Romania’s ...

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    Ukrainian railway reform legislation introduced


    UKRAINE: Bills for the reform of the railway and inland waterway sectors were introduced to parliament on September 6. The proposed changes follow on from Ukraine’s 2017 Association Agreement with the European Union. ‘These bills present a European model for the rail and inland waterway market’, ...

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    US$5bn ‘Chile On Rails’ strategy unveiled


    Chile on Rails CHILE: President Sebastian Piñera has announced an ambitious US$5bn ‘Chile On Rails’ strategy which includes 25 investment projects covering 1 000 km of railway. The aim is to triple ridership to 150 million passengers/year by 2027, double freight to more ...

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    Northland line renovation funded


    NEW ZEALAND: The government has approved the first NZ$94·8m tranche of an expected NZ$300m from the Provincial Growth Fund to fund renovation and upgrading works on KiwiRail’s 181 km North Auckland Line between Swanson and Whangarei. Speaking in Helensville on September 5, Regional Economic Development Minister ...

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    Swiss Combi buys stake in SBB Cargo


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Combi AG, a joint venture formed of four road transport and logistics companies in the private sector, has bought a 35% stake in SBB Cargo AG for an undisclosed sum.

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    Rail Business UK

    ​HS2 benefits ‘substantially undervalued’ amid rising costs


    UK: The Chairman of High Speed 2 Ltd Allan Cook believes that ‘the benefits of the current scheme are substantially undervalued’, according to a ‘stocktake report’ presented to the House of Commons by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on September 3. Updating Parliament on ...

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    ČD fined for anti-competitive bidding


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator ČD has been fined KC274·8m after anti-monopoly office ÚOHS ruled that it had abused its dominant position in an effort to prevent competitors entering the passenger market. ÚOHS found that ČD had violated Czech and EU competition laws by submitting artificially low ...

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    Rail Business UK

    LNER to pilot UK rail ticketing reform


    UK: East Coast Main Line operator LNER is to pilot proposed reforms to Great Britain’s fares system from January 2 2020, with tickets going on sale from November 29. Announcing the trial on August 29, the Department for Transport said its aim was to ‘significantly boost ...

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    ERFA Secretary General appointed at an ‘exciting moment’


    EUROPE: Conor Feighan became Secretary General of the European Rail Freight Association on August 26, succeeding Acting Secretary General Carole Coune. Feighan has joined ERFA from the FEPORT association which represents terminal operators and private port companies. He has had previous roles at the European Parliament and the European ...

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

    Red Férrea de Atlántico operational support contract awarded


    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 ...

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    Estonia plans rail electrification to meet 2030 climate goals


    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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    BLS and SBB agree to share long-distance concession


    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. ...

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    Rail Business UK

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


    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.

    Tender favours state incumbent, new entrants’ group claims


    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


    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 ...

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    Brenner rolling motorway to be expanded to reduce impact of lorry traffic


    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


    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 ...