All Policy articles – Page 2

  • DB and SNCF high speed trains at Paris Est.
    In depth

    NGOs propose five policies for climate-friendly European rail renaissance

    2020-09-18T08:54:00Z

    A group of European climate NGOs has proposed five policies to encourage modal shift to rail in support of EU greenhouse gas reduction targets. Lena Donat, Policy Advisor Low-Carbon Mobility at development and environment organisation Germanwatch, explains what is needed

  • BLS train
    News

    BLS CEO steps down after Federal Audit Office finds flaws in accounting processes

    2020-09-04T14:17:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The country’s second largest railway has an overly complex accounting process which needs improvement, according to an investigation of flawed reporting for public funding by BLS which was published by the Federal Audit Office on September 3. Following the publication of the report, BLS announced ...

  • Transdev operates the Guingamp - Paimpol branch line as a subcontractor to SNCF.
    News

    Rail receives €4·7bn in French recovery spending package

    2020-09-03T15:45:00Z

    Photo: Christophe Masse FRANCE: The government announced on September 3 its intention to provide a financial support package for the rail sector worth €4·7bn as part of a post-pandemic recovery plan. Transport Secretary Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said that the funding package, which forms part of ...

  • The Greenbrier Companies factory
    News

    Freight RAILCAR bill aims to support US wagon industry

    2020-09-03T13:11:00Z

    USA: The Railway Supply Institute which represents more than 200 companies has welcomed the bipartisan introduction to the House of Representatives of the Freight Rail Assistance Investment to Launch Coronavirus-era Activity Recovery Act, which would offer a time-limited 50% tax credit for purchasing ...

  • DB Cargo train (Photo: DB).
    News

    Covid-19 aid package unfair, say independent operators

    2020-09-02T12:44:00Z

    GERMANY: Financial aid earmarked for national operator Deutsche Bahn in the form of a €5bn equity increase as compensation for the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic constitutes unfair state aid under European Union law, according to Netzwerk Europäischer Eisenbahnen, an association of around 60 independent rail freight ...

  • li government building Markus Baumeler, Pixabay)
    News

    Voters reject Liechtenstein S-Bahn proposal

    2020-09-01T11:34:00Z

    LIECHTENSTEIN: Plans for a cross-border S-Bahn service linking Austria and Switzerland through the principality were rejected by 62·3% of voters in a referendum held on August 30. A letter of intent to go ahead with the long-planned project had been signed by Liechtenstein’s Deputy Prime Minister ...

  • Shift2Rail has published its 2018 call for proposals.
    News

    European Rail Partnership to succeed Shift2Rail

    2020-08-19T09:57:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has invited expressions of interest in becoming founding members of a new European Partnership on Rail Research & Innovation, which is being put forward as a successor to the current Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.

  • Berlin S-Bahn (Photo: DB AG/Hans-Joachim Krumnow).
    Urban news

    Berlin S-Bahn tenders invited

    2020-08-13T08:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg has launched the competitive tendering process for the remaining two portions of the 331 route-km Berlin S-Bahn network, covering the North-South and east-west Stadtbahn service groups.

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    News

    Hauts-de-France tenders regional services

    2020-08-06T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Following a year of consultation over the competitive tendering of up to 10 groups of local rail services, the Hauts-de-France regional council formally invited expressions of interest on July 30 for three nine-year public service contracts to operate routes in Nord-Pas de Calais and Picardie.

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    News

    ILSA-Trenitalia aims to launch Spanish high speed service from March 2022

    2020-08-04T13:21:00Z

    Photo: Christophe Masse Trenitalia is planning to launch high speed services in both France and Spain; some testing of its Frecciarossa 1000 trainsets has already been undertaken in France. SPAIN: The ILSA-Trenitalia joint venture has pinpointed March 1 2022 as the start date for its ...

  • tn_fr-TER-Alsace-Molsheim-StDié
    News

    Grand Est seeks Alsace branch concessionaire

    2020-08-03T14:39:00Z

    FRANCE: Passenger trains on the Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Épinal line are expected to resume running in 2025 under plans unveiled by the Grand Est regional authority on July 29.

  • Alstom Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-unit.
    News

    Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier Transportation cleared by European Commission

    2020-07-31T14:41:00Z

    INDUSTRY: Alstom’s proposed acquisition of Bombardier Transportation was approved by the European Commission on July 31, subject to full compliance with a number of commitments offered by Alstom. ‘Thanks to the comprehensive remedies offered to solve the competition concerns in the areas of very high speed, ...

  • Southeastern train with a 'face covering' artwork
    Rail Business UK

    ONS reclassifies Train Operating Companies as public non-financial corporations

    2020-07-31T11:58:00Z

    UK: Train Operating Companies which are operating under Emergency Measures Agreements with the UK and Scottish governments have been reclassified as public non-financial corporations, the Office for National Statistics announced on July 31. The reclassification, which is backdated to April 1, is a statistical matter which ...

  • The Flirt Akku is a version of Stadler's Flirt family of electric multiple-units which is equipped with a battery to permit operation on non-electrified or partly-electrified routes.
    News

    Batteries beat hydrogen on cost and efficiency, VDE study shows

    2020-07-28T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A study of climate-neutral traction technology by VDE, the Association for Electrical, Electronic Information Technologies, has concluded that over a 30-year life-cycle battery-powered multiple-units are substantially cheaper and more efficient than those powered by hydrogen. The study published on July 21 concludes that ...

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    News

    Grand Est to pilot revitalisation of France’s rural branch lines

    2020-07-22T12:02:00Z

    FRANCE: The Grand Est region has invited tenders for a 22-year concession to rehabilitate, operate and maintain the Nancy – Mirecourt – Vittel – Contrexéville line in Lorraine.

  • fr-ter-pays-de-la-loire-regiolis-nantes
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    Pays de la Loire launches regional rail and tram-train tenders

    2020-07-21T10:59:00Z

    FRANCE: Operation of the Nantes – Châteaubriant tram-train route and regional rail services in western France is to be competitively tendered, the Pays de la Loire regional government confirmed on July 17.

  • Rail Baltica.
    News

    ‘Very strong emphasis’ on rail as EU allocates €2·2bn for 140 transport projects

    2020-07-17T13:38:00Z

    Rail Baltica. EUROPE: The European Commission said there was a ‘very strong emphasis’ on rail in the list of 140 transport projects which are to receive almost €2·2bn of Connecting Europe Facility grants announced on July 16. A total of 55 rail infrastructure projects on ...

  • eu-cer-green-mobility-strategy
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    CER blueprint to increase rail’s role under EU Green Deal

    2020-07-15T09:07:00Z

    EUROPE: A clear timescale for the decarbonisation of European transport and a greater role for rail are the key objectives of a ‘green mobility blueprint’ put forward by the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies.

  • RDC’s twice-weekly Alpen-Sylt Nachtexpress launched on July 4
    News

    Independent operators raise night train competition concerns

    2020-07-13T15:16:00Z

    EUROPE: Private open access operators RegioJet and RDC have seen higher than expected demand for the overnight services they launched this month, and Snälltåget has set out plans for expansion. However, the ALLRAIL association of independent passenger operators has expressed concern that incumbent state railways may come ...

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    News

    Western Australia rail investment targets agriculture sector

    2020-07-10T07:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A package of infrastructure enhancements has been put forward by the Western Australia state government in a bid to attract more agricultural traffic onto rail.