All Policy articles – Page 4

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    SGR operating contract to be terminated

    2021-03-15T12:15:00Z

    KENYA: The government has given notice that it intend to transfer control of operations on the country’s standard-gauge railway to Kenya Railway Corp from May 2022.

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    AAR proposes transport decarbonisation initiatives

    2021-03-11T06:00:00Z

    USA: The Association of American Railroads has outlined a series of policy proposals aimed at leveraging the improved environmental performance of rail freight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, ‘safely and effectively combatting climate change’.

  • German freight yard (Photo: DB).
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    Improving access to rail to get freight off the roads

    2021-03-04T08:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A package of measures to improve access to the rail network and incentivise companies to switch freight from lorries to more environmentally-friendly trains has come into effect this month. The initiative is designed to support the Ministry of Transport Digital Infrastructure’s aim ...

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    Grand Est concession attracts ‘good response’

    2021-03-01T09:39:00Z

    FRANCE: ‘Between four and 10’ companies or consortia have prequalified for a concession to operate a group of branch lines in the Grand Est region, according to the region’s Vice-President responsible for Transport David Valence.

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    Lithuania and Poland told to comply with EU railway rules

    2021-02-25T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission is undertaking infringement procedures against Lithuania and Poland regarding compliance with two directives affecting railway matters. On February 18 the Commission sent Lithuania a letter of formal notice regarding the incorrect transposition and implementation of the single European railway area rules ...

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    Saudi Arabia approves merger of railway companies

    2021-02-19T13:49:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: The merger of Saudi Railways Organization and Saudi Railways Company has been formally approved. The combined entity will be responsible for all inter-city railways in the country, and will use the Saudi Railways Company name, abbreviated SAR. The merger and associated legislative ...

  • The CAF-led Momentum Trains consortium is supplying a 117-car fleet of diesel trainsets to replace the XPTs, Xplorer and Endeavour DMUs.
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    Three step plan to improve Australian rail services

    2021-02-16T17:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Australian Railway Association has published a report commissioned from Arup which sets out a three-step plan to provide faster, more reliable and more frequent rail services through upgrades to the existing network and the creation of dedicated fast lines. ...

  • The Inclusive Passenger Experience centre would focus on topics such as inclusive design, digital connectivity, future passenger preferences, and demand and performance metrics
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    Passenger Experience and Economics, Policy & Operations rail research centres planned

    2021-02-15T09:00:00Z

    UK: The UK Rail Research Innovation Network has called on academic institutions to express interest in establishing two centres of excellence. The Inclusive Passenger Experience centre would focus on topics such as inclusive design, digital connectivity, future passenger preferences, and demand and performance ...

  • The European Rail Freight Association has welcomed reductions in track access charges in France (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    ERFA calls for reduction in freight access charges to help meet EU targets

    2021-02-12T11:37:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association has welcomed reductions in track access charges in Austria, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and called for further waiving or reductions of charges in other EU member states. ERFA said it was ‘of utmost importance that ambitious measures ...

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    Wales & Borders rail franchise taken into public ownership

    2021-02-08T09:22:00Z

    UK: The Welsh Government took Wales & Borders passenger services into public ownership on February 7, insisting that the move which had been announced in October would provide longer-term financial stability to ‘protect services, safeguard jobs and deliver infrastructure improvements in light of the ongoing challenges of coronavirus.’

  • A train carrying SNCC management and other guests reached Dilolo on August 11.
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    African Rail Industry Association says reform and regulatory stability will unlock economic growth

    2021-02-04T14:42:00Z

    A 422 km section of the former Benguela Railway in northwestern DR Congo was reactivated in 2016 following extensive refurbishment. AFRICA: The independent RailRoad Association of South Africa has rebranded itself as the African Rail Industry Association, positioning itself to play a greater role in revitalising ...

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    Franchise termination negotiations run on past deadline

    2021-02-03T18:09:00Z

    UK: Negotiations over the termination of passenger franchise contracts are proving difficult, with some payments yet to be agreed and direct awards still being discussed.

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    Buttigieg confirmed as Secretary of Transportation

    2021-02-03T10:19:00Z

    USA: Former Democratic presidential contender and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, was confirmed as federal Secretary of Transportation by an 86:13 vote in the Senate on February 2.

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    DFC concessions proposed to raise infrastructure funding

    2021-02-01T15:10:00Z

    INDIA: Plans to outsource the operation and maintenance of the Dedicated Freight Corridors were unveiled as part of the national budget for the 2021-22 financial year, which was presented to parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1.

  • ALLRAIL said Eurostar’s original Class 373 trainsets dating from the early 1990s could be made available to competitors rather than scrapped.
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    Call for Eurostar trains to be made available to support on-rail competition

    2021-01-27T09:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The ALLRAIL association of new entrants to the rail market has said any government support which might be offered to Eurostar during the coronavirus pandemic should be accompanied by conditions designed to facilitate cross-Channel competition.

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    iLint hydrogen project wins European Railway Award

    2021-01-26T10:46:00Z

    EUROPE: Germany’s iLint initiative to put hydrogen fuel cell trains into commercial operation on regional lines in Niedersachsen was named as winner of the 14th European Railway Award during a virtual ceremony on January 25, hosted from Brussels by industry associations UNIFE and CER. According to ...

  • Eight railway industry associations have jointly set out their three most important requests from politicians ahead of the federal election to be held in September this year (Photo: DB/C Bedeschinski).
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    Digitalisation, infrastructure and modal shift on the German industry’s wish list

    2021-01-26T09:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Eight railway industry associations have jointly set out their three most important requests from politicians ahead of the federal election to be held in September this year. The three requests are to expand railway infrastructure to support a Deutschlandtakt national regular-interval timetable; to ...

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    France pauses tendering of TET inter-city routes

    2021-01-18T13:50:00Z

    FRANCE: Government plans to let concessions to operate the 10 conventional inter-city services for which it remains responsible have been put on hold pending a review of the tendering conditions.

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    Rs38tr investment envisaged in National Rail Plan

    2021-01-11T14:25:00Z

    INDIA: The Ministry of Railways has begun consultation on its National Rail Plan, intended to shape the evolution of Indian Railways up to 2050.

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    Vale agrees concession extensions in ‘biggest step in railway history’

    2021-01-04T14:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Mining company Vale has agreed terms with the government to extend its concessions to operate the Estrado de Ferro Carajás and Estrado de Ferro Vitória a Minas by 30 years.