All Policy articles – Page 6

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    Rail Business UK

    Northern enters public ownership with new Managing Director

    2020-03-04T17:41:00Z

    Speaking to Rail Business UK, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps accepted that whilst some changes would come in immediately, including deep cleaning of all trains and improvements to Sunday timetables, passengers needed to accept that ‘things won’t change overnight’.

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    News

    European passenger corridors needed to boost rail’s market share

    2020-03-03T10:00:00Z

    EUROPE: In a bid to boost rail’s market share for international traffic, the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management has put forward proposals to develop a pan-European network of passenger corridors, similar to those already in place for rail freight.

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    News

    Federal Railroad Administration launches risk-reduction programme

    2020-03-01T06:00:00Z

    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a final rule launching a risk-reduction programme. This requires Class I railways to identify and analyse hazards, and develop and implement an FRA-approved safety plan to eliminate or mitigate the risks. The rule implements a mandate required by the ...

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    News

    Romania ordered to recover €570m of state aid to freight operator

    2020-02-28T14:34:00Z

    ROMANIA: The European Commission has ordered the government to recover €570m of state aid incompatible with EU rules which national freight operator CFR Marfă received through a debt write-off and failure to collect debts. The Commission said rail freight transport in Romania is highly competitive, with ...

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    News

    Spanish infrastructure managers fined for inflated access charges

    2020-02-27T10:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Competition regulator CNMC has fined infrastructure managers ADIF and ADIF Alta Velocidad for imposing excessive access charges. However, under current railway legislation, the maximum fine is just €6 300, which CNMC believes is too low to enable it to perform its duties as a regulator. ...

  • Northern Class 195 DMUs at Manchester Oxford Road (Photo: Tony MIles)
    Rail Business UK

    Northern franchise termination was the only option, says Transport for the North

    2020-02-25T06:00:00Z

    Industry sources have expressed some unease at the decision to terminate Arriva’s franchise rather than agree to its proposals for stabilisation. But termination was the only available option, Transport for the North Strategic Rail Director David Hoggarth tells Rail Business UK’s Tony Miles.

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    News

    Gateway Basel Nord secures next phase funding but faces another legal setback

    2020-02-19T07:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Grand Council of Basel-Stadt voted on February 12 to approve funding for a loan worth SFr115∙53m to enable construction of a new basin forming part of the Gateway Basel Nord trimodal terminal to go ahead. Known as Dock 3, the 330 m long basin ...

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    News

    Illegally-closed cross-border railway reopened

    2020-02-17T15:53:00Z

    EUROPE: The reinstated 19 km railway between Mažeikiai in Lithuania and Rengė in Latvia was officially reopened February 15, when ministers and officials from both countries attended a ceremony to mark the departure of a train carrying oil to Latvia from Orlen’s Lithuanian refinery. ...

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    News

    Record capital expenditure for Indian Railways in 2020-21

    2020-02-06T07:00:00Z

    INDIA: A 17% year-on-year increase in capital expenditure for Indian Railways in 2020-21 was announced when Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman presented the national budget on February 1. The Ministry of Railways said the emphasis would be on continuing capacity enhancement works, and accelerating implementation to ...

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    News

    Rail and air associations to co-operate on ticketing

    2020-02-03T15:05:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways and the International Air Transport Association have signed a memorandum of understanding covering co-operation in standard setting and interoperability, with a focus on data exchange to support intermodal travel. Areas for co-operation include: journey planning; reservations; ...

  • Rail has been allocated a NZ$1·1bn share of a NZ$6·8bn package of transport infrastructure funding.
    News

    New Zealand government announces investment in commuter capacity and freight

    2020-01-31T12:27:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: Rail has been allocated a NZ$1·1bn share of a NZ$6·8bn package of transport infrastructure funding announced by the government on January 29. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said the rail investment was targeted at getting lorries off the roads and improving passenger services, particularly at ...

  • The Northern franchise which is currently held by Arriva will be nationalised on March 1, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed  (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    No immediate changes to follow Northern nationalisation

    2020-01-29T15:35:00Z

    UK: The Northern franchise which is currently held by Arriva will be nationalised on March 1, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed in a widely-anticipated announcement on January 29. This follows severe performance problems. Last year the Secretary of State requested proposals for the ...

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    News

    DB to support Ukrainian rail reform

    2020-01-28T10:29:00Z

    UKRAINE: The Ministry of Infrastructure has signed a memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Bahn covering co-operation in the transport sector and the development of national railway Ukrzaliznytsia.

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    News

    Serbia to invest €3·5bn in rail infrastructure

    2020-01-28T06:00:00Z

    SERBIA: The government has announced planned railway infrastructure spending of €3·5bn as part of the €14bn Serbia 2025 national investment programme. The rail elements include modernisation of the 208 km Valjevo – Vrbnica section of the Beograd – Bar line, and construction of an integrated traffic ...

  • Stadler is to supply custom-designed electric multiple-units for the 891 mm gauge Roslagbanan.
    News

    Stagecoach Group joins new market entrants’ association ALLRAIL

    2020-01-27T08:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Public transport operating group Stagecoach has joined the ALLRAIL association of new entrants to the European rail market. ‘As a major operator of rail services in the UK for over two decades and with significant experience of operating public transport services across Europe, we are ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Williams Review to lead to legislation as franchising ‘not the way forward’

    2020-01-22T12:07:00Z

    UK: Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris confirmed on January 21 that the forthcoming Williams Review into the future structure of the UK rail sector would lead to a white paper outlining reforms to the rail industry structure. Addressing a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons ...

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    News

    Matthä to head CER as Fritzson steps down

    2020-01-22T10:32:00Z

    EUROPE: Austrian Federal Railways’ CEO Andreas Matthä was elected as Acting Chair of the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies at its meeting on January 20.

  • Porterbrook Hydroflex fuel cell multiple-unit
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Think about the total energy needed to move the trains’

    2020-01-21T15:03:00Z

    UK: ‘Think about the total energy needed to move the trains’, was the message Helen Simpson, Innovation Projects Director at leasing company Porterbook, presented to policymakers at a well-attended meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group on January 14. Simpson ...

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    News

    Lying not flying, as Nightjet sleeper train reaches Brussels

    2020-01-20T09:41:00Z

    EUROPE: Under the slogan ‘lying not flying’, Austrian Federal Railways launched its twice-weekly Wien – Brussels Nightjet overnight train on January 19. The ceremony at Wien Hbf was attended by Austria’s Minister of Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Innovation Technology Leonore Gewessler as well as members ...

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    News

    Farandou reshapes SNCF leadership team

    2020-01-17T10:55:00Z

    FRANCE: A new management structure for the ‘unified’ SNCF group was unveiled by President & CEO Jean-Pierre Farandou on January 16, following the first board meeting of the national railway group since the 2018 reforms came into effect on January 1.