All Policy articles – Page 7

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    Swiss vote to adopt technical pillar

    2019-11-07T10:17:00Z

    Photo: SBB SWITZERLAND: Changes to the Eisenbahnverordnung national railway regulations to embed the requirements of the technical pillar of the EU’s Fourth Railway Package were formally approved by the Federal Council on November 6. Emphasising that ‘Switzerland has a great interest in ensuring that ...

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    Bulgarian Railways to create stand-alone passenger and freight divisions

    2019-11-06T10:14:00Z

    BULGARIA: A restructuring of national train operator BDZ EAD which will see its passenger and freight divisions become stand-alone joint stock companies has been agreed with the Ministry of Transport, IT Communications. Bulgarian freight train. This follows the government’s ...

  • Report of the expert group on competitiveness of the European rail supply industry
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    Policies needed to maintain EU rail suppliers’ global leadership

    2019-11-05T11:32:00Z

    EUROPE: A report setting out policy measures which are needed to maintain the European supply sector’s ‘global leadership’ and competitiveness has been published by an EU expert group drawn from across the rail industry. Established a result of a European Parliament resolution in 2016, the group ...

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    Four bidders seek Spanish train paths

    2019-11-04T14:29:00Z

    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has received four requests for capacity to operate passenger services on the ‘general interest’ national network including the main high speed corridors. Applications for train paths from December 14 2020 were submitted by national incumbent RENFE, the Rielsfera subsidiary of France’s SNCF, ...

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    Freight to be focus of Shift2Rail successor

    2019-10-31T09:19:00Z

    EUROPE: Freight is likely to be a core focus of the successor to the Shift2Rail joint technology initiative, S2R Executive Director Carlo Borghini told Railway Gazette on October 30 on the sidelines of the World Congress on Railway Research in Tokyo. While the so-called Shift2Rail ...

  • The Northern franchise which Arriva has operated since April 2016 faces three specific challenges which have severely impacted on performance.
    Rail Business UK

    Northern rail crisis is a ‘collective system inability’, says Arriva UK Trains MD

    2019-10-30T07:30:00Z

    Arriva UK Trains Managing Director Chris Burchell talks to Rail Business UK about ongoing problems at the Northern franchise, where performance has been hit by the late delivery of new trains, a series of industrial disputes and the inability of the infrastructure to handle the timetable.

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    Railway development opportunities highlighted at Russia-Africa Summit

    2019-10-28T12:18:00Z

    AFRICA: A number of agreements for Russian co-operation in railway development were signed at the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on October 23-24, where 54 African countries were represented with 43 heads of state or government attending. Africa ‘provides unique opportunities for railway development’, First Deputy ...

  • Proposed Gateway Basel Nord intermodal container terminal.
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    Legal challenge halts Gateway Basel Nord

    2019-10-21T11:28:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The planned start of construction of the Gateway Basel Nord project for a trimodal container terminal has been delayed following a successful legal challenge by container and logistics company Swissterminal AG. Gateway Basel Nord is the brainchild of a joint venture formed of SBB Cargo, ...

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    Employers and unions aim to increase the number of women in the rail sector

    2019-10-17T10:10:00Z

    EUROPE: Negotiations for an EU-level agreement aimed at promoting the employment of women in the rail sector have been launched by the Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies, representing more than 70 employers, and the European Transport Workers’ Federation which represents 5 million transport workers ...

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    ​Richard Hope, OBE

    2019-10-15T11:50:00Z

    It is with great sadness that we have to report the death on October 14 of Richard Hope, at the age of 85, following several years of ill health. He worked for the Railway Gazette Group for 50 years, serving as Editor of Railway Gazette International ...

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    NightJet expands to Amsterdam and Brussels

    2019-10-11T07:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Regular overnight trains will return to the Netherlands with effect from the December 2020 timetable change, with the launch of a daily service between Amsterdam, München and Wien, State Secretary of Infrastructure Water Management Stientje Van Veldhoven announced on October 10. Citing an ...

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    Tejas Express pilots passenger privatisation

    2019-10-10T09:06:00Z

    INDIA: The first step towards opening up the provision of inter-city passenger services on the IR network began on October 4, with the launch at Lucknow Junction of a new Tejas Express service by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. Operating over the ...

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    Court annuls directly awarded ÖBB operating contract

    2019-10-04T10:10:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The Federal Administrative Court in Wien on October 3 annulled the direct award to ÖBB of a 15-year contract to operate passenger services in eastern Austria from December 2019. The court’s decision was welcomed in a statement issued by open access operator Westbahn, which had ...

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    Ferrmed launches modal shift optimisation study

    2019-10-03T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail freight association Ferrmed has begun work on a study of modal shift optimisation on the European Union’s TEN-T corridors. Scheduled for completion by the end of next year, the study is intended to help EU member states prioritise actions to support modal shift, and ...

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    Thalys-Eurostar merger planned under Green Speed initiative

    2019-09-27T10:42:00Z

    EUROPE: SNCF, SNCB and the Patina Rail investment vehicle announced on September 27 their intention to combine the Eurostar and Thalys high speed rail operations, reporting that outline proposals were being presented to their respective boards. The proposed merger is being taken forward under a ...

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    VDB calls for faster digital roll-out strategy

    2019-09-26T12:52:00Z

    GERMANY: Rail industry association VDB has put forward a seven-point plan to accelerate the introduction of digital train control across the national rail network, suggesting that an industrial scale roll-out of digital interlockings and ETCS could begin as soon as 2022. The proposals follow the signing ...

  • The international agreement which would permit the operation of through passenger services between the Netherlands and the UK is expected to be signed in October
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    Amsterdam – London through train agreement to be signed shortly

    2019-09-26T11:07:00Z

    EUROPE: The international agreement which would permit the operation of through passenger services between the Netherlands and the UK is expected to be signed in October, State Secretary for Justice Security Ankie Broekers-Knol told the Dutch parliament’s lower house on September 25. Eurostar told ...

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    Fritzson re-elected as CER looks ahead

    2019-09-25T15:24:00Z

    CER Chairman Crister Fritzson and Executive Director Libor Lochman EUROPE: SJ AB President CEO Crister Fritzson has been re-elected as Chairman of the Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies, following the CER General Assembly in Gdańsk on September 23. Fritzson, ...

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    Surface Transportation Board proposes rule changes

    2019-09-25T11:00:00Z

    USA: The Surface Transportation Board has begun consultation on proposed rule changes intended to reduce the cost and complexity of its rate review procedures, particularly in small cases, and to provide a streamlined market dominance process. The proposals build on recommendations made by STB’s rate reform ...

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    Amber Rail Freight Corridor up and running

    2019-09-25T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: An event was held in the Slovenian port of Koper on September 18 to mark the launch this year of the Amber Rail Freight Corridor, the first RFC to be established since the original nine defined in 2010. The corridor is ...