All Policy articles – Page 9

  • The Monopolies Commission report on rail competition was presented to State Secretary Michael Güntner at the federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure on July 25.
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    Monopolies Commission urges more competition on German network

    2019-07-31T12:57:20Z

    GERMANY: Further separation of infrastructure provider DB Netz from the Deutsche Bahn group is amongst a raft of measures recommended by the Monopolies Commission to enhance quality and competition on the rail network. In its seventh report, published on July 25, the Commission highlights the need for better service ...

  • Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North which manages the Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises.
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    Nine recommendations for rail in northern England

    2019-07-31T09:00:00Z

    Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North which manages the Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises. UK: Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership ...

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    Legal row over track safety rule change

    2019-07-31T08:32:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel said on July 30 that it had been forced to defend itself and changes in its maintenance policy in a case brought before the Brussels Francophone Business Court by freight operator Lineas. Services run by Lineas and other operators had been affected by ...

  • The European Commission is to refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to comply with rules regarding the certification of train drivers.
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    Austria referred to court over driver certification

    2019-07-30T07:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The European Commission announced on July 25 that it would refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to comply with rules regarding the certification of train drivers. At present, the licensing of train drivers in Austria is managed by SCHIG, the public railway ...

  • Repair and renewal of ageing bridges is a major priority for DB's next infrastructure spending programme. (Photo: DB AG/Jochen Schmidt)
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    Government plans €86bn spend to renew German network

    2019-07-29T10:29:33Z

    GERMANY: A 54% increase in spending on infrastructure renewals will see €86bn invested in the national rail network over the next decade, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer announced on July 26. Unveiling a 10-year plan for 2020-29 which he described as ‘the biggest railway modernisation programme’ in Germany's history, Scheuer ...

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    Hauts-de-France keen to reopen Abbeville – Le Tréport

    2019-07-29T10:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Plans are in hand to run competitively tendered passenger services over the Abbeville – Le Tréport line in northern France that was closed in May 2018. In a corrigendum published on July 19 to an April notice in the Official Journal of the European Union the region ...

  • Rail haulage of Viterra grain traffic on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula finished at the end of May. (Photo: John Kirk)  Map: Railway Directory
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    Eyre grain lines are not closed, insists GWA

    2019-07-26T15:30:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Unequal treatment of road and rail was a major factor behind the decision to suspend services on the 1 067 mm gauge network in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, according to operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia. The 700 km network was mothballed at the end of May after GWA’s only ...

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    New lines go ahead as FS infrastructure spending approved

    2019-07-25T16:11:33Z

    ITALY: A €28bn package of funding for FS Group infrastructure spending was formally approved by the government’s Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning on July 24, the state railway group has confirmed. CIPE has also approved updates to the programme contracts between the Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport and the ...

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    Minimum access rights include station platforms, court rules

    2019-07-25T08:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The use of station platforms is included within the ‘minimum access package’ which EU Directive 2012/34 requires infrastructure managers to make available to all train operators, the European Court of Justice has ruled. This means that charges for the use of platforms must not exceed the cost that ...

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    Norfolk Southern starts TOP 21 roll-out

    2019-07-24T12:31:00Z

    USA: Norfolk Southern has successfully rolled out the first phase of its Thoroughbred Operating Plan 21, covering its wagonload and automotive traffic, the railway confirmed on July 22. Mirroring the principles of the Precision Scheduled Railroading concept adopted by other Class Is, TOP21 is designed to improve system velocity ...

  • Alstom’s Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit has been approved for passenger service.
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    Electrification, batteries and hydrogen trains should replace DMUs, says study

    2019-07-23T13:55:00Z

    GERMANY: Electrification, battery power and fuel cells are the most sensible options for replacing diesel multiple-units, according to an environmental and value-for-money study undertaken by the Association for Electrical, Electronic Information Technologies. The Alternatives to DMUs in Rail Passenger Transport study was undertaken ...

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    National control centre approved

    2019-07-19T09:01:45Z

    IRELAND: The construction of a €135m National Train Control Centre to manage the entire Iarnród Éireann network was approved by the Irish government on July 17. The new centre is to be delivered by IÉ, with government funding provided through the National Transport Authority as part of Project Ireland ...

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    Industry comments on Williams Rail Review

    2019-07-17T14:58:17Z

    UK: Organisations from across the rail sector have responded to Keith Williams’ speech in Bradford on July 16 during which he provided an update on the strategic review of the rail sector which he is undertaking for the government. Rail Delivery Group ‘Businesses, communities and passengers across the ...

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    Study considers how to assess ‘green’ investment in rail

    2019-07-16T11:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has published a study into criteria used to classify railway assets and activities as environmentally sustainable, and to provide insights into potential ‘greenwashing’. This is intended to facilitate the rail sector’s access to ‘green’ bonds, which the Commission believes could be used to finance a significant ...

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    Williams reiterates call for UK franchising changes

    2019-07-16T08:59:13Z

    UK: Greater accountability and a clear customer focus are the principal requirements for reform of the UK rail sector, according to Keith Williams, the independent chairman of the rail review established by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling in the wake of the May 2018 timetable change debacle. ...

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    Study considers how to assess ‘green’ investment in rail

    2019-07-16T07:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has published a study into criteria used to classify railway assets and activities as environmentally sustainable, and to provide insights into potential ‘greenwashing’. This is intended to facilitate the rail sector’s access to ‘green’ bonds, which the Commission believes could be used to finance a ...

  • Bulgarian national operator BDZ is to refurbish 46 Siemens Desiro multiple-units.
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    Bulgaria launches fleet renewal plan ahead of market liberalisation

    2019-07-11T07:00:00Z

    test1 BULGARIA: National operator BDZ needs to focus on service quality, sustainability and long-term performance in order to ‘convince the public that it is developing in an upward trend’ and remain the state’s main passenger service provider when the market is liberalised in 2024, Minister ...

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    SBB halts court battle with BLS

    2019-07-10T15:30:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has asked the Federal Administrative Court to suspend its appeal lodged in July 2018 against the decision by the Federal Office of Transport to allocate two routes in the national long-distance passenger service concession to BLS. The Bern – Biel and Bern – Burgdorf – ...

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    ERA issues its first vehicle authorisation

    2019-07-09T10:22:38Z

    EUROPE: The EU Agency for Railways has issued its first vehicle authorisation, three weeks after becoming the European authorising entity for rail traffic on June 16. ERA said the authorisation covering conformity-to-type of 30 wagons for operation in multiple countries was an ‘historic step to break down barriers in Europe’. ...

  • The Land of Oberösterreich and Austrian Federal Railways have agreed an €725m programme of route modernisation, station upgrading and electrification works for 2019-30.
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    Oberösterreich railway investment programme agreed

    2019-07-09T08:44:03Z

    AUSTRIA: The Land of Oberösterreich and Austrian Federal Railways have agreed an €725m programme of route modernisation, station upgrading and electrification works for 2019-30. This agreement includes the retention of all branch lines, and the roll-out of new singalling and safety systems. ÖBB is to retain ownership of all ...