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    Comment: Transport back on the climate agenda


    The recent COP27 climate summit in Egypt received a broadly underwhelming response, but for the rail and public transport sectors at least, there were signs of hope that the mobility transition is edging back on to the global climate agenda after being largely absent at COP26 in Glasgow last year.

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    DB Netz and DB Station&Service become InfraGO


    GERMANY: The federal government is planning to complete the merger of DB Netz AG and DB Station&Service AG by January 1 2024, when the merged business will become known as InfraGO. More details of the government’s plans for restructuring the two Deutsche Bahn businesses emerged on ...

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    Asia: ESCAP rethinks trans-continental supply chains


    Covid-19 and the Ukrainian crisis have impacted on Eurasian rail flows, but ESCAP believes railways still have a key role to play in an integrated multimodal transport system supporting global supply chains. Raghu Dayal reports.

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    Interview: Rail can address Europe’s societal challenges


    From tensions with Russia to the climate emergency, rail has a role to play at the heart of Europe’s response to the biggest questions of the age, believes CER Executive Director Alberto Mazzola. But he tells Nick Kingsley that more investment is needed to boost both capacity and capability.

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    Norwegian ERTMS programme delayed


    NORWAY: Citing global supply problems and delays to the retrofitting of trains, Bane Nor has postponed the planned launch of ERTMS on its first lines.

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    Electric transport support approved


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a scheme to promote the use of electric transport as a greener alternative to diesel vehicles, and to support a shift of freight and passenger traffic from road to rail. Under the €180m scheme ...

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    Israel: ISR expansion ramps up again


    Israel Railways has embarked on an ambitious strategy to double the size of its network, as it seeks to cope with a projected quadrupling of demand by 2030. CEO Michael Maixner explains his priorities to Chris Jackson.

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    Support scheme aims to make Belgium an international night train hub


    BELGIUM: The Council of Ministers has approved a draft law which aims to encourage the operation of attractively priced international night trains by offering reductions in infrastructure access charges and energy costs. The high loadings on the thrice-weekly Nightjet service between Brussels and Wien show the ...

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    Consortium to develop low-cost operations to revive France’s local lines


    FRANCE: Thales is part of a consortium of companies and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region seeking to reduce the cost of running trains on lightly-used rural lines. 

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    Lobito Corridor concession deal signed


    ANGOLA: The Ministry of Transport has signed a concession agreement covering operation and maintenance of the Lobito Corridor for the next 30 years.

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    Dutch battery-electric train initiative halted


    NETHERLANDS: The northeastern province of Overijssel has frozen its plans for deploying battery-electric trains on non-electrified routes from 2027.

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    Funding deal clears the way for Germany’s €49 monthly ticket


    GERMANY: The federal government reached agreement with the Länder on November 2 to fund a nationwide monthly public transport ticket priced at €49, with January 1 2023 being set as the target launch date.

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    Infra SA to manage long-term planning


    BRAZIL: Major infrastructure projects will in future be managed by Infra SA, a public company formed by the merger of state-owned railway business Valec with Empresa de Planejamento e Logística SA.

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    SNCF fined over Brétigny derailment


    FRANCE: A court has found national operator SNCF guilty of homicide and involuntary injury following the derailment on July 12 2013 of a Paris Austerlitz – Limoges locomotive-hauled Intercités service.

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    ANTT signs off five more railway construction projects


    BRAZIL: The Ministry of Infrastructure and the National Land Transport Agency have authorised five more projects authorising private sector companies to build new railways in three states totalling more than 1 000 route-km.

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    Standard gauge to Ukraine and Moldova could benefit the whole world, says EIB


    EUROPE: The European Investment Bank has begun a pre-feasibility study looking at the development of standard gauge cross-border links to connect the Ukrainian and Moldovan rail networks with the Trans-European Transport Network.

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    Bolsonaro backs private rail investment


    BRAZIL: Outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro has approved changes to railway legislation aimed at encouraging greater private sector investment in new railway projects.

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    Australian National Rail Manufacturing Plan funded


    AUSTRALIA: The 2022-23 federal budget includes A$14·2m over four years to establish a National Rail Manufacturing Plan ‘to ensure more trains are built in Australia, support skilled manufacturing and expand the local rail industry’. An Office of National Rail Industry Co-ordination will be formed within the ...

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    Joint vision for international rail capacity management


    EUROPE: A common vision for capacity management, process harmonisation and IT support to create a ‘European, digital, flexible and secure’ system enabling train operators to book capacity in line with their business models and customer needs has been set out by three industry associations. Forum Train ...

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    Rail reform legislation delay confirmed


    UK: Delays to the legislation needed to enact reform of the rail sector including the creation of Great British Railways have been confirmed.