Railway policy news

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    ERA authorises Nightjet coaches for international operation


    EUROPE: An initial batch of Siemens Mobility-built Nightjet coaches ordered by Austrian Federal Railways has been approved by ERA for use in Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.

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    Date set for Luxembourg Rail Protocol to enter into force


    INTERNATIONAL: The Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is to enter into force in contracting states on March 8 2024, the intergovernmental ratification task force has announced.  

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    Australasia: Investment pipeline promises ‘golden age of rail’


    Rail has a critical role to play on the path to net zero in Australia and New Zealand, but key issues including a lack of interoperability between networks and jurisdictions need to be urgently addressed.

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    Infrastructure manager established ahead of South African rail network opening


    SOUTH AFRICA: National railway and logistics group Transnet has established an interim rail infrastructure manager as part of plans to open the network to third party train operators in 2024. Vertical separation forms part of the government’s National Rail Policy which aims to facilitate private sector ...

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    Safety: Railways must report, learn and improve


    The EU Agency for Railways is continuing its campaign to develop a risk-based safety culture across Europe’s rail networks, as Executive Director Josef Doppelbauer explains to Chris Jackson.

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    Disappointment as railway reform bill now unlikely before election


    UK: The government’s decision to publish a draft rather than full railway reform bill is a missed opportunity, rail industry bodies said following the King’s Speech at the opening of Parliament on November 7. The government said that given the scale and complexity of the planned ...

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    Comment: UK turns its back on rail growth


    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s decision to abandon the remaining phases of the High Speed 2 programme reflects the UK government’s growing antipathy to rail investment and equivocation about climate targets, leaving Britain’s railway without a clear plan for future expansion.

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    European Commission says Spain has failed to apply Single European Railway Area rules


    SPAIN: The European Commission has decided to refer Spain to the Court of Justice of the European Union, saying it has failed to correctly transpose and apply Directive 2012/34/EU establishing a Single European Railway Area. The Commission explained on October 18 that it believed the Spanish ...

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    Legislators overturn obstacles to new line projects


    BRAZIL: On October 16 changes to planned legislation intended to facilitate investment in the rail sector by private entrepreneurs were published in the Official Gazette. This followed a vote by National Congress on October 4 and signature by President Luiz Inácio da Silva on October 11. ...

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    Policy: Data sharing is essential to build the ‘Internet of Trains’


    The vision of an ‘Internet of Trains’ is bringing together many players in the railway industry, but a genuine data economy based on digital business models will succeed only if there is a pan-European data sharing infrastructure.

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    Asia-Pacific: Riding a tidal wave of digital transformation


    Railways across the Asia-Pacific region are grappling with the challenges of digitalisation, but the UN believes that taking a co-ordinated approach and establishing partnerships within a regional ecosystem offers the prospect of greater benefits. Raghu Dayal reports.

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    Comment: Rail safety credentials matter


    Politicians contines to raise doubts with rail safety, despite railways being one of the safest forms of land transport. Benjámin Zelki considers that while continuous improvement is welcome, sweeping claims about rail safety may not always align with the evidence.

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    Rail leaders court Labour as fears of ‘managed decline’ grow


    UK: Amid mounting concern about potential cuts to rail provision, senior leaders in the passenger and freight markets have begun to engage more closely with the Labour Party ahead of a likely general election in 2024.

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    Applications invited for €7bn of Connecting Europe Facility funding


    EUROPE: The European Commission has issued its latest call for proposals for funding under the Connecting Europe Facility, making available €7bn to support new or upgraded infrastructure on the Trans-European Transport network. CE funding can be used to support projects on the Core and Comprehensive TEN-T ...

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    Zambia – DR Congo – Angola railway study backed by EU and USA


    AFRICA: Studies are to be undertaken for the construction of a railway linking the Copper Belt region of Zambia with the Katanga region of DR Congo and the existing railway to the port of Lobito in Angola. This would form part of a planned Trans-African Corridor. ...

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    Railway planned as part of India – Middle East – Europe Economic Corridor


    ASIA: Ambitions to develop an India – Middle East – Europe economic corridor with sea transport from India to the Gulf region and a railway linking Middle Eastern countries with each other and to Europe were announced at the G20 summit in New Delhi. IMEC is ...

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    Freight: Alpine corridors reflect rail’s struggle for modal share


    Anchored in Italy, three north-south Rail Freight Corridors provide significant opportunities for modal shift in line with the European Commission’s Green deal objectives. However, the transalpine routes still face many challenges that need to be addressed, suggests Reinhard Christeller.

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    Passenger trains: OECD study highlights distortion in the world rolling stock market


    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development has found that governments across the globe intervene in the rolling stock market in numerous ways to support their own industries.

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    President presents Serbian railway plan


    SERBIA: President Aleksandar Vučić has announced plans for development of the rail network by 2027, including proposals to begin construction of a rail link to Beograd airport. The 18 km double-track electrified line designed for 120 km/h operation would run from Zemun Polje to Beograd Nikola ...

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    Rail projects tax exemption will be ‘gigantic incentive’


    BRAZIL: The National Council for Finance Policy has approved a proposal to exempt rail investment projects from a tax on the circulation of goods and transport and communication services, known as ICMS. The transport ministry expects the decision on August 9 to foster demand for rolling ...