Railway policy news

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    Norwegian passenger tendering competitions cancelled

    2021-11-25T12:18:00Z

    NORWAY: The government confirmed on November 19 that it was cancelling two tendering processes for regional and inter-city passenger services.

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    ‘New era’ as German coalition prioritises rail spending over road

    2021-11-24T17:15:00Z

    GERMANY: The so-called ‘traffic light coalition’ formed by the Social Democratic, Green and Free Democratic parties as the next federal government has committed to launching a ‘Rapid Capacity Expansion’ to enhance railway infrastructure as part of its wider transport strategy.

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    ILSA services to be branded Iryo

    2021-11-23T16:13:00Z

    SPAIN: Independent high speed operator ILSA unveiled Iryo as its customer-facing brand in a ceremony at Madrid Atocha station on November 18.

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    EBRD loan boosts Istanbul – Kapıkule route modernisation

    2021-11-23T05:28:00Z

    TURKEY: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is to provide Turkey with a €150m loan for reconstruction of the 67 km long Ispartakule – Çerkezköy section of the 233 km main line linking Halkalı on the western edge of Istanbul with Kapıkule on the border with Bulgaria.

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    Federal Transit Administration sets out funding priorities

    2021-11-18T12:00:00Z

    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has set out its key funding priorities after President Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act into law on November 15. The act authorises spending of up to $108bn with guaranteed funding of $91bn for public transport in 2022-26, ...

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    Rail and public transport ‘too low on COP26 agenda’, warn UIC and UITP

    2021-11-10T14:50:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways and global public transport association UITP marked the formal transport day at the COP26 Climate Summit on November 10 by urging policymakers to focus more effort on decarbonising mobility through modal shift.

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    Europe: Harmonising rail capacity strategies

    2021-11-10T07:00:00Z

    Development of a single European railway area is being hampered by nationally led approaches to the development of route utilisation strategies. Now a pan-European programme is underway to harmonise the planning and management of network capacity.

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    Industry welcomes $66bn of rail funding in Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act

    2021-11-08T16:21:00Z

    USA: Rail industry organisations have welcomed the passing by Congress of the $1tr Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, which includes significant funding for passenger and freight rail as well as public transport. The White House said IIJA would provide the largest investment in passenger rail since ...

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    Austria increases 2022-27 investment as KlimaTicket launched

    2021-11-08T11:46:00Z

    AUSTRIA: An €18·2bn investment framework for Austrian Federal Railways covering 2022-27 was approved by the council of ministers on November 3. Taking climate change mitigation targets into account, it is a modification of an earlier plan covering 2021-26 which envisaged a slightly lower spend of €17·5bn. ...

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    Women in rail agreement comes into force

    2021-11-08T10:55:00Z

    EUROPE: A binding deal aimed at promoting the employment of more women in the rail sector came into force on November 5, when it was formally signed by the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies representing employers and the European Transport Workers’ Federation representing staff. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail’s growth agenda evaporates as Treasury takes control

    2021-11-03T05:14:00Z

    UK: Having spoken to a range of senior figures across the industry in recent weeks, almost all on condition of anonymity, Rail Business UK  can confirm widespread concern that significant investment spending is coming to an end after three decades of growth in rail use, with potentially significant implications for the future of the network.

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    Comment: Automated reality

    2021-11-01T06:00:00Z

    Automation of main line trains is slowly becoming a commercial reality, having been long established in the urban rail sector. However, mass adoption of driverless technology on mixed traffic railways still seems a long way off, with interim technology such as C-DAS offering many benefits in the meantime. 

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    Co-operative model underpins Railcoop’s long term plans

    2021-10-28T12:29:00Z

    FRANCE: The Grand Est regional government has contributed €500 000 to open access operator Railcoop through its co-operative business model, becoming the latest institutional member to support the start-up.

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    Perpignan – Rungis fruit and veg express reinstated

    2021-10-25T15:47:00Z

    Photo: Fret SNCF/JC Milhet FRANCE: Prime Minister Jean Castex, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari and SNCF President Jean-Pierre Farandou formally relaunched the Perpignan – Rungis overnight express freight service on October 22. The seasonal service that carried fresh fruit and vegetables from southwest ...

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    Norway to increase rail spend but end competitive tendering

    2021-10-25T10:12:00Z

    NORWAY: The recently elected Norwegian government intends to pursue an aggressive policy of investing in rail, with a view to driving modal shift, but plans to end the competitive tendering of passenger train operations and to simplify the structure of the country’s rail sector.

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    Germany: Regional rail model called into question

    2021-10-21T14:45:00Z

    Problems at Keolis and Abellio suggest that Germany’s long-standing model for contracting out the operation of regional and local rail services may no longer be fit for purpose. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    Denmark: Getting the passengers back

    2021-10-15T08:13:00Z

    With a substantial investment strategy in place and negotiations for a new operating contract underway, Denmark’s state passenger operator is positioning itself to drive modal shift in a post-Covid recovery, DSB Chief Executive Flemming Jensen tells Chris Jackson.

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    Transnet to seek private operator for reopened link

    2021-10-12T13:45:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet Freight Rail is to invite bids for a concession to operate the 200 km Cookhouse – Blaney line in Eastern Cape, which was reopened for regular traffic on October 7.

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    Cross-border high speed corridor proposed in northern Portugal

    2021-10-12T06:12:00Z

    PORTUGAL: As part of the work feeding into the country’s upcoming National Railway Plan, the Vale d’Ouro Association has put forward proposals for a new line through the Trás-os-Montes region to link Porto with Zamora in Spain.

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    Vision for a seamless European rail passenger ticketing experience

    2021-10-11T08:00:00Z

    EUROPE: A position paper setting out a long-term ‘political vision’ for the seamless planning and booking of international rail journeys has been published by the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies. However, independent passenger operators are disappointed at the lack of firm commitments.