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    Connecting Europe Express to tour 26 countries in 36 days

    2021-05-10T10:07:00Z

    EUROPE: Marking Europe Day on May 9 and the EU Year of Rail , the European Commission has confirmed the programme for its Connecting Europe Express exhibition train. Intended to demonstrate ‘the power of rail to connect people and businesses’, the project will also celebrate ...

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    New Zealand’s 10-year Rail Plan prioritises resilience and reliability

    2021-05-07T16:03:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: The government has published a 10-year Rail Plan, setting out its ambitions for a ‘resilient and reliable’ rail network and outlining its investment priorities. The plan does not provide a definitive list of investments or funding commitments, but is intended as a sign ...

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    Pandemic brings ‘bleak’ first quarter for European railways

    2021-05-06T13:48:00Z

    EUROPE: The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a heavy impact across the rail sector, according to the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies’ Covid Impact Tracker.

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    Regulations agreed for Luxembourg Protocol rolling stock registry

    2021-05-03T12:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Draft regulations have been approved outlining the operation of the international rolling stock registry that is being established under the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. The regulations have been drawn up by a Preparatory Commission which ...

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    Provence – Côte d’Azur upgrade funding agreed

    2021-04-28T09:22:00Z

    FRANCE: The government has agreed a €3∙5bn funding package to launch the first two phases of the long-planned upgrade of the route along the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and Nice, including sections of new line.

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    Access charge reductions fairer than direct support, says ERFA

    2021-04-27T05:00:00Z

    Duisburg (Photo: DB). EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association has reiterated its belief that reducing track access charges would be the best way of supporting the rail freight sector through the pandemic in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner, rather than providing direct support for individual ...

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    Snälltåget will not bid for Stockholm – Brussels night train contract

    2021-04-22T11:17:00Z

    EUROPE: Open access operator Snälltåget has decided not to bid for the contract to operate the Swedish government’s proposed overnight service between Stockholm, Malmö, Hamburg, Köln and Brussels.

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    Cross-border Irish rail review to study sustainable expansion

    2021-04-08T16:13:00Z

    EUROPE: A Strategic Rail Review is to be commissioned to examine the potential for enhancing and expanding the island of Ireland’s rail networks , the republic’s Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan and Northern Ireland’s Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon have announced. The ‘all-island’ ...

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    Rule change calls SNCF Réseau investment into question

    2021-04-07T15:15:00Z

    FRANCE: Management independence and business productivity at infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau are in jeopardy, according to President Director General Luc Lallemand. Describing a government decision to consolidate SNCF Réseau’s debts into the state accounts as ‘catastrophic’, Lallemand warned that the infrastructure ...

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    Worksite safety in spotlight after fatal collision

    2021-04-06T09:49:00Z

    TAIWAN: Investigations have started into the management of engineering work following a fatal collision on Taiwan Railway Administration’s East Coast line north of Hualien on the morning of April 2.

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    International rail travel revival endorsed by European stakeholders

    2021-03-30T11:24:00Z

    EUROPE: Stakeholders from across the rail sector have endorsed political proposals for the revitalisation and expansion of international passenger services, and committed to assist with future development to make rail ‘the preferred mode’ for international travel.

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    Year of Rail must focus on modal shift

    2021-03-30T08:30:00Z

    EUROPE: ‘We need to have a medium and long-term vision for rail’, emphasised Portugal’s Minister for Infrastructure & Housing Pedro Nuno Santos on March 29, officially launching the European Union Year of Rail with a virtual conference hosted from Lisboa.

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    Italian support packages approved

    2021-03-29T09:32:00Z

    ITALY: Two packages of Italian government support provided to the rail sector during the coronavirus crisis have been approved by the European Commission under EU state aid rules. One was a €270m measure to reduce track access costs for freight and commercial passenger operators between ...

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    Turkey extends rail subsidies to the end of 2023

    2021-03-22T12:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Parliament has passed legislation extending state support for infrastructure manager TCDD and national train operator TCDD Taşımcılık until at least the end of 2023, with a clause allowing the President to extend subsidies for up to a further 10 years without recourse to parliament. ...

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    Scottish Government to take over ScotRail in March 2022

    2021-03-17T17:10:00Z

    UK: The ScotRail franchise is to be taken over by the Scottish Government on the expiry of the current contract with Abellio in March 2022, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has confirmed. Services are to be operated by an arm’s length Operator of Last Resort, wholly ...

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    SGR operating contract to be terminated

    2021-03-15T12:15:00Z

    KENYA: The government has given notice that it intend to transfer control of operations on the country’s standard-gauge railway to Kenya Railway Corp from May 2022.

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    AAR proposes transport decarbonisation initiatives

    2021-03-11T06:00:00Z

    USA: The Association of American Railroads has outlined a series of policy proposals aimed at leveraging the improved environmental performance of rail freight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, ‘safely and effectively combatting climate change’.

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    Improving access to rail to get freight off the roads

    2021-03-04T08:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A package of measures to improve access to the rail network and incentivise companies to switch freight from lorries to more environmentally-friendly trains has come into effect this month. The initiative is designed to support the Ministry of Transport Digital Infrastructure’s aim ...

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    Grand Est concession attracts ‘good response’

    2021-03-01T09:39:00Z

    FRANCE: ‘Between four and 10’ companies or consortia have prequalified for a concession to operate a group of branch lines in the Grand Est region, according to the region’s Vice-President responsible for Transport David Valence.

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    Lithuania and Poland told to comply with EU railway rules

    2021-02-25T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission is undertaking infringement procedures against Lithuania and Poland regarding compliance with two directives affecting railway matters. On February 18 the Commission sent Lithuania a letter of formal notice regarding the incorrect transposition and implementation of the single European railway area rules ...