Railway policy news – Page 3

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    Comment: Look forward not back

    2021-10-07T14:03:00Z

    As the Connecting Europe Express completes its tour of the continent in Paris on October 7, the rail industry must use the momentum generated by the EU’s Year of Rail to develop a competitive sector which is able to attract a new generation of users and staff, argues our Editor-in-Chief Chris Jackson.

  • Eurostar International Ltd has reported a preliminary unaudited operating profit of £57∙6m for 2017.
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    Eurostar brand to remain after Thalys merger

    2021-10-04T17:05:00Z

    EUROPE: European high speed operators Eurostar and Thalys confirmed on October 4 that their planned merger announced in September 2019 is on course to be completed ‘within two to three years’, with a formal submission to the European Commission’s competition authority expected in 2022. Being taken ...

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    Impact of the pandemic on rail remains ‘dire’, says CER

    2021-09-30T08:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The September update of the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies’ Covid Impact Tracker shows signs of improvement for passenger train services, but none for freight and a worsening of the financial situation for infrastructure managers.

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    Railcoop awarded operating licence

    2021-09-29T10:06:00Z

    FRANCE: Open access operator Railcoop has been granted an operating licence to run both passenger and freight trains, marking another step in the not-for-profit co-operative’s journey towards regular day-to-day operations.

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    Ghana Railway Development Authority board appointed

    2021-09-26T05:00:00Z

    GHANA: Deputy Minister for Railway Development Kwaku Asante-Boateng has inaugurated a newly board of directors at the Ghana Railway Development Authority. GRDA was formed following the Railway Act 2008 to advise the government on railway matters, create a regulatory framework with opportunities for private sector participation, ...

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    DAC programme selects Scharfenberg digital coupler

    2021-09-22T08:30:00Z

    EUROPE: Following extensive testing with various prototypes, a Scharfenberg latch design has been selected as the basis for the future European Digital Automatic Coupler. Meeting on September 21, the supervisory board of the European DAC Delivery Programme adopted a recommendation from the ...

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    Macron puts high speed projects back on track in ‘decade of the TGV’

    2021-09-22T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: In a speech at Paris Gare de Lyon during an event held on September 17 to mark 40 years since the launch of TGV services, President Emmanuel Macron announced the revival of plans to expand the high speed network, describing the 2020s as ‘the decade of the TGV’.

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    Connecting Europe Express puts spotlight on Western Balkan rail vision

    2021-09-21T13:38:00Z

    EUROPE: Welcoming the EU’s Connecting Europe Express to Beograd Centar on September 13, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić announced that her country’s rail investment programme would be worth up to €6bn and focus on ‘reconnecting’ the Western Balkan countries’ fragmented networks.

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    KCS cements CP merger as CN agrees early termination

    2021-09-16T15:12:00Z

    NORTH AMERICA: Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern confirmed on September 15 that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement, valuing the smaller railroad at approximately US$31bn.

  • Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari has affirmed that the government will provide €170m a year to support the rail freight sector until 2024 as part of a National Rail Freight Development Strategy. (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    Funds confirmed to support rail freight relaunch strategy

    2021-09-15T12:51:00Z

    FRANCE: Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari has affirmed that the government will provide €170m a year to support the rail freight sector until 2024 as part of a National Rail Freight Development Strategy. 

  • JR Central has raised the maximum speed on the  Tokaido Shinkansen to 285 km/h (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura)
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    JR Central targets Shinkansen business travellers with work-oriented offering

    2021-09-13T13:16:00Z

    JAPAN: Central Japan Railway Company is to revamp its offering for business travellers using Tokaido Shinkansen services, in response to changing travel patterns and working practices driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Pro Trilhos programme kickstarts 10 rail projects worth R$53∙5bn

    2021-09-10T13:00:00Z

    BRAZL: Designating this month as ‘Railway September’, the government has introduced legislation to simplify the process of authorising the construction of new rail projects.

  • Tenders to operate inter-urban TER services between Marseille, Toulon and Nice are to be called in February 2020.
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    Transdev picked to run Région Sud TER package

    2021-09-10T11:04:00Z

    FRANCE: Région Sud has selected Transdev for a 10-year concession to operate regional trains between Marseille, Toulon and Nice, ahead of rival bids from SNCF and Thello.

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    Four policies to boost German rail freight

    2021-09-07T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Four policies to increase rail’s share of the freight market are set out in a position paper which rail advocacy group Allianz pro Schiene has produced ahead of the federal election on September 26. These are: infrastructure investment, including increasing electrification from 61% of ...

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    KCS reopens talks with CP after CN merger setback

    2021-09-06T14:21:00Z

    USA: Kansas City Southern has agreed to reopen discussions with Canadian Pacific, after its Board of Directors determined that CP’s latest offer could potentially lead to a superior proposal when compared to its current merger agreement with Canadian National. Having originally agreed a merger with KCS in ...

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    Central European high speed rail co-operation proposed

    2021-09-03T09:19:00Z

    EUROPE: Central European state operators and infrastructure managers are planning to co-operate to develop a network of ‘high speed’ passenger services connecting Warszawa, Praha, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Wien and Budapest, but independent operators have raised concerns that they could be shut out. A declaration of intent is ...

  • Connecting Europe Express (Photo: Shift2Rail)
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    Connecting Europe Express sets off on 26-country tour

    2021-09-02T15:13:00Z

    EUROPE: The Connecting Europe Express organised to celebrate the European Year of Rail set off from Lisboa Oriente station on September 2, marking the start of a five-week journey through 26 countries which will include more than 100 stops before reaching Paris on October 7.

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    Canadian National bid for Kansas City Southern in doubt after STB blocks voting trust

    2021-09-01T11:57:00Z

    USA: Canadian National’s US$33·6bn bid to acquire Kansas City Southern received a major setback on August 31, when the federal Surface Transportation Board rejected an application to use a voting trust as part of the process. Announcing the unanimous decision of the five-strong board, STB said ...

  • Newly-appointed head of the Ministry of Public Works Rumi Bakht-ur-Rehman Sharafat held an initial meeting with ministry staff and the Afghanistan Railway Authority
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    Some trains still running amid Taliban takeover

    2021-08-26T12:26:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: Newly-appointed head of the Ministry of Public Works Rumi Bakht-ur-Rehman Sharafat held an initial meeting with ministry staff and the Afghanistan Railway Authority on August 21 following the Taliban’s takeover of the country. The acting minister said the Taliban leadership was committed to the rehabilitation ...

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    RENFE completes acquisition of 50% stake in Leo Express

    2021-08-26T04:57:00Z

    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE has gained access to the passenger markets of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia and ‘the necessary licences and resources’ to enter the German market, following the completion of its purchase of a 50% stake in Czech open access operator Leo Express.