Railway policy news – Page 3

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    South Korea: Medium speed network takes shape

    2022-06-23T13:00:00Z

    Development of a ‘medium high speed network’ is now in full swing in South Korea, along with the upgrading of other corridors for both high speed and suburban traffic. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

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    European policy: Capacity directive could be game-changer

    2022-06-22T11:31:00Z

    With legislation being considered to enhance capacity on Europe’s rail network, Murray Hughes asks Forum Train Europe Managing Director Edgar Schenk and Senior Project Manager Sebastián Čarek how this would improve rail’s ability to compete against road and air.

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    High speed: New line plans revisited as Macron promises more

    2022-06-21T06:46:00Z

    President Macron has promised ‘a decade of the TGV’ in the 2020s, and work is due to start soon on three more high speed lines. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Freight shippers call for rail reforms to encourage containerisation in Kazakhstan

    2022-06-14T05:00:00Z

    KAZAKHSTAN: Freight forwarders, operators and wagon owners have called for reforms to facilitate the increased use of containers for domestic and international rail freight traffic. Following a recent rail industry meeting held in Almaty, logistics group PTC Holding said containerisation is a global trend, but is ...

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    Government consults on rail reform legislative changes

    2022-06-13T15:14:00Z

    UK: The government has begun consultation on the legislative changes required to implement the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail. This includes the creation of Great British Railways, a new governance framework, and reform of wider industry structures and processes. The consultation opened on June 9 and closes ...

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    Incumbent train operators may have colluded against new entrant, European Commission says

    2022-06-10T14:17:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has sent Czech and Austrian national operators ČD and ÖBB a statement of objections setting out its preliminary view that they may have colluded to prevent new entrant RegioJet acquiring second-hand passenger rolling stock for use on competing services. The European Commission ...

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    Interview: Korail goes in search of market share

    2022-06-07T13:30:00Z

    Better on-board services and improved post-pandemic hygiene rank high among passengers’ demands, Korail President & CEO Na Hee-Seung tells Benjámin Zelki.

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    Scotland: Setting priorities for a new era

    2022-06-06T10:16:00Z

    The return of passenger services to public control, along with government targets for decarbonisation and freight modal shift, promise a positive future for Scotland’s rail network. Tony Miles talks to Transport Scotland and Scotland’s Railway about the benefits and challenges of renationalisation.

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    DB Netz targets faster project approval and digital capacity boost

    2022-05-31T10:14:00Z

    GERMANY: DB Netz Chairman Frank Sennhenn says the infrastructure manager is targeting a 30% gain in capacity on existing lines ‘depending on the exact traffic mix’ from digitalisation including traffic management, automation and the roll-out of ERTMS. Speaking at the opening of the IAF track technology ...

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    Ukrainian standard gauge railway plan

    2022-05-27T12:40:00Z

    UKRAINE: Announcing a range of infrastructure and regulatory measures to more closely integrate Ukraine with EU transport networks, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Ukraine would begin phased construction of railway tracks to European standards. This would start with hubs and large cities, and then gradually expand ...

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    France: Newcomers still face market entry hurdles

    2022-05-24T13:00:00Z

    With France’s passenger market finally open to competition, a report from regulatory body ART finds that various barriers still hinder access for new entrants. Jérémie Anne asks ART President Bernard Roman what lessons have been learnt and what lies ahead.

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    Australian government’s plans are positive for the rail industry, says ARA

    2022-05-24T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Railway Association says the newly-elected federal government ‘is likely to be positive for the Australian rail industry’, given commitments which were announced in the lead-up to the election. The incoming Labor government’s National Rail Manufacturing Plan and National Reconstruction Fund would support ...

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    Japan: Facing a rural railway conundrum

    2022-05-23T12:46:00Z

    Population decline, urban migration, rising car ownership and better local roads mean that traffic on many of Japan’s rural railways is falling. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism is addressing the issue and an action plan is to be drawn up by July. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Programme seeks to identify US inter-city passenger expansion opportunities

    2022-05-19T15:30:00Z

    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has launched a Corridor Identification & Development programme to identify routes where inter-city passenger rail services could be introduced or expanded.

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    Government sets out ambitions to make rail South Africa’s ‘transport backbone’

    2022-05-19T13:49:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: A White Paper on National Rail Policy has set out the Department of Transport’s ambitions to make rail the backbone of the transport network by 2050.

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    Sustainable development priority in FS Group’s €190bn 10-year business plan

    2022-05-18T14:46:00Z

    ITALY: New organisational and governance structures and a focus on sustainability are the centrepieces of a €190bn business plan for 2022-31 unveiled by national railway FS Group.

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    Four companies launch Spanish passenger operators’ association

    2022-05-18T10:36:00Z

    SPAIN: Independent high speed operator Iryo, regional railways FGC and Euskotren, and national incumbent RENFE have joined forces to launch a national association of passenger train operators.

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    STB seeks to tackle US rail freight performance issues

    2022-05-13T15:32:00Z

    USA: Federal regulator the Surface Transportation Board is to require Class I railways to submit reports on their operations, performance and employment in an effort to address the problems reported by agricultural, energy and other shippers. It follows a recent public hearing involving government officials, unions ...

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    São Paulo plans rail revival

    2022-05-02T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The São Paulo state government has drawn up a Strategic Railway Plan which aims to revitalise much of the network of underused or moribund lines that have been left to decay in many parts of the state. The plan has been developed by the Logistics ...

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    Cape Town to study commuter rail devolution

    2022-04-29T14:35:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana has authorised the city of Cape Town to undertake a detailed feasibility study for the potential devolution of control of suburban rail services from the national government. ‘This is a big deal, because up until now, the national government ...