Railway policy news – Page 4

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    Rail Business UK

    Strikes will not undermine industry reform programme, says Hendy


    UK: The industry will not back away from its modernisation and cost reduction drive despite the threat of strike action this summer, Network Rail Chair Sir Peter Hendy told the Railway Industry Association Innovation Conference in Nottingham on April 27. More than 40 000 RMT members ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Williams sees ‘vast opportunities’ for the private sector under Great British Railways


    UK: There will be ‘vast opportunities’ for the private sector to shape the rail sector as the development of Great British Railways gathers pace, Keith Williams, author of the Williams-Shapps Review into rail reform, told the Railway Industry Association’s Innovation Conference. GBR is being established ‘as ...

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    In depth

    USA: Pueblo test centre comes under new management


    With management of the vast TTC railway centre in Pueblo, Colorado, transferring from TTCI to ENSCO this year, future director of operations Ron Lang spoke to railway companies to dispel speculation about what the change means for the industry.

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    DB warned over market abuse in digital mobility platforms


    GERMANY: The Federal Monopolies Commission has reached a preliminary conclusion that Deutsche Bahn has committed ‘an abuse of market power’ in relation to digital mobility platforms designed to offer passengers integrated route planning and ticket purchasing. Announcing this on April 20, the Commission said that it ...

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    In depth

    Interview: Iryo targets a 30% share


    Ahead of the launch of its Iryo-branded high speed service in Spain later this year, we ask ILSA Chief Executive Simone Gorini to outline his vision for the Trenitalia-backed entrant to the high speed market.

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    SmartRail Europe brings industry leaders to Roma


    ITALY: Industry leaders will gather at SmartRail Europe in Roma in June to learn about the latest innovations and challenges facing the rail sector across the continent.

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    Two options to develop wagonload freight


    SWITZERLAND: Two options to determine the future of the wagonload freight business are to be analysed further with a view to the government setting the direction of future policy later this year. Rail currently handles about 25% of all freight traffic in Switzerland, but it has ...

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    In depth

    Cybersecurity: Intrusion detection to protect the digital railway

    2022-04-14T08:00:00Z Author Swantje Weiss Siemens Mobility

    Increasing reliance on digital technologies has made railways more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Intrusion Detection Systems can help to protect new and existing infrastructure and ensure availability.

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    EU accelerates funding for military transport projects


    EUROPE: The European Commission has brought forward the awarding of EU grants to co-fund projects to support military mobility, explaining that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has increased the urgency of making Europe’s transport infrastructure fit for dual civilian and defence use. The first Military Mobility ...

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    South African rail network to be opened to third party freight operators


    SOUTH AFRICA: State railway and port company Transnet has invited expressions of interest in buying train paths on two key freight corridors as a pilot scheme for wider rail reform. Opening up access to the rail network forms part of a reform process set out in a ...

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    Three key issues for rail freight in EU state aid reform


    EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association says three key issues need to be addressed in the European Commission’s planned revision of state aid guidelines for railway undertakings. Modal shift: ERFA believes state aid has an important role to play in supporting a transition towards more sustainable ...

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    Ukraine to nationalise Russian-owned rolling stock


    UKRAINE: National railway Ukrzaliznytsia has begun the process of nationalising Russian-owned rolling stock in the country. The announcement came after the President of Ukraine signed a law setting out principles for the seizure of Russian property following the invasion. Ukrzaliznytsia is drawing up a list of ...

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    International rail organisations say ‘sovereignty, self-determination, independence and territorial integrity’ must be respected


    UKRAINE: ‘We are firmly against the use of railways in armed conflicts’, the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail and the Organisation for Co‑Operation Between Railways said in a joint statement issued on March 21; it did not specifically mention Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The ...

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    More French inter-city services in prospect as tendering relaunched


    FRANCE: A 20% increase in ridership on conventional inter-city services or Trains d’Equilibre du Territoire over the next decade is envisaged in a new operating contract between the government and SNCF Voyageurs which was signed in Paris on March 17.

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    European railways co-ordinate efforts to support Ukrainians


    EUROPE: Railways are playing a key role in the flow of refugees out of Ukraine and the supply of aid into the country since it was invaded by Russia, and the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies says it is working closely with its members ...

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    Turkey – Bulgaria reconstruction contract halted


    TURKEY: The country’s highest administrative court has cancelled the contract awarded in June last year for reconstruction of TCDD’s main line between Ispartaküle and Halkalı, which forms the southern section of the Turkey’s principal rail link with western Europe.

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    Australian report recommends measures to promote rail freight


    AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Railway Association has released a report which states how government and industry can support greater use of rail freight.

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    Spain to create single transport accident investigation body


    SPAIN: The government is currently drafting legislation to establish a single transport accident investigation body, combining the responsibilities of the three commissions currently in charge of investigating maritime, civil aviation and railway accidents.

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    Polish industry calls for ’full and complete’ sanctions on Russian and Belarusian railways


    EUROPE: Representatives of the Polish railway industry have issued a joint call for the European Commission to impose ‘full and complete’ sanctions on the Russian and Belarusian railways because of their logistical role in the invasion of Ukraine. The statement issued on March 3 is signed by ...

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    State aid for Italy’s long-distance train operators approved


    ITALY: The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a €687m Italian government package intended to compensate operators of commercial long-distance passenger rail services for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic over the period between July 1 2020 and April 3 2021. The decision ...