Railway policy news – Page 5

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    Rail reopenings to support climate-friendly transport

    2021-06-22T13:16:00Z

    GERMANY: Infrastructure manager DB Netz has identified 20 lines totalling 245 route-km which it intends to reactivate for both freight and passenger services by 2030 as part of an initiative to provide environmentally friendly transport alternatives.

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    Legal settlement restores almost $1bn in California high speed rail funding

    2021-06-15T09:48:00Z

    USA: The federal government has agreed to return $929m in grants to the California High Speed Rail Authority following the settlement of legal proceedings with the state of California.

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    Europe: Reviving the overnight network

    2021-06-14T12:00:00Z

    An array of revived and new overnight services is planned across western and central Europe. Murray Hughes provides an overview of the latest developments.

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    France: Report presages night train renaissance

    2021-06-11T05:22:00Z

    A detailed report on the revival of domestic and international overnight passenger services on the French network indicates a potential market of 5∙7 million trips a year.

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    Amtrak raises concerns over CSX-Pan Am deal

    2021-06-08T15:15:00Z

    USA: National passenger operator Amtrak has raised concerns over the proposed acquisition of New England regional railroad Pan Am Railways by CSX Corp.

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    EU transport ministers call for modal shift, so rail can grow faster than the wider economy

    2021-06-07T10:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Meeting virtually on June 3, EU transport ministers gave unequivocal backing to rail’s role at the heart of sustainable mobility by adopting two sets of EU Council conclusions.

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    Passenger organisations demand better TER services

    2021-06-04T12:07:00Z

    FRANCE: Passenger lobbying and campaign group FNAUT, consumer association UFC-Que Choisir and cycling lobby federation FUB are calling for improvements to regional passenger services across France ahead of the regional elections due to take place on June 20 and 27.

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    Arriva eyes night trains to Schiphol

    2021-06-03T10:26:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: Arriva Netherlands has applied for rights to operate open access night trains linking Maastricht and Groningen to the Randstad region and Schiphol airport, challenging the current NS monopoly of the core national network.

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    Operating contract tender cancelled after incumbent submits only bid

    2021-05-20T05:00:00Z

    SLOVAKIA: The Ministry of Transport has cancelled a public tender for the operation of passenger services on the 95 km Bratislava – Komárno line, after the only bidder was national passenger operator ZSSK which offered a price that far exceeded the ministry’s expectations. A direct award ...

  • Replacing ‘a quarter-century of fragmentation’ with ‘single, accountable national leadership’ is at the core of the government’s Williams-Shapps Plan for reform of the railways in Great Britain,
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    Great British Railways to provide ‘united, accountable leadership’ for the rail sector

    2021-05-19T21:32:00Z

    UK: Replacing ‘a quarter-century of fragmentation’ with ‘single, accountable national leadership’ is at the core of the government’s Williams-Shapps Plan for reform of the railways in Great Britain, with passenger services to be provided by private sector concessionaires under contract to a new public body Great British ...

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    LIVE: Rail sector responds to the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail

    2021-05-19T10:45:00Z

    Live blog with the latest updates and reactions to the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail published on May 20 2021, the UK government’s white paper based on the Williams Review of the future structure of the rail industry.    

  • Federal railway authority EBA has approved the operation of ICE4 high-speed trains with ETCS.
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    TEE 2.0 Letter of Intent signed at third Rail Summit

    2021-05-18T08:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Agreement to take forward plans for a European network of high speed day and overnight inter-city services was reached on May 17 when European transport ministers signed a Letter of Intent for the Trans-Europ-Express 2.0 programme at the third Rail Summit staged by Germany’s Federal Ministry ...

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    Via Vindobona deal promises 4 h Berlin – Wien timing

    2021-05-17T14:39:00Z

    GERMANY: Plans for a dramatic acceleration of inter-city passenger services between the capital cities of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria were outlined at the third German Rail Summit held virtually on May 17. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer highlighted plans agreed by the three countries in ...

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    DOT backs return of Gulf Coast passenger trains

    2021-05-11T17:31:00Z

    USA: The Department of Transportation has endorsed efforts to revive inter-city passenger train services on the Gulf Coast route east of New Orleans, which were suspended following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Writing to the Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board Martin Oberman on May 10, DOT ...

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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 the cultural, economic ...

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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 of ...

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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 includes ...

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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 operators. ...