Railway policy news – Page 6

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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’ review will ...

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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 manager would ...

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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 March ...

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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. The ...

  • The ScotRail franchise is to be taken over by the Scottish Government on the expiry of the current contract with Abellio in March 2022
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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 owned ...

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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 of increasing ...

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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 ...

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    Saudi Arabia approves merger of railway companies

    2021-02-19T13:49:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: The merger of Saudi Railways Organization and Saudi Railways Company has been formally approved. The combined entity will be responsible for all inter-city railways in the country, and will use the Saudi Railways Company name, abbreviated SAR. The merger and associated legislative changes would ...

  • The CAF-led Momentum Trains consortium is supplying a 117-car fleet of diesel trainsets to replace the XPTs, Xplorer and Endeavour DMUs.
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    Three step plan to improve Australian rail services

    2021-02-16T17:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Australian Railway Association has published a report commissioned from Arup which sets out a three-step plan to provide faster, more reliable and more frequent rail services through upgrades to the existing network and the creation of dedicated fast lines. The ...

  • The Inclusive Passenger Experience centre would focus on topics such as inclusive design, digital connectivity, future passenger preferences, and demand and performance metrics
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    Passenger Experience and Economics, Policy & Operations rail research centres planned

    2021-02-15T09:00:00Z

    UK: The UK Rail Research & Innovation Network has called on academic institutions to express interest in establishing two centres of excellence. The Inclusive Passenger Experience centre would focus on topics such as inclusive design, digital connectivity, future passenger preferences, and demand and performance metrics. The ...

  • The European Rail Freight Association has welcomed reductions in track access charges in France (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    ERFA calls for reduction in freight access charges to help meet EU targets

    2021-02-12T11:37:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association has welcomed reductions in track access charges in Austria, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and called for further waiving or reductions of charges in other EU member states. ERFA said it was ‘of utmost importance that ambitious measures are ...

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    Wales & Borders rail franchise taken into public ownership

    2021-02-08T09:22:00Z

    UK: The Welsh Government took Wales & Borders passenger services into public ownership on February 7, insisting that the move which had been announced in October would provide longer-term financial stability to ‘protect services, safeguard jobs and deliver infrastructure improvements in light of the ongoing challenges of coronavirus.’

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    African Rail Industry Association says reform and regulatory stability will unlock economic growth

    2021-02-04T14:42:00Z

    A 422 km section of the former Benguela Railway in northwestern DR Congo was reactivated in 2016 following extensive refurbishment. AFRICA: The independent RailRoad Association of South Africa has rebranded itself as the African Rail Industry Association, positioning itself to play a greater role in revitalising railways ...