Railway policy news – Page 6

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    Rail sector welcomes proposed TEN-T revision


    EUROPE: Rail sector representatives have welcomed the European Commission’s proposals for a revision of the trans-European transport network regulation, with the aim of improving the passenger network, setting more ambitious technical standards and providing better multimodal integration. However, they have cautioned that bringing forward deadlines would ...

  • The European Commission has set out an action plan designed to boost long distance and cross-border passenger rail services

    European action plan for long distance and cross-border passenger rail services


    EUROPE: The European Commission has set out an action plan designed to boost long distance and cross-border passenger rail services, with the aim of doubling high speed rail traffic and making scheduled public transport trips under 500 km carbon neutral by 2030, and tripling high speed ...

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    Direct awards agreed to replace Abellio’s Nordrhein-Westfalen contracts


    GERMANY: Three local transport authorities in Nordrhein-Westfalen have agreed emergency contracts for DB Regio, National Express and Vias Rail to take over regional passenger services currently operated by Abellio Rail NRW GmbH.

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    Czech passenger services change hands


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The timetable introduced on December 12 brought a further decline in passenger volumes operated by ČD, although the state operator has returned to two short branch lines where trains were previously run by private operators.

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    First Pro Trilhos construction schemes approved


    BRAZIL: The federal government signed contracts with six groups on December 9 authorising them to progress nine railway construction projects which would add an estimated 3 507 km to the national network using R$50bn in private funding.

  • A three-stage integrated railway development strategy building on the Etihad Rail network was announced by the government on December 5, during the Expo 2020 world fair.

    UAE Railways Programme aims to connect the emirates


    UAE: A three-stage integrated railway development strategy building on the Etihad Rail network was announced by the government on December 5, during the Expo 2020 world fair. The 50bn dirham UAE Railways Programme aims to provide reliable transport connections between the emirates and support the economy, ...

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    EU’s Global Gateway to offer ‘values-driven’ alternative to China’s Belt & Road Initiative


    INTERNATIONAL: The European Commission has unveiled its Global Gateway international investment programme, which aims to offer countries around the world a ‘values driven’ alternative to China’s Belt & Road Initiative when they are deciding how to meet their infrastructure development needs. Global Gateway aims to provide ...

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    Australia: ARA targets modal shift


    The Australasian Railway Association has launched a new strategy that it hopes will bring a greater share of Australia’s expanding freight market on to the country’s railway network.

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    Rail Business UK

    North Wales electrification and WCML enhancements backed in Union Connectivity Review


    UK: Electrification of the coastal main line across north Wales between Crewe and Holyhead and further modernisation of the northern sections of the West Coast Main Line are among the key rail interventions recommended by Network Rail Chairman Sir Peter Hendy in his Union Connectivity Review, published on November 26.

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    Western Australia studies faster Perth – Bunbury link


    AUSTRALIA: Work has started on the development of a strategic business case for a ‘Fast Rail’ link between Perth and Bunbury.

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    Norwegian passenger tendering competitions cancelled


    NORWAY: The government confirmed on November 19 that it was cancelling two tendering processes for regional and inter-city passenger services.

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    ‘New era’ as German coalition prioritises rail spending over road


    GERMANY: The so-called ‘traffic light coalition’ formed by the Social Democratic, Green and Free Democratic parties as the next federal government has committed to launching a ‘Rapid Capacity Expansion’ to enhance railway infrastructure as part of its wider transport strategy.

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    ILSA services to be branded Iryo


    SPAIN: Independent high speed operator ILSA unveiled Iryo as its customer-facing brand in a ceremony at Madrid Atocha station on November 18.

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    EBRD loan boosts Istanbul – Kapıkule route modernisation


    TURKEY: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is to provide Turkey with a €150m loan for reconstruction of the 67 km long Ispartakule – Çerkezköy section of the 233 km main line linking Halkalı on the western edge of Istanbul with Kapıkule on the border with Bulgaria.

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    Metro Report International

    Federal Transit Administration sets out funding priorities


    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has set out its key funding priorities after President Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act into law on November 15. The act authorises spending of up to $108bn with guaranteed funding of $91bn for public transport in 2022-26, ...

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    Rail and public transport ‘too low on COP26 agenda’, warn UIC and UITP


    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways and global public transport association UITP marked the formal transport day at the COP26 Climate Summit on November 10 by urging policymakers to focus more effort on decarbonising mobility through modal shift.

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    Europe: Harmonising rail capacity strategies


    Development of a single European railway area is being hampered by nationally led approaches to the development of route utilisation strategies. Now a pan-European programme is underway to harmonise the planning and management of network capacity.

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    Industry welcomes $66bn of rail funding in Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act


    USA: Rail industry organisations have welcomed the passing by Congress of the $1tr Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, which includes significant funding for passenger and freight rail as well as public transport. The White House said IIJA would provide the largest investment in passenger rail since ...

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    Austria increases 2022-27 investment as KlimaTicket launched


    AUSTRIA: An €18·2bn investment framework for Austrian Federal Railways covering 2022-27 was approved by the council of ministers on November 3. Taking climate change mitigation targets into account, it is a modification of an earlier plan covering 2021-26 which envisaged a slightly lower spend of €17·5bn. ...

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    Women in rail agreement comes into force


    EUROPE: A binding deal aimed at promoting the employment of more women in the rail sector came into force on November 5, when it was formally signed by the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies representing employers and the European Transport Workers’ Federation representing staff. ...