Railway policy news – Page 7

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    Rail Business UK

    Franchise termination negotiations run on past deadline

    2021-02-03T18:09:00Z

    UK: Negotiations over the termination of passenger franchise contracts are proving difficult, with some payments yet to be agreed and direct awards still being discussed.

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    News

    Buttigieg confirmed as Secretary of Transportation

    2021-02-03T10:19:00Z

    USA: Former Democratic presidential contender and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, was confirmed as federal Secretary of Transportation by an 86:13 vote in the Senate on February 2.

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    News

    DFC concessions proposed to raise infrastructure funding

    2021-02-01T15:10:00Z

    INDIA: Plans to outsource the operation and maintenance of the Dedicated Freight Corridors were unveiled as part of the national budget for the 2021-22 financial year, which was presented to parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1.

  • ALLRAIL said Eurostar’s original Class 373 trainsets dating from the early 1990s could be made available to competitors rather than scrapped.
    News

    Call for Eurostar trains to be made available to support on-rail competition

    2021-01-27T09:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The ALLRAIL association of new entrants to the rail market has said any government support which might be offered to Eurostar during the coronavirus pandemic should be accompanied by conditions designed to facilitate cross-Channel competition.

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    News

    iLint hydrogen project wins European Railway Award

    2021-01-26T10:46:00Z

    EUROPE: Germany’s iLint initiative to put hydrogen fuel cell trains into commercial operation on regional lines in Niedersachsen was named as winner of the 14th European Railway Award during a virtual ceremony on January 25, hosted from Brussels by industry associations UNIFE and CER. According to the ...

  • Eight railway industry associations have jointly set out their three most important requests from politicians ahead of the federal election to be held in September this year (Photo: DB/C Bedeschinski).
    News

    Digitalisation, infrastructure and modal shift on the German industry’s wish list

    2021-01-26T09:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Eight railway industry associations have jointly set out their three most important requests from politicians ahead of the federal election to be held in September this year. The three requests are to expand railway infrastructure to support a Deutschlandtakt national regular-interval timetable; to ...

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    News

    France pauses tendering of TET inter-city routes

    2021-01-18T13:50:00Z

    FRANCE: Government plans to let concessions to operate the 10 conventional inter-city services for which it remains responsible have been put on hold pending a review of the tendering conditions.

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    News

    Rs38tr investment envisaged in National Rail Plan

    2021-01-11T14:25:00Z

    INDIA: The Ministry of Railways has begun consultation on its National Rail Plan, intended to shape the evolution of Indian Railways up to 2050.

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    News

    Vale agrees concession extensions in ‘biggest step in railway history’

    2021-01-04T14:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Mining company Vale has agreed terms with the government to extend its concessions to operate the Estrado de Ferro Carajás and Estrado de Ferro Vitória a Minas by 30 years.

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    Metro Report International

    New EMUs enter service as first Berlin S-Bahn concession starts

    2021-01-04T10:00:00Z

    GERMANY: The first Class 483/484 EMUs for the Berlin S-Bahn network began running on route S47 in the early hours of January 1, as the route became the first in the city to be operated under a tendered contract. The Spindlersfeld – ...

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    News

    PTC implementation completed, reports FRA

    2020-12-30T14:30:00Z

    USA: Full implementation of Positive Train Control on all required routes has been achieved ahead of the Congressional deadline of December 31 2020, the Federal Railroad Administration confirmed on December 29.

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    News

    Taxirail lightweight vehicle demonstrator with AI to start trials in 2021

    2020-12-25T05:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Trials with a self-propelled ultra-lightweight rail vehicle intended for rural railways or lightly-used lines are due to commence towards the end of 2021.

  • Temporary rules to keep the Channel Tunnel open approved
    News

    Temporary rules to keep the Channel Tunnel open

    2020-12-17T17:13:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Parliament has approved temporary measures designed to ensure that rail operations through the Channel Tunnel can continue once the Brexit transition period ends on January 1 2021. The European Parliament approved the temporary rules under an urgent procedure on December 17 with 684 votes ...

  • The Senate’s Committee for Regional Planning & Sustainable Development is to examine the future of freight transport in the face of environmental concerns (Photo: Christophe Masse).
    News

    Mission to rethink freight transport

    2020-12-17T09:00:00Z

    FRANCE: The Senate’s Committee for Regional Planning & Sustainable Development has launched a fact-finding mission to examine the future of freight transport in the face of environmental concerns. The mission’s work is expected to take around six months, with hearings being held across France. The team of ...

  • Trebling of high speed rail travel and doubling of rail freight’s market share are two of the priorities outlined in the European Commission’s Sustainable & Smart Mobility Strategy
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    Rail to play a key role in EU strategy for ‘green, smart and affordable’ mobility

    2020-12-09T13:53:00Z

    EUROPE: A trebling of high speed rail travel and doubling of rail freight’s market share are two of the priorities outlined in the European Commission’s Sustainable & Smart Mobility Strategy, which was unveiled in Brussels by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean on December ...

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    News

    Minister promises help to double freight market share

    2020-11-26T15:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Rail freight will receive the support it needs to become ‘more competitive, more productive and more reliable’, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari promised delegates at a virtual seminar of regional rail freight operators.

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    News

    Amtrak welcomes FRA rule on passenger train performance

    2020-11-17T12:11:00Z

    USA: After a hotly contested process lasting more than a decade, the Federal Railroad Administration published a Final Rule on November 16 establishing metrics and minimum standards to measure the performance and service quality of inter-city passenger trains.

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    News

    Porto – Lisboa high speed link revived under €10∙5bn rail spending programme

    2020-11-13T13:12:00Z

    PORTUGAL: The government has confirmed its intention to press ahead with rail investment totalling more than €10bn as part of a wider national stimulus programme. The highlight of the package is the revival of a proposal for a high speed rail link between Lisboa and Porto, which was the subject of extensive studies in the mid-2000s.

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    News

    Technical pillar boosts European harmonisation

    2020-11-12T14:19:00Z

    EUROPE: Harmonised procedures have come into force making the EU Agency for Railways the single certification body for train operators and rolling stock used in international service, as well as for the approval of ERTMS trackside equipment. October 31 was the formal deadline for EU member ...

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    News

    Public funds to save Italo-NTV

    2020-11-09T15:47:00Z

    ITALY: From November 10, high speed open access operator Italo-NTV will cut back its services to a bare minimum because a second national lockdown needed to combat Covid-19 has caused demand to collapse.