UK rail fares set to rise by 3.5%

Regulated rail fares in the UK could increase by an average of 3.5 per cent following the publication of July’s inflation figures. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) was measured at[...]
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TransPennine and Northern franchise bidders shortlisted

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a shortlist of bidders for the TransPennine Express franchise and Northern franchise competitions. Shortlisted operators have until December to develop their bids before[...]
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London Underground launches competition for new Northern line trains

London Underground (LU) has invited expressions of interest to supply new Tube trains for the Jubilee and Northern lines. A formal Invitation to Tender should be issued in early 2015[...]
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Weapon of war

The coming of the railways in the 19th century revolutionised military planning. The First World War saw the railways put to use as a major weapon of war. For the first time it became possible to mobilise millions of men and keep them supplied hundreds of miles from home. Colin Garratt reports World War One […]
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to deliver driverless systems for São Paulo metro line

The consortium building São Paulo’s Line 6 metro has awarded Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsui a contract to design and install the line’s driverless operating system. MHI and Mitsui, in partnership[...]
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Atlanta Streetcar begins dynamic testing

On-street testing has begun in Atlanta ahead of the launch of the city’s new light rail system later this year. Siemens-built S70 trams will began a programme of dynamic testing[...]
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NS returns to profit in 2014

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) has returned to black in the first half of 2014 thanks largely to a €125 million compensation payment from AnsaldoBreda. NS has turned a €76 million loss[...]
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EU funding for Belfast-Dublin cross-border train fleet

The European Union has set aside  €21.5 million to improve cross-border rail services in Ireland. The majority of the money, €15.2 million, will fund a substantial upgrade of the Belfast-Dublin Enterprise[...]
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Alistair Dormer – From ship to shore

Following the launch of Hitachi’s new commuter train, the AT200, Alistair Dormer, global chief executive for rail, Hitachi, talks about the company’s targets in the UK and Europe. Hitachi is an ambitious company. In a short space of time the Japanese multinational has established itself at the top table of rail suppliers in the UK. […]
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SJ cuts ticket prices following strong second quarter

Swedish passenger rail operator SJ has lowered ticket prices on its high-speed services after recording its best quarterly financial results for almost 10 years. SJ announced this week a second-quarter[...]
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New Midland Metro Urbos trams to enter service on September 5

Birmingham’s new Urbos trams will begin to enter service from September 5, Centro has announced. The first four of 20 new low-floor light rail vehicles (LRV) that have been built[...]
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Transnet receives funding guarantee for new locomotives

South African rail freight operator Transnet has received a R6 billion funding guarantee from US-Exim to finance a renewal of its locomotive fleet. Transnet has placed orders for 599 electric and 465[...]
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