Department for Transport to extend East Midlands rail franchise until August 2019

East Midlands Trains (EMT) will now run services on the East Midlands franchise until at least August 2019 after the Department for Transport (DfT) took up an option to extend the contract for another year. The train operating company – which is owned by Stagecoach – has been the franchise holder since 2007, but its […]
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PKP’s intercity Pendolino’s to be overhauled by Alstom

Alstom has started overhauling the first of 20 Pendolino trains with wheels to be replaced and bogies and traction motors to be inspected. The trains began operating in December 2014 and are the only high-speed trains in Poland. They have all reached 1.2 million kms, at which point they undergo a first level overhaul. This work […]
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CAF takes over Italian wheelset and railcar maintenance firm

CAF’s wheel, axle, gearbox and couplers manufacturing division has completed the takeover of RIFER, an Italian wheelset and railcar maintenance firm. CAF said that the acquisition will allow the division – known as CAF MiiRA – to improve its presence in the Italian and Central European markets. A statement on CAF’s website reads: “The strategic […]
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UK ditches electrification plans in Wales, the Midlands and the North

The UK government has abandoned plans to electrify the railway between Cardiff and Swansea, the Midland Main Line north of Kettering and the line between Windermere and Oxenholme in favour of bi-mode, or ‘alternative-fuel’, trains. An announcement from the Department for Transport (DfT) this morning said electrification of the lines was no longer needed and […]
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Intermodal operator Kombiverkehr welcomes German master plan

Kombiverkehr has said that the prospects of the German rail freight sector can “really improve” following the publication of a master plan from the German government. Among the changes, the government is committed to substantially discounting track access charges, upgrading key sections of track and supporting the digitisation process to stimulate the sector. Welcoming the news, Kombiverkehr – […]
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Devolved rail services perform better, report argues

A report produced by the Urban Transport Group claims that devolved rail services perform better, are more reliable and are preferred by passengers.
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Romania awards contracts to modernise 80km of railway to strengthen European links

A consortium comprised of Astaldi, FCC Construccion, Salcef and Thales has been awarded two contracts by the Romanian National Railway Company.
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Bombardier and CPB Contractors win $1bn contract for Melbourne Metro Tunnel signalling

The Government of Victoria, Australia, has awarded Bombardier and CPB Contractors a $1 billion contract to install 55km of high-capacity signalling (HCS) in the Metro Tunnel. The Metro Tunnel, which will run from North Melbourne to South Yarra, will connect the existing Sunbury and Cranebourne/Pakenham lines. By doing so, it will remove traffic from the […]
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Stadler to build vehicle maintenance depot in the Netherlands

Rolling stock manufacturer Stadler has announced it is to build a vehicle maintenance depot in the Netherlands. The announcement follows the award of a 15 year contract from Keolis’s subsidiary Syntus – which operates passenger train services in the country – to service the 16 Stadler Flirt EMUs it order in January last year. The […]
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European freight operator releases bizarre Lord of the Rings-inspired video

Multinational freight operator LTE Group has released a Lord of the Rings-inspired video with its Bombardier Traxx AC3 as the star of the show. In a promotional video called ‘Lord of the Rails’ – the name of the aforementioned train in its fleet – a man with an axe, a bowman and a wizard are […]
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Alstom unveils mockup for Dubai metro train

A delegation from Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has inspected a mock-up of the new trains for the extension of Dubai’s metro in the United Arab Emirates. A consortium including Alstom, infrastructure developer Acciona and construction firm Gulermak signed a €2.6 billion contract with RTA for the extension in 2016, which also covers the upgrading […]
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HS1 sold to new consortium

Britain’s first purpose-built high-speed line has new owners after a deal was confirmed at the end of last week. Borealis – the infrastructure investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund – and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan bought the concession to run the railway for £2.1 billion in November, 2010. That […]
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