Archive for category: Policy

Alstom confirms rail merger talks with Siemens

French multi-national company Alstom has confirmed that discussions have taken place with Siemens over a potential merging of their rail businesses.
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Arriva Trains Wales sees fuel consumption fall as it completes DAS rollout

Arriva Trains Wales has fitted its entire train fleet with driver advisory systems (DAS), transforming them into "much greener machines".
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New Zealand government announce almost $1bn in rail investment

New Zealand’s 2017 Budget has revealed that its railways are set for a boost of almost $1 billion. KiwiRail will benefit from $450 million to be invested into rail infrastructure and rolling stock, Auckland’s City Rail link – which is under construction – will receive a $436 million boost and Wellington’s commuter rail network has been set aside […]
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Governor announces action plan to deal with ‘intolerable state of disrepair’ at Pennsylvania Station

The governor of New York has announced a plan to deal with the ‘intolerable state of disrepair’ at Pennsylvania Station. Derailments and cancellations are causing delays for millions of travellers at the station and Andrew Cuomo wants to initiate short and long-term action to address the city’s transportation challenges. More than 600,000 people travel through Penn Station […]
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India and France strengthen cooperation with plans for new 200km/h service

Transport ministers for India and France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their countries’ technical cooperation around railways. An initial agreement was established in 2013 with the signing of an MoU and, following a meeting on April 13, SNCF and Indian Railways have reaffirmed their intention to work together on a number of key […]
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India and France strengthen cooperation with plans for new 200km/h service

Transport ministers for India and France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their countries’ technical cooperation around railways. An initial agreement was established in 2013 with the signing of an MoU and, following a meeting on April 13, SNCF and Indian Railways have reaffirmed their intention to work together on a number of key […]
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Member states reach informal deal over greater privitisation of Europe’s railways

Photo: Roman Babakin / shutterstock.com.The European Parliament has reached a provisional agreement over proposals to open up domestic rail routes across the continent to more competition from private operators. EU member states have reached[...]
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EU backs gradual privitisation of Europe’s railways

The European Commission’s Transport Council has reached an agreement over the political pillar of the Fourth railway package which calls for a “gradual” liberalisation of rail operations across member states. During a meeting[...]
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DfT ‘confusing’ industry with train procurement stance

The Department for Transport (DfT) has ‘created confusion’ within sections of the rail industry with its involvement in several multi-billion pound train orders, a new report has suggested. The DfT’s[...]
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Spain ushers in privatisation of long-distance rail services

The Spanish government has given private companies the opportunity to compete with state-owned rail operator Renfe for passengers on long-distance rail services between some of the country’s major cities. Minister for[...]
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Transpennine and Northern franchise competitions begin

Ministers have begun the bidding for the new Transpennine and Northern rail franchises. The Department for Transport (DfT) has published an OJEU notice for both franchises, which are set to begin[...]
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