Archive for category: Train Operating Companies

SJ targets Norwegian operating contracts

Sweden’s state-owned rail operator, SJ, has established a new Norwegian subsidiary as it looks to pursue rail operating contracts over the border. Berit Kjøll, former executive vice president of Huawei Norway and CEO of Flytoget, has been appointed as the chairman of SJ Norge AS. SJ already operates a number of services in Norway, includes […]
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Brightline announces September launch

Florida’s Brightline has said it plans to formally launch the new intercity service in September. A trial service will begin between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in late July. This will be followed by a Miami service at the end of August and the full official launch in September. The announcement on March 10 included a […]
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SBB and SNCF sign collaborative agreement for new cross-border service

The national rail operators of France and Switzerland, SNCF and SBB, have signed an agreement supporting the creation of the cross-border Léman Express network. Services are due to begin in December 2019 on the new Cornavin-Eaux-Vives-Annemasse (CEVA) line. More than 40 stations in the Vaud and Geneva cantons in Switzerland and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France […]
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Shortlist for new East Midlands franchise published

Arriva, Stagecoach and First Trenitalia have been shortlisted for the new East Midlands rail franchise. In 2015, the end date of the current franchise agreement with Stagecoach was extended from October 18 that year to March 2018. This deadline has now been extended again by up to a year. The shortlist includes Arriva Rail East […]
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Trenitalia completes acquisition of c2c

Italy’s state-owned rail operator, Trenitalia, has announced the completion of its acquisition of c2c from National Express. The deal, which is worth around £72.6 million, had been subject to approval from the Department for Transport (DfT). Trenitalia will now operate the franchise until it comes up for renewal in November 2029. Today’s announcement confirmed that […]
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Trenitalia and FirstGroup to launch joint bids for UK rail franchises

FirstGroup and Trenitalia are to launch joint bids for the East Midlands and West Coast Partnership franchise competitions. The announcement follows the Italian state rail operator’s acquisition of c2c and further demonstrates the company’s ambitions in the UK market. The joint venture has already submitted an expression of interest for the East Midlands franchise, which […]
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Trenitalia and FirstGroup to launch joint bids for UK rail franchises

FirstGroup and Trenitalia are to launch joint bids for the East Midlands and West Coast Partnership franchise competitions. The announcement follows the Italian state rail operator’s acquisition of c2c and further demonstrates the company’s ambitions in the UK market. The joint venture has already submitted an expression of interest for the East Midlands franchise, which […]
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Abellio sells 40% share in Greater Anglia to Mitsui

Abellio has announced the planned sale of a 40 per cent stake in its Greater Anglia rail franchise to Japan’s Mitsui. The announcement comes less than a week after Italy’s state-owned rail operator, Trenitalia, acquired the UK’s c2c franchise from National Express. Subject to regulatory approvals, Mitsui will become the first Japanese company to own […]
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MTR begins Stockholm Pendeltåg commuter rail concession

MTR has taken over the operation and maintenance of the Stockholm Pendeltåg commuter rail network. MTR Pendeltågen AB, which officially took over on December 11, will sit alongside MTR’s two existing Swedish rail services: Stockholm Metro and the intercity MTR Express service between Stockholm and Gothenburg. The 10-year concession includes the operation of trains, station management and […]
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Digital learning curve

Skills forecasting is a tricky business. With advanced programmes like Digital Railway, it is not easy to know exactly how technology will evolve in the next five to 10 years and what kind of skills will be required. ‘When I first took over, we were doing it to bolster our workforce and now we’re seeing […]
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Open access operator planning new London Waterloo-Southampton service

Arriva-owned Alliance Rail Holdings has launched a consultation into its plans for a new open access rail service between Southampton and London Waterloo. The service, which would begin in December 2017, would initially include seven off-peak trains, adding two peak services in 2018. Class 442 units would be used at first, the company has said. […]
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