ROBEL Strengthens Its Position in France

URMA Rail/Maintenance turn into Robel France SAS The Robel Group continues to grow – following Robel North America, Robel France has now gone operational. From 10 July 2019 the Robel Holding GmbH (formerly Deutsche Plasser Holding GmbH) hold 80 percent of the newly founded Robel France SAS in Burhaupt-le-Haut (Alsace). The former

Denmark to Get 4 Additional Coradia Lint Trains

Danish train operator Nordjyske Jernbaner A/S has ordered four Coradia Lint DMUs from Alstom. This will bring their total fleet of Coradia Lint regional trains to 17. Alstom says it will manufacture the rolling stock at its facility in Salzgitter, Germany and deliver the units by mid-2021. Coradia Lint Specifications for Danish

£26m to rescue Island Line

THE uncertain future of Island Line has been secured by a new rolling stock deal as well as a Network Rail commitment to renew the pier at Ryde, which carries the line into the town. The investment will total £26 million. The five two-car Class 484 sets will be D-Trains from

Rolling Stock Highlights at TRAKO 2019

Event Stadler will stage an official unveiling event for this EMU on Thursday, 24 September, at 3pm, outdoor area TZ 06. Did You Know? This order is the largest single order for rolling stock in the history of the railways in Poland. Manufacturing Site Stadler has three sites in Poland. Its headquarters in Warsaw, a

Lineas to Take 5,300 Containers from Road to Rails

Brussels: Rail freight operator, Lineas, is doubling capacity on its trains in and out of Antwerp. An increase in capacity on the Antwerp to La Louvière, Genk and Zeebrugge lines and the newly established connection to Terneuzen and Gent, will allow 2,600 to 5,300 containers per week to be moved from

Leading Rail Expert Marks 20 Years at Zonegreen

Sheffield-based Zonegreen is celebrating the achievements of its technical director, who has been driving up safety standards within the rail industry for the last two decades. Christian Fletcher is marking 20 years with the firm this month, during which time he has become one of the world’s leading experts in depot

Lord Adonis hits out at HS2 review

The Government’s decision to review the HS2 rail project has been branded “bizarre” by a former transport secretary. Labour’s Lord Adonis warned that the fundamental review of the multibillion-pound high-speed rail project could lead to its cancellation. Siemens/PA He told the Lords there was a clear “left-hand, right-hand problem” in the Government’s handling

9 September: news in brief

Wrong bleach took Caledonian Sleepers out of service CLEANERS who used the wrong specification of bleach in the toilets and shower rooms on Caledonian Sleepers caused significant damage after the chemicals reacted with stainless steel pipes, it has emerged. The problem affected the inaugural train which carried VIP guests in April,

Greater Anglia Celebrate the Launch of 38 Stadler Trains

Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, too lauded the arrival of the new trains and reaffirmed the Government’s pledge to prioritise a passenger-focused railway which sees trains running on time. Joint Venture Greater Anglia put the first four-carriage Class 755 into service on 29 July, running on the Wherry Line between Norwich, Great Yarmouth,

Industry Insider Week 36 – 7 Must-Read Rail News Stories

Trains for Blackpool | Northern Continues Fleet Roll-Out | Rolling Stock Northern will begin operating new electric trains between Blackpool and Liverpool on Monday 9 September. The train operating company says further trains will be launched to serve Blackpool-York and Blackpool-Bolton-Hazel Grove. Northern are replacing their fleet of Pacer trains with

SBB Cargo plans in the cloud

SWITZERLAND: SBB Cargo has begun using a cloud-hosted version of IVU Traffic Technologies’ IVU.rail software to plan the deployment of around 320 locomotives and 2 200 employees each day. The supplier said its IVU.cloud package offered the operator scalability, with a secure connection enabling up to 150 people work simultaneously on high-availability

UK Railtours unveils Christmas charter line up

Although summer is currently in full swing, charter operators have already turned their thoughts to the end of the year. UK Railtours is no exception and has announced a trio of days out by train visiting Christmas markets in Manchester, Lincoln and Beverley during December.  On December 7, UKR

RegioJet to standardise on Traxx locomotives

CZECH REPULIC: Expanding independent operator RegioJet has ordered 15 Bombardier Transportation Traxx MS3 multi-system electric locomotives, with an option for more. The contract announced on September 3 follows RegioJet’s 2017 order for eight Traxx MS2e locomotives, which entered service last year. The additional locos are intended to work domestic routes including

ČD fined for anti-competitive bidding

CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator ČD has been fined KC274·8m after anti-monopoly office ÚOHS ruled that it had abused its dominant position in an effort to prevent competitors entering the passenger market. ÚOHS found that ČD had violated Czech and EU competition laws by submitting artificially low bids for 10-year contracts to

Deutsche Bahn Completes 2020 Timetable

Up until 8 April passenger train and freight operators were able to submit their preferred slots for the 2020 timetable on Germany’s rail network to Deutsche Bahn. The German state rail company received more than 72,000 applications. This also caused more than 3,000 conflicts – i.e. when different operators want

Smartron locomotive offered for Bulgaria and Romania

EUROPE: Siemens Mobility now offers its Smartron electric locomotives pre-configured for use in Bulgaria and Romania. The Smartron was launched in 2018 as a budget version of Siemens’ Vectron modular locomotive. It is offered in standard specification including the Capri Blue livery, offering freight operators faster delivery times and a lower

30 August: news in brief

Four days of strikes begin on South Western Railway MEMBERS of the RMT have begun four days of strikes on South Western Railway as the long-running dispute about the future role of guards continues. SWR said reduced services are running on its main lines from London to Portsmouth, Weymouth and Exeter,

LNER to pilot UK rail ticketing reform

UK: East Coast Main Line operator LNER is to pilot proposed reforms to Great Britain’s fares system from January 2 2020, with tickets going on sale from November 29. Announcing the trial on August 29, the Department for Transport said its aim was to ‘significantly boost customer confidence and flexibility in

CAF Wins LeadMind Solution Contract in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: CAF has signed a contract with Saudi Railway Company (SAR) for its LeadMind solution. Specifically, the system permits real-time remote monitoring and condition-based maintenance. As part of the contract CAF will deliver real-time and advanced analytics functionalities for the trains on the Riyadh-Qurayyat line. Riyadh-Qurayyat Line The Riyadh-Qurayyat line runs

West Coast Partnership contract signed

UK: The West Coast Partnership contract was formally signed by the Department for Transport and First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd on August 28. The 70:30 joint venture of transport group FirstGroup plc and the Trenitalia UK Ltd subsidiary of Italy’s national railway holding group FS had been named preferred bidder

ERFA Secretary General appointed at an ‘exciting moment’

EUROPE: Conor Feighan became Secretary General of the European Rail Freight Association on August 26, succeeding Acting Secretary General Carole Coune. Feighan has joined ERFA from the FEPORT association which represents terminal operators and private port companies. He has had previous roles at the European Parliament and the European Economic &

Turkey: Stadler Wins EURODUAL Locomotives Contract

Stadler Co’Co’ Hybrid EURODUAL Locomotives A single EURODUAL locomotive is capable of hauling up to 2000 tons. Stadler’s EURODUAL has a power output of 2.8 megawatts when operating in diesel mode. When operating electrically with OLE the output is 6.15 megawatts. Thanks to six powered axles and a cutting-edge adhesion control

DB Cargo wagons are getting smarter

GERMANY: A total of 34 000 wagons, or half of DB Cargo’s fleet, have now been equipped with telematics and smart sensors, the operator announced on August 27. All 68 000 wagons are scheduled to be equipped by 2020. The retrofitting programme is being carried out at Seelze near Hannover in

SOB and SBB in Co-operation Agreement | Traverso Presentation

Schweizerische Südostbahn (SOB) and Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) will co-operate on two long-distance routes starting in 2020. SOB will use its Stadler Traverso trains for these services. From December 2020 onwards SOB will operate an hourly service across the Gotthard mountain route to Locarno, alternating between Zurich and Basel at the

Turkish operator orders Stadler electro-diesel locos

TURKEY: The Körfez Ulaştırma rail transport subsidiary of oil refiner Tüpraş has awarded Stadler a contract to supply seven Eurodual electro-diesel locomotives from 2021, along with an eight-year full service maintenance agreement. Stadler said the order announced on August 27 was its first contract in Turkey, and they would be the

Flirt fleet refurbished

GERMANY: Leasing company Alpha Trains has completed one of its largest refurbishment projects, handing over to operator Keolis the last of 44 Stadler Flirt electric multiple-units which have been modernised for use on Teutoburger Wald-Netz and Hellweg-Netz services.  The comprehensive modernisation programme was undertaken by Stadler in Berlin, and included fitting

World rail infrastructure market – August 2019

Australia: ARTC has appointed Turner & Townsend and SNC-Lavalin to provide programme management office services for the Inland Rail project. Canada: Thales is to supply SelTrac CBTC signalling for Toronto’s Finch West light rail line and Stage 2 of the O-Train Confederation Line in Ottawa. Croatia: HŽ Infrastruktura, the Port of Rijeka

World rolling stock market – August 2019

Australia: The UGL Unipart 70:30 JV has been awarded a five-year extension to its contract to maintain Sydney Trains’ fleet of more than 1 050 vehicles. The contract runs for five years from July 1, replacing a two-year extension announced in January. South Australia has awarded Bombardier a contract to supply

A West Highland celebration

In the first of two features focusing on the West Highland line, which marks its 125th anniversary this year, Keith Farr analyses steam-hauled journeys over this scenic and demanding route. Glasgow (Queen Street) high-level terminus is being transformed. Platforms are being extended to cope with more frequent and longer trains

Estonia plans rail electrification to meet 2030 climate goals

ESTONIA: The Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications and the Ministry of the Environment are preparing a railway electrification strategy after receiving cabinet backing for the development of proposals.  The government envisages that electrification works could be undertaken in 2022-28, supporting the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% from

PKP Intercity orders Flirts as ridership grows

POLAND: National long-distance train operator PKP Intercity has signed a contract for Stadler to supply a 12 eight-car Flirt electric multiple-units and maintain them for 15 years. Stadler and a consortium of Pesa Bydgoszcz with its subsidiary ZNTK Mińsk Mazowiecki submitted bids in response to the operator’s December 2017 call for

Abellio Takes Over East Midlands Franchise

Abellio, which won the East Midlands franchise in April this year has started operating the line, which serves the Midland Main Line. Operating as East Midlands Railway, major calling points include London St Pancras, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Leeds, York and Scarborough. The franchise contract is set to run for eight

SBB and ÖBB to strengthen overnight services

EUROPE: Citing a significant increase in demand for international passenger services during the first half of 2019, Swiss Federal Railways announced on August 19 that it intended to strengthen its long-term co-operation with Austria’s ÖBB and expand the provision of both daytime and overnight trains. Suggesting that increased awareness of climate

Steelmaker orders broad gauge EffiShunter locos

UKRAINE: ArcelorMittal has awarded Czech manufacturer CZ Loko a contract to supply four 1 520 mm gauge EffiShunter 1600 Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotives for heavy shunting at its Kryvyi Rih steelworks. The order is being financed by OTP Leasing, with delivery scheduled for the second half of 2020. The locos will have CAT

ProRail Increases Capacity for 2020 Timetable

The Dutch railway infrastructure manager ProRail has determined its 2020 timetable. This is a major logistical feat, taking into account 7,000km of track, 400 stations and the wishes of 34 freight and passenger train operators. Creating the new timetable, which always comes into force in December in European countries, is a

West Highland Line re-opens after flooding

West Highland Line re-opens after flooding. Photo: Network Rail Network Rail has announced that the West Highland Line has fully re-opened for start of service today, after repair works finished following flash floods. The line had been closed by ‘wash-aways’ and landslips at multiple locations around Crianlarich and Tyndrum as a

Filling the intermodal information gap

EUROPE: Intermodal freight company Kombiverkehr is piloting Train Monitor, which provides real-time information on the location and punctuality of its services operating within Germany and from Germany to Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Poland. This includes the estimated time when

Japanese take over Rio suburban network

BRAZIL: A consortium of Mitsui and West Japan Railway has purchased a majority stake in Rio de Janeiro suburban operator SuperVia, at a reported cost of around ¥20bn. The Japanese trading group had previously held a 24% stake in the concessionaire, through its stake in SuperVia parent Odebrecht Mobilidad. It has

Russia’s Busiest Airport to Get New Railway Line

Sheremetyevo International Airport, which is located 30km from Moscow, is to get a new railway line, Russian Railways has said. The new line will extend to the Northern Terminal Complex (NTC), which comprises Terminals B and C. The goal of the project is to increase the airport’s accessibility while taking

MIRA and PGGM to acquire all of Genesee & Wyoming Australia

AUSTRALIA: Existing shareholders Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets and PGGM have agreed to assume full ownership of the Genesee & Wyoming Australia business. This announcement on August 6 follows an agreement for GWA’s parent company Genesee & Wyoming Inc to be acquired by Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC in a transaction which

First/Trenitalia to Operate West Coast Partnership

First/Trenitalia will run the West Coast Partnership franchise from December 2019 to 2031. The two partners – FirstGroup and Trenitalia – have different areas of expertise. For example, the former is highly familiar with the British rail industry, while Trenitalia is incredibly knowledgeable about high-speed trains. The West Coast Partnership replaces

First, Trenitalia win West Coast Partnership franchise

THE government has awarded the West Coast Partnership to a consortium of FirstGroup and Trenitalia. Transport secretary Grant Shapps and Keith Williams, chair of the Rail Review, have described the deal as ‘vital to deliver the swift introduction of significant benefits for passengers’. The new contract is also designed to ‘fit

FirstGroup replaces Virgin to run West Coast route

FirstGroup, along with Italian firm Trenitalia, will operate train services on the West Coast Main Line from December 8, the Department for Transport has said. The joint partnership was awarded the West Coast Partnership (WCP) contract, which also includes responsibility for running the first HS2 trains from 2026. But the DfT said

Snowdon Mountain Railway orders battery-diesel locos

UK: Snowdon Mountain Railway has ordered two battery-diesel hybrid locomotives from Clayton Equipment Ltd, which specialises in the production of bespoke designs for specialist railway, metro, mining and tunnelling applications. The 800 mm gauge railway runs steam and diesel locos up the highest mountain in Wales using the Abt rack and

Northern Takes First Pacer Train Out of Service

UK rail franchise operator Northern has taken its first Pacer ‘train’ – British Rail Class 142 – out of service. The unit in question, 142005, has been in service since 1987 and has completed more than three million miles. On its final journey it carried passengers between Manchester Victoria and

DB invests in mobile data analytics company

SWITZERLAND: A company which uses mobile phone data to obtain information on travel demand has raised US$17·5m in a funding round with participants including Deutsche Bahn’s technology investment fund DB Digital Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Innogy Ventures, LBBW Venture Capital, Liil Ventures and existing investors Atomico and Lakestar. Teralytics was

Loram to acquire Aurizon’s rail grinding business

AUSTRALIA: Loram Maintenance of Way has agreed to purchase Aurizon’s rail grinding business, along with its contracts to serve four customers. ‘Loram recognises substantial opportunities in the Australian rail market’, explained Stephen Mannix, Managing Director of local subsidiary Loram Pty Ltd, when the agreement was announced on August 12. ‘This acquisition

Keolis Opens New Section of Songjiang Tram Network

French public transport operator Keolis opened a new stretch of the Songjiang light rail network on 10 August. The total tram network, consisting of two lines, now measures 27km, with 40 stations. The first 13.9km of the network opened in December 2018. This tram network in the suburban Songjiang district of

DB to Analyse Passenger Behaviour Using Big Data

The branch of Deutsche Bahn dealing with new digital business models, DB Digital Ventures, is teaming up with Teralytics. This Swiss start-up performs mobility analyses using big data, something DB believes holds far-reaching potential for a customer-oriented development of its services. Using data obtained from mobile phones Teralytics supplies reliable information

Inquiry launched into power cuts

AN inquiry has been launched by the government after widespread power cuts brought many trains to a stand, particularly in the London area. Tyne & Wear Metro was also disrupted by the widespread outages, on Friday afternoon. The problems were caused by the failure of two generators according to National Grid,

Vall de Núria rack locomotive delivered

SPAIN: A Stadler electro-diesel rack locomotive is expected to enter service on Catalunya operator FGC’s Vall de Núria line this month. The metre-gauge route between Ribes-Enllaç and Vall de Núria climbs 1 062 m in 12·5 km to provide access to a car-free tourist destination 1 967 m above sea level in the Pyrenees. The first

Wabtec Delivers 5 PowerHaul Locomotives to Turkey

Körfez Ulaştırma A.Ş. has received 5 new diesel-electric locomotives from the American company Wabtec Corp. – which recently merged with GE Transportation – to accompany their existing fleet of 5 leased diesel locomotives. Körfez Ulaştırma A.Ş. is a subsidiary of Tüpraş, Turkey’s largest oil refinery operator. The order for the new locomotives was

nVent SCHROFF: Modernizing Aging Equipment for Rolling Stock

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İtalya’da İçişleri Bakanı Salvini seçime gidilmesini istedi

İtalya’da koalisyon hükümetinde Başbakan Yardımcılığı ve İçişleri Bakanlığı görevini yürüten aşırı sağcı Lig Partisinin lideri Matteo Salvini, “Yüksek hızlı tren oylamasında açıkça çoğunluğun olmadığını gördük. Bir karar alması için parlamentoya gidiyoruz ve sonrasında sözü artık seçmene bırakacağız” ifadesini kullandı.

Amsterdam – Brussels trainsets ordered

NETHERLANDS: National operator NS has awarded Alstom a contract to supply a further 18 Intercity New Generation 200 km/h electric multiple-units, which will provide it with a pool of 20 units equipped for use on Amsterdam – Brussels services as well as domestic routes. This would enable the locomotive-hauled ICR stock which

RegioJet Adds Budapest to Its Destinations

RegioJet says it will add Budapest, Hungary, to its list of destinations starting in June 2020. Last week RegioJet announced that it was terminating its contract with GKB and instead collaborate with WESTbahn, who will operate all RegioJet services in Austrian territory starting 15 December 2019. This affects RegioJet services that

Bid to run Southeastern rail route scrapped

Bid to run Southeastern rail route scrapped. Photo: Southeastern. The bid to run Southeastern rail route has been scrapped, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. Incumbent operator Southeastern’s rail route contract was due to expire in November, but this has been extended until April 1 next year. The franchise competition was

6 August: news in brief

Second station funding boost for West Midlands TWO stations in the West Midlands which were closed in January 1965 have moved a significant step closer to being reopened, with news of a £10 million grant from the Department for Transport. Darlaston and Willenhall were closed as part of the Beeching cutbacks,

Industry Insider Week 31 – 12 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 31 for 29 July–02 August 2019: Rail yard behind the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia © Donnie Nunley under licence Business Stadler manufactures the Berlin S-Bahn at its Pankow site © Railway-News Stadler

Trenitalia plans €2·7bn regional EMU spend

ITALY: State-owned passenger operator Trenitalia has invited expressions of interest by October 1 for the supply of up to 250 single-deck EMUs with an estimated total value of €2·7bn. The FS Group subsidiary is looking to award two four-year framework agreements for EMUs to operate regional passenger services on the 3 kV

Cybersecurity firm raises seed funding

ISRAEL: Railway cybersecurity startup company Cervello has raised US$4·5m during a seed funding round. Investors include North First Ventures of Israel and Awz Ventures of Canada, along with Nissim Bar-El, the founder of technology security consultancy Comsec Group. ‘As operators further digitise their infrastructure, the railway industry is adopting an active

Westbahn to operate RegioJet’s Wien – Praha trains

EUROPE: Open access operators Westbahn and RegioJet have signed an agreement under which Westbahn will take over the ‘technical operation’ in Austria of RegioJet’s international trains which link Wien, Brno and Praha. Since their launch in December 2017, these trains have been operated between Wien Hbf and the Czech border station

Italy: CAF to Supply Metro Trains to Naples

CAF has signed a contract with the City Council of Naples, the body managing public transport in the city, for the supply of an additional seven metro trains. This order adds to the twelve metro trains CAF is already manufacturing for Naples. Once ready, Azienda Napoletana Mobilità will be the

Feature articles in the August 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International

Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today. Comment Jumping on the night train News Main Line Urban Rail Market Industry Innovations Pointers Analysis Safety crisis prompts reform in Taiwan, ERA’s cross-authorisation of rolling

MÁV domestic coach production gathers pace

HUNGARY: Following on from two prototype vehicles produced in 2014-15, a series batch of 20 IC+ hauled coaches for international trains has been completed by national railway holding MÁV. The vehicles have been produced in-house at MÁV’s Szolnok workshop. They have been funded by the company and contain more than 50%

Azuma launches on Flying Scotsman

UK: East Coast Main Line operator LNER launched its Hitachi-built Class 800 Azuma trainsets on Anglo-Scottish services on August 1, deploying one of the electro-diesel units on its flagship 05.40 Flying Scotsman service from Edinburgh to London King’s Cross and the 17.30 return working. Class 800s have been operating between London

UK railway news round-up – August 1

On July 25 TransPennine Express accepted the first of the Nova 2 branded Civity EMUs which are being supplied by CAF and Eversholt Rail. The five-car Class 397 units will enter service later this year on TPE’s services from Manchester and Liverpool to Edinburgh and Glasgow via the West Coast

Ridership surge prompts SNCF to order more TGVs

FRANCE: SNCF Mobilités announced an order for 12 double-deck TGVs on July 31 as part of its fleet renewal strategy.  Branded TGV Océane by the operator, the Avelia Euroduplex trainsets are to be supplied by Alstom for use on routes between Paris and Metz and Nancy in eastern France, and from

Alstom to Supply 5 Additional Trains to Occitanie Region

The French regions of Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée have placed an order for an additional 5 Coradia Polyvalent trains from Alstom. Alstom Coradia Polyvalent train for Régiolis © Alstom The order is worth approximately 30 million euros (27.46 million GBP / 33.45 million USD). The region previously ordered 46 Coradia Polyvalent trains for

Legal row over track safety rule change

BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel said on July 30 that it had been forced to defend itself and changes in its maintenance policy in a case brought before the Brussels Francophone Business Court by freight operator Lineas. Services run by Lineas and other operators had been affected by an unexpected change

ČD Cargo Effishunter locomotives unveiled

CZECH REPUBLIC: ČD Cargo has taken delivery of the prototype Class 742.71 EffiShunter 1000M Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotive which CZ Loko has produced by extensively rebuilding a ČKD-built Class 742. ČD Cargo ordered 50 of the locomotives for shunting and light main line duties in a KC2·1bn contract signed in November 2018.

Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet

UK: Hitachi Rail has been selected to supply a fleet of 200 km/h inter-city trains to operate on the Midland Main Line, as part of the new East Midlands Railway franchise, where Abellio is due to take over from incumbent operator Stagecoach on August 18. The NS subsidiary announced on July 30

Metre-gauge coaches delivered

BANGLADESH: A batch of 26 new inter-city coaches for Bangladesh Railways’ metre-gauge main lines was expected to arrive at Chittagong Port by the end of July, having been shipped from the Indonesian port of Tanjung Perak, in Surabaya, on July 19. Being supplied by PT Inka under a US$101m contract for

ADLINK Announces New Rugged, Fanless, Real-Time Video/Graphics Analytics AIoT Platform for Railway

ADLINK, a global provider of advanced Edge Computing products, has released its latest rugged, fanless NVIDIA Quadro embedded AIoT (AI and IoT) platform, the PIS-5500, designed for real-time video/graphics analytics applications in the rail industry. ADLINK PIS-5500 AIoT platform © ADLINK Technology Inc. Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are being adopted globally by

Port of Barcelona rail motorway terminal agreed

SPAIN: An agreement to build and operate a rail motorway terminal in the Port of Barcelona has been signed by the government of Catalunya and SNCF subsidiary VIIA. The terminal will be open to any operator, offering capacity to accommodate eight trains per day carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers to and from

Merseyrail top of punctuality charts

Merseyrail was the UK’s most punctual passenger train operator in 2018/19 with an average of 95.51% of trains running on time – well above the national average of 86.3%. Overall national punctuality during March was steady at 89%, but Merseyrail topped the charts with an impressive 98.1%. Close

Industry Insider Week 30 – 10 Must-Read Rail News Stories

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29 July: news in brief

Maynard returns to DfT PAUL Maynard has returned to the DfT as a transport minister, as part of Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle. Grant Shapps had already returned to the Department as the new transport secretary, replacing Chris Grayling. Other new arrivals as ministers at the DfT are Chris Heaton-Harris (replacing Michael Ellis),

Accessible travel policy guidance updated

UK: The Office of Rail & Road has published updated guidance designed to enable train and station operators to provide older and disabled people with greater confidence when travelling by rail. The Accessible Travel Policy replaces ORR’s Disabled Persons’ Protection Policy and broadens its scope. Updated requirements include: better staff training

Eyre grain lines are not closed, insists GWA

AUSTRALIA: Unequal treatment of road and rail was a major factor behind the decision to suspend services on the 1 067 mm gauge network in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, according to operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia. The 700 km network was mothballed at the end of May after GWA’s only customer switched its

PowerHaul locos delivered to Turkish private operator

TURKEY: Wabtec and Tülomsaş have delivered five PowerHaul diesel-electric locomotives to Körfez Ulaştırma, the rail transport subsidiary of oil refining company Tüpraş which was the first operator to order new locos after the government began issuing operating licenses to private companies in 2017. Körfez Ulaştırma signed the order with what was

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