Deutsche Bahn to Halve Use of Glyphosate in 2020

It is one of Deutsche Bahn’s most important business goals, as part of its new strategy ‘Starke Schiene‘ (strong rail), to adopt measures that are beneficial to our climate and our environment. And as a mode of transport, rail likes to position itself as the most environmentally-friendly option. Consequently, Deutsche

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

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

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

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

Skoda Vagonka Wins Contract for Electric Trains in Latvia

Škoda Vagonka, a part of the Škoda Transportation Group, has won a 240 million (EUR) contract with Latvian State Railways (Pasažieru Vilciens) to supply 32 single-deck electric trains for suburban transport in the country. © Škoda Fulfilling All the Requirements The 35-year contract, which includes servicing and maintenance, best fulfilled the requirements of

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

Government plans €86bn spend to renew German network

GERMANY: A 54% increase in spending on infrastructure renewals will see €86bn invested in the national rail network over the next decade, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer announced on July 26. Unveiling a 10-year plan for 2020-29 which he described as ‘the biggest railway modernisation programme’ in Germany's history, Scheuer said the

National control centre approved

IRELAND: The construction of a €135m National Train Control Centre to manage the entire Iarnród Éireann network was approved by the Irish government on July 17. The new centre is to be delivered by IÉ, with government funding provided through the National Transport Authority as part of Project Ireland 2040. To be

Grayling indicates support for Keith Williams

TRANSPORT secretary Chris Grayling has signalled his support for reducing the railway responsibilities of the DfT, as set out in principle by Rail Review chairman Keith Williams over the past couple of days. Mr Grayling is giving evidence to the Transport Committee. He said: ‘I think the Department should do much less.

Train test: Overnight sensation?

Caledonian Sleeper’s new Mk5 stock has rarely been out of the headlines since it was introduced. Ben Jones takes a ride on this new generation of Spanish-built overnight stock to see if it delivers on its promises of a quality hotel experience. Having been in decline for decades, killed off by

Oberösterreich railway investment programme agreed

AUSTRIA: The Land of Oberösterreich and Austrian Federal Railways have agreed an €725m programme of route modernisation, station upgrading and electrification works for 2019-30. This agreement includes the retention of all branch lines, and the roll-out of new singalling and safety systems. ÖBB is to retain ownership of all lines in the region,

Midlands Hub plan to boost east-west connectivity

UK: The Midlands Connect consortium of local authorities and regional transport bodies has unveiled proposals for a £2bn package of targeted improvements to boost rail services in the East and West Midlands. The group is seeking £25m in government funding to develop the business case for its Midlands Rail Hub programme,

Davenne takes over at UIC

INTERNATIONAL: The appointment of François Davenne as Director General of the International Union of Railways was formally confirmed at the UIC General Assembly in Budapest on June 25. Taking over with effect from July 1, he succeeds Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, who has served as UIC Director General since the organisation was restructured

Bombardier’s ZEFIRO Wins German Design Award

Bombardier Transportation has won the Brandenburg Design Award for the design – interior and exterior – of its ZEFIRO Express intercity train. ZEFIRO Express intercity train wins German design award © Bombardier Transportation Bombardier says: “The train’s distinctive appearance is set to reshape mobility and redefine the intercity passenger experience in the Swedish

Brussels: STIB Buys Additional 30 FLEXITY Trams

FLEXITY tram for Brussels © Bombardier Transportation This order is part of a framework agreement that the two parties signed in April 2018. The framework contract covered a maximum of 175 trams. The initial order STIB placed (also in April 2018) was for 60 trams. This current order is worth around 67 million

Brussels: STIB Buys Additional 30 FLEXITY Trams

FLEXITY tram for Brussels © Bombardier Transportation This order is part of a framework agreement that the two parties signed in April 2018. The framework contract covered a maximum of 175 trams. The initial order STIB placed (also in April 2018) was for 60 trams. This current order is worth around 67 million

Stadler Traverso Enters Regular Passenger Service

The new copper-coloured Stadler Traverso entered regular passenger service for SOB (Schweizerische Südostbahn AG) in the beginning of June. SOB has deployed it on the Voralpen-Express route between St Gallen and Lucerne.  The eight-car electric multiple unit Traverso has entered regular passenger service on the Voralpen-Express route between St Gallen and

Uzbekistan orders more Talgo 250 trainsets

UZBEKISTAN: National railway UTY has finalised an order for a further two Talgo 250 trainsets for use from 2021 on Afrosiyob services between Toshkent, Samarkand, Qarshi, Bukhara and Khiva, along with four coaches to lengthen its original pair of Talgo 250 trainsets. The €57m order announced by Talgo on May 30 is

Fahma Orders 27 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trains from Alstom

The Rhein-Main Verkehrsverbund (RMV) subsidiary Fahma GmbH, which operates the Taunusbahn, has chosen a winner of its Europe-wide tender for 27 fuel cell trains: Alstom. The French rolling stock manufacturer will deliver the Coradia iLint units in time for the timetable change in December 2022. Alstom says this order will

Alstom Presents Hydrogen Breeze Train Model at Railtex

Alstom Breeze model at Railtex © Railway-News Alstom has chosen Railtex to present a model of its hydrogen train design, the Breeze train. At their stand at Birmingham’s NEC – S41 – Alstom are presenting a to-scale model of their Breeze train. This is Alstom’s hydrogen train design for the United Kingdom,

Germany Hosts Rail Summit | Focus on Digitalisation

On 7 May the German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) hosted a rail summit where it presented an interim report on the ‘Zukunftsbündnis Schiene’ – the partnership between government, business and associations to promote rail. The key topics of the event were digitalisation and the Deutschland-Takt –

Deutsche Bahn Celebrates Europe Day 2019

On 9 May it is Europe Day, when the European Union celebrates the Schuman Declaration – a statement made by the French foreign minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950 proposing to place German and French coal and steel production under a single authority. By creating common interests between European

What does the CCC Net Zero Report Say about Transport?

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its Net Zero report, which outlines what the UK can do to stop global warming.  © www.siemens.com/press The report focuses on several key areas, such as agriculture, road transport, aviation and shipping, and energy. The Net Zero report states: “The UK should set and vigorously pursue

Skoda to Supply New Restaurant Cars for VR

Finland – Skoda Trantech has won a contract for the supply of seven new restaurant cars for VR. The contract is worth around 600 million Czech korunas (23.38 million euros / 26.07 million USD). Skoda says these restaurant cars will enter service for the Finnish state-owned operator in 2021–2022. The

DB Progress on Reducing Rail Freight Noise Pollution

Rail freight noise pollution is a huge problem for individuals living beside busy rail corridors. In time for International Noise Awareness Day (24 April 2019), Deutsche Bahn has published a progress report outlining how the company is performing with regards to reducing and alleviating noise. Deutsche Bahn says it has

Stadler Wins Contract for Ottawa Trillium Line Trains

Rolling stock manufacturer Stadler has won a contract to deliver seven four-car multiple units for Ottawa. Stadler will adapt these trains, based on its FLIRT platform, to the city’s harsh climate. This contract for the Trillium Line trains is Stadler’s second Canadian project. The company is also manufacturing panoramic carriages

Stadler to Supply 60 Locomotives to VR Group in Finland

Stadler and VR Group (Finland) have signed a contract for 60 new diesel-electric locomotives. VR wants to optimise its operations at shunting yards, freight terminals and along non-electrified routes. Non-electrified lines in Finland comprise 45 percent of the country’s rail network. VR Group (Finland) orders 60 diesel-electric locomotives from Stadler

Lantal Posts Robust Sales Growth

Despite the difficult competitive situation last year, Lantal was able to generate consolidated sales of CHF 105.1 million. This corresponds to a gain of 15.4% versus the prior year. The main growth contributors were the aviation and the ground transportation segments as well as Parts & Services. This positively reflects last

ENR orders 160 km/h Talgo trainsets

EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has selected Talgo to supply and maintain a fleet of six 160 km/h trainsets at a total cost of around €158m, the manufacturer announced on April 7. Intended to operate inter-city services on ENR’s principal routes linking Alexandria, Cairo and Aswan, the trains will be formed of 14

Feature articles in the April 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 Poor reliability hurts freight News Main Line Urban Rail Market Industry Innovations Pointers Analysis Renfe must become more proactive as competition grows, Trump

Sweden to fund international night trains

SWEDEN: Overnight trains connecting Sweden with several international European destinations are to be introduced as part of government proposals to facilitate environmentally-friendly transport. Infrastructure Minister Tomas Eneroth announced on March 31 that the Social Democratic, Centre and Green parties had reached agreement to include a SKr50m framework grant in the spring

InterCity New Generation EMU prepared for testing

NETHERLANDS: The first of the Coradia Stream electric multiple-units which national passenger operator NS has ordered from Alstom under the Intercity New Generation programme has been moved from the manufacturer’s factory at Katowice in Poland to its Salzgitter plant in Germany for static testing. This will be followed by dynamic trials

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