DB sets five-point strategy for 2019

The plan comes against a backdrop of declining profitability in many of DB’s German activities due to competitive pressures, especially for regional train operation and long distance services, plus ongoing losses at freight subsidiary DB Cargo. Overall profitability declined in the first half of 2018 and is forecast to deteriorate

Spain to ramp up rail spending in 2019

Cercanías (suburban) and conventional lines will be a key focus for investment in 2019 and the ministry’s investment budget for these routes has been tripled. The ministry says this is in line with the government’s policy of “reversing the abandonment to which both have been subjected in recent years and

Voith and Pilotfish announce strategic partnership

Pilotfish has installed systems in more than 10,000 buses, trains and trams, and provides applications, hardware and consulting services. Its portfolio includes eco-driving, an open standard vehicle communication platform, tachograph download, automatic fault report, navigation and automatic vehicle data transfer directly into cloud-based analytics. Pilotfish generated approximately €6m in revenue in

Denmark lifts pocket wagon ban

The ban was issued following an accident on the Great Belt Bridge on January 2, when a Danish State Railways (DSB) passenger train was struck by debris from a passing freight train, killing eight passengers and injuring 16. Trafikstyrelsen has now allowed CFL Cargo and TX Logistik to resume the transport

NS plans contactless bank card trial

Under the six-month trial, passengers will be able to use a bank or credit card to activate ticket barriers for travel between Leiden and The Hague. NS has invited passengers travelling regularly between the two stations without a season ticket to participate in the trial. Currently passengers must use the OV-Chipkaart

VR Group establishes maintenance subsidiary

The subsidiary is responsible for maintenance activities such as defect repair, heavy maintenance, freight wagon manufacturing and rolling stock lifecycle management. VR says the goal for the new company is to increase the competitiveness of VR’s maintenance offer to improve competitiveness when bidding for contracts in neighbouring states and in

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