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Leipzig proposes new rail tunnels in 2030 strategy THE mayor of Leipzig, Mr Burkhard Jung, says the city may have to build either a new tram tunnel or a second S-Bahn tunnel if it is to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population.
Rwanda and Tanzania sign standard-gauge railway agreement THE president of Rwanda Mr Paul Kagame and his Tanzanian counterpart Mr John Magufuli signed an agreement in Dar es Salaam on January 14 pledging to press ahead with the construction of a standard-gauge line which will connect landlocked Rwanda with the Indian Ocean.
Northern England Strategic Transport Plan published A draft 30-year Strategic Transport Plan for northern England was published by Transport for the North (TfN) on January 16, marking the start of a 13-week consultation on the proposals, which include the first detailed vision for the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) link between the region’s six largest cities.
Brightline begins passenger operations FLORIDA’s privately-owned inter-city operator Brightline introduced its first scheduled passenger trains on January 13, with the launch of introductory services between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
BLS and Stadler sign contract for 52 EMUs SWITZERLAND’s second-largest railway BLS concluded its biggest-ever rolling stock order on January 15, when the company’s CEO Mr Bernard Guillelmon and Stadler CEO Mr Peter Spuhler signed a contract for 52 Flirt EMUs for regional and suburban services.
Copenhagen light rail contractors chosen HOVEDSTADENS Letbane, the public company overseeing the project to build a light rail line along Copenhagen’s Ring 3 highway, announced on January 11 that it has selected preferred bidders for contracts to build, equip, operate and maintain the 28km line, which link 11 municipalities on the western side of the city.
LNG passenger train begins trials in Spain SPAIN’s development minister Mr Iñigo de la Serna and minister of energy, tourism and digitalisation Mr Álvaro Nadal visited Asturias on January 8 to officially launch trials of what is claimed to be the first main line passenger train in Europe to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
JR Hokkaido seeks higher speeds in Seikan Tunnel JAPAN’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) have agreed to study the feasibility of raising the maximum line speed in the world’s longest undersea tunnel in a bid to reduce Tokyo - Shin Hakodate Hokuto journey times to less than four hours.

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