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Switzerland to seek ERA membership THE Swiss Federal Council approved a mandate on May 20 for the country to negotiate membership of the European Railway Agency (ERA), which is part of the European Union (EU).
Call for action to save French Intercity services THE Association of French Regions (ARF) and the Federation of French Towns have warned the French government that it must act decisively to save the so-called balance of territory (TET) trains, a network of 40 loss-making long-distance services which serves 355 towns and cities across 21 regions.
Argentine president signs rail renationalisation bill LEGISLATION to renationalise Argentina's railways become law on May 20 when President Mrs Christina Fernandez de Kirchner signed a bill reviving Argentinean Railways (FA) as a state company.
Winners and losers in Western Australian budget THE state government of Western Australia issued its budget for 2015-2016 on May 13 with a commitment to funding the extension of the TransPerth suburban network to Perth airport, but the proposed Max light rail project appears to have been put on hold.
Kazakh broad-gauge locomotive on test in Poland A TE33A locomotive built by JSC Lokomotiv Kurastyru Zauyty (LKZ), Kazakhstan, is undergoing trials with Polish operator PKP LHS on its 394km 1520mm-gauge line which links a steelworks near Katowice with the Ukrainian border.
Watco acquires Texan shortlines from Iowa Pacific WATCO Companies confirmed on May 18 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchased two west Texas shortlines from Iowa Pacific Holdings for an undisclosed sum.
Japanese suppliers sign Myanmar signalling deal MYANMAR Railways signed a $US 19.9m contract with Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi on May 15 for resignalling of the 140km Yangon – Pyuntasa section of the Yangon – Mandalay line.
Go-ahead for 80km of metro lines in Chengdu CHINA's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) confirmed on May 18 that it has approved the next phase of the metro network in Chengdu, which encompasses the construction of 79.1km of new lines by 2020.

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switzerland-to-seek-era-membership
May 22, 2015
THE Swiss Federal Council approved a mandate on May 20 for the country to negotiate membership of the European Railway Agency (ERA), which is part of the European Union (EU). The Federal Transport Office (BAV) says...
mexico-compensates-china-for-cancelled-hs-project
May 22, 2015
MEXICO's Federal Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) has agreed to pay $US 1.3m in damages to China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) for costs incurred in bidding for the cancelled Mexico City – Queretaro high-speed...
new-zealand-increases-funding-for-kiwirail
May 22, 2015
KIWIRAIL is set to receive an additional $NZ 400m ($US 294m) in state funding over the next two years as part of the New Zealand government's 2015-2016 budget, which was announced on May 21. The funding...
jr-east-launches-international-tender-for-new-trains
May 22, 2015
CONTINUING its policy of seeking "best in class products from all over the world," East Japan Railway Company (JR East) launched an international tender on May 19 for a contract to supply diesel-electric multiple units...
frankfurt-an-der-oder-to-order-new-trams
May 22, 2015
SVF, the public transport operator in the German city of Frankfurt-an-der-Oder, has published a tender notice in the Official Journal of the European Union for a contract to supply 13 new LRVs for the city's...
french-regions-call-for-action-to-save-intercity-services
May 21, 2015
THE Association of French Regions (ARF) and the Federation of French Towns have warned the French government that it must act decisively to save the so-called balance of territory (TET) trains, a network of 40...
irish-rail-to-launch-non-stop-cork-–-dublin-service
May 21, 2015
IRELAND's National Transport Authority has granted Irish Rail (IE) approval to launch a new non-stop inter-city service from Cork to Dublin Heuston, which will shave 15 minutes off the current fastest journey time. The service will...

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