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TMH unveils new metro train for St Petersburg THE first of a new fleet of 160 new metro cars for St Petersburg has been presented to the city's governor Mr Georgy Poltavchenko by Transmashholding (TMH) at the SmartTransport exhibition, which is being held in the city this week.
French State Council backs Bordeaux - Toulouse/Dax high-speed lines THE French Ministry of the Environment, Energy, and the Sea confirmed on May 25 that the Council of State of has approved a draft decree granting public utility status for the €8.3bn Grand Southwestern Railway Project (GPSO), which will extend TGV Sud-Europ Atlantique from Bordeaux to Toulouse with a branch to Dax.
ÖBB prepares to step up overnight train services THE supervisory board of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has approved plans to significantly increase the number of overnight trains it operates and the railway has been negotiating with German Rail (DB) to take over some of its overnight services, which are due to be withdrawn in December.
NS orders more Traxx locomotives from Bombardier NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) has exercised a second and final option with Bombardier for eight additional class 186 Traxx multi-system electric locomotives, taking its fleet to 45 units.
Hungary sets rail investment priorities THE Hungarian government finalised the 2016 budget on May 23 for the Integrated Programme for Transport (IKOP), which is 85% financed by the EU, and allocates a total of Forints 1216bn ($US 4.3bn) to transport projects including Forints 790bn for mainline and urban rail projects.
Testing begins on Rio's Olympic metro line RIO de Janeiro reached a milestone in its transport preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games on May 23, when the first test train traversed the new metro Line 4.
Rail freight still losing market share in Europe THE European Court of Auditors says rail's market share of European Union (EU) freight has fallen since 2011 despite the EU contributing €28bn to rail projects between 2007 and 2013 and a concerted effort since 1992 to encourage a shift of freight from road to rail.
Bangkok orders two metro train fleets BANGKOK Mass Transit System (BTS) has awarded contracts worth a total of Baht 10.9bn ($US 305m) for two fleets of metro trains. Siemens will supply 22 four-car Inspirosets while CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles, China, will supply a further 24 four-car trains.

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