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GE Transportation-Wabtec merger shakes up supplier ranking THE ranking of the world’s largest railway equipment suppliers is set to change when the agreed merger between GE Transportation and Wabtec comes into force, according to analysis by IRJ.
$US 11bn GE Transportation-Wabtec merger approved THE boards of General Electric (GE) and Wabtec approved the merger of GE Transportation with Wabtec in a deal worth $US 11.1bn on May 21. The merger will make Wabtec a Fortune 500 company and a major player in the railway equipment and services market with operations in more than 50 countries.
Brightline to open Miami Central terminal on May 19 BRIGHTLINE will extend its West Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale inter-city service 35km south to its new terminal at Miami Central on May 19, and has confirmed that work will start later this year on its extension north to Orlando Airport.
British government takes direct control of East Coast franchise BRITAIN’s secretary of state for transport, Mr Chris Grayling, has told Parliament that he has decided to take back direct control of the InterCity East Coast franchise from the Stagecoach-Virgin joint venture which currently operates the service as Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC). This is the third time the franchise has been taken back under state control.
Investors eye Auckland light rail project NEW Zealand’s transport minister, Mr Phil Twyford, and finance minister, Mr Grant Robertson, announced on May 9 that the cabinet has agreed to launch a procurement process for a two-line light rail network in Auckland after a sovereign wealth fund offered to evaluate the potential for private sector investment in the project.
Sétif opens first light rail line SÉTIF became the sixth Algerian city to open a modern light rail line on May 8, when minister of the interior, local authorities and national planning, Mr Noureddine Bedoui, inaugurated the 15.2km first phase from El Bez University to Eastern Maintenance Centre.
Arriva to launch Spain - Portugal open-access services GERMAN Rail (DB) subsidiary Arriva Spain confirmed on May 7 that it has filed a request before the Spanish rail regulator to establish international passenger services connecting A Coruña with Porto.
GTR and Siemens unveil Great Northern class 717 EMUs BRITISH train operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) presented its new fleet of class 717 Desiro City EMUs for Great Northern suburban services to the press at Siemens’ Wildenrath test centre in Germany on May 2.

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