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FirstGroup and MTR take over South Western franchise A 70:30 joint venture of FirstGroup and MTR took over Britain’s South Western franchise on August 20 from Stagecoach, which has operated the franchise as South West Trains (SWT) since the start of rail privatisation in 1996.
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LIVERPOOL City Region transport authority Merseytravel has agreed to contribute £765,000 towards the development of plans for a new line to Skelmersdale, the second-largest town in northwest England without a rail connection. Lancashire County Council has...
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ITALIAN State Railways (FS) has appointed Mr Orazio Iacono as CEO and chief operating officer of its train operating subsidiary Trenitalia, succeeding Mrs Barbara Morgante, who becomes head of foreign subsidiaries with FS.Iacono is currently...
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SNCF’s Gares & Connexions is embracing design thinking, a concept famed in Silicon Valley, to enhance passenger experience at its stations across France. Kevin Smith visited the division’s headquarters in Paris to see what it...
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THE government of the Australian state of Victoria has awarded new seven-year contracts for the operation of Melbourne’s suburban rail and tram services to incumbent franchise holders Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and Yarra Trams. The new...
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THE government of the Australian state of Western Australia announced on September 7 that it has allocated a budget of $A 1.34bn ($US 1.08bn) over the next four years for its Metronet expansion of the...
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EARLY works have started at the site of the new Woolloongabba station on the $A5.4bn ($US 4.27bn) Cross River rail project in Brisbane, which is being entirely funded by the Queensland government following its failure...
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THE Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $US 400m loan to support signalling and telecommunications upgrades and electrification of the 76km San Martin commuter railway in Buenos Aires, the only suburban line in the city...
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EIGHT Auckland Transport (AT) DMUs together with spare parts are being shipped from New Zealand to Mozambique to operate commuter rail services in Maputo. The trains, which were originally built in Australia for opertion in Perth,...
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METROLINX, which is responsible for transport in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), has awarded a $C 300m ($US 239m) contract to 4Ttransit, a joint venture of Hatch, Parsons and WSP Canada, to provide...
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POSE, Argentina, has awarded a €10m sub-contract to Alstom to supply signalling equipment for a project to resignal four stations on the Merlo - Lobos branch of the Sarmiento Line in Buenos Aires for Argentinean...

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