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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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NJ Transit has issued a call for tender for the supply of 113 double-deck EMU cars with a closing date for bids of February 15 2018. NJ Transit also plans to invite bids early in...
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THE British government introduced legislation into parliament on November 16 to turn Transport for the North (TfN) into a what it describes as “the first ever statutory sub-national transport body, with legal powers and duties”...
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SPANISH operator Renfe is set to begin pilot tests next month of a self-propelled passenger train powered with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in what the operator says are the first such trials in Europe. The tests...
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OC'VIA, the concessionaire responsible for building and maintaining the Nîmes - Montpellier bypass has been granted an Authorisation for Commercial Operation (AMEC) for the 60km line and its connections to the conventional network. Freight trains are...
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The government of the Australian state of Victoria is spending big on public transport projects, both urban and regional, but it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to meet Melbourne and the...
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DB Regio and Bavarian Railway Company (BEG) presented a one-to-one double-deck mock-up of their Idea Train in Nuremberg on November 7 showing innovative product and service concepts for regional services. DB Regio’s Southeast Bavarian Railway (SOB)...
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NETWORK Rail’s £6.5bn Thameslink project to upgrade the north-south route through London has moved a step nearer completion with the installation of new track and signalling between London Bridge and Blackfriars which will allow this...
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SWEDISH regional public transport authority Östgötatrafiken has awarded Alstom a contract to supply a further three X61 Coradia Nordic 15kV ac EMUs.   The four-car 74.3m-long trains have capacity for 510 passengers and will supplement the authority’s...
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RHINE-Ruhr Transport Authority (VRR) has awarded DB Regio NRW a four-year extension to its contract to operate three lines of the Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn network. Under the direct award contract DB Regio will continue to operate lines...
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TESTING has started in the Dutch province of Utrecht with the helloGo app, which will enable passengers to plan, book and purchase tickets using a single app for all modes of transport including rail, bus,...

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