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Stagecoach/Virgin clinch East Coast franchise BRITAIN's Department for Transport (DfT) announced on November 27 that it has awarded an eight-year contract to operate the Inter-City East Coast (ICEC) franchise to Inter City Railways (ICR), a joint venture of Stagecoach (90%) and Virgin (10%).
eu-urged-to-adopt-fourth-railway-package-political-pillar
THE leaders of some of Europe's top freight and logistics, and passenger associations have urged members of the European Union (EU) Transport Council to adopt the political pillar of the Fourth Railway Package (FRP). In an...
funding-approved-for-windermere-electrification
BRITISH transport minister Baroness Kramer announced on November 28 that the Department for Transport has allocated £16m to fund the electrification of the 16km Oxenholme – Windermere line in northwest England. The line is currently served...
veolia-challenges-german-government-over-rail-competition
VEOLIA Transport has sent an open letter to German federal transport minister Mr Alexander Dobrindt calling for the end of discrimination against rail in the German transport market, particularly in the long-distance arena, where trains...
stagecoach-and-virgin-clinch-east-coast-franchise
BRITAIN's Department for Transport (DfT) announced on November 27 that it has awarded an eight-year contract to operate the Inter-City East Coast (ICEC) franchise to Inter City Railways (ICR), a joint venture of Stagecoach (90%)...
drones-enhance-security-for-pkp-cargo
IN an effort to beef up security of its coal shipments, Polish State Railways (PKP) railfreight subsidiary, PKP Cargo, has introduced drones equipped with different types of cameras, including infrared, to carry out aerial surveillance...
ec-takes-austria-to-court-over-financial-transparency
THE European Commission announced on November 26 that it has launched infringement proceedings against Austria at the European Court of Justice for failing to comply with EU regulations on financial transparency in the rail sector. The...
cz-loko-wins-finnish-locomotive-order
FINNISH open-access operator Fennia Rail has awarded CZ Loko, Czech Republic, a contract to supply three 1524mm-gauge six-axle type 774.7F diesel locomotives, which it will use to launch freight operations in Finland at the end...
french-to-study-rubber-tyred-metro-train-adhesion
SIEMENS and Tisséo, the operator of the VAL light metro in Toulouse, are to conduct a three-year study of the adhesion of rubber-tyred metro trains with a view to improving their safety. VAL trains run...
blueprint-for-britain’s-wessex-network-unveiled
BRITAIN's infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) has issued the Wessex Route Plan, a blueprint for the future of passenger and freight services from London Waterloo to the south and the west of England over the...
nordbahn-start-hit-by-rolling-stock-delays
DELAYS in delivery of Stadler Flirt EMUs for the new Nordbahn service, which is due to commence on Schleswig-Holstein's central network from Hamburg to Itzehoe and Wrist on December 14, is putting the start of...