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Austria plans €15bn rail infrastructure investment AUSTRIA’s federal government has approved Austrian Federal Railways’ (ÖBB) infrastructure investment plan for 2017-2022, which pledges to spend €15.2bn on the rail network over the next five years.
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THE Italian Authority for Communication Guarantees (Agcom) has launched investigations into NTV and Trenitalia amid allegations of discriminatory activities. The investigation into Trenitalia aims to verify whether it is correctly displaying all fares when searching its...
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FRENCH secretary of state for transport Mr Alain Vidalies and Mr Xavier Bertand, president of the region of Hauts-de-France, announced on December 7 that control of two loss-making inter-city services will pass to the regional...
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REGIONAL political leaders attended a ceremony in Romily-sur-Seine on November 22 to officially launch electrification of the Paris Est – Troyes line. The 38.3km Paris Est - Gretz Armainvilliers section of the 166km route is already...
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SIEMENS announced on December 6 that it successfully conducted driving tests with its Trainguard 200 ETCS equipment in Sweden over a two-week period in November. The test results mean that ERTMS is now validated in Scandinavia,...
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ALSTOM announced on December 7 that it will supply 20 extra six-car MP14 trains to Il-de-France Transport Authority (Stif) and Paris Transport Authority (RATP) for €163m, as part of the modernisation of Line 4 of...
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ABELLIO Rail, NorthWestBahn (NWB) and DB Regio have won three tenders to operate train services in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia. Three public transport authorities, Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association (VRR), Nahverkehr Rheinland (NVR) and Zweckverband...
pro-rail-alliance-attacks-plans-to-approve-gigaliners-in-germany
GERMANY’s Pro-Rail Alliance has launched a stinging attack on a draft regulation issued by federal transport minister Mr Alexander Dobrindt allowing the unrestricted use of longer road freight vehicles or Gigaliners, which pose a threat...
italian-electrification-project-gets-funding
ITALY’s Committee for Economic Planning (Cipe) has granted €59m for the electrification of the 97km Valsugana railway between Bassano del Grappa and Trento.The funds will enable the start of civil works already foreseen in a...
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ITALIAN State Railways (FS) has announced that it has acquired South-East Railways (FSE) and Servizi Automobilistici from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. The transaction was completed on November 28 at the headquarters of the Ministry...
alstom-begins-delivery-of-swedish-regional-trains
ALSTOM has commenced delivery of 30 four-car class X61 Coradia Nordic EMUs ordered in February 2015 by Skånetrafiken for operation on the Pågatågen regional network in southwest Sweden. Alstom says delivery has begun ahead of schedule...