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Deal reached on Welsh electrification AFTER months of political deadlock, the British government and the Welsh assembly have reached an agreement on funding for the electrification of the South Wales Main Line between Cardiff and Swansea and the Valley Lines suburban network around Cardiff.
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FRENCH transport minister Mr Alain Vidalies announced on November 20 that the government will form a commission of politicians and industry experts to develop proposals for the future development of the country's loss-making network of...
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THE German federal government has approved a draft amendment of the federal railway act by transport minister Mr Alexander Dobrindt which is intended to pave the way for major changes in the authorisation and commissioning...
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AFTER months of political deadlock, the British government and the Welsh assembly have reached an agreement on funding for the electrification of the South Wales Main Line between Cardiff and Swansea and the Valley Lines...
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ITALY's economy minister Mr Giancarlo Padoan has announced that the government is planning a "quick" partial-privatisation of Italian State Railways (FS) in a bid to reduce the public debt and improve the competitiveness of the...
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SITURV, the public transport authority in the French city of Valenciennes, has awarded Paris Transport Authority (RATP) subsidiary RATP Dev a contract to operate the Transvilles light rail and bus network in Valenciennes and Porte...
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CZECH open-access long-distance operator RegioJet has taken delivery of the first of three Siemens Vectron locomotives, which are being leased from European Locomotive Leasing (ELL) under a five-year contract. The first locomotive arrived in the Czech...
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SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) announced on November 19 that it has agreed a revised delivery schedule with Bombardier for a fleet of 59 eight-car Twindexx Express IR 200 long-distance trains ordered four years ago, which...
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THE general assembly of the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) has elected Mr Paul Plummer, group strategy director of Britain's infrastructure manager Network Rail, as president to succeed Mr Gunnar Malm, director general of Trafikverket,...
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The cabinet of the German state of Baden-Württemberg has approved plans for the implementation of the first phase of the Neckar-Alb tram-train network around Reutlingen and Tübingen. The initial €105.1m phase involves the upgrading and electrification...
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The test circuit at Velim in the Czech Republic has been a fixture of research, development and certification for rail vehicles and infrastructure components for more than half a century. Quintus Vosman looks at how...