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Abellio clinches East Anglia franchise BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) announced on August 10 that Abellio has been selected as preferred bidder for the new East Anglia franchise, which begins in October, in a deal which includes more frequent and faster services and wholesale renewal of the train fleet within four years.
thailand-launches-new-inter-city-trains
STATE Railway of Thailand (SRT) launched its first new passenger vehicles for more than 20 years on August 29, when a rake of inter-city coaches supplied by CRRC Corporation, China, made an inaugural run from...
tenders-invited-for-britain’s-west-midlands-franchise
THE remaining two shortlisted bidders for the West Midlands passenger rail franchise have been invited by the Department of Transport (DfT) to submit bids by November 29 for the new franchise which starts in October...
israel-inaugurates-jezreel-valley-line
ISRAEL’s minister of transport Mr Yisrael Katz took an inaugural trip on August 29 on the 60km Jezreel Valley line linking Haifa and Beit Shee’an ahead of the start of scheduled services on October 16.Passengers...
tågkompaniet-takes-over-norrtåg-operations
THE operation of regional rail services in Sweden's four most-northerly counties changed hands on August 20, when Tågkompaniet took over the Norrtåg network from Botniatåg, a joint venture between German Rail (DB) subsidiary Arriva (60%)...
utrecht-vaartsche-rijn-station-opens
AFTER several delays, Dutch infrastrucutre manager Prorail opened the new station at Utrecht Vaartsche Rijn on August 23. The station, which is located to the east of Utrecht Central on lines to ‘s Hertogenbosch and Arnhem,...
fs-to-take-over-failing-italian-regional-railway
ITALY’s transport and infrastructure minister, Mr Graziano Delrio, has issued a decree for Italian State Railways (FS) to take over South East Railway (FSE), which has been in financial difficulties for some time.FS now has...
budapest-déli-station-reprieved
FOLLOWING considerable public opposition, the Hungarian government has abandoned a proposal tabled earlier this year to close the terminus station at Budapest Déli and divert services to the city’s other main stations, Kelenföld and Keleti. The...
wick-moorman-succeeds-joe-boardman-as-amtrak-president
AMTRAK, the US long-distance passenger train operator, has appointed Mr Wick Moorman to succeed Mr Joe Boardman as president and CEO with effect from September 1.Moorman comes to Amtrak after more than 40 years at...
čd-introduces-rebuilt-vehicles-on-prague-–-hamburg-line
CZECH Railways (ČD) announced on August 22 that it is introducing two open coach types on its Prague – Ústi nad Labem – Dĕčín – Berlin – Hamburg – Kiel route. The vehicles have been converted...
california-invests-$us-374m-in-rail
THE California State Transport Agency (Calsta) announced on August 16 the 14 recipients for the $US 390m 2016 Transit and Intercity Capital Programme (TIRCP) grants, $US 374m of which will be invested in rail. From the...