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DfT announces shortlist for Northern and TPE BRITAIN's Department for Transport revealed the list of prequalified bidders on August 19 for the contracts to operate the new Northern and TransPennine Express (TPE) franchises from 2016.
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Railway owners, operators and maintainers are facing increasing pressure to further reduce maintenance windows and maximize operational time, but at some point there is an absolute minimum window time for which an activity is cost...
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CONSTRUCTION is expected to begin in October on a 339km direct line linking Chongqing with Changsha, the capital of China's Hunan province, after China's Ministry of Environmental Protection approved plans for the Yuan 37.6bn ($US...
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THREE German public transport authorities have published a joint tender notice in the Official Journal of the European Union for the Central Saxony Electric Network II (EMS II) concession, which covers the operation of around...
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ARGENTINA's world-famous Tren de las Nubes (Train of the Clouds) has ceased operating and concessionaire Ecotren has been stripped of its contract following a derailment in a remote area of the Andes. The tourist train was...
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THE FIRST of six 200km/h Flirt EMUs for Swedish open-access operator MTR Express left the Stadler Rail plant in Bussnang, Switzerland, on August 21 bound initially for the company's train commissioning centre in nearby Erlen. The...
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BRITAIN's Department for Transport revealed the list of prequalified bidders on August 19 for the contracts to operate the new Northern and TransPennine Express (TPE) franchises from 2016. The shortlist for the Northern franchise comprises Abellio,...
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THE SECOND phase of the railway network in Tibet was inaugurated on August 15 with the opening of the 253km line linking the Tibetan capital Lhasa to the region's second city Xigaze. Construction started in September...
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SAXONY-ANHALT public transport authority Nasa has awarded Veolia a one-year extension to its contract to operate the Harz-Elbe-Express (HEX) regional network, which was previously due to expire in December 2017. The contract, which began in 2005,...
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GERMAN Rail (DB) has awarded a €312m contract to a joint venture of Ed Züblin and Hochtief to construct the 4270m Rastatt tunnel as part of the project to upgrade the Karlsruhe – Basle corridor...
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THE mayors of nine cities in the US states of Indiana and Ohio plan to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the Northern Indiana/Ohio High Speed Rail Initiative which seeks to introduce a passenger...