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Regulation "strangling" small freight operators, warns ERFA THE EUROPEAN Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has warned the European Parliament that competition in the railfreight sector is being "strangled" by an inadequate regulatory structure and monopolistic behaviour by incumbent operators.
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THE European Commission (EC) has invited European Union Member States to submit proposals for a share of €11.9bn in funding for projects on the nine major transport corridors of the TEN-T core network. This is the...
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THE EUROPEAN Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has warned the European Parliament that competition in the railfreight sector is being "strangled" by an inadequate regulatory structure and monopolistic behaviour by incumbent operators. At a seminar in Brussels...
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FRANCE's network of conventional Intercity services is facing a "fragile and uncertain" future according the National Federation of Public Transport Associations (FNAUT), which warns that weak governance and uncertainty over funding threatens the existence of...
A decree issued by the Italian government on competition in the energy sector, which became law on August 21, is causing widespread discontent among the country's rail operators. The issue concerns the special tariff regime on...
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GERMAN Rail (DB), which is in the midst of a labour dispute with the GDL union over a 5% pay increase for its 37,000 traincrew, has accused private rail operators of wage dumping, an allegation...
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Companies need deep pockets and extreme patience to overcome the numerous hurdles to get innovative products accepted by railways. Gerhard Dodl, managing director of Tracksure, Britain, argues the case for change. THE advice I received...
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NEW regulations governing electromagnetic compatibility in rolling stock have come into force in Germany. Regulation EMV 06, which came into effect on July 29, covers radio contact between rail vehicles and trackside infrastructure and crucially places...
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INDIA's Rs 700bn ($US 11.6bn) rail market is now open to global manufacturers and investors, following cabinet approval for so-called Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).FDI permits foreign participation in a range of activities including high-speed, suburban...
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FRENCH Rail Regulator Araf has rejected plans for a rolling road service between Pas-de-Calais and the Spanish border because it believes the concession structure adopted for the project could harm competition and risks impacting the...
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THE French Senate definitively adopted the findings of the parliamentary joint committee (CMP) on draft legislation on railway reform in one of the final steps in the legislative process before the bill becomes law. The committee's...