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German rail network poorly funded, says study GERMANY's per capita investment in rail infrastructure ranks poorly alongside that of other major European economies, according to a study published on July 12 by German transport consultancy SCI Verkehr and Allianz pro Schiene, a coalition of 22 non-profit organisations and over 120 companies from across the German rail industry.
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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...
german-cabinet-approves-e270bn-infrastructure-plan
GERMANY’s federal cabinet approved the 2030 Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan (BVWP 2030) and three items of draft enabling legislation on August 3, bringing the country a step closer to implementing the €269.6bn programme. BVWP 2030 pledges...
ec-starts-infraction-proceedings-against-greece-luxembourg-and-romania
THE European Commission (EC) decided on July 22 to take Greece, Luxembourg and Romania to the European Court of Justice for not harmonising correctly, completely and in time of the European Directive for the establishment...
china-to-invest-$us-418bn-in-rail
CHINA’s premier Mr Li Keqiang has approved plans to invest Yuan 2.8 trillion ($US 418bn) to build 23,000km of new lines during the 13th five-year plan which runs from 2016 to 2020.The plan, which was...
german-rail-network-poorly-funded-says-study
GERMANY's per capita investment in rail infrastructure ranks poorly alongside that of other major European economies, according to a study published on July 12 by German transport consultancy SCI Verkehr and Allianz pro Schiene, a...
germany-increases-regional-rail-funding
GERMANY's federal council laid the legislative foundations to strengthen urban and regional rail services at its sitting on July 8. This follows the approval of a legislative package by the Bundestag on July 7. This means...
eu-competition-authorities-raid-railway-offices
THE European Commission Directorate General for Competition confirmed on July 6 that its officials carried out a number of unannounced inspections at the offices of passenger rail operators on June 28 as part of an...
germany-agrees-digital-railway-strategy
GERMANY's federal transport minister Mr Alexander Dobrindt, the CEO of German Rail (DB), Mr Rüdiger Grube, and the president of the German Railway Industry Association (VDI), Mr Volker Schenk, agreed a national digital railway strategy...
russian-and-chinese-railways-agree-joint-strategy
THE president of Russian Railways (RZD), Mr Oleg Belozerov, and the CEO of China Railway Corporation (CRC), Mr Sheng Guangji, signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Beijing on June 25 in the presence of President...
era-becomes-euar-as-fourth-railway-package-technical-pillar-comes-into-force
THE European Railway Agency (ERA) was rebranded the European Union Agency for Railways on June 16 as the technical provisions of the Fourth Railway Package came into force. The new name is intended to reflect the...