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German leaders call for fairer treament for rail IRJ at InnoTrans: Speaking at the opening ceremony of InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin, the CEO of German Rail (DB) Dr Rüdiger Grube called for rail to be treated more fairly compared with other modes.
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THE European Railway Agency (ERA) elected Mr Josef Doppelbauer as its new executive director at a meeting of the body's administrative board in Valenciennes on September 30. Doppelbauer (pictured below) was previously chief technical officer of...
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IRJ at InnoTrans 2014: THE eight founding members of the Shift2Rail joint technology research initiative are expected to be announced next week, as leaders of the programme have told suppliers not to miss the opportunity...
german-leaders-call-for-fairer-treament-for-rail
IRJ at InnoTrans: Speaking at the opening ceremony of InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin, the CEO of German Rail (DB) Dr Rüdiger Grube called for rail to be treated more fairly compared with other modes. "In Germany...
ec-invites-bids-for-€119bn-in-ten-t-funding
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...
french-intercity-services-face-fragile-and-uncertain-future
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...
veolia-refutes-db-claim-of-wage-dumping
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...
streamlined-approvals-can-unlock-technical-innovation
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...
germany-updates-emc-standards-for-rolling-stock
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...