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European open-access rail alliance formed AN alliance has been formed in Brussels which brings together open-access operators in the passenger and freight sectors with the aim of collectively addressing issues affecting non-incumbent rail companies.
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AN alliance has been formed in Brussels which brings together open-access operators in the passenger and freight sectors with the aim of collectively addressing issues affecting non-incumbent rail companies. The Alliance of New Rail Operators (Allrail)...
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REGIONS of France, an association of regional authorities, held its first hearings on April 6 to gauge the potential for the introduction of competition in the provision of regional rail services, although this is not...
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IN a major policy reform initiative, India’s cabinet approved a proposal on April 5 to establish an independent rail regulator, which will be responsible for setting Indian Railways’ (IR) freight and passenger tariffs and ensuring...
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THE German rail industry achieved a 5.2% increase in exports in 2016 to €6.1bn taking exports to 52% of total sales of €11.8bn. However, domestic sales fell by 12% to €5.7bn compared with 2015.The results...
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TOP management changes at two of the world’s major railways, CSX in the United States and German Rail (DB), were announced in March. While the circumstances around the new appointments could not be more different...
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THE German federal government is preparing draft legislation proposing the establishment of an independent rail accident investigation body. If approved by the German parliament, the new law will amend the German Federal Railway Act (AEG) and...
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SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) has launched a new strategy which aims to combine its existing strengths with new technology to enable it to increase capacity, offer door-to-door journeys, and develop digital stations and smart freight...
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FRENCH road and rail regulator Arafer announced on February 8 that it has rejected SNCF Network’s proposed tariff structure for track access charges from 2018, arguing the new arrangements fail to meet regulatory requirements and...
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BRITAIN’s Railway Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has unveiled its Capability Delivery Plan (CDP) for the British network, which is described as the “blueprint for the age of the digital train.” The CDP identifies 12 areas...
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THE European Parliament (EP) voted to adopt the market pillar of the Fourth Railway Package at a plenary session in Strasbourg on December 14 in the final stage of a legislative process which is intended...

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