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German cabinet approves draft rail regulation law MEASURES to ensure non-discriminatory access to Germany's rail market and changes to the track access charging regime are being proposed under new draft legislation approved by the federal cabinet on January 13.
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ITALIAN State Railways (FS) has received expressions of interest from 17 groups for the sale of its Grandi Stazioni Retail subsidiary which it owns jointly with Eurostazioni. The groups have now been sent information dossiers so...
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KOREA's transport landscape is set to change forever in June 2016 with the entry of a new player into the high-speed passenger rail market. Supreme Railway (SR) will begin operating on the new Suseo high-speed...
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JAPAN is the European Union's (EU) biggest trading partner after China, but the trade in railway equipment between the two economic powers is a poor reflection of this status and the scale of their respective...
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THE COP21 verdict is a boost to the future ability of public transport to meet the needs of growing urban populations, according to UITP secretary general Mr Alain Flausch. Flausch says in the run-up to...
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In 2016 governments from around the world will begin to outline their plans to achieve the ambitious carbon emissions reduction targets outlined in the COP21 Paris Agreement. Kevin Smith assesses what the agreement could mean...
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Italy's minister of infrastructure and transport Mr Graziano Delrio says various options are still being considered for the privatisation of a 40% stake in Italian State Railways (FS) and has warned that the government could...
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MEASURES to ensure non-discriminatory access to Germany's rail market and changes to the track access charging regime are being proposed under new draft legislation approved by the federal cabinet on January 13. The proposal, which is...
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THE European Commission's Innovation and Network's Executive Agency (INEA) signed the final grant agreements for the last batch of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) projects on January 7, meaning that work on 263 key European transport...
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FOR its January 2016 issue, International Railway Journal has forsaken its usual format for something a little different. The Railway in 2016 is a comprehensive look ahead to the trends and issues set to impact...
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IRJ has put together a great line-up of speakers for its International Railway Summit being staged in association with IRITS Events in Vienna on February 17-19 2016. The main theme of the event is the...