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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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THE European Parliament (EP) has adopted a resolution aimed at improving the competitiveness of the European railway supply industry in the face of what it regards as aggressive competition from Asia.The resolution, prepared by German...
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IRJ at WCRR 2016, Milan: Leading Italian railway officials have called on the railway industry to better promote its sustainable credentials in order for rail to secure its place as the backbone of transport in...
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FOLLOWING an investigation by the Bundeskartellamt, Germany's federal competition authority, German Rail (DB) has agreed to make what the Bundeskartellamt describes as "far-reaching changes to the sale of passenger tickets," with the aim of curbing...