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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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THE European Commission (EC) and the Japanese government agreed on July 6 to remove the Operational Safety Clause (OSC) non-tariff barrier which impacts European rail equipment suppliers within a maximum one year after entry into...
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AN investigation by the Dutch Environmental and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) into the selection, training and education of Arriva train drivers supplied by staffing agencies has found that the operator has shortcomings in its practices. The investigation...
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SPEAKING in Rennes at the inauguration of the new high-speed line from Le Mans to the city, new French president Mr Emmanuel Macron made it clear that his government will prioritise improvements to “daily everyday...
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ACCORDING to Britain’s Samaritans charity around 15,000, or one in six British railway staff, is now trained to prevent people taking their lives on the railway, as part of a suicide prevention partnership between the...
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RAIL freight operators in Germany will be charged less for using infrastructure under a new rail freight master plan announced by Mr Alexander Dobrint, Germany’s federal minister for transport and digital infrastructure.“Our goal is to...
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BRITAIN’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has identified its “top 12 major infrastructure priorities which require urgent action,” which includes three rail projects, all of which are in the top four after a third runway at...
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Women continue to represent a small proportion of the railway industry’s workforce. Kevin Smith considers why this phenomenon has come about and asks what is being done to address the imbalance. “SOMETIMES they would leave me...
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THE European Rail Industry Association (Unife) together with 22 associations representing other European industries such as automotive, aerospace, steel, machine tools, and food, are calling for an ambitious next European Union (EU) Research and Innovation...
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US president Donald Trump’s appalling decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord has rightly been met by a chorus of condemnation from all key European leaders, and a collective commitment to continue working...
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THE railway industry faces a serious skills shortage for three main reasons: a high proportion of employees, particularly among operators, are approaching retirement age, the current level of investment which calls for large number of...

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