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French government unveils SNCF debt relief plans FRENCH prime minister Mr Édouard Philippe confirmed at a press conference at the Hôtel de Matignon in Paris on May 25 that the state will take on €35bn of French National Railways’ (SNCF) €47bn debt if unions allow the administration of president Emanuel Macron to move forwards with its rail reform programme.
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THE French Senate approved the government’s bill on the reform of French National Railways (SNCF) in its second reading on June 14, less than 24 hours after the finalised proposal was endorsed by an overwhelming...
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THE European alliance of new rail entrants, AllRail, is calling on the Swiss government to open the domestic passenger rail market to competition. “Competitive bidding should be introduced for all long-distance rail concessions,” says AllRail. “By...
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THE French Senate voted by a large majority on June 5 in favour of the new railway bill to reform French National Railways (SNCF), allow open-access passenger operation, end restrictive working practices, and put SNCF...
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AN agreement setting out transitional arrangements for liberalisation of the Finnish rail market was signed by representatives of incumbent train operator VR Group and the Ministry of Transport and Communications (LVM) in Helsinki on June...
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FRENCH prime minister Mr Édouard Philippe confirmed at a press conference at the Hôtel de Matignon in Paris on May 25 that the state will take on €35bn of French National Railways’ (SNCF) €47bn debt...
ec-approves-czech-modal-shift-incentives
THE European Commission (EC) has given the Czech government approval for a state-funded scheme to promote intermodal transport. The Koruna 400m ($US 18.4m) programme aims to incentivise modal shift from road to rail. The funds will...
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BRITAIN’s secretary of state for transport, Mr Chris Grayling, has told Parliament that he has decided to take back direct control of the InterCity East Coast franchise from the Stagecoach-Virgin joint venture which currently operates...
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SLOVENIA’s National Assembly has adopted an act amending and supplementing the country’s Railway Transport Act, which will open the domestic passenger rail market to competition. Following EU legislation approved under the Fourth Railway Package and passed...
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THE International Union of Railways (UIC) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining how the two organisations can develop closer cooperation and deliver mutual benefits when working...
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TRANSDEV, Germany’s largest private public transport operator, is calling for fair competition in train ticket distribution and full access to all ticket sales channels including apps and websites.Up to now, private train operators in Germany...

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