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European Parliament adopts Fourth Railway Package market pillar THE European Parliament 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 will open Europe’s railway sector to greater competition.
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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...
french-regulator-rejects-sncf-network-track-access-charge-plan
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...
british-industry-issues-blueprint-for-the-digital-train
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...
shift2rail-in-full-swing
THE European Union’s (EU) Shift2Rail public-private partnership research initiative aims to help rail to achieve a 50% reduction in life-cycle costs, to double capacity, and improve reliability and punctuality by up to 50%. This should...
uitp-urges-transport-authorities-to-build-their-own-av-fleets
THE International Association of Public Transport (UITP) is calling for urban transport authorities to build their own fleets of autonomous vehicles (AVs) for shared use and integration with existing bus and rail services to avoid...
rail-can-help-deliver-a-low-carbon-future
WE have recently seen a number of landmark United Nations (UN) agreements that set clear objectives for the coming years. Most notable among these are UN Resolution 70/1 presenting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and...
the-stage-is-set-for-rail-to-deliver
DURING the past year, several major policy initiatives such as global agreements on climate change and sustainability, and Europe’s Fourth Railway Package, have been concluded. We also saw the completion of the Gotthard Base Tunnel...
norway’s-revamped-railway-sector-begins-work
A ceremony was held at Oslo Central Station on January 2 to mark the start of work by Bane Nor, Norway’s revamped infrastructure manager, which has been introduced following widespread reform of the country’s railway...
ec-adopts-new-ertms-deployment-plan
THE European Commission adopted an implementing regulation on January 5 for the new ERTMS European Deployment plan (ERTMS EDP), which sets a target of equipping 50% of Core Network Corridors by 2023. The new plan has...

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