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European Parliament approves Fourth Railway Package technical pillar THE European Union moved an important step closer to harmonised safety approvals for railway equipment and operators on April 28, when the European Parliament approved the European Council's common position on the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package.
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THE European Court of Auditors says rail's market share of European Union (EU) freight has fallen since 2011 despite the EU contributing €28bn to rail projects between 2007 and 2013 and a concerted effort since...
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DR Hong Soon-man, a former vice mayor of Incheon, has been named president and CEO of Korail, Korea's state-owned rail operator.   Hong was previously president of Korea Railroad Research Institute and has held key positions in...
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BRITAIN's Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has approved applications by Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) and First Group to operate additional long-distance passenger services on the East Coast Main Line, but rejected an application...
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BRITAIN's parliamentary Transport Committee has invited written submissions for an inquiry which will scrutinise passenger rail franchising and consider options for the future of the system. The inquiry will seek to establish whether the Department for...
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THE members of the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Managers (CER), the International Rail Transport Committee (CIT), the association of European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM), and the International Union of Railways (UIC) have joined...
european-parliament-approves-fourth-railway-package-technical-pillar
THE European Union moved an important step closer to harmonised safety approvals for railway equipment and operators on April 28, when the European Parliament approved the European Council's common position on the technical pillar of...
increased-european-domestic-passenger-rail-competition-a-step-closer
THE European Parliament and the Dutch presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) reached an informal agreement on April 19 to increase competition in domestic passenger rail transport and ensure a level playing...
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THE Dutch government is planning to bring Prorail under direct control of the Ministry of Infrastructure and end the infrastructure manager's current status as an independent (albeit state-owned) company operating under private law, according to...
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LONG-held plans to liberalise Turkey's railway sector are set to be implemented during the second half of 2016 enabling private freight operators to access the network for the first time.Mr Ismail Murtazaoglu, Turkish State Railways'...
eu-funds-help-to-unlock-rail’s-potential-in-eastern-europe
Funding and soft loans from European Union facilities and affiliated organisations promise to deliver long-awaited Eastern European rail infrastructure improvements over the next decade or so. Artur Perchel, manager, Central Eastern Europe & Israel at...