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French government sets out rail reform timetable FRENCH prime minister, Mr Edouard Philippe, and transport minister, Mrs Elisabeth Borne, set out a timetable on February 26 for rail reform in France following the publication on February 15 of the Spinetta report.
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FOLLOWING detailed examination of applications submitted by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and BLS, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Transport (BAV) announced on April 19 that it plans to grant SBB a 10-year concession for operation of...
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THE French prime minister, Mr Edouard Philippe announced during a visit to the Bonneuil-sur-Marne freight terminal in southern Paris on April 16 that French National Railways’ (SNCF) loss-making rail freight unit Fret SNCF will be...
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FRENCH president Mr Emmanuel Macron confirmed in a televised interview on April 15 that the state will “gradually” start to take on the debt of French infrastructure manager SNCF Network within two years. SNCF Network’s net...
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THE government of Ile-de-France has appointed a committee of experts to evaluate the feasibility of offering public transport services free-of-charge in the area around Paris. The 10-member committee will be led by Mr Jacques Rapoport, former...
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TWO of the four French railway unions joined air traffic controllers and other public sector workers in a national strike on March 22 in protest against president Mr Emanuel Macron’s plans for labour reform and...
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More than five years in the making, the Fourth Railway Package is a broad raft of reforms that seeks to significantly improve the competitive position of rail transport across the European Union. Keith Barrow assesses...
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BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) has invited promotors and investors to come forward with financially-credible projects to build new lines or enhance the rail network, starting with a new southern rail link to London Heathrow...
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Italy’s minister of infrastructure and transport, Mr Graziano Delrio, explains to Marco Chiandoni how the government is pressing ahead with its rail investment programme.ITALY is putting a lot of faith in rail to help reduce...
THE French prime minister, Mr Edouard Philippe, conducted the first meetings on February 19 to discuss the reform of French National Railways (SNCF) following the submission to him on February 15 of a report on...
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THE French government has initiated discussions with regional authorities and stakeholders following the publication in February of two watershed reports into the future priorities for infrastructure investment and the structure of French National Railways (SNCF)....

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