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EC opens Shift2Rail partnership applications THE European Commission (EC) has published a call for expressions of interest for associated members to join the Shift2Rail joint technology research initiative, a public-private partnership undertaking which will invest €920m in railway research and innovation from 2014 to 2020.
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FOLLOWING a number of serious accidents in 2013, the positive trend showing a reduction in accidents and improving passenger safety on European railway networks was halted in the International Union of Railways (UIC) 2014 Railway...
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THE European Commission (EC) has published a call for expressions of interest for associated members to join the Shift2Rail joint technology research initiative, a public-private partnership undertaking which will invest €920m in railway research and...
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THREE European railway associations are calling for European Union transport ministers to take decisive action on the Fourth Railway Package and create a level playing field when they meet in Brussels on October 8.The European...
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THE European Railway Agency (ERA) elected Mr Josef Doppelbauer as its new executive director at a meeting of the body's administrative board in Valenciennes on September 30. Doppelbauer (pictured below) was previously chief technical officer of...
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IRJ at InnoTrans 2014: THE eight founding members of the Shift2Rail joint technology research initiative are expected to be announced next week, as leaders of the programme have told suppliers not to miss the opportunity...
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IRJ at InnoTrans: Speaking at the opening ceremony of InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin, the CEO of German Rail (DB) Dr Rüdiger Grube called for rail to be treated more fairly compared with other modes. "In Germany...
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THE European Commission (EC) has invited European Union Member States to submit proposals for a share of €11.9bn in funding for projects on the nine major transport corridors of the TEN-T core network. This is the...
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THE EUROPEAN Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has warned the European Parliament that competition in the railfreight sector is being "strangled" by an inadequate regulatory structure and monopolistic behaviour by incumbent operators. At a seminar in Brussels...
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FRANCE's network of conventional Intercity services is facing a "fragile and uncertain" future according the National Federation of Public Transport Associations (FNAUT), which warns that weak governance and uncertainty over funding threatens the existence of...
A decree issued by the Italian government on competition in the energy sector, which became law on August 21, is causing widespread discontent among the country's rail operators. The issue concerns the special tariff regime on...