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Agreement reached on Fourth Railway Package technical pillar THE Latvian presidency of the European Council reached a provisional deal with the European Parliament on June 17 on the final wording of the three legislative elements of the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package.
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THE European Commission (EC) revealed its rail investment priorities for the next five years on June 29, when transport commissioner Mrs Violeta Bulc unveiled a shortlist of 276 transport projects which are being put forward...
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SIR Peter Hendy, London's transport commissioner, has been appointed chairman of Network Rail (NR) and told to review its five-year £38bn investment programme which is running over budget with some projects delayed. Britain's secretary of state...
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TRANSPORT Canada has uncovered serious violations under Canada's Railway Safety Act and the Fisheries Act in connection with the horrific 2013 oil train derailment in Lac-Mégantic. The investigation found that an insufficient number of handbrakes were...
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TRANSPORT ministers from Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland signed a declaration on the implementation of the Rail Baltica project during the TEN-T Days conference held in the Latvian capital Riga on June 22.   The ministers...
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THE Latvian presidency of the European Council reached a provisional deal with the European Parliament on June 17 on the final wording of the three legislative elements of the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway...
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FRENCH rail regulator Araf and its British counterpart, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), took over responsibility for regulating conditions of access and infrastructure charges for the Channel Tunnel on June 16, when a...
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PRESIDENT Dilma Rousseff announced ambitious plans on June 9 to revive investment in Brazil's inadequate transport infrastructure in an attempt to stop the country's slide into recession. The plan includes a new funding model aimed...
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IRJ at UITP 2015, Milan: A global campaign by the International Union of Public Transport (UITP) to double public transport's market share by 2025 compared with 1995 levels is yielding promising results, according to a...
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THE Swiss Federal Council approved a mandate on May 20 for the country to negotiate membership of the European Railway Agency (ERA), which is part of the European Union (EU). The Federal Transport Office (BAV) says...
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REGULATORY pressures on Europe's largest railfreight market could drive up operating costs by as much as 20% over the next five years, according to a study by the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV). The report...