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Finland separates traffic control from operations FINLAND implemented further reforms as part of the liberalisation of its railway sector on January 1 when Finrail, the company responsible for traffic control, passenger information, and train planning functions was formally separated from the incumbent operator, VR Group.
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January 1 sees the start of a major restructuring of French railways with a return to integration of train operations and infrastructure albeit within a holding company organisation. In an exclusive interview with IRJ, Jacques...
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FINLAND implemented further reforms as part of the liberalisation of its railway sector on January 1 when Finrail, the company responsible for traffic control, passenger information, and train planning functions was formally separated from the...
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TERMS for the merger of China's two largest rolling stock manufacturers, CSR and CNR, have been agreed during board meetings held by the two companies during the last two days.CSR will acquire CNR through share...
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EUROPEAN Union (EU) transport ministers adopted a set of conclusions on transport infrastructure and the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) on December 3, and reviewed progress on the political pillar of the Fourth Railway Package. The...
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Steady expansion of its activities abroad means that MTR now carries nearly as many passengers on networks it manages outside Hong Kong as it does at home. Jeremy Long, CEO of MTR's European Business based...
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THE International Public Transport Association (UITP) has urged the European Commission (EC) to prioritise public transport investment in its proposed package for jobs, growth and investment. European infrastructure was highlighted as a priority area for the...
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THE International Union of Railways (UIC) has re-elected Dr Vladimir Yakunin, president of Russian Railways (RZD), as its chairman for a second two-year term during its 85th general assembly which was held on December 3...
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THE leaders of some of Europe's top freight and logistics, and passenger associations have urged members of the European Union (EU) Transport Council to adopt the political pillar of the Fourth Railway Package (FRP). In an...
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THE European Commission announced on November 26 that it has launched infringement proceedings against Austria at the European Court of Justice for failing to comply with EU regulations on financial transparency in the rail sector. The...
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THE German federal government has approved a draft amendment of the federal railway act by transport minister Mr Alexander Dobrindt which is intended to pave the way for major changes in the authorisation and commissioning...