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Switzerland to seek ERA membership 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).
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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...
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WHILE the new 2015-16 budget published by Australia's federal government on May 12 will see increases in spending on both rail and road infrastructure, the rate of increase for road is much greater than for...
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THREE new European Union (EU) railway research projects, which will form the preliminary work of the future core activities of the Shift2Rail joint technology initiative, were launched at an event held in Brussels last week.   The...
THE International Union of Railways' (UIC) Railway Global Executive MBA is in danger of collapsing if more students don't sign up soon, warns Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC secretary general. ''Only 15 people have signed up so...
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DUTCH Minister of Finance, Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem, has informed the Dutch Parliament that Netherlands Railways (NS) will stop ordering trains through its Irish leasing subsidiary NS Financial Services Company which will be wound down. About...
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ITALIAN State Railways is promising to introduce several new presentation concepts to the World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR), which it will host in Milan from May 29 - June 2 2016, and is inviting...
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THE Kenyan government has told a High Court hearing that Rift Valley Railways (RVR), which has a concession to operate the metre gauge Kenya-Uganda Railway, must continue to pay a road maintenance levy for highway...
IN preparation for the upcoming United Nations COP21 climate change conference, I've been appearing at a number of international events and outlining public transport's position in the climate debate. If you take a look at the...
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ARGENTINEAN president Mrs Christina Kirchner announced on March 2 that the government will present a bill to Congress to renationalise all of the country's railways, bringing to an end more than a quarter of a...