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India opens rail market to foreign investment INDIA's Rs 700bn ($US 11.6bn) rail market is now open to global manufacturers and investors, following cabinet approval for so-called Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
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NEW regulations governing electromagnetic compatibility in rolling stock have come into force in Germany. Regulation EMV 06, which came into effect on July 29, covers radio contact between rail vehicles and trackside infrastructure and crucially places...
india-opens-rail-market-to-foreign-investment
INDIA's Rs 700bn ($US 11.6bn) rail market is now open to global manufacturers and investors, following cabinet approval for so-called Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).FDI permits foreign participation in a range of activities including high-speed, suburban...
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FRENCH Rail Regulator Araf has rejected plans for a rolling road service between Pas-de-Calais and the Spanish border because it believes the concession structure adopted for the project could harm competition and risks impacting the...
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THE French Senate definitively adopted the findings of the parliamentary joint committee (CMP) on draft legislation on railway reform in one of the final steps in the legislative process before the bill becomes law. The committee's...
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DRAFT legislation to restructure the French railway industry was passed by the country's Senate on July 10 with 188 votes for and 150 against the bill. The bill aims to integrate French National Railways (SNCF) and...
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OUTLINING structural reforms for India's rail network by splitting the policy making and operational functions, India's BJP-led NDA government has backed the previous UPA government's initiatives to allow 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the...
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Slovenian Railways' (SZ) freight business was badly affected by the recession, its network suffered damage from winter storms in February, and its international passenger business is in decline. SZ's general manager, Mr Dusan Mes (pictured),...
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ONE year after steps were taken to speed up Germany's tortuous and costly train certification process, the German Railway Industry Association (VDB) says progress has been made, but the certification of modernised vehicles is still...
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FRANCE's National Assembly approved late on June 18 the first reading of a bill put forward by the secretary of state for transport, Mr Frédéric Cuvillier, to restructure the national railway by bringing train operations...
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THE Council of the European Union (EU) has formally adopted the regulation establishing the Shift2Rail joint undertaking for railway research following a meeting in Luxembourg on June 16. Shift2Rail is a joint research and development (R&D)...