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European Parliament adopts Fourth Railway Package market pillar THE European Parliament voted to adopt the market pillar of the Fourth Railway Package at a plenary session in Strasbourg on December 14 in the final stage of a legislative process which will open Europe’s railway sector to greater competition.
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THE European Parliament (EP) voted to adopt the market pillar of the Fourth Railway Package at a plenary session in Strasbourg on December 14 in the final stage of a legislative process which is intended...
shift2rail-in-full-swing
THE European Union’s (EU) Shift2Rail public-private partnership research initiative aims to help rail to achieve a 50% reduction in life-cycle costs, to double capacity, and improve reliability and punctuality by up to 50%. This should...
uitp-urges-transport-authorities-to-build-their-own-av-fleets
THE International Association of Public Transport (UITP) is calling for urban transport authorities to build their own fleets of autonomous vehicles (AVs) for shared use and integration with existing bus and rail services to avoid...
rail-can-help-deliver-a-low-carbon-future
WE have recently seen a number of landmark United Nations (UN) agreements that set clear objectives for the coming years. Most notable among these are UN Resolution 70/1 presenting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and...
the-stage-is-set-for-rail-to-deliver
DURING the past year, several major policy initiatives such as global agreements on climate change and sustainability, and Europe’s Fourth Railway Package, have been concluded. We also saw the completion of the Gotthard Base Tunnel...
norway’s-revamped-railway-sector-begins-work
A ceremony was held at Oslo Central Station on January 2 to mark the start of work by Bane Nor, Norway’s revamped infrastructure manager, which has been introduced following widespread reform of the country’s railway...
ec-adopts-new-ertms-deployment-plan
THE European Commission adopted an implementing regulation on January 5 for the new ERTMS European Deployment plan (ERTMS EDP), which sets a target of equipping 50% of Core Network Corridors by 2023. The new plan has...
dft-works-to-improve-ticket-information
BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) says that it is planning measures to improve ticketing information for passengers and make it easier for people to choose the best value fare for their journey. DfT has been working...
ec-approves-public-funding-for-italian-modal-shift-scheme
THE European Commission (EC) confirmed on December 19 that a public funding scheme launched by the Italian government to encourage modal shift of freight from road to rail is compliant with European Union (EU) rules...
european-parliament-adopts-fourth-railway-package-market-pillar
THE European Parliament voted to adopt the market pillar of the Fourth Railway Package at a plenary session in Strasbourg on December 14 in the final stage of a legislative process which will open Europe’s...