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European Parliament approves Fourth Railway Package technical pillar THE European Union moved an important step closer to harmonised safety approvals for railway equipment and operators on April 28, when the European Parliament approved the European Council's common position on the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package.
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THE president of Russian Railways (RZD), Mr Oleg Belozerov, and the CEO of China Railway Corporation (CRC), Mr Sheng Guangji, signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Beijing on June 25 in the presence of President...
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THE European Railway Agency (ERA) was rebranded the European Union Agency for Railways on June 16 as the technical provisions of the Fourth Railway Package came into force. The new name is intended to reflect the...
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THE European Parliament (EP) has adopted a resolution aimed at improving the competitiveness of the European railway supply industry in the face of what it regards as aggressive competition from Asia.The resolution, prepared by German...
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IRJ at WCRR 2016, Milan: Leading Italian railway officials have called on the railway industry to better promote its sustainable credentials in order for rail to secure its place as the backbone of transport in...
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FOLLOWING an investigation by the Bundeskartellamt, Germany's federal competition authority, German Rail (DB) has agreed to make what the Bundeskartellamt describes as "far-reaching changes to the sale of passenger tickets," with the aim of curbing...
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THE European Court of Auditors says rail's market share of European Union (EU) freight has fallen since 2011 despite the EU contributing €28bn to rail projects between 2007 and 2013 and a concerted effort since...
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DR Hong Soon-man, a former vice mayor of Incheon, has been named president and CEO of Korail, Korea's state-owned rail operator.   Hong was previously president of Korea Railroad Research Institute and has held key positions in...
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BRITAIN's Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has approved applications by Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) and First Group to operate additional long-distance passenger services on the East Coast Main Line, but rejected an application...
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BRITAIN's parliamentary Transport Committee has invited written submissions for an inquiry which will scrutinise passenger rail franchising and consider options for the future of the system. The inquiry will seek to establish whether the Department for...
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THE members of the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Managers (CER), the International Rail Transport Committee (CIT), the association of European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM), and the International Union of Railways (UIC) have joined...