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Piyush Goyal named India’s new railways minister THE Indian government confirmed on September 5 that Mr Piyush Goyal will replace Mr Suresh Prabhu as the country’s railways minister.
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OVER the last 20 years the value of trade between Africa and the rest of the world has quadrupled, but trade between African nations remains extremely limited. According to the World Trade Organisation, intra-regional trade...
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FRANCE’s Court of Auditors has expressed concern over the fragility of French National Railways’ (SNCF) freight operations in a communication to government ministers which calls into question the “coherence and effectiveness” of French freight transport...
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THE closure of the north-south corridor in Rastatt, Germany, is a disaster for rail freight on perhaps the most heavily-used intermodal corridor in Europe. According to operators, only 15% of the normal 200 intermodal trains...
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THE Indian government confirmed on September 5 that Mr Piyush Goyal will replace Mr Suresh Prabhu as the country’s railways minister.   Goyal’s appointment comes just a month after Mr Ashwani Lohani, an Indian Railway Service of...
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IRJ at the 5th Railway Forum, Berlin: GERMAN Rail (DB) CEO Dr Richard Lutz has urged the supply industry to support DB by delivering the innovative solutions the company requires to flourish in a changing...
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ACCORDING to a new metro policy endorsed by India’s union cabinet on August 16, the government will only approve or fund metro projects after state governments have firmed up public-private partnership (PPP) agreements and last...
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FINLAND’s passenger rail market will be opened to competition in the early 2020s, ending the monopoly of incumbent operator VR Group, under plans unveiled by minister of transport and communications Mrs Anne Berner and minister...
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RÈGIONS de France, an association representing 18 French regions, says its members are ready to work with the national government to set terms and conditions for the competitive tendering of regional passenger services. Over the last...
CHINA’s bold Belt and Road Initiative to develop new rail links to Europe and southeast Asia poses difficult questions regarding the title and security rights of rolling stock crossing borders, says Howard Rosen, chairman of...
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THE European Commission (EC) and the Japanese government agreed on July 6 to remove the Operational Safety Clause (OSC) non-tariff barrier which impacts European rail equipment suppliers within a maximum one year after entry into...

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