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French Senate approves railway reform bill 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.
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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)...
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THE Council of the European Union has reached political agreements on the three texts that comprise the Technical Pillar of the Fourth Railway Package following a meeting held today in Brussels. The Technical Pillar is one...
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Consultant Arthur D Little and the International Public Transport Association's (UITP) Future of Urban Mobility 2.0 study outlines recommendations for how global cities can improve their public transport offerings amidst the pressures of increasing urbanisation...
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ITALIAN State Railways' (FS) steering committee, led by its new president Mr Marcello Messori, has appointed Mr Michele Mario Elia as CEO of FS Group. Elia, 68, has served as CEO of FS subsidiary and infrastructure...