Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow joined IRJ as News Editor in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Editor in 2008. He was previously editor of employee publications for the Welsh Assembly Government, G4S, and Thomsonfly, and has written for a range of other publications including the Derby Telegraph. He graduated from Lincoln University in 2002 with a degree in journalism.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 04:45

RZD develops plans for high-speed rail freight

RUSSIAN Railways (RZD) says it is pressing ahead with the development of a concept for a high-speed freight train with the aim of capturing a slice of the market for high-value goods between China and Europe from air cargo operators.

ABELLIO, JR East and Mitsui announced on October 17 that they have selected Bombardier and CAF for two contracts with a total value of £680m to supply 107 trains for the new West Midlands franchise, which begins in December.

Monday, 16 October 2017 10:44

Sofia orders Škoda ForCity LRVs

ŠKODA Transportation announced on October 13 that it has received a Koruna 610m ($US 27.9m) contract to supply 13 ForCity Classic low-floor LRVs for the 1009mm-gauge tram network in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

THE first painted bodyshell for the Berlin S-Bahn’s next-generation fleet of class 483/484 trains has arrived at Stadler’s plant in Pankow, where final assembly will take place.

SWEDISH infrastructure manager Trafikverket has increased the maximum axleload on the southern section of the 473km Iron Ore Line from Luleå to the Norwegian port of Narvik from 30 to 32.5 tonnes following a two-year trial with mining company LKAB, which operates heavy-haul trains on the route.

LEO Express announced on October 13 that it will become Poland’s first international open-access passenger operator after the country’s rail regulator, the Railway Transport Office (UTK), gave its approval for the Czech company to launch services between Krakow and Prague.

FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) said on October 11 that the number of passengers using TGV services to travel between Paris and Toulouse has doubled since the opening of the Sud Europe Atlantique high-speed line on July 2.

CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Rail Transport (NPRT) has secured three orders with a total value of Yuan 2.37bn ($US 360m) to supply metro trains to three Chinese cities.

ASPIRE Mining, Australia and its Northern Railways (NR) subsidiary signed an agreement with a Chinese contractor on October 12 for the completion of a bankable feasibility study into the 547km Erdenet - Ovoot line in northern Mongolia, which will link new coal mines in the region to the rail network and ultimately form part of a new connection between China and Russia.

POLISH regional operator Masovian Railways (KM) confirmed on October 11 that Stadler Poland has been selected as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 71 EMUs.

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