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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FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) unveiled its financial results for the first half of 2012 on July 26, with group revenues rising 3.1% year-on-year to €16.8bn, despite further retrenchment in its freight activities.

GERMAN Rail (DB) today announced its results for the first half of 2012, revealing passenger numbers rose by more than 4% compared with the same period last year despite the uncertain economic outlook. Ridership increased by more than 40 million year-on-year to exceed 1 billion, while passenger volume increased by 4.4% to 39.7 billion passenger-km.

Thursday, 26 July 2012 07:14

Siemens sells final Eurorunner locomotive

SIEMENS has announced it will cease production of the ER20 Eurorunner diesel-electric locomotive following the delivery of the final orders to Metrans in the Czech Republic and Adria Transport, Slovenia. The design will be superseded by the Vectron DE, which was unveiled at InnoTrans in Berlin in 2010.

AFTER a subdued start to 2012, Vossloh has reported a healthy increase in second quarter sales, which rose 4.5% compared with the same period last year. Overall, first half sales rose 1.8% to €571.3m, while the group's order backlog stands at €1.5bn.

THE European Commission (EC) has authorised an Austrian government scheme to subsidise railfreight operations for five years from December.

ALMOST three-and-a-half years after it was selected as preferred bidder to finance, supply, and maintain Britain's next-generation long-distance train, Agility Trains, a consortium of Hitachi and John Laing Investments, and the Department for Transport (DfT) have reached financial close on the first phase of the £4.5bn Intercity Express Programme.

THE Port of Bordeaux Authority has awarded Eurotunnel subsidiary Europorte Socorail an eight year contract to operate and maintain railway infrastructure in the port area.

THE THAI government has agreed to provide Baht 1.6bn ($US 50m) in financing to support the 7.8km extension of Laos' only railway to the country's capital Vientiane by 2014.

NIPPON Sharyo Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Nippon Sharyo USA formally launched production at its new plant in Rochelle, Illinois, on July 19 in the presence of around 500 guests, including Illinois governor Mr Pat Quinn.

WALLONIA Regional Transport (SWRT) has invited tenders for a PPP contract to finance, design, build, and maintain the first modern light rail line in the city of Liège.

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