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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WABTEC subsidiary MotivePower (MPI) has delivered the first new-build MP54AC locomotive for Toronto commuter rail operator Go Transit.

THE European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a €200m loan for Luxembourg Railways (CFL), which will help to finance an order for 34 double-deck regional EMUs.

NORWAY’s Railway Directorate has issued tender documents to prequalified bidders for a concession to operate passenger services over a large area of central and northern Norway.

THE Argentinean government confirmed on March 13 that the $US 2.3bn first phase of the Buenos Aires RER project will be implemented as a public-private partnership (PPP).

SWITZERLAND’s Montreux Oberland Bernois Railway (MOB) has awarded Stadler a contract to supply 20 variable-gauge coaches for GoldenPass Express services from Montreux to Zweisimmen and Interlaken East, which MOB will operate jointly with BLS.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:32

Saudi Landbridge tendering to begin soon

IRJ at Middle East Rail, Dubai: Saudi Railway Company (SAR) confirmed on March 12 that it expects to launch tenders “soon” for contracts to build the 950km Landbridge, which will link Riyadh with Jeddah on the Red Sea coast.

IRJ at Middle East Rail, Dubai: The United Arab Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Railway project, confirming that it will complete its connection to the Saudi network within four years.

IRJ at Middle East Rail, Dubai: Kuwait’s Public Authority for Roads and Transportation (Part) is planning to implement the first phase of the country’s national railway network as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) as it seeks to complete its section of the Gulf States Railway by the mid-2020s.

IRJ at Middle East Rail, Dubai: MOROCCAN National Railways (ONCF) says it is on course to open Africa’s first high-speed line in the third quarter of this year.

ROMANIAN infrastructure manager CFR Infrastructură has launched a tender for a feasibility study into the construction of a rail link to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport.

THE first Class 195 Civity DMU for Arriva Trains Northern has left CAF’s plant at Irun in northern Spain bound for the VUZ test track at Velim, where it will undergo dynamic testing prior to delivery to Britain.

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 12:25

First refurbished Öresund train unveiled

THE first refurbished Öresund train was unveiled at a ceremony at Malmö Central station on March 7.

ISRAEL Railways (IR) and Siemens signed a contract worth more than $US 1bn on March 7 for the delivery of 60 Desiro HC regional EMUs over the next 10 years.

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 06:37

St Petersburg fast tram line opens

PASSENGER services began operating on the first section of a new fast tram network serving the Krasnogvardeyskiy district of St Petersburg on March 7.

AFTER a 34-year hiatus, rail traffic between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola’s Benguela Railway resumed on March 5 when a manganese train crossed the border between Dilolo and Luau bound for the Angolan port of Lobito.

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 10:23

German cities plan joint LRV procurement

THE German cities of Brandenburg an der Havel, Cottbus and Frankfurt an der Oder are preparing to launch a joint tender for up to 45 new LRVs in a bid to reduce procurement costs for the modernisation of their tram fleets.

SLOVAKIA’s national passenger operator ZSSK has awarded a consortium of Škoda Transportation and Slovakian partner ŽOS Trnava a contract worth around €160m to supply 25 RegioPanter regional EMUs for services in the Žilina area.

FLIXMOBILITY, the parent company of German long-distance bus operator FlixBus, announced on March 6 that tickets have gone on sale for its first open-access intercity train services, which will serve 28 stations in five German states.

CANADIAN National (CN) announced on March 5 that its CEO Mr Luc Jobin is leaving the company with immediate effect following a period of operational difficulties which has drawn sharp criticism from some of the railway’s customers.

ITALIAN open-access high-speed operator NTV-Italo and Spanish national train operator Renfe have been granted permission by Britain’s Department for Transport (DfT) to participate in upcoming rail franchise competitions.

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