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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GE Transportation confirmed on June 21 that the Mexican and US rail subsidiaries of Kansas City Southern will acquire a combined total of 50 GE Evolution Series locomotives.

ŠKODA Transportation announced on June 20 that it has won a tender for a contract to supply 80 low-floor LRVs to Rhine Neckar Transport (RNV) for use on tram lines in and around Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg.

THALYS announced on June 19 that it will launch direct services between Brussels and Bordeaux next summer, connecting the Belgian capital with the Atlantic coast in little over four hours.

FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) has begun the fleet rollout of an Internet of Things (IoT)-based solution for monitoring the status of passenger train doors.

THE French Railway Safety Board (ESPF) has granted an authorisation for the operation of the 200km/h variant of Bombardier’s Régio 2N double-deck EMU for operation on the French main line network.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 07:55

French Senate approves SNCF reform bill

THE French Senate approved the government’s bill on the reform of French National Railways (SNCF) in its second reading on June 14, less than 24 hours after the finalised proposal was endorsed by an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly.

SIEMENS has revealed details of a concept for its next-generation high-speed train, the Velaro Novo, which it will present at the InnoTrans exhibition in Berlin in September.

JAPAN’s Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company has awarded Hitachi a contract to supply five six-car suburban EMUs for Tsukuba Express services on its 58km line from Tokyo’s Akihabara station to the city of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture.

SIEMENS has begun final assembly of the first Mireo EMU vehicles for DB Regio, which ordered 24 three-car trains in February 2017 for the regional services on the Karlsruhe - Basle Rhine Valley Line. 

AN agreement setting out transitional arrangements for liberalisation of the Finnish rail market was signed by representatives of incumbent train operator VR Group and the Ministry of Transport and Communications (LVM) in Helsinki on June 4.

SWEDEN’s deputy prime minister and climate minister Mrs Isabella Lövin and infrastructure minister Mr Tomas Eneroth unveiled the 2018-2029 National Plan for the Transport System on June 1, outlining how the government will spend SKr 712.5bn ($US 81.4bn) on the country’s road, rail, aviation and port infrastructure over the next decade.

AMTRAK issued a request for proposals (RFP) on June 1 for the modernisation or replacement of ageing diesel locomotives used on its long-distance and some state-sponsored services.

FOLLOWING a 10-day standstill period, the Welsh government appointed KeolisAmey as operator and development partner for the Wales & Borders franchise and South Wales Metro on June 4, confirming an investment of £1.9bn over the 15-year duration of the franchise.

SWEDEN’s prime minister Mr Stefan Löfven announced on May 31 that the government has approved a project to complete quadrupling of the final section of double-track line between Stockholm and Uppsala.

MALAYSIA’s newly-elected prime minister Mr Mahathir Mohamad announced on May 28 that his government will abandon its commitment to the construction of a high-speed line linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, which is currently in the procurement phase.

Monday, 28 May 2018 05:57

Chennai opens two metro extensions

CHENNAI opened extensions to both of its two operational metro lines on May 25, when Tamil Nadu chief minister, Mr Edappadi Palaniswami, and India’s minister of housing and urban affairs, Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, inaugurated the 2.6km Nehru Park – Central Station section of the Green Line and the 4.8km stretch of the Blue Line from Little Mount to AG-DMS.

FRENCH prime minister Mr Édouard Philippe confirmed at a press conference at the Hôtel de Matignon in Paris on May 25 that the state will take on €35bn of French National Railways’ (SNCF) €47bn debt if unions allow the administration of president Emanuel Macron to move forwards with its rail reform programme.

NEW YORK City Transit (NYCT) president Mr Andy Byford unveiled plans for the modernisation of the city’s bus and subway networks on May 23, bringing forward major improvements to signalling and stations.

EUROPEAN railway infrastructure managers formalised a joint response to last summer’s Rastatt incident on May 16, when the International Contingency Management Handbook was unanimously approved at the Rail Net Europe (RNE) general assembly in Sopron, Hungary.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 08:18

TexRail inaugurates Fort Worth depot

FORT Worth Trinity Metro celebrated a milestone for its TexRail commuter rail project on May 22 when the line’s train maintenance depot was inaugurated in the presence of the city’s mayor, Mrs Betsy Price, and Federal Transit Administration regional administrator, Mr Robert Patrick.

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