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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JAPAN’s Transport Safety Board has launched an investigation after bogie cracks and an oil leak were discovered on a West Japan Railway Company (JR West) N700 Series Shinkansen train while operating a Hakata - Tokyo Nozomi service on December 11.

HELSINKI Regional Transport (HSL) is claiming a world first with the launch of an open retail platform which enables anyone anywhere to purchase tickets for retail sale.

Monday, 11 December 2017 04:45

Dublin inaugurates Luas Cross-City Line

SERVICES on Dublin’s Luas light rail network were extended to the north of the city on December 9, when Ireland’s prime minister Mr Leo Varadkar, minister for transport, tourism & sport Mr Shane Ross, and finance minister Mr Paschal Donohoe attended the official opening of the Cross City Line.

Monday, 11 December 2017 04:43

First section of Luxembourg tramway opens

PASSENGER operations began on the first completed stretch of Luxembourg’s light rail line on December 10 with the opening of the eight-station northern section along John F. Kennedy Avenue between LuxExpo and Rout Bréck-Pafendall (Pont Rouge).

SCOTLAND’s Edinburgh - Glasgow Improvement Programme (Egip) celebrated a milestone on December 10 with the start of electric services from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley via Falkirk High.

Monday, 11 December 2017 04:36

Qingdao opens second metro line

THE Chinese city of Qingdao opened its second metro line on December 10, with the start of trial passenger operation on the 20.4km Licun Gongyuan - Zhiquanlu section of the north-south Line 2.

A handover ceremony was held at Transnet Engineering’s assembly plant in Durban on December 7 to mark the acceptance of the first class 23E Traxx Africa electric locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail (TFR).

THE first ACS-64 electric locomotive for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Septa) has left Siemens’ plant in Sacramento, California, bound for Philadelphia.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:43

Odakyu Railway unveils Graceful Super Express

JAPAN’s Odakyu Electric Railway unveiled its new series 70000 “Graceful Super Express” EMU for Romancecar luxury limited express services on December 5.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 05:52

Nanjing opens suburban metro Line S3

NANJING added a third suburban line to its metro network on December 6 with the start of trial passenger operation on the 37.5km Line S3, which serves the southwest of the city.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 05:28

Chengdu inaugurates orbital metro line

CHENGDU added an orbital line to its metro network on December 6 with the start of trial passenger operation on the 38.6km Line 7.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:46

Uzbekistan completes Bukhara - Miskin line

THE distance by rail between central and western Uzbekistan was reduced significantly on December 1 with the official completion of the 355km direct line from Navoi north of Bukhara to Miskin near the border with Turkmenistan.

Monday, 04 December 2017 11:47

EU funds study into Pau - Canfranc reopening

PROPOSALS for the reopening of a long-abandoned cross-border railway in the Pyrenees took a step forward on December 1, when Mr Alain Rousset, president of the French region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Mr Javier Lambán, president of the Spanish region of Aragon, and Mr Héral Ruijters, director of innovative and sustainable transport for the European Commission (EC), signed a financing agreement for a study into the revival of the Pau - Canfranc line.

Monday, 04 December 2017 05:58

Iran orders 450 DMU cars from Hyundai Rotem

HYUNDAI Rotem announced on December 4 that it has been awarded a Won 929.3bn ($US 856m) contract by Iranian Islamic Republic Railways (RAI) to supply 150 three-car DMUs for Raja Passenger Train Company.

Friday, 01 December 2017 11:22

Bombardier chosen for Duisburg LRV order

DUISBURG Transport Company (DVG) announced on November 29 that it has selected Bombardier as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 47 LRVs for the Duisburg Stadtbahn network.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:57

Norway updates cost estimates for Tromsø line

NORWAY’s Ministry of Transport has instructed the Railway Directorate to update cost estimates for a rail link to Tromsø, the largest city in northern Norway and the third-largest in the Arctic Circle.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:53

TVZ delivers new coaches for Russian Post

TRANSMASHHOLDING subsidiary Tver Carriage Works (TVZ) has completed the delivery of a batch of mail coaches for Russian Post, which is seeking to modernise and expand its rail operations.

THE mayor of Chicago Mr Rahm Emanuel announced on November 29 that the City of Chicago and Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to determine market interest in a private concession to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an express rail link between O’Hare International Airport and the city centre.

BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) announced on November 29 that it will exercise an option to extend FirstGroup’s current Great Western Railway (GWR) franchise by one year, to April 1 2020, and negotiate a direct award for the GWR franchise for two years to April 2022, with an option for a two-year extension. The DfT also launched a public consultation on the future of the GWR franchise, including proposals to split it into two separate units.

IRISH Rail (IE) is in talks with Ireland’s National Transport Authority (NTA) on the acquisition of a fleet of electro-diesel trains to enable the extension of Dublin Area Rapid Transit (Dart) services to stations beyond the capital’s electrified suburban network.

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