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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Thursday, 15 February 2018 07:41

First Siemens Vectron for ÖBB on test

THE first class 1293 Vectron multi-system electric locomotive for Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) made its main line debut on February 14 with a test run from Siemens’ plant at Munich-Allach to Reichertshausen on the Munich - Ingolstadt line.

Thursday, 15 February 2018 07:13

Portland’s TriMet to replace oldest LRVs

TRIMET, the public transport authority in Portland, Oregon, has launched a public consultation on plans to order 26 new LRVs, which will replace the oldest vehicles in the Max light rail fleet.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:36

First LRV delivered for Oklahoma City Streetcar

THE first LRV for the Oklahoma City Streetcar project arrived in the city on February 13 after completing its four-day 1900km road journey from Brookville, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 06:05

Bombardier rolls out first Traxx DC3 locomotive

THE first Bombardier Traxx DC3 electric locomotive left the company’s plant at Vado Ligure near Genoa on February 12 bound for Trenitalia’s Osmannoro test centre near Florence, where static and dynamic testing will be carried out.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:41

Collenette to chair Ontario high-speed rail board

THE Province of Ontario has appointed former Canadian federal transport minister Mr David Collenette as chair of the Ontario High Speed Rail Planning Advisory board, which will oversee the development of plans for a high-speed line linking Toronto with Windsor.

THE first Alstom Citadis X05 low-floor LRV for the second light rail line in Nice was unveiled to the media by the city’s mayor Mr Christian Estrosi at Charles Ginésy Maintenance Centre on February 9.

THE Lithuanian government has approved a proposal by the Ministry of Transport and Communications to reorganise Lithuanian Railways (LG), bringing the organisation’s structure into line with the provisions of the European Union’s Fourth Railway Package.

THE first of seven Hitachi Rail Italy Sirio LRVs for Florence light rail Line T3 arrived in the Tuscan capital on February 9.

Monday, 12 February 2018 09:50

Tendering begins for Warsaw metro extension

THE City of Warsaw has launched tenders for a contract to construct a 3.9km underground extension of metro Line M2 from Trocka to Bródno in the northeastern district of Targówek.

MALAYSIAN engineering firm George Kent announced to the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange on February 12 that it has reached an agreement with Siemens, Alstom, Italian State Railways (FS) and Porr, Austria, to form a consortium to bid for the AssetsCo tender for the Singapore - Kuala Lumpur high-speed line.

THE first Italian-built class 802 inter-city trains for British operator Great Western Railway was unveiled at Hitachi Rail Italy's Pistoia plant on February 9.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 09:25

SagaRail to launch first services on February 23

SWEDISH open-access operator SagaRail has begun selling tickets for its first services, which will begin running between Stockholm and Linköping on February 23.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 07:08

Greece opens new Tithorea - Leianokladi line

GREEK infrastructure manager Ergose celebrated a milestone in the upgrading of the Athens - Thessaloniki corridor on January 31, when the new line between Tithorea and Leianokladi was handed over for the start of commercial operation, 21 years after the start of construction.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 13:01

Kenya SGR electrification contract signed

KENYA Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) has signed a Shillings 24.2bn ($US 239m) contract with China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Company (CET) for the electrification of the Mombasa - Nairobi section of Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

THE board of Brussels Transport Company (Stib) has selected Bombardier as preferred bidder for a framework contract to supply up to 170 low-floor LRVs, with an initial order for 60 vehicles worth €169m (excluding VAT).

A crucial decision on the future of Switzerland’s inter-city network will be made this year, which could break SBB’s monopoly on the sector. BLS CEO Bernard Guillelmon talks to Keith Barrow about how the country’s second-largest railway plans to re-enter the long-distance market.

SPAIN’s minister of public works Mr Iñigo de la Serna announced in Barcelona on February 6 that Renfe is planning to launch a new low-fares high-speed service between Barcelona and Madrid next year.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 05:36

East Coast franchise faces early termination

BRITAIN’s secretary of state for transport Mr Chris Grayling informed the House of Commons on February 5 that the Department for Transport (DfT) is making contingency plans to take over the operation of the Inter-City East Coast (ICEC) franchise from Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC).

NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) says it is in talks with Eurostar regarding the introduction of a third London - Amsterdam service in 2019, potentially offering a significant improvement in journey times for London-bound passengers.

Friday, 02 February 2018 07:14

Würzburg to replace tram fleet

WÜRZURG City Council has approved a plan to replace the city’s entire fleet of 41 trams with new low-floor vehicles.

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