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EC investigates Siemens-Alstom merger amid competition concerns THE European Commission (EC) confirmed on July 13 that it has launched an “in-depth” investigation into the merger of Siemens mobility and Alstom amid concerns that the combination may adversely affect competition in the signalling and rolling stock markets.
First phase of Abuja light rail opens THE first stage of the Abuja light rail network opened on July 12, the first light rail line in the Nigerian capital.
Rio Tinto operates first driverless freight train MINING company Rio Tinto has achieved the first delivery of iron ore by an autonomous, driverless train as part of its $US 940m AutoHaul programme focused on automating trains running to its port facilities in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
SNCF Logistics takes control of Spanish rail freight operator THE board of Spanish infrastructure and engineering company Comsa has reached an agreement to sell its remaining stake in rail freight operator Comsa Rail Transport (CRT) to SNCF Logistics, giving the French company 100% control.
Kassel to upgrade tram-train network NORTH Hessen Transport Authority (NVV) has announced plans to upgrade the RegioTram tram-train network in and around the city of Kassel.
Cambodia completes Phnom Penh - Poipet reconstruction AFTER a 45-year hiatus, Cambodia Royal Railway restored passenger services between the country’s capital and the Thai border on July 4 with the inauguration of the final section of the reconstructed Phnom Penh - Poipet line.
Study identifies viable market for low-fares London - Paris high-speed services A viable market exists for low-fares high-speed train services between Britain and France, according to a study commissioned by Channel Tunnel operator Getlink.
Brazil prepares for early renewal of railway concessions THE Brazilian government announced on July 3 that Vale and MRS Logistics will invest in the construction of two new railways in exchange for the early renewal of other concessions currently held by these companies which expire in the next decade.

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THE Berlin S-Bahn and German Rail (DB) launched the €30m S-Bahn Plus quality programme on July 18 to improve punctuality, quality and service in Berlin and Brandenburg state.
CHILE’s Antofagasta Railway (FCAB) has awarded GE Transportation a contract to supply five C23EMP single-cab ac/dc diesel-electric locomotives for delivery in 2019. The deal, the first between the two partners,…
MORGAN Stanley Infrastructure (MSI), announced on July 16 its decision to make a voluntary public takeover offer to all shareholders of leasing company VTG, Germany, at an offer price of…
AROUND 319,000 fans used the free trains operated by Russian Railways (RZD) during the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia until July 17, with 734 free trips scheduled along 31…
THE NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), which is leading the procurement and delivery of the Auckland Light Rail programme, has announced will conduct market engagement with interested suppliers and industry participants…
RATH Group, Austria, awarded Siemens a contract on July 9 to supply three Vectron multisystem (MS) locomotives which RTB Cargo, the freight transport arm of the Rath Group, will use…
CAF has taken a financial stake in Orbital Critical Systems (OCS), which specialises in the design, development and verification of critical systems for the aerospace sector and the railway industry.

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July 02, 2018
BRITAIN’s railways are currently facing their worst crisis since the Hatfield derailment in 2000 which was caused by a broken rail and led to the virtual paralysis of the system...
June 01, 2018
HIGH-SPEED rail is having a growing impact on both transport and the wider economy as the number of lines in operation steadily increases. It is a driver of railway technology...
May 01, 2018
THE International Union of Railways’ (UIC) held its first global signalling conference in Milan on March 26-28 in cooperation with Italian State Railways (FS), as the successor to its series...

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