ABELLIO, which is due to take over the seven-year ScotRail franchise on April 1, has signed a contract with Hitachi Rail Europe for the supply, and maintenance for 10 years, of 70 EMUs. The deal will be financed by Caledonian Rail Leasing.
Since it was founded in 2006, Croatian infrastructure manager HZ Infrastructure has struggled to rehabilitate its war-ravaged network. But with the government now turning its attention to rail and tapping into EU funds, the tide appears to be turning. Marco Chiandoni and Kevin Smith look at the various projects proposed and underway across the country.
The GCC member states are pushing ahead with plans to develop an integrated railway network between Oman and Kuwait. Kevin Smith reports from the GCC Metro and Rail conference in Muscat where the leading lights in the GCC railway industry gathered to discuss progress and the challenges facing this mammoth project.
RAILROAD Development Corporation (RDC) has lost its appeal at the Administrative Court in Cologne against the Federal Networks Agency's decision to prevent DB Networks signing draft agreements for train paths for RDC's proposed motor-rail services between Niebüll and Westerland on the island of Sylt.
TANZANIA-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) has announced measures to reduce waste and enhance efficiency following an agreement between the president of Tanzania Mr Jakaya Kikwete and his Zambian counterpart Mr Edgar Lungu to revive the 1860km 1067mm-gauge railway.
Despite the recent launch of a new premium express service intended to draw traffic back to rail, these are turbulent times for Poland's national long-distance passenger operator. Andrew Goltz considers the reasons behind declining traffic and looks at potential solutions to the problem.