TRANSNET CEO Mr Brian Molefe has warned the South African government of several risks that could hamper the group's Rand 300bn investment programme, which forms the core of the government's infrastructure development plan.
URUGUAYAN State Railways (AFE) has announced that it will withdraw all passenger services this week, with the exception of two trains per day on the line from Montevideo 25 de Agosto (one of which runs only as far as Progreso).
HUNGARY'S National Infrastructure Development Company (NIF) has awarded Thales Austria a Euros 18m contract to install ETCS Level 2 on the 101km Boba – Bajánsenye line in western Hungary. The contract includes the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of ETCS Level 2, and adaption of the existing ETCS Level 1 equipment.
Upon completion of the project in September 2014, the maximum line speed will be raised from 100km/h to 120km/h. The line is part of part of Pan-European Corridor 5 (Venice – Ljubljana – Budapest Lvov – Kiev), and the project is 85% funded by the European Union.
Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) has included the extension of ETCS Level 2 from Boba to Hodoš in its investment plans for 2012-15.
THE first Stadler Flirt emu for Czech open-access long-distance operator Leo Express has arrived at the Velim test circuit near Prague for trials.
The train will undergo brake checks as well as vibro-acoustic and electromagnetic compatibility testing over the next few weeks. Following the completion of these tests, trial running will switch to the mainline network.
INTERNATIONAL freight and passenger services between the Czech Republic and southern Germany could see substantial improvements under an agreement signed by the Czech deputy transport minister Mr Ivo Vykydal, and Mr Martin Zeil, the Bavarian minister of transport, in the Bavarian town of Hof.