Russian Railways (RZD) has awarded Siemens a 40-year maintenance contract for the Lastochka regional trains that Siemens started building in 2013. Negotiations began in 2011 when Siemens was originally commissioned to build the new trains, in an order reportedly worth €2bn.
FOLLOWING a European tender, Rhine-Ruhr Transport Authority (VRR) announced on June 15 that it has selected National Express and Abellio for three contracts to operate the Rhine-Ruhr Express (RRX) network for up to 15 years from its launch in December 2018.
SWEDEN's national passenger operator SJ says that patronage of its overnight sleeper service between Stockholm and Malmö has increased by 65% so far this year compared with 2014 and the train will continue to run until the end of 2016.
ARRIVA has revealed details of its plans for the regional bus and rail concession in the Dutch Province of Limburg, which was awarded to the German Rail (DB) subsidiary last month after preferred bidder Abellio was disqualified following the discovery of irregularities in the tendering process.