CONFIDENCE in the British railway franchising process has been damaged by the Inter City West Coast fiasco but the system is not broken, according to Eurostar Chairman Mr Richard Brown, whose independent review of rail franchising concludes there is no case for major structural change.
The first phase of a major upgrade of the Chicago - St Louis corridor through the heart of Illinois is complete. And with work continuing to finish the entire project by 2017, the line is considered a bellwether for future improvements to freight corridors that carry passenger services in the United States, as Kevin Smith and Railway Age managing editor Douglas John Bowen discover.
EAST German Railway Company (Odeg) introduced the first of 16 Stadler Kiss class 445 double-deck emus on regional express services on the Rathenow - Jüterbog line on January 8. This follows the approval for the first four trains by Germany's Federal Railway Authority (EBA) on December 21 and subsequent approval of a fifth train.
THE BAVARIAN Railway Authority (BEG) and Rhine-Main Transport Association (RMV) have selected DB Regio for the contract to operate regional express services from Frankfurt to Aschaffenburg and Wurzburg via the Spessart line for 12 years from December 2015.
TRAIN services are to be stepped up on two corridors in Northern Ireland with the introduction of a new timetable on January 6. This follows the entry into service of a fleet of 20 class 4000 dmus supplied earlier this year by CAF, Spain.
GERMAN regional operator Erfurt Rail (EB) is to further expand its territory after it was selected by the Bavarian Railway Authority (BEG) and Thuringia's ministry of construction, state development, and transport (TMBLV) to run services on non-electrified lines around Schweinfurt for 12 years from December 2014.