GERMAN infrastructure manager DB Networks and Hessen State Ministry of Economics, Transport and Regional Development announced on January 30 that the planning process for the Hanau – Würzburg/Fulda high-speed line is to resume, and a programme of public consultation will begin later this year.
SPAIN's national train operator Renfe this week announced a major change in its fares policy, with an 11% reduction in all tourist class AVE train tickets and new discounts in an effort push ridership beyond the 22 million mark.
BRITAIN's transport secretary Mr Patrick McLoughlin has laid down the first tentative steps to restart the letting of passenger franchises following the publication of Richard Brown's recommendations to improve the process.
MTR celebrated the start of operations on Hangzhou Metro Line 1 in November, its seventh project outside of Hong Kong. And as deputy CEO Lincoln Leong explains to Kevin Smith, the company is committed to strengthening its external presence over the next few years.
THE supervisory boards of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) Holding and ÖBB Passenger Transport have authorised the executive board to place an order for 100 Desiro ML emus from Siemens, the first batch of trains from a framework contract signed in April 2010.
SANCTIONS could be imposed on vertically-integrated railways obstructing competition in their home market under new measures included in the draft Fourth Railway Package, which was unveiled by the European Commission (EC) on January 30.
HOPES of finally opening the long-delayed 4.7km light rail line in the Spanish city of Jaen have faded after an audit by the Catalonian train operating company FGC found annual operating losses would run into millions of Euros.
LATVIAN Railways (LDZ) has selected a consortium of Bombardier and Belam Riga to deliver Bombardier's Interflo 200 mainline signalling system on a section of the Bolderaja - Zasulauks line which connects the capital Riga with the Bolderaja and Riga harbour area. The contract is worth Lats 9.5m ($US 17.9m), including a Lats 3.7m share for Bombardier.
ALPINE Rolling Motorway (AFA), the piggyback shuttle service between France and Italy operated jointly by SNCF Geodis and Trenitalia, has gained 52 new customers in the six months since the 12.2km Mont Cenis tunnel was cleared for trains carrying 4m-high semitrailers.