GERMAN Rail (DB) today announced its results for the first half of 2012, revealing passenger numbers rose by more than 4% compared with the same period last year despite the uncertain economic outlook. Ridership increased by more than 40 million year-on-year to exceed 1 billion, while passenger volume increased by 4.4% to 39.7 billion passenger-km.
SIEMENS has announced it will cease production of the ER20 Eurorunner diesel-electric locomotive following the delivery of the final orders to Metrans in the Czech Republic and Adria Transport, Slovenia. The design will be superseded by the Vectron DE, which was unveiled at InnoTrans in Berlin in 2010.
ALMOST three-and-a-half years after it was selected as preferred bidder to finance, supply, and maintain Britain's next-generation long-distance train, Agility Trains, a consortium of Hitachi and John Laing Investments, and the Department for Transport (DfT) have reached financial close on the first phase of the £4.5bn Intercity Express Programme.