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French government unveils SNCF debt relief plans FRENCH prime minister Mr Édouard Philippe confirmed at a press conference at the Hôtel de Matignon in Paris on May 25 that the state will take on €35bn of French National Railways’ (SNCF) €47bn debt if unions allow the administration of president Emanuel Macron to move forwards with its rail reform programme.
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SWISS Federal Railways’ (SBB) appealed the Swiss Federal Transport Office’s (BAV) decision to award BLS, Switzerland’s second biggest railway, two long-distance passenger service concessions on July 16, arguing proposed changes “must be clarified legally”.BAV announced...
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THE International Union of Railway (UIC) has named Mr François Davenne as its new director general while Mr Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of Italian state Railways (FS), has accepted an offer to continue as UIC chairman...
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Britain’s regulator has launched an inquiry into the major disruption to train services on the Northern and Thameslink networks following the introduction of a new timetable on May 20. David Briginshaw reports.MAY 20 should have...
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ELECTRIFICATION remains an “optimal solution” for the development of the busiest parts of Britain’s railway network, despite the cancellation of three key schemes last summer, according to a report by the House of Commons Transport...
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THE French Senate approved the government’s bill on the reform of French National Railways (SNCF) in its second reading on June 14, less than 24 hours after the finalised proposal was endorsed by an overwhelming...
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THE European alliance of new rail entrants, AllRail, is calling on the Swiss government to open the domestic passenger rail market to competition. “Competitive bidding should be introduced for all long-distance rail concessions,” says AllRail. “By...
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THE French Senate voted by a large majority on June 5 in favour of the new railway bill to reform French National Railways (SNCF), allow open-access passenger operation, end restrictive working practices, and put SNCF...
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AN agreement setting out transitional arrangements for liberalisation of the Finnish rail market was signed by representatives of incumbent train operator VR Group and the Ministry of Transport and Communications (LVM) in Helsinki on June...
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FRENCH prime minister Mr Édouard Philippe confirmed at a press conference at the Hôtel de Matignon in Paris on May 25 that the state will take on €35bn of French National Railways’ (SNCF) €47bn debt...
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THE European Commission (EC) has given the Czech government approval for a state-funded scheme to promote intermodal transport. The Koruna 400m ($US 18.4m) programme aims to incentivise modal shift from road to rail. The funds will...

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