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French government sets out rail reform timetable FRENCH prime minister, Mr Edouard Philippe, and transport minister, Mrs Elisabeth Borne, set out a timetable on February 26 for rail reform in France following the publication on February 15 of the Spinetta report.
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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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BRITAIN’s secretary of state for transport, Mr Chris Grayling, has told Parliament that he has decided to take back direct control of the InterCity East Coast franchise from the Stagecoach-Virgin joint venture which currently operates...
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SLOVENIA’s National Assembly has adopted an act amending and supplementing the country’s Railway Transport Act, which will open the domestic passenger rail market to competition. Following EU legislation approved under the Fourth Railway Package and passed...
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THE International Union of Railways (UIC) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining how the two organisations can develop closer cooperation and deliver mutual benefits when working...
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TRANSDEV, Germany’s largest private public transport operator, is calling for fair competition in train ticket distribution and full access to all ticket sales channels including apps and websites.Up to now, private train operators in Germany...
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FOLLOWING detailed examination of applications submitted by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and BLS, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Transport (BAV) announced on April 19 that it plans to grant SBB a 10-year concession for operation of...
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THE French prime minister, Mr Edouard Philippe announced during a visit to the Bonneuil-sur-Marne freight terminal in southern Paris on April 16 that French National Railways’ (SNCF) loss-making rail freight unit Fret SNCF will be...
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FRENCH president Mr Emmanuel Macron confirmed in a televised interview on April 15 that the state will “gradually” start to take on the debt of French infrastructure manager SNCF Network within two years. SNCF Network’s net...
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THE government of Ile-de-France has appointed a committee of experts to evaluate the feasibility of offering public transport services free-of-charge in the area around Paris. The 10-member committee will be led by Mr Jacques Rapoport, former...
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TWO of the four French railway unions joined air traffic controllers and other public sector workers in a national strike on March 22 in protest against president Mr Emanuel Macron’s plans for labour reform and...