THE first meeting of the EU-Japan Industrial Dialogue on Railways, which was organised by the European Commission (EC) and Japanese government, took place in Brussels last week and provided officials with an opportunity to discuss railway-related topics arising from the continuing EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.
FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) in cooperation with French Rail Network (RFF) and intermodal operator Kombiverkehr operated a 1500m-long freight train on January 18 between Sibelin yard near Lyon and Nîmes as part of Europe's Marathon project to operate longer freight trains.
Unife's CleanER-D research initiative says there will be significant benefits from accelerating the uptake of diesel engines compliant with European Stage IIIA and IIIB emissions standards. Kevin Smith examines the project, its findings and recommendations.
EUROPE's railway associations are urging the Council of the European Union to stick to the plan to make the European Railway Agency (ERA) the one-stop-shop for safety certification and vehicle authorisation in Europe rather a proposal by some member states for a modified version of the current appallingly-slow system.
THE European Commission's (EC) Mobility and Transport Directorate has appointed All Ways Travelling, a consortium of transport industry bodies and suppliers, to develop and validate a model for a pan-European passenger transport information and booking system.
A report by the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry into the competitiveness of the European railway supply industry says that more coordinated, long-term R&D is needed so that the European Union (EU) can maintain its competitiveness in the global railway supply industry.
FOUR European railway associations plus the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) are calling for urgent action to accelerate the excessively slow and cumbersome processes for the certification of trains in Europe which they argue are far too costly and are harming rail's competitive position.