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- Knorr-Bremse enters signalling market with North American acquisition

Date de publication : 22-04-2024

NORTH AMERICA: Knorr-Bremse announced on April 19 that it had agreed to buy Alstom’s North American conventional signalling business, with a deal that is expected to be formally concluded ‘in summer 2024’.

- Stadler’s Spanish suburban EMUs on test

Date de publication : 22-04-2024

SPAIN: The first of 44 double-deck EMUs which Stadler is supplying to RENFE are now being tested at the manufacturer’s plant at Albuixech near València.

- Interview: Eurofima adapts to a changing market

Date de publication : 22-04-2024

Eurofima Chief Executive Dr Christoph Pasternak explains to Nick Kingsley how the supra-national rolling stock financing body is tweaking its strategy to reduce its reliance on the European state railways that currently make up its shareholders.

- World rail freight news round-up

Date de publication : 22-04-2024

News from the world rail freight market.

- Paris Line C investment plan outlined

Date de publication : 22-04-2024

FRANCE: Paris regional transport authority Ile-de-France-Mobilités has set out revised plans to develop RER Line C, one of the busiest and most operationally challenging in the conurbation.

- Doopee Doo offers rewards to incentivise use of trains and local businesses

Date de publication : 22-04-2024

UK: Doopee Doo is working with Transport for Wales to roll out a reward scheme which is designed to encourage people to explore by train and to incentivise support for local businesses.

- Stars align for night train service

Date de publication : 21-04-2024

BELGIUM: Support for overnight train services from Belgium is coming from an unexpected source, according to one of the more unusual missives to reach the Railway Gazette International inbox.

- Shining a light on Dutch depots

Date de publication : 20-04-2024

NETHERLANDS: Local company Raillighting has developed a low-cost lighting assembly for illuminating walkways and other work zones which can be rapidly installed by hand.

- Prasa restores more suburban rail services

Date de publication : 19-04-2024

SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has restarted its Metrorail suburban rail services on five sections of the networks in the provinces of Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape.

- Railway supply industry news round-up

Date de publication : 19-04-2024

This week’s news from the global railway supply chain.

- Wearable sensors to improve ergonomics

Date de publication : 19-04-2024

UK: Spatial Cortex Technology is improving worker safety through the use of MOVA wearable sensors which accurately track a person’s movements while they undertake their job.

- Portugal: South International Corridor nears completion

Date de publication : 18-04-2024

Trains have started running on the first section of the 80 km Évora – Elvas direct line, which is now expected to open in 2025, shortening the TEN-T corridor serving ports in southern Portugal and paving the way for a revival of international passenger services. André Pires reports.

- RZD orders high speed trains for revived Moscow – St Petersburg project

Date de publication : 18-04-2024

RUSSIA: Russian Railways has signed a contract with Ural Locomotives for the supply of two pre-series high speed trainsets to operate its planned Moscow – St Petersburg high speed line.

- Talgo Avril high speed trainsets to enter service in May

Date de publication : 18-04-2024

SPAIN: National operator RENFE has taken delivery of its first 10 Talgo S106 Avril wide-bodied high speed trainsets.

- Rebuilt Ferrocarril Central inaugurated

Date de publication : 18-04-2024

URUGUAY: The modernised Ferrocarril Central railway linking Montevideo with Paso de los Toros was formally inaugurated with a ceremony on April 16.

- A1 rail link extension in Jerusalem approved

Date de publication : 18-04-2024

ISRAEL: The National Committee for Design & Construction of Infrastructure has approved proposals for an extension of Israel Railways’ direct A1 line under the centre of Jerusalem.

- Trenitalia seeks more business in France

Date de publication : 17-04-2024

EUROPE: Italian national operator Trenitalia is seeking to expand its presence in the French market by growing both its domestic high speed services and by providing more international links.

- Railcoop on brink of liquidation as financing gap stymies restructuring hope

Date de publication : 17-04-2024

FRANCE: Open access co-operative Railcoop is expected to be formally liquidated on April 29, the company President Nicolas Debaisieux has confirmed.

- Spain: Plan de Cercanías promises an end to inaction

Date de publication : 17-04-2024

Over the past three decades, much of Spain’s rail investment has been channelled into its expanding high speed network. Government plans now envisage a substantial boost for suburban services which account for 90% of all ridership. Mike Bent investigates.

- Arcadea Group invests in Railroad Software

Date de publication : 17-04-2024

NORTH AMERICA: US-based yard management and regulatory compliance software development company Railroad Software has announced a majority recapitalisation with Toronto-based investor Arcadea Group.

- LED signals and barrier lights designed for better visibility

Date de publication : 17-04-2024

UK: Currently on test in Devon and Cornwall are LED signal heads developed by Unipart Rail which incorporate tinted glass and filters. These can reduce the risk of phantom aspects, where an unlit signal appears to be illuminated due to an external light source such as the sun.

- First Tema – Mpakadan DMU arrives

Date de publication : 16-04-2024

GHANA: The first of two Pesa diesel multiple-units for the 1 435 mm gauge Tema – Mpakadan railway was delivered to the port of Tema in early April.

- LeShuttle terminals readied for EU border check changes

Date de publication : 16-04-2024

EUROPE: Channel Tunnel operator Getlink has completed a key stage of work at its French road vehicle shuttle train terminal in Coquelles in preparation for implementing the European Union’s Entry/Exit System on October 6 this year.

- ComfortJet cars unveiled in Praha

Date de publication : 16-04-2024

CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator ČD unveiled the first of its fleet of ComfortJet inter-city trainsets in Praha on April 9.

- Ukraine begins construction of standard gauge European rail link

Date de publication : 16-04-2024

UKRAINE: Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal attended a ceremony on April 11 marking the start of work to provide a standard gauge track on the 22 km broad gauge route from Chop on the borders with Hungary and Slovakia to the city of Uzhhorod.

- Variable rate sanding equipment deployed on DMU fleet

Date de publication : 16-04-2024

UK: In response to the collision which resulted from low rail adhesion at Salisbury Tunnel Junction in October 2021, all of South Western Railway’s Class 158 and 159 diesel multiple-units have now been fitted with Variable Rate Sanding equipment supplied by Siemens Mobility.

- Stadler selected for Bulgarian double-deck train order

Date de publication : 15-04-2024

BULGARIA: Stadler has been selected to supply seven double-deck electric multiple-units for use by national passenger operator BDZ .

- Europe: IoT tools help to ensure a rapid response

Date de publication : 15-04-2024

German IoT specialist Optimeas is working with infrastructure manager DB InfraGo to enhance the availability of its electrification inspection and repair vehicles as part of efforts to reduce the impact of power supply failures across the network.

- World rail freight news round-up

Date de publication : 15-04-2024

News from the world rail freight market.

- Find a transport job with your shopping

Date de publication : 15-04-2024

GERMANY: Berlin transport operator BVG has opened a ‘Job Store’ in the Mall of Berlin shopping centre as part of a strategy to attract around 2 500 new employees this year.