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Track and train integration at heart of new British strategy THE British government published a new strategic vision for the national rail network on November 29 which calls for closer integration between the state-owned infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) and the passenger franchisees and private freight operators. The strategy will also look at reopening lines.
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A STUDY by the Alliance of New Rail Entrants (AllRail) puts Austria’s rail regulator Schienen-Control at the bottom of a list of 15 European rail regulators when it comes to approving new regulations. As a...
track-and-train-integration-at-heart-of-new-british-strategy
THE British government published a new strategic vision for the national rail network on November 29 which calls for closer integration between the state-owned infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) and the passenger franchisees and private...
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BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) announced on November 29 that it will exercise an option to extend FirstGroup’s current Great Western Railway (GWR) franchise by one year, to April 1 2020, and negotiate a direct...
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THE Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) has warned that Brexit must not be allowed to undermine the continuing development of the Single European Railway and called on Britain and the European Union...
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THE introduction of Europe-wide authorisation of new locomotives and rolling stock moved a step closer on November 16, when the European Commission’s Railway Interoperability and Safety Committee (Risc) voted to approve the Implementing Act for...
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WHAT began with a 200-year flood event may now be brought to a close through legal action, as the Canadian government is following through with an ultimatum it issued to OmniTrax in October to repair...
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THE British government introduced legislation into parliament on November 16 to turn Transport for the North (TfN) into a what it describes as “the first ever statutory sub-national transport body, with legal powers and duties”...
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THE Board of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has decided to exercise a $US 18.3m option with Talgo, Spain, to overhaul the remaining 36 of its 74 newest metro cars operating on the...
Caroline Huusko, technical manager of the association of European Infrastructure Managers (EIM), explained the organisation’s vision for the future of infrastructure management at the recent Nordic Rail exhibition. Kevin Smith was in the audience.“SOCIETY is...
eu-auditors-to-examine-passenger-rights
THE European Court of Auditors (ECA) has announced that it will conduct an audit of passenger rights in the European Union (EU) to review whether these rights are effectively protected by EU regulations, whether enforcement...

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