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Member states undermine Bulc’s plea for an open rail market – 4th RP

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At the Transport Council working group meeting this week, UK, DE and FR achieved such a dilution of the conflict of interest clauses as to render them virtually useless.  These small but important changes are clearly one of the last attempts by the Government monopolies to water down the conflict …

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The massive challenge of securing railways against terrorism

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Terrorist threat in Europe is at its highest level in the last ten years. As alarming is the fact that transportation systems represent prime targets for terrorists in search of dense crowds. In a research carried by AON, transport ranks second after retail on the list of industries that were attacked by terrorists …

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Germany and France still trying to kill the PSO issues and keep their monopolies

Germany and France, whilst still opposing the 4th RP in the Council and Parliament, are already making sure it will have no effect in bringing competition to PSO contracts in their countries. In France, many regions have been persuaded by SNCF to enter into PSO contracts for ten years without …

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Siamese twin rail monopolies; don’t be fooled by DB and SNCF introducing competition within themselves!

France and Germany have long led the opposition to any competition above rail for passenger services, and done their best to frustrate fair competition in rail freight. Now DB and SNCF have both come up with the perfect solution to competition in their own country; they will compete with themselves …

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The Bulgarian government refuses to reform the railways

The policy of the European Union on public passenger railway transport focuses on open markets and controlled competition. This means that companies need to ensure competitive levels of costs and abide certain quality standards. The Bulgarian government’s policy towards the Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) however is defeatist and anti-market[i]. But …

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Locos in Poland – infrastructure remains the greatest obstacle

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Most locos travelling on Polish tracks are still ‘oldies’, kept in service for at least 25-30 years. Those operators that have adequate funds and resources are planning to purchase new units or modernise the battle-weary veterans. However, a long-standing problem is the condition of the railway infrastructure – modern locos …

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Overview – Polish rolling stock manufacturers

Overview - Polish rolling stock manufacturers

For several years, Polish manufacturers of rolling stock have been paying close attention to the terms of tenders for supply of new trains and trams abroad. Manufacturers such as Pesa Bydgoszcz and Solaris are managing to sell their products beyond the borders of Poland, and Newag Nowy Sącz (listed on …

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3rd Railway Forum Berlin 2015 with Deutsche Bahn AG Promo code for Think Railways network

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Think Railways is cooperation partner of the 3rd RAILWAY FORUM Berlin 2015 with Deutsche Bahn AG on March 16th& 17th, 2015 in Berlin. For our members we have been able to negotiate special participation rates that we want to share with you. The full conference program has been released recently. We herewith …

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India and Czech Republic Signed MoU on Technical Cooperation in the Field of Railway Sector

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 19.8. 2014 at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi between the Ministry of Railways of the Republic of India and Czech Railways (Ceske Drahy) of the Czech Republic and Association of Czech Railway Industry (ACRI) of the Czech Republic on Technical Cooperation in the …

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Sofia improves the tramway transport system

Sofia improves the tramway transport system

Sofia Municipality announced a tender for the reconstruction of tramway track, roadways and catenary network along Knyaz Alexander Dondoukov Blvd. in the section of Krakra Street to the Youth Theatre and Krakra Street (2357 meters single track; Blvd. “Al. Dondoukov” total tram catenary length is 2500 meters; includes the construction of new tram-stop platforms); Reconstruction of tramway …

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