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Transport Council lights the way to a breakthrough in European rail research and gives green light for the ERA Regulation

A satisfying compromise was found today by Europe´s Transport Ministers for the legal framework of the Shift²Rail Joint Undertaking, well balancing the needs of railway undertakings and infrastructure managers as well as the European railway manufactures and suppliers. CER also notes a step forward being made with the ERA regulation …

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Rail Baltica might be at risk from dissent among Baltic States

When answering MPs questions in front of Estonian Riigikogu on Monday, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts noted that the Rail Baltica project might be at risk from differences of positions between the participating counties, writes LETA/National Broadcasting.  He added that another risk involves the timeliness and …

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PKP PLK awards ETMS contract to Thales-led consortium

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For an amount of roughly €100 million, a Thales-led consortium has been awarded a contract by Poland’s Rail Operator, PKP Polish Lines S.A. (PKP PLK), for the implementation of an ERTMS solution, including an ETCS Level 2 signalling system and a GSM-R communications system, on two sections of the Warszawa–Łódź Line. The two stretches, Warszawa …

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$900M Planned for Moscow Transport Hubs

The Russian Direct Investment Fund, or RDIF, is ready to spend 34 billion rubles ($900 million) to help Russian Railways build nine transport hubs in Moscow,  a news report said. Transport hubs are defined as any zone where passengers move between two modes of transport, including train stations, bus stops and parking lots. Although negotiations between Russian …

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Representatives from Southeast Asia get to know more about the Spanish railway sector

Representatives from Southeast Asia get to know more about the Spanish raise The Spanish Railway Association (MAFEX), as part of its plan to support internationalization, organizes, with the support of ICEX, a Reverse Conference on Southeast Asia, which will take place during March 10-15 in our country. This entrepreneurial meeting will …

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OECD: Mexican rail privatization has significantly improved rail sector

The performance of the Mexican freight rail industry has shown continuous improvement since the creation of the current industry structure in 1995. A peer review of the country’s railway freight commissioned by the Mexican government and released by ITF, notes that quality of management, technical quality of railway infrastructure and …

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PKP SA published a White Paper on the privatization of PKP Cargo

The White Paper published by PKP SA presents in detail the evolution of the privatization process of PKP CARGO SA, starting with the Initial Public Offering (IPO), emphasizing all transactions, important events and actions taken in the course of its implementation. The document provides information on economic and legal aspects of PKP …

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What are the options for high-speed rail in Europe?

While the European Parliament has just adopted a new dedicated transport infrastructure fund, a study analyses the costs and benefits of high-speed. End November 2013, Members of the European Parliament adopted by a large majority two legislative texts concerning the establishment of a new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and orientations …

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International Transport Forum: International organisations meet to develop Summit 2014 Themes

More than 35 international organisations and associations gathered in Paris on 31 January to share their input to the Summit theme “Transport for a Changing World”. Among them were the European Metropolitan Transport Authorities, European association for forwarding, transport, logistics and customs services, The World Customs Organization, AGE Platform Europe, European Intermodal Association.  This annual …

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Recovery remains slow in EBRD regions

A recovery this year in the regions where the EBRD invests is expected to be slow, despite improvements in the world’s most advanced economies, including in the United States and the Eurozone. The EBRD’s economists see growth in the transition region of a modest 2.7 per cent in 2014, virtually …

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