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Russian Railways to expand into Greece and Serbia’s rail markets

Serbian Railways to sign two more annexes of the Russian state loan contract

Russian Railways (RZD)  has announced plans to create in H1 2017 a joint venture company in Greece for providing rail transport, Russian press informed quoting the RZD’s vice president, Aleksandr Misharin. RZD has already sent proposals for the establishment of the operator to the Greek Ministry of Transport.  In Serbia, RZD International, a subsidiary of …

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ACCIONA Ingenieria to carry out feasibility study for Craiova-Drobeta Turnu Severin-Caransebes rail section rehabilitation


Romanian state-owned rail infrastructure manager, CFR SA has selected ACCIONA Ingenieria SA-BAICONS Impex SRL consortium for carrying out the feasibility study for the rehabilitation of Craiova-Drobeta Turnu Severin-Caransebes railway section, part of Orient/East-Med Corridor.  The total value of the contract is estimated at EUR 9.2 million, of which 85% of the funding available unde CEF …

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40% of Russian Railways’ tickets sold online


In 2016, Russian Railways (RZD) sold 40% of its train tickets via the online sale channel. On the 26th of February, the official mobile app of Russian Railways, Train Tickets, will become available for free on Android smartphones and tablets at Google Play stores and Play Market. With this app, …

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Open data drives innovation for rail passengers operators

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CEE rail operators are reluctant to setting open data platforms, and the consequences are a limited number of options for passengers when searching for information about multi-modal travel, for purchasing train tickets or for seeing real-time information. Among the rail operators approached, HZPP will start providing access to their database …

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Mapping the customer journey of rail passengers in CEE: online and on board

Mapping the customer journey of rail passengers in CEE. On line and on board

Companies in the travel, transportation, and hospitality industry are dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s in IoT, being among the main investors in connecting people, smart devices and systems, with the aim of delivering value to customers by providing them with even more personalised experiences. Within this industry, the …

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Polish OT Logistics submits sole bid for Montecargo privatisation


Polish company OT Logistics has submit the only bid for a 51% stake in state-owned rail freight operator AD Montecargo. OT Logistics offered EUR 2.5 million euros, with the opportunity to subscribe for new shares through a capital increase, as well as the right to acquire additional shares held by the State of …

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Bulgarian Railways needs EUR 435m to pay off debts and carry out investments

Bulgarian Railways needs EUR 435m to cover debts and carry out investments

Bulgarian Railways needs BGN 849 million (EUR 435 million) to pay off its debts and to carry out the reforms included the 2015-2022 development plan. BDZ Holding is urging the concession of Sofia Airport in order to continue implementing the railway reform, BDZ CEO Vladimir Vladimirov said on Friday, during a news conference on the the …

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BDZ-Passenger Services certifies its on-line ticketing and booking system

BDZ-Passenger Services certifies its on-line ticketing and booking system

The Bulgarian Institute for Metrology has certified the centralized system for on-line ticketing and booking service used by Bulgaria’s national rail passenger operator BDZ-Passenger Services. All the railway stations and bureaus in the country use the system developed and implemented by Information Services JSC . The system allows also buying tickets from …

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CRRC Zhuzhou to supply electric locomotives to Macedonian Railways


Macedonian Railways signed a contract with CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive for the delivery of four electric locomotives. This second project follows a contract for six passenger trainsets manufactured by CRRC Zhuzhou. This is the second procurement project implemented by the Macedonian government and the Chinese company after the first project for six new passenger trains. The  EUR 8 million …

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Astra Trans Carpatic, new Romanian rail passenger operator to launch services


Romanian rolling stock manufacturer Astra Calatori has established new passenger train operator to provide services on the Romanian Railway market, following an investment of EUR 20 million. Astra Trans Carpatic was granted operating licence in December last year and is expected to launch services in mid-January on Bucuresti-Arad route. The rail operator …

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