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Polish OT Logistics submits sole bid for Montecargo privatisation

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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

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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

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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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Bucharest City approves the purchase of 100 new tramways

Bucharest City approves the purchase of 100 new tramways

Bucharest City Council has approved the plan for the acquisition of 100 new low-floor tramways over a four years period, starting with next year. Financing will be provided by the municipality. The acquisition is part of the project for the renewal of Bucharest transport operator (RATB) rolling stock fleet, which includes …

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Moldovan Railways launches tender for freight diesel locomotives acquisition and depot modernisation

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Moldovan Railways (CFM) has launched a two-stage tender for the acquisition of 12 – 15 freight diesel locomotives and the upgrade of Basarabeasca depot. The project will be co-financed by the EBRD, the EIB and EU NIF. EBRD has provided a loan to the State Company Calea Ferata din Moldova; (CFM …

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Romanian Railway Reform Authority plans new trains acquisition in 2017

Romanian Railway Reform Authority plans new trains acquisition in 2017

The rolling stock fleet of state-owned passenger rail operator, CFR Calatori will be renewed following a tender for new multiple units, locomotives and coaches planned for 2017, announced Robert Dobre, the president of the Romanian Railway Reform Authority (ARF), in an interview for the local press. The tender will be …

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Kiev approves investment in tram-train system, new trams and metros

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Kiev City Council has approved in November the updated action plan for 2016-2018 infrastructure development projects. According to the document, the city plans the acquisition of 215 trolleybuses, 235 buses and 63 trams by 2019 to implement the urban transport upgrade scenarios designed by experts from the World Bank, informs Interfax. The …

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Metrovagonmash completes delivery of DMUs to Serbia

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Transmashholding subsidiary, Metrovagonmash has completed the delivery of the 27 DMUs (DP-S) to Serbian Railways. The 120 km/h trains are designed for 1435 mm gauge infrastructure and specifically for Serbian Railways, in compliance with the proposed customer specifications. The USD 100 million contract was signed in October 2014.  The DMUs are equipped with air-conditioning, heating …

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