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Russian Railways to invest €120m in modernising rail stations for 2018 World Cup

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Russian Railways (RZD) will invest RUB 8,4 billion (€120 million) for the modernisation of 31 railway stations in the cities that will host the 2018 World Cup.   Investments will be directed towards increasing security. Additional screening equipment and the latest digital video surveillance cameras will be installed in the …

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Romanian city of Arad plans new investments in tramway transport

Romanian city of Arad plans new investments in tramway transport

Romanian public transport operator CTP Arad has presented for the local press its future investments in the development of tramway system. Tramways represent the main form of public transport in the city, with a passenger market share of approximately 95%. In the near future CTP Arad plans to overhaul 20 GT6 – GT8 …

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EU investigates predatory pricing practices of Czech Railways 

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The European Commission has opened an investigation to assess whether the Czech railway incumbent České dráhy, a.s. (ČD) charged prices below costs with the aim of shutting out competition in rail passenger transport services, in breach of EU antitrust rules.  “Competition drives prices down and service quality up. This is …

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Tramway system emits half as much CO2 as a BRT diesel system, study reveals

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Alstom and Carbone 4, a consulting company specialised in climate-resilient and low-carbon strategy, presented today the results of a study demonstrating that tramways have a smaller footprint than Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems. This occurred in the lead up to COP22 that will be held in Marrakech, Morocco, in which …

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Hong Kong Kwun Tong Line extension enters revenue service

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The Hong Kong metro Kwun Tong Line extension entered into revenue service on Sunday 23 October. Alstom supplied the signalling solution and infrastructure to MTR, the Hong Kong’s metro network operator who awarded Alstom the project back in 2012. The Kwun Tong Line extension (KTE) is 2.6 km long, adding …

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EUR 75 million EIB loan for the acquisition of 20 new trams for Riga

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has apporoved a EUR 75 million loan to RP SIA RIGAS SATIKSME for the purchase of 20 new low-floor tramways to operate in the city of Riga (Latvia), and modernisation of tramway infrastructure and depot.  The new trams will replace existing ones, which are obsolete. The total value …

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Talgo trains finally enter service in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Federal Railways (ZFBH) have introduced into service today its Talgo tilting trainsets on Sarajevo – Doboj route. The BH Voz (BH train) has 237 seats (200 II class, 36 I class, and one seat for people with disables).  ZFBH is negotiating with Croatian Railways the introduction of BH train on Sarajevo-Zagreb international route starting with 2016/2017 timetable. …

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FS plans to become an European rail operator

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Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) aims to establish European connections and to be a European operator, stated Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of FS, during the Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio, where he has announced the release of the new FS Group Business Plan in the near future. Mazzoncini confirmed that FS  is seeking for partnerships in other …

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Croatian Railways launches online ticket sales channels

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Croatian national passenger rail operator HZ Putnicki Prijevoz (HZPP) has launched an integrated 24/7 online ticketing system and a smartphone application, which the users will be able to install on their mobile phones free of charge. Ticket vending machines (TVMs) which accept credit cards will also be installed by the end of September in all major railway stations. …

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Market share of international rail travel in Europe could reach 25%, report shows

Royal HaskoningDHV, a founding partner of Train2EU, has published the results of a study that examined the market potential for international train travel within Europe. Based on publicly available data from 2015, the report revealed the amount and the share of international passenger travel by rail is much greater than currently …

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