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Hong Kong Kwun Tong Line extension enters revenue service


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


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


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


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


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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MTR optimises Stockholm commuter rail system with IVU.rail


MTR Pendeltågen AB will take over operation of the Stockholm commuter rail system in December 2016, one year after the reallocation of the Pendeltågen network contract. Like the previous operator Stockholmståg, the company will be using IVU.rail from IVU Traffic Technologies AG for planning, optimisation and dispatching of its trains and employees. …

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Czech Railways introduces modernised coaches into operation on Prague – Hamburg line


Czech Railways (ČD) is gradually introducing into international operations two new types of modernised open coaches. These wagons also offer comfortable travel to passengers using wheelchairs in an air-conditioned environment, a special compartment for passengers travelling with children including space for stowing a pram or stroller, and space for stowing bicycles. …

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MÁV-Start to announce tender for high capacity trains this month

MÁV requires over 450 new trains over the next ten years

MÁV-Start intends to soon announce the tender for 30 multiple units with a capacity of 300-600 passengers, which could also be double-deck trains, informs Magyar Idők. The procurement is a part of the government decision on Integrated Programme for Transport 2016 (IKOP) funding allocation. According to it, MÁV-Start can acquire 30 EMU for HUF 82.2 billion. Ilona …

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Great Western Railway expands its Hitachi Intercity rolling stock fleet


Great Western Railway (GWR) has confirmed it will order an additional seven bi-mode Intercity Express Trains as part of a new multi-million pound deal with Hitachi Rail Europe and its finance partner Eversholt Rail Group. These trains are in addition to the 57 trains Hitachi Rail is delivering to GWR …

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