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Eurostar inaugurates London - Amsterdam service EUROSTAR operated its inaugural service between London, Rotterdam and Amsterdam on February 20, an event which outgoing CEO Mr Nicolas Petrovic described as historic for the international high-speed operator as it finally expanded east beyond its core London - Paris/Brussels network.
Final Buenos Aires private passenger concessionaire to lose contract THE Argentine government has announced that it will not renew the contract held by operator Ferrovías for the 54km metre-gauge Belgrano North commuter line from Retiro Belgrano station to Villa Rosa despite Ferrovías’ application for a contract extension.
First Siemens Vectron for ÖBB on test THE first class 1293 Vectron multi-system electric locomotive for Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) made its main line debut on February 14 with a test run from Siemens’ plant at Munich-Allach to Reichertshausen on the Munich - Ingolstadt line.
Network Rail sets out £47bn five-year spending plan BRITAIN’s infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) says it wants to increase spending to £47bn in the five-year period from 2019 to 2024 (Control Period 6 - CP6) in order to increase capacity, improve the reliability of infrastructure and reduce delays by 15%.
CDPQ Infra awards contracts for Montreal REM CDPQ Infra says construction will begin in April on Montreal’s Metropolitan Electric Network (REM), a new 67km automated light metro, following the announcement of the winners of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and rolling stock, systems, operation and maintenance (RSSOM) contracts on February 8.
Italo-NTV accepts €1.9bn offer from US fund THE shareholders of Italy’s open-access high-speed operator Italo-NTV have decided to accept the offer from the Global Infrastructure Partners III equity fund to acquire the entire share capital of the company for €1.94bn.
East Coast franchise faces early termination BRITAIN’s secretary of state for transport Mr Chris Grayling informed the House of Commons on February 5 that the Department for Transport (DfT) is making contingency plans to take over the operation of the Inter-City East Coast (ICEC) franchise from Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC).
India sets rail budget at record $US 23.3bn INDIA’s finance minister Mr Arun Jaitley has announced a budget of Rs 1.48 trillion ($US 23.3bn) for Indian Railways (IR) for 2018-19, which is the highest in IR’s history and 13% more than the Rs 1.31 billion set for 2017-18.

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THE French prime minister, Mr Edouard Philippe, conducted the first meetings on February 19 to discuss the reform of French National Railways (SNCF) following the submission to him on February…
EUROSTAR operated its inaugural service between London, Rotterdam and Amsterdam on February 20, an event which outgoing CEO Mr Nicolas Petrovic described as historic for the international high-speed operator as…
THE government of the Australian state of Queensland has shortlisted companies for the two contracts to build and equip Queensland’s highest priority infrastructure project, the $A 5.4bn ($US 4.26bn) Cross…
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February 20, 2018
PARIS Transport Authority (RATP) and Ile-de-France Mobility have awarded a €157m contract to Alstom for an additional 20 MP14 rubber-tyred metro trains for operation on Line 11.The contract is part...
February 20, 2018
ROLLING road trains began operating in Romania on February 10 with the launch of a trial service on the Tertici Curtici - Simeria - Petroşani - Craiova corridor. The project is...
February 20, 2018
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February 01, 2018
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