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Leo Express poised to launch Krakow - Prague services LEO Express announced on October 13 that it will become Poland’s first international open-access passenger operator after the country’s rail regulator, the Railway Transport Office (UTK), gave its approval for the Czech company to launch services between Krakow and Prague.
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TRENITALIA will completely renew its regional train fleet in the northern Italian region of Liguria under a 15-year operation contract which was signed in Genoa on January 12 by regional president Mr Giovanni Toti, and...
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SWEDISH open-access passenger operator Saga Rail confirmed on January 16 that it will launch its first services early this year on the Stockholm - Linköping route. Saga Rail was established by Mr Mats Nyblom, founder and...
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David Franks, Irish Rail (IE) chief executive, talks to Keith Barrow.THIS year marks the 10th anniversary of Ireland’s descent into an economic crisis that brought the boom years of the Celtic Tiger to a crashing end....
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FLORIDA’s privately-owned inter-city operator Brightline introduced its first scheduled passenger trains on January 13, with the launch of introductory services between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Brightline is initially operating 11 trains a day between...
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A NEW 15-year contract for the operation of regional rail services in Italy’s Veneto region was signed on January 11 by Mrs Elisa De Berti, regional councillor for public works, infrastructure and transport, and Mr...
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DIRECT passenger trains were restored between the Lithuanian capital Vilnius and Latvia’s second-largest city Daugavpils on January 13, when Lithuanian Railways (LG) launched a new twice-daily weekend service aimed at the leisure and tourist markets. Trains...
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IRJ Pro market researcher Jonny Dearden looks at the big projects likely to hit the headlines this year. Singapore - Kuala Lumpur HSLOriginally proposed in the 1990s, plans for a high-speed rail link between the Malaysian...
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QBUZZ, the Dutch subsidiary of Trenitalia’s bus subsidiary Busitalia, has won a contract to operate regional public transport services in the province of South Holland. The contract encompasses bus services around Drechtsteden, Alblasserwaard and Vijfheerenlanden, and...
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RÈGIONS de France, an association representing 18 French regions, unveiled a paper on January 9 setting out regional governments’ priorities for the liberalisation of the regional passenger rail market. The paper is the result of a...
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GERMAN Rail (DB) has received planning approval from the German Rail Authority (EBA) to close and relocate Hamburg Altona terminus station, which is located west of the city centre, to a site at Diebsteich, roughly...

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