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FlixTrain to launch German open-access services this month FLIXMOBILITY, the parent company of German long-distance bus operator FlixBus, announced on March 6 that tickets have gone on sale for its first open-access intercity train services, which will serve 28 stations in five German states.
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HUNGARIAN national passenger operator MÁV-Start has begun using Stadler Flirt EMUs on the Budapest - Esztergom line following the completion of electrification works on the route. Woks began in May 2012 and the project, which received...
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FOLLOWING detailed examination of applications submitted by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and BLS, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Transport (BAV) announced on April 19 that it plans to grant SBB a 10-year concession for operation of...
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TRENORD, the joint venture between North Milan Railways (FNM) and Trenitalia which operates regional services in the Italian region of Lombardy has unveiled plans to refurbish 33% of its rolling stock fleet at a cost...
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SWEDISH open-access inter-city operator MTR Express has filed a complaint against SJ with the Swedish Competition Authority claiming the incumbent operator is abusing its dominant position in the market by blocking access to its online...
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CZECH and Slovak open-access operator Regiojet received its first two Traxx multi-system electric locomotives from Bombardier on April 14. The 160km/h type MS2E locomotives were assembled at Bombardier’s plant in Kassel, Germany, and are now undergoing...
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BULGARIAN State Railways (BDZ) is finalising tender documentation for a contract to supply 41 multiple units as it seeks to move forward with the renewal of its ageing rolling stock fleet. BDZ Holding CEO Mr Vladimir...
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NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) has launched a new smartphone app to help passengers travelling between Arnhem, Nijmegen and Den Bosch to locate available seats on trains. The Zitplaatszoeker app, which is still under test, uses a colour-coding...
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JOURNEY times for the hourly inter-city service between Amsterdam and Brussels were cut by half an hour on April 9, when trains were re-routed to run via the entire length of HSL South in the...
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FOLLOWING an international tender, northern Rhineland Palatinate regional rail authority ZSPNV-Nord has selected DB Regio as preferred bidder for a contract to operate new regional services between Trier and Luxembourg from December 2019. The introduction of...
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PASSENGER numbers on Germany’s main line and urban railway networks continued their upward trend in 2017, according to annual figures published by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis). Regional rail ridership grew by 2.4% to 2.692 billion...

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