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Finland to liberalise passenger rail market FINLAND’s passenger rail market will be opened to competition in the early 2020s, ending the monopoly of incumbent operator VR Group, under plans unveiled by minister of transport and communications Mrs Anne Berner and minister of economic affairs Mr Mika Lintilä on August 9.
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ACCORDING to a new metro policy endorsed by India’s union cabinet on August 16, the government will only approve or fund metro projects after state governments have firmed up public-private partnership (PPP) agreements and last...
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FINLAND’s passenger rail market will be opened to competition in the early 2020s, ending the monopoly of incumbent operator VR Group, under plans unveiled by minister of transport and communications Mrs Anne Berner and minister...
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RÈGIONS de France, an association representing 18 French regions, says its members are ready to work with the national government to set terms and conditions for the competitive tendering of regional passenger services. Over the last...
CHINA’s bold Belt and Road Initiative to develop new rail links to Europe and southeast Asia poses difficult questions regarding the title and security rights of rolling stock crossing borders, says Howard Rosen, chairman of...
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THE European Commission (EC) and the Japanese government agreed on July 6 to remove the Operational Safety Clause (OSC) non-tariff barrier which impacts European rail equipment suppliers within a maximum one year after entry into...
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AN investigation by the Dutch Environmental and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) into the selection, training and education of Arriva train drivers supplied by staffing agencies has found that the operator has shortcomings in its practices. The investigation...
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SPEAKING in Rennes at the inauguration of the new high-speed line from Le Mans to the city, new French president Mr Emmanuel Macron made it clear that his government will prioritise improvements to “daily everyday...
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ACCORDING to Britain’s Samaritans charity around 15,000, or one in six British railway staff, is now trained to prevent people taking their lives on the railway, as part of a suicide prevention partnership between the...
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RAIL freight operators in Germany will be charged less for using infrastructure under a new rail freight master plan announced by Mr Alexander Dobrint, Germany’s federal minister for transport and digital infrastructure.“Our goal is to...
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BRITAIN’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has identified its “top 12 major infrastructure priorities which require urgent action,” which includes three rail projects, all of which are in the top four after a third runway at...

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