David Burroughs

David Burroughs

PASSENGER numbers on London’s Night Tube service grew to 8.7 million customers in its second year, up from 7.8 million in 2016-17. A report released by London First and EY on August 17 showed the increase in demand means Night Tube helped to generate an additional £190m for London’s economy last year, a contribution that has increased by almost £20m from its first year of operation.

AUSTRIAN Federal Railways (ÖBB) has placed an initial €375m order for eight day trains and 13 night trains as part of a €1.5bn framework agreement it has signed with Siemens Mobility for a new fleet of long-distance trains, which includes the delivery of up to 700 passenger coaches over the next five years.

APPENZELL Railways (AB), Switzerland, began operating the first of 11 Tango LRVs in passenger service on the Teufen - Appenzell line on August 15, four months after the vehicle was for the start of testing.

THE head of Britain’s Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents operators and infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR), has called for major changes to the role of the private sector in passenger rail to deliver more for customers, communities, taxpayers and the economy.

GERMAN Rail (DB) and VTG have released the interim results of the “Innovative Freight Wagon” research project to construct and test lighter, quieter and more energy-efficient freight wagons, with four types of test vehicles completing more than half of the 150,000 test kilometres since coming into operation in March.

THE Indian Ministry of Railways and Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (Jica) have agreed to work together to improve safety on Indian Railways.

OSTRAVA Public Transport (DPO) began commercial operations with its new Stadler Tango LRVs on August 13, following two months of testing.

THE first phase of San Francisco’s $US 2.26bn Transbay Salesforce Transit Center, which will connect the Californian city’s bus and rail services, opened on August 11 following a decade of construction.

Friday, 10 August 2018 10:39

Rumo secures Reais 2.89bn loan

THE Brazilian National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) has approved a loan of Reais 2.89bn ($US 760.2m) to Rumo North and Rumo South, subsidiaries of the Cosan Group, for rail and port operations.

UNITED States freight wagon leasing compnay GATX announced on August 1 that it has entered into an agreement with American Railcar Industries to purchase 7650 new wagons.

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