China’s urban rail growth speeds up

Visitors look at the latest models of urban rail trains shown at the International Urban Rail Exhibition in Beijing.[Photo/Xinhua]   BEIJING – A total of 34 cities on the Chinese mainland had rail-based transit systems in operation by the end of last year, the China Association of Metros said Tuesday.   A total of 165…

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French rail workers take on Macron with mass strikes

Traffic is widely disrupted for 4.5m daily train passengers   PARIS – French rail workers kicked off three months of rolling strikes on Tuesday, part of a wave of industrial action that will test President Emmanuel Macron’s resolve to reshape France with reforms.   The strike caused major disruption for France’s 4.5 million daily train…

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PKP awards €539m GSM-R contract to Nokia-led consortium

A stock photo of a PKP train. Photo: Phil Richards. Nokia and its local partners Herkules, Pozbud and Wasko have signed a contract with Poland’s state-owned rail operator PKP to design, deliver and deploy GSM-R nationwide, as well as the necessary backhaul network.   Nokia has previously deployed four GSM-R turnkey projects in Poland over the…

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China to operate more ‘Fuxing’ bullet trains

China will operate more “Fuxing” bullet trains everyday as a new train diagram will be put into operation beginning April 10.   According to China Railway Corp, the national railway operator, China will begin carrying out the new train diagram with adjustments to routes, speeds and train numbers.   The diagram shows that eight pairs…

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ProRail opens northernmost Dutch railway

  ProRail has officially opened the Netherlands’ most northerly stretch of railway between Roodeschool and Eemshaven.   It is the first addition to the Dutch railway network since the Hanze line opened in 2012.   ProRail said the line was unique, as part of it runs over the dike on an embankment to the harbour, allowing…

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Design contract awarded for new Riga International Airport station and railway

Photo: Rail Baltica. EDZL, the state-owned organisation established to implement Rail Baltica in Latvia, has awarded the construction design and supervision contract for Riga International Airport’s new railway station and related infrastructure. The winning party of the international tender was the PROSIV consortium, which is comprised of consultants Sintagma, of Italy, designers Prodex, of Slovakia and engineering firm…

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Mercitalia invests EUR 427 million in new rolling stock

The freight subsidiary of FS Group, Polo Mercitalia, will invest EUR 427 million for the acquisition of new electric locomotives and freight wagons. Under the plans, Mercitalia and TX Logistik will purchase 125 Traxx DC3/MS locomotives from Bombardier Transportation with a total investment of EUR 400 million. The first deliveries of the new locomotives are…

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