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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Estimated cost of California’s high-speed line increases by $13bn

Image: California High-Speed Rail Authority. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has released a revised business plan for building the nation’s first high-speed railway, with cost estimates rising by $13 billion (∼€10.5 billion). Plans detailed in 2016 stated that Phase 1 of the route between San Francisco and Los Angeles would cost around $64.2 billion (∼€52.1…

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Serbia signs contract on Belgrade – Budapest section modernization

RZD International and Infrastructure of Serbian Railways signed the supplementary agreement of the contract on the construction and rehabilitation of the Stara Pazova – Novy Sad section, a 40-km section of Belgrade – Budapest railway line. The agreement has a value of USD 247 million and the construction works should be started in the first…

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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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Alstom-Siemens Mobility Division merger, under discussion

Alstom has confirmed that is under discussions with Siemens in connection with a possible combination of Alstom with Siemens Mobility Division. Although there is no final decision taken, the “discussions are on-going and no agreement has been reached,” Alstom said. Alstom has recorded sales of EUR 7.3 billion and booked EUR 10 billion of orders…

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Beijing starts new airport rail line project

Work has begun on a fast transit railway linking south Beijing to the city’s upcoming new airport. The 41.36-kilometer new airport line will allow trains to run at maximum 160 kph, the fastest intra-city rail transit in China. The line is being built by a public private partnership and will open in 2019 with the…

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