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Greece’s new government to cancel privatisations plans

The new Greek government announced that the state privatization fund (TAIPED) will halt the sale of 67 percent stake in the port of Piraeus, the deputy minister in charge of shipping informed, reports Think Railways. ”We will not sell a majority stake in Piraeus port,” Thodoris Dritsas told Reuters. “The Cosco deal will be reviewed to the benefit of the Greek people.” Before the elections, Syriza had announced it would halt the sale of state assets. In a similar process, Port of Thessaloniki, along with railway operator TRAINOSE and Hellenic Company for Rolling Stock Maintenance S.A. (ROSCO) privatisation plans are to be canceled. The companies qualified for phase B of the tender process for the acquisition of 100% of TRAINOSE...2015-01-29

Press review

Fears of Travel Chaos as EU Tries to Force British Railways to Adopt Metric System

Plans by Euro MPs to turn Britain’s railway network metric have been slammed as an “unacceptable safety risk”. The orders from the European Commission which are now being debated by MEPs in Brussels would mean the scrapping of all...2015-01-28

Railway to connect Central Asia amidst insecurity

Tajikistan’s Transport Minister announced on Monday that the route of the railway connecting Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan (known as the TAT) will be finalized in 2015 after the project’s distance is agreed to by all and its...2015-01-27

Exporting the Maglev Dream: Can the Bullet Train Go Global?

On December 17, 2014, Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) began construction of a revolutionary passenger railway system that achieves super-high speeds by using superconductors to levitate trains magnetically. When complete, the Chūō...2015-01-26

Industry skeptical about new Ontario high-speed rail proposal

Ontario construction leaders are both optimistic and skeptical about the provincial government’s decision to undertake an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed high-speed rail line that will connect Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo...2014-12-19

Double-decker trains could hit Britain’s railways to ease overcrowding on busiest routes

Bus passengers are already well used to 'going upstairs' in most of Britain's cities, but now trains may be set to get another level, reports MailOnline.Double-decker carriages on busy services are just one of the ideas proposed to pre-empt an...2014-12-15

Is Toronto

Well, it's not as if we didn't see this coming. After all, in a city with one of North America's ">most expensive public transit systems, taking a train to the airport was never likely to be a bargain. Torontonians have long been used to reaching...2014-12-11

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The long and winding road

It reads like a sailing schedule from a Joseph Conrad novel: Vladivostok, Shanghai, Ningbo, Singapore, Port Klang, Yangon, Port Klang, Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Kuantan, Sihanoukville, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan and back to Vladivostok. This is, in fact, the schedule for a new container service from the Russian Far East to Myanmar (Burma). It is a 10,500-mile long joint service operated by Maersk and China Shipping...2015-01-27

All change! All change!

Even at this early stage, it is already clear that there will be major changes in the number and type of containers transported in Russia. First, the devaluation of the Rouble will reduce the volume of import containers. Second, prolonged sanctions will further reduce the number of 40’ HiCube import containers from the European Union and N America. Third, it is likely that the volume of traditional Russian exports will increase, resulting...2014-12-22