Czech Republic and Austria sign agreement on the modernization of railway infrastructure

Czech Transport Minister Dan Ťok and his Austrian counterpart Alois Stöger have signed an agreement on the modernization of railway infrastructure, reports Think Railways. According to the document, journey times from Prague to Viena via Břeclav will be reduced by 25 minutes, to ... 2015-03-27

AŽD Praha to deliver signaling equipment to Macedonia

AŽD Praha has signed a EUR 3.1 million contract for delivery and installation of signaling equipment for Macedonia's Kumanovo- Beljakovce railway corridor, reports Think Railways. In the tender, the call for which was issued by Macedonian railway infrastructure manager in 2013, the... 2015-03-27

Grupo México reportedly planning rail unit IPO

Mexican mining, transport and infrastructure company Grupo Mexico is hoping to raise $1.3 billion from an initial public offering of its ITM rail unit, one of its senior executives said, reports Reuters. The company still hopes to list ITM in the first half of the year and expects the offering to... 2015-03-27

Syriza May Bring a Modern Railway in Greece to a Grinding Halt

As dusk falls on the plains outside the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Georgios Plaitakis opens up the throttle of his diesel-powered passenger train and settles in for the nine-hour journey east to the frontier, reports Bloomberg. “All this is for the junkyard,” says the 31-year... 2015-03-27

Bulgarian state railways to provide video surveillance at all fuel depots by mid-April

“We have provided video surveillance at five of the ten fuel depots of the state railways where the train engines are refuelled. We will have video surveillance at all of them by the middle of April,” Engineer Lyubomir Iliev, manager of Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) – Freight... 2015-03-26

China unveils manufacturing boost

China's State Council, or the cabinet, said on Wednesday it will use tax and financial aid to boost the country's manufacturing sector, targeting specific industries that are seen as having strong export potential, reports Business Spectator.At a meeting chaired by China's Premier Li Keqiang, the... 2015-03-26

China's cabinet says rail merger should follow market rules

The merger of China's top train makers, China CNR Corp Ltd and CSR Corp Ltd , should follow market rules and ensure stable operations, a government report on a cabinet meeting said, reports Reuters. Wednesday's executive meeting of the State Council, or cabinet, discussed progress toward the... 2015-03-26

China to boost 'Made in China 2025' strategy

China's State Council pledged Wednesday to boost the implementation of the "Made in China 2025" strategy, which will upgrade the manufacturing sector, reports Xinhua. Accelerated industrialization is supported by the manufacturing sector, according to a statement released after an executive... 2015-03-26

Dutch state railway firm uses Irish route to dodge taxes

The state-owned Dutch railway company NS is continuing to cut its Dutch tax bill by routing the cost of new trains and their rental income through Ireland, the NRC reports on Wednesday, reports Dutch News. Both the NS and the finance ministry have declined to comment despite finance minister... 2015-03-25

Romanian roads and railways need full reforms of their public procurement

The National Company of Motorways and National Roads (CNADNR) and the Romanian Railways (CFR) need full reforms of their public procurement by creating separate units subordinate to the transport minister to deal with these purchases and with contract management, European Funds Minister Eugen... 2015-03-25

Concerns raised over Swedish GSM-R 4G plan

SWEDISH infrastructure manager Trafikverket announced on March 20 that all locomotives, multiple units and driving trailers operating on the country's railway network must be fitted with GSM-R filters by July 1 to prevent interference from 4G public mobile networks, reports IRJ. The National... 2015-03-24

Ukrzaliznytsia was forced to fire Pivdenno-Zakhidna Railways heads

The State Railways Administration of Ukraine Ukrzaliznytsia was forced to dismiss the leadership of Pivdenno-Zakhidna Railways to normalize the company's work, to restore the vertical management structure, and to ensure an objective audit, Ukrzaliznytsia has said, reports Interfax. According to... 2015-03-24

Serbia and Albania to propose joint railway projects for EU funding

Serbia and Albania will propose a series of joint infrastructure projects for EU financing,  under the Western Balkans framework, informed Serbia's State Secretary for Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Dejan Trifunovic, reports Think Railways. "Serbia and Albania agreed to... 2015-03-24

Firm set to run Scottish rail services defend plans to ignore north-east for new trains

The soon-to-be operator of Scotland’s rail services, Abellio, has defended its plans to treat the central belt to spanking new trains while the rest of the country has to make do with models that are up to 40 years old, reports Press and Journal. The news comes on the same day... 2015-03-19

Jet Airways starts cargo ops on hopes 'Make in India' will fly

Amid slowing global air freight growth, Jet Airways on Tuesday announced foray into cargo sector from next month, pinning hopes on the 'Make in India' campaign and burgeoning e-commerce sector, reports DNA. "India is now the second fastest growing air cargo market in the world, and this growth is... 2015-03-19

3.8 million tonnes of dirt from North West Rail Link to be recycled far and wide across Sydney

FROM housing developments in Penrith to a quarry in Wallacia, dirt from the North West Rail Link will be repurposed far and wide across Sydney, reports Hill Shire Times. The $1.15 billion rail link from Rouse Hill to Chatswood involves the excavation of about 3.8 million tonnes of crushed... 2015-03-19

India: Parliament passes rail budget

Parliament on Tuesday passed the rail budget with Rajya Sabha approving it with voice vote after railway minister Suresh Prabhu assured that a massive Rs 8.5 lakh crore would be spent on Indian Railways over the next five years for capacity expansion, decongestion of network and passenger safety,... 2015-03-18

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Uzbekistan agree on establishment of international railway transport corridor

Ramiz Mikayiloglu - APA. Heads of Azerbaijani, Uzbek and Georgian railways held trilateral meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, reports Apa. Azerbaijan Railways’ spokesperson Nadir Azmammadov told APA that Azerbaijani delegation led by Chairman of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC Javid Gubanov attended... 2015-03-18

Unifor shopcraft workers approve four-year contract with Canadian National

Canadian National says the 2,100 members of its Unifor shopcraft group have ratified a new four-year contract with the company, reports Lillooet News. The group represents car mechanics, heavy-duty equipment mechanics and electricians in Canada. Details of the agreement were not disclosed. The... 2015-03-18

CRCC, CREC deny merger reports

Leading railway construction companies China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) and China Railway Engineering Corp (CREC) late Tuesday denied media reports that the two State-backed companies are set to merge. CRCC and CREC's listed arm China Railway Group said in two separate statements... 2015-03-18