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Alcatel-Lucent provides advanced fiber-optic technology for China railways

Beijing and Nanning Railway Bureaus have selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade the ‘backbone’ communications networks of rail lines in China. The authorities will deploy Alcatel-Lucent optical transport technology to enhance communications links and support mission critical rail... 2015-05-26

President of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin spoke at Shanghai Forum

On May 23, 2015, President of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin spoke at the opening of the 10th Shanghai Forum, reports PortNews.  According to the press center of Russian Railways, the speech of the company’s president was devoted to the integration of the Trans-Eurasian Belt RAZVITIE... 2015-05-26

Network Rail could lose major stations under new privatisation plans by Tory government

Rail operator could be stripped of big stations including Liverpool Lime Street and London's Paddington to focus on maintaining 20,000 miles of track, reports The Mirror. Network Rail could be stripped of some of Britain’s biggest stations under new privatisation plans being studied by... 2015-05-26

Belarusian Railway to launch Grodno- Vilnius line

The new three car diesel train will run twice a week on Saturdays and Sundays. Departure time from Grodno – 05.44, from Lida – 07.41, arriving in Vilnius – 10.15. Train departures from Vilnius at 17.26 and arrives to Lida at 19.57, to Grodno... 2015-05-25

Rail unions consider pay offer after calling off UK strike

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Chinese company signs Tyva railway agreement

Coal mining concession holder Tuva Energy Industrial Corp and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corp subsidiary of China Railway Construction Corp have signed a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of privately financed railway and port projects, reports Railway Gazette. The... 2015-05-25

South Caucasus Railways and Belarusian Railways sign cooperation agreement

South Caucasus Railways (SCR), a Russian-run company operating Armenia's railroads and the Belarusian Railways have signed a cooperation agreement during the 62nd session of the Railway Transport Council of CIS and the Baltic's held in Minsk on May 20-21. Head of SCR Viktor Rebets was in Minsk to... 2015-05-22

FG Begins Privatization of Nigerian Railways

The federal government has commenced the privatization of the Nigerian Railway Corporation. Already, the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) has directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF), to commence the privatisation of NRC and... 2015-05-22

Rail strike called off after Network Rail table new pay offer

A BANK holiday rail strike which was set to cancel the "vast majority" of ScotRail and cross-Border train services has been called off, reports Herald Scotland. The industrial action was poised to bring around 90 per cent of the rail network to a standstill on Monday and Tuesday next week. But... 2015-05-22

Rail Corridor transformed by upcoming art projects

A live art jam and a smartphone app tour of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station are set to inject life to the Rail Corridor, reports The Straits Time. For years, the sleepy Rail Corridor has been a quiet sanctuary for nature and heritage lovers. People who walk the 24km green trail from Woodlands... 2015-05-22

Azerbaijani, Russian railways sign memorandum

Azerbaijan Railways and Russian Railways companies signed a cooperation memorandum, the national railways company reported on May 20, reports Azernews. The memorandum was inked under the framework of the 62nd meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of CIS countries and the Baltic States, held in... 2015-05-21

Alstom, Bombardier Threaten To Sue Israel Railways

Alstom and Bombardier claim that as the two Chinese companies in the electrification tender have allegedly merged, they should be barred from competing, reports Globes. If Israel Railways does not disqualify the bids of the two Chinese companies in the railway locomotives tender, the Alstom and... 2015-05-21

Argentine president signs rail renationalisation bill

LEGISLATION to renationalise Argentina's railways become law on May 20 when President Mrs Christina Fernandez de Kirchner signed a bill reviving Argentinean Railways (FA) as a state company, reports IRJ. In a ceremony at Buenos Aires Retiro station, which was also attended by interior and... 2015-05-21

German rail strike called off, but new dispute looms

German railways operator Deutsche Bahn on Thursday announced an end to a drivers strike that had paralysed train travel in Europe's biggest economy, after the feuding sides agreed to mediation.But fresh trouble appeared to be brewing for Deutsche Bahn elsewhere as the biggest rail union threatened... 2015-05-21

Virgin Trains cancel all West Coast service as last minute talks continue

Virgin trains have cancelled all services on the West Coast over the Bank Holiday Monday and Tuesday due to a planned strike by Network Rail workers, reports The Independent. If the action goes ahead the company will also run a limited service along its popular East Coast line – disrupting... 2015-05-21

China prompts fury among environmentalists with plan for 5,300km railway through the Amazon rain forest

China has accelerated plans for a railway through the heart of the Amazon rainforest - prompting fury from environmentalists, reports Mail Online. On a visit to Brasilia today, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang unveiled his plans to link Brazil's Atlantic coast with a Pacific port in Peru. The 5,300km... 2015-05-20

Scots commuters face rail chaos if strikes go ahead

  Commuters will be faced with two days of near-shutdown on Scotland’s railways if next week’s strikes go ahead, The Scotsman has learned, reports the Scotsman.   Only very limited ScotRail services are likely to run on bank holiday Monday, or Tuesday, with all trains... 2015-05-20

Privatisation of Australian Rail Track Corporation will lift costs

The federal government has been warned that the privatisation of the Australian Rail Track Corporation could increase the cost of access for users and run counter to a push to shift freight from roads to trains, reports The Australian. Rail operator Pacific National has also warned that the... 2015-05-20

Parents name baby after historic railway

A COUPLE who met while working on a project to revitalise the Waverley railway line from Edinburgh to the Borders have named their daughter in honour of the route, reports Herald Scotland. Natasha and Daniel Black met seven years ago while delivering leaflets to the public shortly after... 2015-05-19

Zimbabwe state-owned railway firm reels from economic decline

Struggling state-owned railway firm has registered a 46 percent increase in volumes moved over the past five years although business remains subdued to the difficult economic environment, Transport Minister Obert Mpofu said Monday. He told a parliamentary committee that the volume of business... 2015-05-19