TfL has released its annual budget, revealing that it can now fully cover operational costs and invest in new and improved services.
CRRC-made metro trains have commenced no-load trial runs on China's first cross-county metro line from Shanghai-Jiangsu.
Amtrak and PNRRA have released findings from a two-year study examining the potential to operate rail services between Scranton and New York.
Coventry Very Light Rail has completed construction on a new test site for its unique track system at Coventry City Council’s Whitley Depot.
The first CITYLINK tram-train for the South Wales Metro project has been delivered to Transport for Wales’ (TfW) new depot in Taff’s Well.
The ORR has given authorisation for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to operate its Class 717 fleet with Level 2 ETCS digital signalling.
Rail industry leaders were brought together at Accelerate Rail to discuss the nation’s transition to Great British Railways.
UK: The government has announced that Derby, one of the six shortlisted locations, will be the headquarters for Great British Railways.
Stadler and Trenitalia have signed a framework agreement for up to 50 EUROLIGHT Dual locomotives, with an initial order for 13 units.
CAF has been awarded two contracts to supply Urbos trams in Budapest, Hungary and Alcalá de Guadaíra in Seville, Spain.
DB Cargo UK has collaborated with Group Technical Support and Toton TMD to test the impact of using HVO to power locomotives.
The Department for Transport has extended Avanti West Coast's contract for 6 months following the operator's improved performance.
ÖBB is upgrading the Vienna S-Bahn to help improve the travel experience and accommodate a growing number of passengers.
The Klang Valley MRT Putrajaya Line has officially opened to the public in the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley region of Malaysia.
PANYNJ and Newark Liberty International Airport have contracted Alstom to provide operations and maintenance services for AirTrain Newark.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has added the 100th new four-series light rail vehicle (LRV4) to its fleet.
Greater Manchester has announced a new devolution deal with the UK government to grant it more influence over regional rail services.
The US Surface Transportation Board (STB) has provided approval for the merger of Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS).
Hitachi Rail has been awarded a contract to deliver the digital signalling for Phase 2 of the Chennai Metro Rail Project in India.
Amtrak has announced plans to double capacity at its second-largest station, Washington Union Station, by 2026.
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Rail & Truck Strait Union has signed an agreement with Alpha Trains for 7 Stadler EURO6000 locomotives for the Algeciras–Zaragoza Railway.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has commenced the rollout of its new R211 subway cars on New York's A line.
Alstom has celebrated the completion of its 1000th tram manufactured at its production facility in Vienna, Austria.
Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission are applying for funding to study a new rail service between New York City, Georgia and Texas.
Train operator, Avanti West Coast has launched a low-cost Superfare 'standby' ticket for flexible travellers.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has approved the use of solar-powered signalling across its Inland Rail corridor.
Over 40bn GBP will be invested in the UK's transport network over the next two years, with a focus on delivering the first phase of HS2.
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Ireland's Minister for Transport has secured approval for the DART+ South West rail project from Dublin to Hazelhatch and Celbridge.
On 10 March, Amtrak is set to begin early construction work as part of the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program in Maryland.
ÖBB has ordered an additional 27 Siemens Desiro ML electric multiple units (EMU) for use on regional routes from 2025.
Norske tog has contracted Stadler to manufacture 17 FLIRT Nordic Express long-distance trains that will enter service in Norway from 2026.
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Independent rail operator, Railcoop has announced that its passenger service between Bordeaux and Lyon will launch in the summer of 2024.
Siemens Mobility is investing 220 million USD to construct an advanced manufacturing and rail services facility in Lexington, North Carolina.
Brightline has set a new record for operating the fastest train in Florida after reaching speeds of 130 miles per hour.
SBB and Alstom have reached an agreement for Alstom to compensate SBB for the delayed delivery of its long-distance double-decker fleet.
CRRC will supply 21 passenger diesel multiple units (DMU) to Etihad Rail for the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) first national rail network.
New York's MTA has contracted Thales and TC Electric to supply CBTC signalling on the metro line between Brooklyn and Queens.
Canada's Minister of Transport has announced 5.4 million CAD in funding to support projects under its Rail Climate Change Adaptation Program.
Alstom has opened a production plant in Valmadrera, Italy to manufacture power transmission components for railway, metro and tram lines.
CRRC has delivered its first metro train to Porto, Portugal, marking the first city rail train to be exported from China to an EU country.
The UK government is working with Network Rail and Northern Rail to restore regular train services to the Northumberland Line from 2024.
Alstom and Colas Rail will provide an integrated railway system for the extended North-South Commuter Railway project in the Philippines.
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV) has contracted Stadler to supply 16 TRAMLINK trams for use in Alicante and Valencia, Spain.
Research from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) reveals significant potential to electrify UK rail freight operations.
Transport for London (TfL) has appointed Morgan Sindall Infrastructure as the main delivery partner to enlarge the DLR's Beckton Depot.
The two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) digging HS2’s longest tunnels has passed Amersham shaft on their 10 mile drive under the Chilterns.
CZ LOKO has delivered the first of three EffiShunter 600 locomotives to Slovakian seamless steel pipe manufacturer, Železiarne Podbrezová.
Scotland's Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth has confirmed that Caledonian Sleeper services will be taken over by the Scottish Government once Serco's curre...
Škoda is investing 460 million CZK in its plant in Šumperk in order to manufacture 13 electric trains for Czech Railways (ČD).
TfWM and the WMRE have announced plans to explore the feasibility for five new railway stations within the West Midlands.
Lisbon Metro has celebrated the tunnel breakthrough between the future Estrela and Santos stations on the new Circular line.
The European Commission has approved a 1.1 billion EUR German scheme to compensate operators for the recent spike in electricity prices.
Prime Minister of France, Élisabeth Borne presented a future plan for transport, prioritising a 100 billion EUR investment in the railway.
Stadler has successfully delivered the first of 46 new Tyne and Wear Metro trains to Nexus' Gosforth Metro Depot in the North of England.
Alstom has delivered the first 8900 series train to ViaMobilidade for use on the 8-Diamante and 9-Esmeralda lines in São Paulo, Brazil.
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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has visited the new ticket hall at Bank Underground station, which completes its 700 million GBP upgrade.
Etihad Rail has announced the completion of the UAE National Rail Network, which will link the seven emirates with its primary railway.
Network Rail has selected SNC-Lavalin Group to deliver signalling renewal projects across the south of England.
Brightline has received approval from The United States Coast Guard to rehabilitate the railroad bridge over the St. Lucie River in Stuart.
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Metrolinx has contracted Siemens Mobility to provide track, signal and right-of-way maintenance for railway infrastructure in West Toronto.
Siemens Mobility has delivered the 'Bright Orange 2' trainset to Orlando, completing Brightline's fleet of 10 trains.
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RAILPOOL has ordered 27 new Traxx AC3 and Traxx DC3 locomotives from Alstom for use in Poland, Italy, Norway and Sweden.
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Alstom has retrofitted the first 36 of 59 MÁV-START electric trains with its Atlas ETCS solution in order to increase speed and safety.
Transport Canada has launched a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the High Frequency Rail project between Québec and Toronto.
Renfe Mercancías has completed the first commercial use of its new 'Zero CO2' electric locomotives, which were manufactured by Stadler.
The Mostaganem tramway has enetered commercial service following a series of works by Alstom and Cosider to commission the two new lines.
The East Coast Digital Programme has further progressed, thanks to new signalling in the Wood Green – New Barnet area of north London.
Members of the French Rail Freight of the Future (4F) coalition have launched the MONITOR project to support digitalisation of rail freight.
GWR is to buy several assets from Vivarail, securing the future of trials of fast-charge battery technology.
Alstom has unveiled the first Citadis X05 tram that will be delivered to Nantes Métropole later this year.
The Metro Futures Traincrew Specialist Team has become to drive the new Class 555 Stadler Metro train at a test track.
Three wildlife overcrossings are going to be built over the Brightline West high-speed rail system, providing a safe path for wildlife.
Stadler is partnering with Utah State University and ASPIRE Engineering to develop the first battery-powered passenger train in the US.
Île-de-France Mobilités, the Société du Grand Paris and Alstom have unveiled the final design of Paris's future line 18 metro trains.
Renfe has been given authorisation to create the state-owned company Renfe Proyectos Internacionales by Spain's Council of Ministers.
Engineers have begun work to alleviate a long-time bottleneck on the Hope Valley Railway line at Bamford as part of upgrade project.
HS2 has proposed changes to the construction design of its Manchester route following work with the UK Environment Agency.
GRK Eesti and GRK Suomi have been awarded the Ülemiste railway infrastructure tender by Rail Baltic Estonia.
Prvá Slovenská železničná (PSŽ) has purchased two EffiShunter 1000 locomotives from CZ LOKO to expand its fleet in Romania and Hungary.
The transport and logistics industries of Austria and the CEE region will celebrate the 2nd edition of WOF Summit Vienna on 22 and 23 March.
Pre-validation tests are currently underway on the first TGV M test train at Alstom’s Velim site in the Czech Republic.
Avanti West Coast has begun testing its new Hitachi fleet on the West Coast Main Line. The trains are due to enter service later this year.
Construction work to connect the Sydney Metro City & Southwest line with the existing Metro North West line is now complete.
Network Rail is refurbishing the Chepstow Viaduct bridge over the river Wye to ensure the longevity of the Severn Estuary railway line.
Webuild consrtium chosen to design and construct a rail bypass in Trento, Italy for Lot 3A of the Brenner Base Tunnel.
Alstom and RegioJet sign an agreement for the supply of a further 13 Traxx MS3 locomotives. These will operate in central Europe.
New York's MTA has unveiled one of the two R211 open gangway subway trains that are undergoing testing at its Coney Island Yard in Brooklyn.
The Mayor of London and the city’s Transport Commissioner visited Beckton Depot to see the first new DLR train this week.
New plans have been put forward to improve access to the proposed HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail station at Manchester Airport.
The High Speed Rail Group and HS2 Ltd have both hit back at a report created by the Cheshire Wildlife Trust about HS2's environmental impact.
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20 Apr 2018
Rail Safety Standards Board: A Strategic Approach to Brexit
As everyone in the rail industry knows, the impact of Brexit negotiations on the shape of the sector in the UK is extensive and the outcomes uncertain. The Rail Safety Standards Board recently released a report on how Brexit might affect standards and regulations: they advise that regulations in the UK might be ‘similar to the current EU-based framework,’ ‘similar, but with some differences,’ or ‘significantly different!’ This uncertainty across the industry is unprecedented and worrying for companies and organisations affected by it, so Railway-News asked Vaibhav Puri, Head of Technical and Regulatory Policy at the RSSB to talk more about their expectations and concerns. The views and analyses expressed below do not necessarily align with those of Railway-News.
By Vaibhav Puri, Head of Technical and Regulatory Policy, RSSB
You can be forgiven if you’re getting weary of hearing about Brexit in the news. Not a moment goes by without the latest developments and implications being given airtime. However, there’s no avoiding the fact that Brexit is a big deal and throws up a lot of unanswered questions, which could have a substantial impact on your organisation.
Rather than become too distracted by the political narratives, or a specific hope or bugbear, organisations need to focus instead on how different outcomes could affect their own strategic goals. Now is the time to focus on what those organisational goals are, and how these could be supported or hindered by key challenges that Brexit presents.
With about a year to go until the UK formally leaves the EU, it remains unclear exactly what impact Brexit will have, and what, if anything, will change for standards and regulation affecting the rail sector.
The UK will formally leave the EU in March 2019, although there is likely to be a period of transition in which the basis for the UK’s long-term relationships with the rest of the EU will be implemented.
The nature of the process creates uncertainty in all industries and organisations, including the railways, so RSSB is working on behalf of its members to address issues of concern and get as much clarity about the impact of Brexit and the way future arrangements for standards and regulation might work.
But at this stage, no one can be certain exactly what impact Brexit will have.
In the short term there are not likely to be any significant changes to the requirements that stem from rail standards and regulation.
There are no plans to radically reform the existing GB rail standards regime. Indeed, it is sufficiently robust to avoid the need for substantial change in the post-Brexit world, but at the same time, flexible enough to adapt to new needs in the industry, including both deeper convergence with, or divergence from, EU standards and laws in the future. So we’re advising our members to continue planning for a range of possible outcomes.
There are 6 overarching common-sense objectives which need to be considered against the backdrop of Brexit:
These things will create different needs and challenges depending on the nature of the post-Brexit world we choose to implement or accept.
The post-Brexit regime could be:
For example, if you rely on being able to buy and sell products in both the UK and the wider EU, mutual recognition of authorisation and approvals (and their basis) will be important. This is likely to be much easier if the post-Brexit regime is similar to today or easily recognisable and traceable (so that mapping the similarities and difference becomes easy and can be addressed as necessary when trading in different markets). Where it is significantly different, achieving that mutual recognition would require more resources and automatic acceptance of GB-approved or EU-approved products and services may not be possible, creating barriers to the trade. You need to plan for both scenarios.
Likewise, if your organisation’s objectives mean you will need to access mechanisms to align with or diverge from EU requirements in a British setting, then these could prompt different issues depending on the post-Brexit world. In a situation similar to today, diverging from EU requirements might be difficult if they’re fixed in Regulations, but could be easier if they’re documented in standards managed by the rail sector itself where there are tried-and-tested methods for diverging, rather than re-inventing the wheel and creating new mechanisms which will take time to bed in and will need confidence and acceptance across the different parties.
Although it is likely that the influence of government-based organisations on EU regulations and standards could weaken post-Brexit, GB companies will still need to be able to influence EU-sector organisations. Ongoing involvement via sector bodies is perhaps most critical. This is to ensure that EU regulations and standards do not move in a direction which restricts trade (by creating barriers to market) especially with a lucrative market at the EU’s doorstep. Where EU regulations and standards do not cater for GB, the more we may have to pay for customisation of an EU-wide product for a special market. It would also be harder for an EU-wide product to enter the GB market as there will be GB-specific rules for accepting and approving products.
Ultimately, free and efficient trading requires convergence, and all sides of the Brexit debate agree that trading with the EU is a good thing and should continue. It is essential that domestically we plan for free and efficient trading, and for sectors and organisations to influence their relevant EU bodies to ensure that the EU does not restrict its products and services from entering the GB market.
The common theme here is uncertainty driven by the level of unfamiliarity (both within the GB and for the EU) associated with these six objectives, so putting in effort now to reduce the risk of this uncertainty or considering how to manage it is sensible. As far as can be achieved, the more complete and informed an analysis you can do of how different scenarios will actually impact your organisation and activities, the more prepared you will be.
We’re continuing to help our members across Britain’s railways understand Brexit’s impact on standards and regulations, and are supporting public policy development, working closely with other rail bodies such as Rail Delivery Group, Railway Industry Association and Rail Supply Group on the issues.
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