UK Rail passengers and taxpayers are paying the price of costly mismanagement of the railways by the Department for Transport, according to a scathing report.
The public accounts committee warned that more problems lie ahead for train users in 2019 after a “year from hell”, marked in particular by the chaos following the introduction of a new timetable in May.
PKP Cargo signed a firm order for five Siemens Vectron multisystem locomotives on January 28. The deal is worth €26m, including maintenance, and has been placed using an option on a September 2015 order for 15 Vectrons.
SLOVENIA: The Advanced World Transport subsidiary of privatised
Polish freight operator PKP Cargo purchased an 80% stake in Slovenian
freight company Primol-Rail on December 6.
Primol-Rail was founded in 2016, although it has not yet begun train
operations. ‘This purchase creates the opportunity to enter the
Slovenian market’, said PKP Cargo CEO Czesław Warsewicz. ‘Now we can
operate from the Adriatic Sea to the Baltic Sea.’
State incumbent SŽ Tovorni Promet, Adria Transport and Rail Cargo
currently operate freight trains in Slovenia, while port operator Luka
Koper and Primol-Rail have licences but are not yet operating trains.
The Ten Rail subsidiary of Austrian company Zeller Transporttechnik is also seeking to enter the Slovenian market.
Poland and Ukraine plan to launch new rail connections between Lublin and Lviv, and Przemyśl and Niżankowice in the Lviv region, said Andrzej Adamczyk and Volodymyr Omelanon, the ministers of infrastructure from both countries on Wednesday. Minister Adamczyk explained that it is about launching connections using existing infrastructure. “If we manage to agree, we will correct…
In January 2017 a freight train arrived in Barking in east London, carrying 44 containers of clothes and suitcases to be sold on the high street. This would have been an otherwise unremarkable event but for the fact that it had set off 18 days previously from the heavily polluted city of Yiwu in central Zhejiang province in China, weaved its way through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France, before popping out of the Channel Tunnel into England’s green and pleasant land. With much fanfare, London became the 15th European city to be connected to China’s One Belt, One Road programme, the 21st-century incarnation of the old Silk Roads – the trading routes that connected a string of peoples and places from across the Eurasian landmass to western Europe, and left an indelible mark on the shape of modern civilisation.