Rail passengers and taxpayers ‘paying price for DoT failures’

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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.

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Bombardier and Akiem unveil TRAXX DC locomotive in Poland

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Bombardier Transportation, along with Akiem, has unveiled the TRAXX DC3 locomotive in Poland.

The new model will be the most efficient direct current locomotive to operate in Poland.

In November, Akiem placed a €112m order for 33 TRAXX locomotives with Bombardier. The contract included the delivery of 20 such TRAXX DC3 locomotives.

All 33 units are due for delivery between 2019 and 2021.

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Poland to plough more money into railways

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The Polish government decided on Tuesday to plough an extra PLN 3.2 billion (EUR 730 million) into a long-term plan to upgrade the country’s railway infrastructure.
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More trains ordered for Poznań regional network

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Wielkopolskie voivodship signed a contract with Pesa for the supply of five five-car Elf2 electric multiple-units on February 14.

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UTK: freight train average delay extends to almost 12 hours

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The average delay time of freight trains in Q4 grew to 11.8 hours from 11.2 hours in Q3, Railway Transport Office (UTK) said on Thursday.

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PLN 34 mln reconstruction of Opole PKP railway station begins

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Work has begun on the reconstruction of the historic Opole Wschodnie station.

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PKP Cargo orders Vectron locomotives for north–south corridor

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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.

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PKP Cargo gains access from the Baltic to the Adriatic

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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. 

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Poland and Ukraine planning new rail connections

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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…

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The New Silk Road

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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.

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