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Rail Regulation News
Railways are often controlled by governmental or independent safety and economic regulators, responsible for ensuring that railway operators and infrastructure managers comply with certain laws and standards. Regulatory aspects include funding requirements, access to railway networks and controlling the licenses of the operators of railway assets. Regulators also enforce consumer/passenger protection law in relation to the railway.
What are the emerging and evolving topics around railway regulation, legislation and standards?
Statistics from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) have revealed that the unprecedented fall in usage can be attributed entirely to the impact of the pandemic.
Midlands Connect is proposing that rail electrification, faster local trains and a new hourly train to London from Shrewsbury, would bring nearly £500 million of benefits to the UK economy.
The North’s leaders have called on the UK government to urgently publish the Integrated Rail Plan for the region’s railways, to give essential certainty on investment and delivery of major projects.
The UK government has announced the formation of a new public body, Great British Railways, which will bring the UK's railways under single, accountable national leadership.
With oversight from the UK's Office of Rail and Road, Hitachi Rail, train operators and the government have agreed a service recovery plan to safely reintroduce more Class 800 Series and 385 Series trainsets into passenger service after cracks were found on some trains.
As part of the European Year of Rail, the special 'Connecting Europe Express' train will cross the continent and demonstrate in real time the power of rail to connect people and businesses.
Michael Reininger, Brightline's CEO, has presented to a U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee with several recommendations on the steps that Congress can take to unlock more private investment into high-speed rail.
The U.S. Rail Passenger Fairness Act will give Amtrak the ability to take freight railroads to court if they fail to provide preference to passenger rail operating on their lines.
Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, has announced the huge sum will be provided under the American Rescue Plan Act and will give much-needed relief to Amtrak, states, commuter railroads, and to Amtrak employees.
The proposal remains the best means to support the rail freight industry through the COVID-19 pandemic in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner, but ERFA has expressed that caution is needed to ensure that proposed direct support to the incumbent holding company does not result in cross-subsidisation or other activities.
UIC has welcomed the new French law, which restricts domestic flights in favour of promoting rail, as it sends a very clear message on the urgent need for modal shift to rail.
With this acquisition, Atos will strategically reinforce its leading position in Edge and Computer Vision.
The Joint Position Paper from EU Member States shows that growing rail freight is a priority for the majority and has been welcomed by ERFA.
Through the acquisition, Wabtec will expand its installed base and accelerate growth across Nordco’s innovative product portfolio both domestically and internationally, while driving increased value creation for customers and shareholders.