Global Railway Review Weekly News Roundup

Craig Waters, Editor of Global Railway Review, explores what made the headlines in the rail industry during week 05-09 Dec 2022.

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Welcome to the Global Railway Review weekly news round-up. There were constant breaking news developments in the rail industry throughout the past week. Deutsche Bahn (DB) were a constant feature in the news, with the announcement that DB and the Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport have signed a new agreement to push ahead with planning for the digital rail system in Germany, as well as the inaugural trip of DB’s new ICE 3neo between Frankfurt/Main and Cologne. In the UK, the East Coast Digital Programme was celebrated after a breakthrough year.

Check out more of the biggest stories from the past week below!

Irish Rail orders 18 additional battery-electric trains

Irish Rail/Iarnród Éireann has signed an order with Alstom for 18 more five-car X’trapolis trains to deliver more capacity and decarbonisation benefits in advance of electrification of the extended DART+ network. Read the full story here.

ARA research finds more people returning to rail amidst cost-of-living pressures

A survey of 2,500 metropolitan residents across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Brisbane commissioned by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) found that passengers are more likely to use rail due to the cost-of-living crisis. Read the full story here.

ÖBB Rail Cargo Group to open subsidiary in Shanghai

At the beginning of 2023, the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group will have a full local presence in Shanghai with the newly founded subsidiary Rail Cargo International Freight Forwarding, strengthening its position in Eurasia. Read the full story here.

Southern’s Electrostar fleet gets a new lease of life

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has completed a comprehensive modernisation programme for 75 ‘Class 377/4’ trains for Southern. The programme will bring better on-board facilities for passengers and high-tech engineering features designed to streamline maintenance and improve reliability. Read the full story here.

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