Poland improves information service at train stations

Polish rail infrastructure manager PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) will enhance passenger information systems at 133 train stations. The improvements will be implemented on two west-east lines: Rzepin – Poznań – Warsaw – Terespol and Zgorzelec – Wrocław. PKP PLK will allocate 181 million zlotys (around 43 million euros) with the financial support from […]

Onboard internet in Finnish trains will be faster

Finnish railway company VR Group is negotiating with mobile operators the launch of better internet connection in trains. The improved service is expected to be offered from February 2020. It will use a 4G signal along all routes of VR Group. Last year the Finnish government has scheduled the construction of 4G networks in the […]

ÖBB doubles number of carsharing points

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) intends to increase the number of its carsharing points. By the end of January, the company will operate 33 locations situated at the train stations across the country. This figure is twice as much as it was two years ago when ÖBB launched Rail & Drive carsharing service for its passengers. […]

Spain will launch low-cost high-speed trains

Spanish railway company Renfe will introduce low-cost high-speed trains starting from 6 April 2020. With a new service branded as Avlo, the passengers will be able to travel on the Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona route for 10 euros. Eventually, this option could be extended to other high-speed corridors. The name of the service is […]

ÖBB improves overnight S-Bahn service in Vienna

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has improved the S-Bahn train service in Vienna. The railway company provides new overnight connections between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. They run in the night-time from Friday to Saturday, Saturday to Sunday and before the public holidays. The new overnight train connections were launched on 15 December. Earlier, there was […]

New routes for double-decker trains in Russia

Russian Railways (RZD) is extending the network of routes served by double-decker trains. The latter have been entered service on two long-distance lines in early December. At the end of the month, the third new route has been added to the mentioned network. For the coming 2020, RZD plans to introduce its double-decker trains at […]

Seven key trends of EU rail sector in 2019

In 2019 the European railways continued their way towards automatisation and digitalisation. These two main trends significantly defined the development of the EU rail sector. But they were not the only ones. This list could be extended with at least five other tendencies. Which ones? The expiring 2019 year was full of crucial matters in […]

SBB will introduce free onboard Wi-Fi

Swiss railway operator SBB will cover all long-distance trains with free Wi-Fi. It will be introduced in December 2020 after one-and-a-half year tests on three Intercity routes. The company will also launch an audio support solution for visually impaired passengers. From late May, SBB is testing free and fast onboard Wi-Fi service on three Intercity […]

Lithuanian Railways completes corporate reform

Lithuanian Railways has completed the corporate reform. The state-owned holding incorporated a separate infrastructure company instead of the specialised division. Earlier, there have been established two companies for operations. One is dedicated to freight service, another is responsible for passenger connections. In early December a rail infrastructure manager has been incorporated as a separate company […]

Abellio Loses ScotRail Franchise in UK

The Dutch-owned train operator is to be ousted from its franchise contract in Scotland. It will be removed at the first break clause, in March 2022, said Transport Minister Michael Matheson in a statement to Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, 18 December. Just days after the launch of a new timetable and the opening of a […]
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US worried Israel may attack Iran to save Netanyahu

US and Israeli military officials met on Sunday and discussed the Iranian threat to Israel, an Israeli military source told the Anadolu Agency. The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, gave no further details but Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an article by Amos Harel revealing the essence of the discussions. Harel said that Israel and the US discussed guarantees regarding Iran. The meetings were held in the presence of Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley and the Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi. READ: All the signs are that Netanyahu’s political career is about to hit the buffers According to Harel, Israel is afraid that the US will desert the Iran issue while America is […]