Think Railways: European Headlines



Romania’s updated Transport Master Plan: railway sector investments totalling EUR 19bn

The latest version of the Transport Master Plan foresees investments totalling EUR 19 billion until 2030. The projects will focus on rehabilitation of 3.219 km of railway lines and 1.131 km of railways with economic potential, for the electrification of all sectors of the TEN-T core network (425 km), the development of high-speed railway sections (over 1.000 km) and the the acquisition of 90 rolling stock units. More


Bulgaria to resume the privatisation procedure of BDZ freight unit this year

The Bulgarian Privatization and Post-Privatization Control Agency (PPCA) has included the privatisation of BDZ Tovarni Prevozi, the freight unit of Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ), on the list of priority projects to be implemented in 2015. More



Bombardier expands rail control and signalling presence in China

Bombardier Transportation and the New United Group (NUG) have finalised their agreement to establish a new joint venture (JV) for signalling and rail control in China. Each company will have a 50% share in the new venture, which will be known as Bombardier NUG Signalling Solutions Company Limited. More


Hungary: GySEV implements EUR 20 million central traffic control system

Austrian-Hungarian joint venture, GySEV Zrt is investing HUF 6.9 bn (EUR 20 million) in expanding the central traffic control system (KÖFI) to Rajka-Szombathely and Szombathely-Zalaszentiván railway sections and in establishing a new control center at Csorna, Szombathely. More

Telecoms company O2 Czech Republic submits bid to buy minority stake in Czech Railways’ IT infrastructure firm

Telecoms company O2 Czech Republic has submitted a bid to buy an 11.65 percent stake in IT infrastructure firm CD-Telematika, majority owned by Czech Railways. Telecommunications services provider Dial Telecom controls 29%, having bought the stake in early January. More


Mechel becomes potential rails supplier for Deutsche Bahn

Russian mining and metals company Mechel reports that Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant won the status of potential rail supplier to Deutsche Bahn AG, following a production audit. As part of the work visit, Deutsche Bahn AG experts toured the oxygen converter workshop, universal rolling mill and the rolling workshop #3, as well as the steel products testing center and the central analytics lab. More


Russia: Beteltrans-Vossloh joint venture to launch production of rail fastenings in 2016

Vossloh Fastening Systems Rus JSC, a joint venture of Russian company Beteltrans JSC (BET) and German company Vossloh, plans to launch production of rail fastenings, including those intended for W-300 high-speed railway lines, in 2016. More


Latvian Railways opens for operations the second track on Skriveri – Krustpils railway

Latvian Railways (VAS „Latvijas dzelzcelš”, LDz) has opened for operations the second track from Skriveri to Krustpils (Riga – Krustpils railway section), part of East-West transport corridor. The total value of the second track construction project, including civil engineering works, was EUR 113.37 million. More


Estonia: EUR 12.8 million for improving multimodal connectivity at railway stations

The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications announced that an amount of EUR 12.8 million from EU’s Cohesion Fund will be allocated for improving multimodal connectivity at railway stations. The call for proposals will be opening next month. More


Poland: EUR 480 million for the modernisation of Poznan Glowny – Szczecin Dabie railway section

Polish infrastructure manager PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (PKP PLK) has announced a tender for project documentation and design for the modernisation of Poznan Glówny – Szczecin Dabie railway section, part of the project “Works covering the Poznan Glówny – Szczecin Dabie section of the railway line E 59. The railway section belongs to the TEN-T core network, providing access to the Szczecin-Swinoujscie port complex. More

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