Arriva wins €1.6bn northern rail concession in Netherlands.(www.railway-technology.com) 

Arriva wins €1.6bn northern rail concession in Netherlands 
Pan-European passenger transport company Arriva has won a €1.6bn contract from the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Leeuwarden, Friesland, to operate the regional rail transport in the north of the Netherlands for another 15 years.

Alstom to develop new traffic management tool for French rail network 
Alstom has secured a contract from SNCF Réseau to develop and deploy new regulation and control systems for railway traffic in France.

Funding awarded for UK Railway Research & Innovation Network 
A partnership of rail industry suppliers and a consortium of eight universities has been awarded funding towards a £92m programme to establish a world-leading centre for railway excellence.

UK’s CMA raises concerns in FirstGroup and MTR contract over South Western franchise 
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK has raised concerns over the award of the South Western franchise to FirstGroup and Hong Kong’s MTR, following an investigation into the development that began in May.