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Metrolink trains to offer Wi-Fi service for its passengers
19 December 2014 UK's Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is set to provide Wi-Fi service on its Metrolink trains by mid-2015, as part of an £1.7m...

RATP launches Alstom Citadis tram on line T8 of Ile-de-France network
19 December 2014 France's Paris Transit Authority (RATP) has launched the Alstom-built Citadis tram on line T8 of the Ile-de-France tram network that connects Saint-Denis with Epinay-sur-Seine and...

UK to provide £60m in funding to improve access in 26 rail stations
19 December 2014 UK Transport Minister Susan Kramer has announced that £60m will be invested in 26 rail stations across the country, in a bid to improve access for...

Sydney's $2.1bn light rail contract awarded to ALTRAC Light Rail
18 December 2014 Australia's New South Wales (NSW) Transport has awarded the $2.1bn CBD and South East Light Rail line to the ALTRAC Light Rail consortium, formerly named as Connecting...

Wisconsin finalises rail line purchase from Union Pacific Railroad
18 December 2014 The US state of Wisconsin has finalised the purchase of a 70-mile segment of rail line between Madison to Reedsburg and Madison to Cottage Grove from the Union Pacific Railroad...

UK's PAC reports DfT's new train contracts left 'taxpayers bearing all the risk'
18 December 2014 The UK Department for Transport's (DfT) decision to purchase two fleets of trains worth £10.5bn has left 'taxpayers bearing all the risk', according to a report by the Public Accounts...

EIB grants €184m loan to Hungary for railway improvements
17 December 2014 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided Hungary with €184m in funding to support the rehabilitation and reconstruction of priority facilities in the country's railway...

UK's Virgin Trains launches new direct services for Blackpool and Shrewsbury
17 December 2014 UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has launched Virgin Trains' new direct services between London and the cities of Shrewsbury and...

Poland's PKP Intercity launches first Alstom Pendolino train
17 December 2014 Polish national rail operator PKP Intercity has launched the first Alstom’s Pendolino train to be operated on the lines connecting the country’s major...

UK's Northampton station to open by 12 January 2015
16 December 2014 The new £20m railway station in Northampton, UK, is set to reopen in early next year, offering additional capacity and improved features to...

Bombardier unveils new testing facility for Crossrail trains
16 December 2014 London mayor Boris Johnson has launched the new £1.6m integration test facility for the new fleet of Crossrail trains at Bombardier factory in Derby,...

UK's TRL begins testing of new rail adhesion measurement system
16 December 2014 The UK's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) has started testing of a new rail adhesion measurement...

California selects preferred bidder for second phase of high-speed rail project
15 December 2014 The California High-Speed Rail Authority has selected a consortium of Dragados, Flatiron and Shimmick (DFS) as the preferred bidder for the design-build contract for Construction Package 2-3 (CP...

Spain's CAF signs €500m contract with NS to deliver Sprinter electric trains
15 December 2014 Spanish train manufacturer CAF has signed a €500m contract with Dutch passenger railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) to deliver its Sprinter electric multiple-unit...

Transmashholding begins dynamic test run of double-deck coach with seats
15 December 2014 Russia-based Transmashholding's Tver Carriage plant (JSC TVZ) has started the dynamic test run of a pilot double-deck coach with seats at Belorechensk field of North-Caucasus...

Burnie Port to undergo rail and freight transport improvements
12 December 2014 Tasmania's Port of Burnie is set to receive $12m worth of improvements on its rail and freight transport facilities in the next few...

World Bank signs $1.1bn loan agreement for India's Eastern DFC project
12 December 2014 The Indian Government and World Bank have signed a $1.1bn loan agreement for the second phase of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor in the northern part of the...

Russia suspends rail services to CIS countries
12 December 2014 Russian Railways has suspended its train services to Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan for a period of one year starting from 14...

UK DfT awards East Coast rail franchise contract to Inter City Railways
11 December 2014 UK's Department for Transport (DfT) has signed the £3.3bn East Coast rail franchise contract with Inter City Railways, a joint venture between Stagecoach Transport and...

Alstom purchases 25% share in EKZ joint venture
11 December 2014 French rail manufacturer Alstom has signed a contract with the national rail company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) to purchase an additional 25% share in the EKZ joint...

First freight train route from China to Spain opens
11 December 2014 The first freight train linking China and Spain has completed its maiden journey, marking the opening of the world’s longest railway route dubbed as ‘the Silk...