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Coronavirus leads to new ways of working at KiwiRail

NEW ZEALAND: ‘As an essential service, we’ve had to learn a whole new way of working’, said KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller, announcing details of changes made by the national railway to reflect the …

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LNER FutureLabs innovation programme launched

UK: The LNER FutureLabs programme has been launched to provide an opportunity for technology start-ups to test their ideas in the railway environment. The programme has three ‘challenges’: More Journeys, More Often: digital services that encourage …

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RENFE introduces personalised tickets

SPAIN: National operator RENFE has introduced personalised tickets for passengers travelling on AVE, Larga Distancia, Avant and Alvia services and all other trains where seats reservations are obligatory. Purchasers are required to provide mobile phone numbers …

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Sentiment analysis to help train operators understand passenger feedback

FEEDBACK: On-train infotainment provider GoMedia is to use sentiment analysis software from Wordnerds to help train operators make sense of passengers’ comments in social media posts, online reviews, surveys and forums. ‘We are developing a range …

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Progress Rail awarded Indonesian locomotive contract

INDONESIA: National railway PT KAI and Progress Rail have signed a contract for the supply of a further 36 EMD GT38AC diesel locomotives. The 1 067 mm gauge locomotives, known as Class CC205 in Indonesia, are to …

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Redesigning Russian Railways tickets

RUSSIA: National railway RZD is to roll out a revised electronic ticket design in the first half of 2020 with the aim of providing passengers with easier and faster access to information about their journey, …

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VTG acquires majority stake in Carbo Rail

SLOVAKIA: VTG Rail Logistics has strengthened its presence in central Europe with the signing of a deal to acquire a majority stake in Carbo Rail, subject to regulatory approval. VTG Rail Logistics will take responsibility for …

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Nairobi DMU deal signed

KENYA: The much-delayed contract for Kenya Railways to purchase 11 second-hand DMUs from Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca to operate commuter services around Nairobi was formally signed by KR Managing Director Phillip Mainga during a visit …

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Immersed tunnel to relieve Fehmarnsund bridge

GERMANY: To create an ‘efficient’ north-south pan-European corridor, the federal Ministry of Transport has reached agreement with DB Netz and the Land of Schleswig-Holstein to build an immersed tunnel carrying rail and road links under the Fehmarn …

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