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Poland / PKP PLK to invest EUR 61.6 million in rail freight infrastructure at eastern border

Polish infrastructure operator PKP PLK is investing EUR 61.6 million (PLN 280 million) in the infrastructure for rail freight transport across the country’s eastern border. Tracks at the Werchrata - Rawa Ruska border crossing to Ukraine will be remodelled in 2022-2023 to accommodate longer trains with a 25 t axleload, while the Siemianówka - Swislocz border crossing will be remodelled to take trains of up to 1,050 m. According to PKP PLK, the works on the standard- and broad-gauge tracks at seven border crossings will improve the competitiveness of rail.
Source: PKP PLK press release 25.08.2021

Russia / VTG orders 100 flat wagons from UWC

On 13th September 2021, Russian leasing company VTG Rail Russia ordered 100 flat wagons for freight containers from Russian rolling stock manufacturer United Wagon Company (UWC). The wagons are to be equipped with newly developed bogies with an axle load of 25 t, which have extended maintenance intervals of 1 million km or eight years of operation.
Source: UWC press release 13.09.2021

France / Government wants to raise rail freight\'s market share to 18% by 2030

On 9th September 2021, the French government published its national strategy for developing rail freight, which writes into law an increase in the market share of rail in overall freight transport from the current 9% to 18% by 2030. By 2050, the share is to be increased to 25%. In order to expand rail freight transport, the halving of track access charges for rail freight operators is to be extended by three years at a cost of EUR 170 million (((31/2020-83061))). Intermodal transport will receive EUR 47 million per year and wagonload transport will receive EUR 70 million per year. New terminals in Sète, Cherbourg, Bayonne and Rungis as well as the introduction of three new piggyback services (((25/2021-96983))) will receive EUR 15 million in support. The French infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau will also receive EUR 230 million in subsidies for maintenance and noise reduction, in addition to the existing renewal budget of EUR 2.9 billion per year up to 2029. EUR 10 million per year will be invested for the rehabilitation of rail freight branch lines.
Source: IRJ 15.09.2021

Czech Republic / CD plans to procure 100 to 200 new trains

Czech state railway CD plans to procure 100 to 200 new trains for passenger transport, according to media reports, with a focus on the procurement of hybrid and hydrogen-powered multiple units (HMU). The manufacturers Alstom, Stadler, Siemens Mobility, Skoda Transportation, ZOS Vrútky as well as Newag and Pesa were invited to the consultations for the procurement. In addition, CD started a preliminary market consultation on 11th September 2021 to investigate the demand for battery- and hydrogen-powered passenger trains as well as dual system trains and conventional electric multiple units (EMU). The aim is to identify the current market supply opportunities around dual-fuel and hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Source: Railway Supply 16.09.2021, IRJ 11.09.2021

Sweden / Nobina orders 122 electric buses from Volvo

On 10th September 2021 bus manufacturer Volvo Buses received three orders from public transport operator Nobina for a total of 122 electric buses for use in the Swedish cities of Gothenburg, Malmö and Hässleholm. The Volvo 7900 Electric (E) and 7900 Electric Articulated (EA) are scheduled for delivery in 2022 and 2023. Nine 7900 E electric buses will be delivered to Hässleholm and 29 more 7900 EA to Malmö. The 60 buses already delivered to Malmö in 2020 (((06/2020-76617))) entered service in September 2021, and 29 more 7900 EA units have now been ordered.
Source: Electrive.net 12.09.2021

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Market value assessment of a European freight wagon fleet

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Annual valuation update for locomotive portfolio

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Analysis and assessment of the application of funds in short-distance passenger transport financing in the German states.

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eDex - the e-logistics index of the LOG-IT Club e.V.

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Performance comparison of selected European railway companies

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Performance comparison of selected European railway companies

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Model corridor Rotterdam - Genoa

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