Christmas may be fast approaching but the rail industry shows no sign of slowing down with another busy International Rail News Roundup... we learn about plans mooted at the recent UIC Congress to develop an international rail police force, see how Metasearch engine GoEuro has secured a $45 million investment with a view to accelerating its growth in 2016, learn of a big rolling stock order from Trenitalia and signalling deal in Algeria, gain an understanding into a welcome boost for Egyptian rail, showcase a big win for Arriva in securing a major franchise in the North of England and learn how staying connected on Metra in Chicago just got a lot easier and of course our rail video of the week which today comes from Deutsche Bahn via our feature on rail commercials on TV…
Rail Safety: Rail Interpol mooted to tackle security threat (Economic Times)
In the wake of heightened security threat perception to railways, Indian Railways has proposed setting up of an international body on the lines of Interpol to collaborate with all agencies concerned to meet challenges of rail security at different levels. The proposal for setting up Rail Interpol was mooted at the two-day International Union of Congress (UIC) meet attended by railway representatives from several countries.
Rail Ticketing: Rail, bus and air metasearch firm GoEuro secures $45 million investment (Travolution)
Metasearch engine GoEuro has secured a $45 million investment with a view to accelerating its growth in 2016. The two-year-old firm, which describes itself as Europe’s largest platform for planning and booking rail, bus and air transportation, announced the closure of a Series B funding round led by Goldman Sachs and joint new investors this week. The investors include technology investment firm Atomico – founded by Niklas Zennström, a co-founder of Skype – and Sebastian Siemiatkowski, co-founder and chief executive of payment services provider Klarna.
Rolling Stock: Trenitalia orders more double-deck coaches from Hitachi (International Railway Journal)
Trenitalia has placed a €190m order with Hitachi Rail Italy (formerly AnsaldoBreda) for 136 additional Vivalto push-pull double-deck regional coaches. The order, which comprises 112 intermediate vehicles and 24 driving trailers, is an option from a contract for 350 coaches awarded by Trenitalia to a temporary consortium of AnsaldoBreda, Officine Ferroviarie Veronesi (OFV), and Magliola Antonio & Figli in March 2010. All of the additional coaches will be standard class vehicles.
Metro Projects: Cairo Metro project gets $109m EU funding (Trade Arabia)
The second line of the Cairo metro system received a push with Egypt signing a €100-million ($109 million) financing agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), said a report. The agreement is a key step towards improving the second line of the metro system, including the addition of 13 new metro cars, reported the Daily News Egypt.
Rail Signalling: Estel RA wins Algerian railway signalling work (Railway Technology) - pictured.
A joint venture of Algerian Railways (SNTF) and Siemens, Estel Rail Automation (Estel RA), has won a contract to supply signalling, safety and control systems for the 140km-long rail network in the Algiers metropolitan area. SNTF is the operator of the Algiers commuter railway network, which includes 18 stations and is designed for both freight and passenger transport. In addition to the signalling, safety and control systems, the railway network will also be equipped with shunting and telecommunications technology.
Rail Projects: Northern England franchise awarded to Arriva (Arriva)
Arriva’s winning bid is based on ambitious plans to drive improvements and transform rail travel in the North of England through a £1bn investment programme. The Northern franchise is one of the largest in the UK, currently providing more than 16,000 train services each week to a population of 15 million people. Arriva will operate the franchise under a refreshed Northern brand and working closely with transport partners Rail North, will deliver the services to help support the Government’s plans to revitalise the North’s economy.
Passenger Wi-Fi: All Downtown Metra Stations Now Have Wi-Fi (Mass Transit)
Metra on Dec. 10, announced that all five of its downtown stations now offer free Wi-Fi hotspots and free electric charging outlets. “We understand that our customers rely on their digital devices and expect to be able to use Wi-Fi and power up while waiting for their trains,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “We are pleased to be able to offer these free amenities so our customers can stay connected and charged.” The Wi-Fi units installed at all five stations cost Metra about $12,000 and monthly service fees for all locations cost $1,050.
Rail Video of the Week: DB Deutsche Bahn (English Subtitles) which proves even the owner of a BMW or Mercedes-Benz is unlikely to impress a train driver... (taken from 9 of the best, funniest and oddest rail commercials made for TV)
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