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Funding - Articles and news items

Moldova to receive €50m EIB loan for railway modernisation

Rail industry news / 3 October 2016 /

The European Investment Bank has announced a €50 million loan for the modernisation of Moldova’s railway network and rolling stock.

Scottish railway network receives financial backing

Rail industry news / 31 March 2015 /

The Scottish railway network has received financial backing via a syndicate for new electric multiple units to run between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Assessing current situations

Issue 4 2009, Past issues / 21 July 2009 /

In an interview for European Railway Review, Mr. Moretti gives his outlook on the European railways situation and also provides details of the important Florence to Bologna high-speed line, due to open in December 2009.

The future development of Swiss rail infrastructure – ZEB

Issue 4 2009, Past issues / 21 July 2009 /

Charles Wyss of Gotthard Access and ZEB Program Portfolio and Markus Halder of Swiss Federal Railways SBB discuss the long-term demand and future mobility requirements of its customers in both the passenger and freight sectors.

Today’s challenges for the railways in Germany

Issue 2 2009, Past issues / 26 March 2009 /

Wolfgang Tiefensee, German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, looks at how the rise in road transport has challenged the railways in Germany, and how the balance can be redressed.

A joint agreement to improve the French railway network

Issue 6 2007, Past issues / 26 November 2007 /

On 25 May 2007, Anne-Marie Idrac, the president of the SNCF Group and Hubert du Mesnil, the President of Réseau Ferré de France, signed a new infrastructure management agreement to cover the financial years from 2007 to 2010 inclusive, for maintenance and upgrading of the French national railway network.

Performance of Poland’s operational programme

Issue 6 2007, Past issues / 26 November 2007 /

This article comprehensively describes a modernisation plan for the Polish rail network to be fulfilled during 2007-2013 and subsequent years. This great investment plan is lead by PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (PKP Polish Railway Lines Company). The plan is an extensive one and there is still enough time and financial means for everybody who wants to participate in it to put their thoughts forward.

Portuguese high-speed network is fast approaching

Issue 5 2007, Past issues / 26 September 2007 /

RAVE is a company that develops and co-ordinates the projects and studies that are necessary to facilitate decision-making in the context of planning, constructing, financing and operating a high-speed rail network that is to be established in continental Portugal along with its planned connections to the high-speed railway network in Spain.

ADIF looks towards the future

Issue 5 2007, Past issues / 26 September 2007 /

Heavy investments will be made in the Spanish railway network in forthcoming years. The Spanish railway network has been split into separate companies managing the railway infrastructure (ADIF) and train operations (Renfe). There is strong political impetus to invest in the railways, with the 15-year Strategic Plan for Transport Infrastructure (PEIT 2005-2020) outlining the way in which the rail network will be upgraded.

The continued development of Switzerland’s rail network

Issue 4 2007, Past issues / 30 July 2007 /

Overall mobility in Switzerland is forecast to grow by 15-30% between 2000 and 2030. Public transport is set to grow even faster, increasing its market share at the expense of car travel. For its part, SBB is forecasting an increase of 45% in passenger traffic in the same period. There are several contributory factors including general growth, changes in attitudes to mobility, developments in population and workplace patterns, the competitive effect of road traffic on rail, and not least a growing ecological awareness among broad strata of the population. If we are to cope with this growth, the continued expansion of rail services is essential.

All change for Czech railway infrastructure

Issue 4 2007, Past issues / 30 July 2007 /

The Czech Republic owns one of the densest railway networks in Europe. The total length of lines is approximately 9,500km and the Czech territory represents an area of ca 79,000km2. Geographical location of our republic within the centre of Europe is convenient as regards to the most significant transit directions.

Positive progression for the rolling stock market

Industry Focus 2007, Past issues / 29 December 2006 /

2006 has been a positive year for the Rail Industry – both in terms of development perspectives and recent technological achievements. This feeling was largely reflected at the Innotrans trade fair last September where the Industry presented its state-of-the-art technology, particularly in the Rolling Stock area. The seminar organised jointly by UNIFE and VDB on Rolling Stock technologies showed the latest developments such as the new generation of powered bogies presented by Mr. Gerhard, CTO Siemens Transportation and the modularity of internal & external design presented by Mr Lacôte, CTO Alstom Transport.

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