Policy

25th anniversary of Thalys: how did it start?

Happy birthday to Thalys! This Wednesday, 2 June, marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of the TGV Thalys. On 2 June 1996, the TGV replaced all conventional trains between Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, and...Read more
|Comment|author: Frédéric de Kemmeter
image: SNCF / Jean-Jacques D'Angelo

New management for RailNetEurope

Paul Mazataud of SNCF Réseau follows Harald Hotz as president of RailNetEurope (RNE), an association of infrastructure managers to promote international train traffic. In its meeting on 19 May 2021, the RailNetEurope General Assembly elected...Read more
|Comment|author: Esther Geerts
Leeds railway station, source: Network Rail

Major UK railway reforms announced

Great British Railways – that is the new name and new structure for the entire industry in the UK. The sweeping reforms were announced on 20 May by the UK government. A white paper –...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Walton

Eurostar gets 291 million euro rescue package

Eurostar has reached an agreement with shareholders and banks on a refinancing package that will safeguard the company’s future. The 250 million pound (291 million euros) package consists mainly of shareholder equity and bank loans...Read more
|Comment|author: Marieke van Gompel

Connecting Europe Express route revealed

The route for the Connecting Europe Express was announced on Europe Day (9 May), as Europe celebrates peace and unity. The train begins its journey on 2 September in Lisbon and stops in more than...Read more
|Comment|author: Esther Geerts
Virgin Hyperloop One

‘Hyperloop should not cannibalise traditional rail’

Hyperloop technology, which enables travel speeds of 1,200 kilometres per hour, holds massive potential, but also possible conflict for the railway sector. The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) warns for “another cannibalisation...Read more
|Comment|author: Majorie van Leijen

Shift2Rail announces call for proposals 2021

Shift2Rail has opened submissions for two projects in a call for proposals. It includes the further development of Digital Automated Coupling, and measuring the impact of research & innovation (R&I) on the railway sector in...Read more
|Comment|author: Esther Geerts