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Qbuzz wins Dutch regional bus and rail concession

Qbuzz, a subsidiary of Italian state-owned rail operator Trenitalia, is to operate the regional railway line between Geldermalsen and Dordrecht in South Holland.

Hitachi begins work on new TransPennine Express trains

Hitachi has announced that work has begun on TransPennine Express' new fleet of intercity trains.

Japan’s entry into Britain’s rail franchising

Mitsui and the East Japan Railway Company arrive on the UK franchise scene with different backgrounds but both hope to carve out a reputation on one of the world's busiest railways.

Arriva Trains Wales withdraws from Welsh rail franchise bid

Incumbent rail operator Arriva Trains Wales has informed Transport for Wales that it intends to withdraw from the bidding process for the next Wales and Borders rail franchise.

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London Northwestern brand to replace London Midland’s West Coast services

Abellio, East Japan Railway and Mitsui have announced that the London Northwestern brand is to replace London Midland's West Coast services - a nod to the London and Northwestern Railway.

Keolis secures €1.2bn in fresh contracts in France

Public transport operator Keolis Group has been awarded two new contracts totalling €1.2 billion in France.

UK rolling stock strategy: diesel, bi-mode and fuel cell-powered trains

The UK's Department for Transport has released its third 'Rolling Stock Perception' strategy which details the challenges of the market and what the government is doing to tackle them.

Leo Express becomes Poland’s first private rail operator

Czech Republic-headquartered Leo Express has become Poland's first private rail operator following permission to run services on the Krakow - Prague route.

Bombardier and CAF to make 413 carriages for new West Midlands franchise

Bombardier will manufacture 36 three-carriage and 45 five-carriage Aventra trains at its Derby site, while CAF will produce 12 two-carriage and 14 four-carriage Civity trains.
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First train for Shanghai Metro line 14 completed

The first driverless metro train for Shanghai Metro’s Line 14 has rolled off the assembly line in CRRC Nanjing Puzhen.

The role of apprenticeships in filling the skills gap

Rail Forum Midlands talks about the skills gap and what its doing to bridge it

New train protection system for Irish Rail

Above - CPC commercial manager John Mogridge and Egis systems integration lead François Pignard looking at the in-cab display for the...