Capacity Regulation deployment could be delayed by three years
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by Marco Raimondi
3d ago
 The EU Council’s new draft of the Capacity Management Regulation of the Greening Freight Package is causing adverse reactions, especially among the European rail freight sector. For example, the new version delays the Regulation’s implementation by three years. Moreover, the roles infrastructure managers (IMs) in the Regulation have been changed by the Council. Some of the main changes made by the EU Council to the Capacity Management Regulation drafted by the European Commission (EC) concern IMs. Initially, one of the main aims of the regulation was to decrease the power in the hands of ..read more
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China to pour at least $2.3 billion for line to Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan
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by Nikos Papatolios
3d ago
The financing agreement details of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan (CKU) line have been revealed. The project is expected to cost 4.7 billion US dollars in total. According to Kyrgyz railway officials, China is expected to fund 51 per cent of the project’s costs with a loan of 2.3 billion US dollars. Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan will need to fund the remaining 49 per cent of the project, covering 24,5 per cent of the expenses, respectively. As a result, each of the two countries will need to chip in with 783 million US dollars. As it appears, Kyrgyzstan is unable to financially deliver its part a ..read more
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Weather becomes a delaying factor for German rail again
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by Nikos Papatolios
3d ago
Bad weather-strikes-bad weather. This is the sequence of events that German rail freight has dealt with in the past few weeks. Following the industrial action of North Sea German port workers during the past seven days, bad weather conditions in the German north are set to delay the handling of trains even more. Here’s the deal with German rail freight: The floods in Bavaria in early June created multiple impairments in the local railway network, spilling over to cross-border links with neighbouring countries and domestic German traffic between the north and south. In mid-June, port workers at ..read more
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Derailment at port of Felixstowe results in intermodal blockage
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by Simon Walton
3d ago
Britain’s busiest intermodal rail terminal is partly blocked by a derailment. Felixstowe, which is also Britain’s busiest marine sea container terminal, has a substantial fraction of its rail freight facilities out of actions. An inbound intermodal train has derailed causing significant infrastructure damage. Rail freight operations at Felixstowe could be compromised for at least a week, due to extensive damage caused by a derailment. According to unconfirmed reports, An early morning inbound intermodal train partly derailed the north spur into the port complex. The train then became seriously ..read more
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Iran inaugurates railway linking Caspian Sea to Persian Gulf
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by Nikos Papatolios
4d ago
The International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) sees another critical rail puzzle piece taking its place. The Qazvin-Rasht rail link will be inaugurated on Thursday, 20 June in the presence of Iranian, Russian and Azerbaijani delegates. This short (37 kilometres) but critical piece of infrastructure will provide seamless railway connections between Caspian Sea ports and the ports in the Persian Gulf, boosting rail transport along the INSTC. Just a year ago, Iran inaugurated the rail link between Rasht and Bandar Anzali, one of Iran’s most important port infrastructure on the Caspian S ..read more
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‘Policymakers are giving up on rail freight goals’
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by Marco Raimondi
4d ago
The EU Council adopted a General Approach on the Capacity Management Regulation of the Greening Freight Package on Tuesday, 18 June. This means that the EU Council presented a new version of the Regulation where several changes were introduced. This step, however, is not enough to meet the goals set out by the European Union and boost rail freight, according to various European associations. With its General Approach adoption, the EU Council introduced several changes to the version of the Capacity Management Regulation presented by the European Commission. The main changes, according to the C ..read more
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Nurminen Logistics and Kazakhstan eye joint Middle Corridor investments
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by Nikos Papatolios
4d ago
What started as a regular service cooperation in late 2022 is now ready to upgrade into a full partnership aimed at rail investments. Nurminen Logistics and the Government of Kazakhstan, represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Murat Nurtleu, are discussing the possibilities of improving the Middle Corridor. Their negotiations entail the possibility of launching joint investment projects targeting Kazakh rail infrastructure. In December 2022, Nurminen Logistics launched a regular shuttle service linking Finland and Kazakhstan through Hamburg. The service came after the first months of the war i ..read more
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Hundreds of PKP Cargo employees to be moved to passenger operator
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by Marco Raimondi
4d ago
The Polish national rail freight operator PKP Cargo is sailing through troubled waters due to decreasing volumes and performance. The company placed thousands of its employees into inactive status since the beginning of June. However, the situation is less bleak for up to 300 of them, who will be hired by Polregio, a Polish company offering regional rail passenger services. Polregio said the initiative would include “up to 300 people in professional groups employed in traction teams, maneuvering teams, technical inspection and in the area of ​​rolling stock maintenance and repairs”. On the oth ..read more
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Rail freight key to keep Australia’s grain market financially competitive
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by Simon Walton
4d ago
Bulk transport by rail is among a crop of measures from the Australian GrainGrowers, a national association reprinting the arable farming industry and its supply chain at large. Soaring costs, particularly in transportation, threaten to make home-grown grain financially unsustainable. That is a situation that GrainGrowers recognises as untenable. They seek to address it with the publication of their own policy document, designed to meet those challenges. Australian farmers need an integrated approach to transportation costs. That’s the conclusion of the National Grain Freight Strategy, publish ..read more
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German network overhaul at full steam; here are the latest updates
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by Nikos Papatolios
5d ago
Amidst a wave of railway infrastructure renovations expected to occur in Germany in the coming weeks and months, more information surfaces regarding the closure and substitution of routes. As the German Federal Government underlined during a parliamentary discussion, the Hamburg-Berlin route is set to experience a nine-month closure in two sections between August 2025 and April 2026. At the same time, other crucial corridors are already bracing for closures, which will begin in a matter of days. Regarding the Hamburg-Berlin corridor, an important route linking Germany’s largest port and its ca ..read more
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