Affordable tram tracks – Very Light Rail: part one

Britain’s nine light rail systems compare with around 30 in France and 60 in Germany as, historically, Britain has failed to invest in its transport infrastructure.
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Amtrak Southwest Chief derailment leaves three dead, multiple injured

USA
AMTRAK’s Southwest Chief train 4 traveling eastbound from Los Angeles to Chicago on June 27 derailed after striking a dump truck obstructing a level crossing in Missouri. Three people have died as a result of the accident, with multiple people injured.

MxV Rail and GCRE sign collaboration agreement

USA
UNITED States-based MxV Rail, formerly known as Transportation Technology Center, Inc (TTCI), and Britain’s Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to advance rail technology and innovation worldwide.

Spain: industrial association pushes for rail freight lines reopening

Europe
The Industrial Engineering Association of Castille y Leon in Spain thinks rail lines and capacity could be better utilised for freight. At least, this seems to be the core message of the group’s demand to reopen existing rail freight lines in the region and connect them to European corridors “imminently”.

Texas Central wins court battle over right to acquire land

USA
THE Texas Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Texas Central, confirming that the private company building a 379km high-speed line between Dallas and Greater Houston is legally an interurban electric railway company, and as such can exercise the right of eminent domain.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion in rail

UK
There is an increased focus today on equality, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) for employers, employees, and prospective employees.

Lithuania scrutinises Kaliningrad’s transit slowdown after Moscow’s reaction

Russian Rail News
The Lithuanian government is again consulting with the EU Commission on implementing the fourth EU Sanctions package that includes a slow down of transit trains and goods on their way to Kaliningrad. This is after Moscow’s reaction, which highlighted that transit restrictions violate international agreements.

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