G7 and EU plan a new BRI in the making?

The G7, the big leaders of the world, and the EU have pledged to raise 600 billion US dollars (634.56 billion euros) over five years to finance needed infrastructure in developing countries. In the west, it is considered a counter act of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) of China. China itself says to welcome additional funds.
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EC approves €374m Covid-19 support for Italian freight operators

Coronavirus Transport News
THE European Commission (EC) has approved under EU state aid rules an Italian government initiative to provide up to €374m to compensate freight operators for revenue lost due to lockdown measures imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

RENFE leases hotel trains to Turkish private operator

Europe
Spanish national operator RENFE is to lease two Talgo locomotive-hauled hotel trains to private tourist train operator Sun Tren for use on a luxury tourist service linking Istanbul with Cappadocia.

Train drivers wanted for driver advisory system research

UK
Glasgow Caledonian University researcher Martin Ward is seeking British train drivers to participate in survey of their use of driver advisory systems.

Rail Cargo Group increases grain transport from Ukraine

Europe
ÖBB Rail Cargo Group says it is dedicating ‘all available resources’ to transporting grain out of Ukraine as part of the European Commission’s Solidarity Lanes plan to protect food supplies following the Russian invasion and blockade of Black Sea ports.

East Midlands Railway customers can bid for First Class upgrade from £10

UK
Standard Class ticket holders on East Midlands Railway (EMR) trains can now bid for an upgrade to First Class from just £10.

EU invests billions in infrastructure projects-rail gets fair share of the pie

Europe
The EU Commission has selected 135 transport infrastructure projects eligible for EU grants. Brussels will allocate 5,4 billion euros to them through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), targeting the development of the TEN-T network and seamless connectivity between member states. Rail projects will have a prominent role in the process.

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