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Pandemic brings ‘bleak’ first quarter for European railways

Coronavirus Transport News
The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a heavy impact across the rail sector, according to the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies’ Covid Impact Tracker.

Akiem joins autonomous railpod project

Europe
Rolling stock leasing company Akiem has signed a letter of intent paving the way for a financial and industrial partnership to develop the Taxirail concept for an autonomous ‘railpod’ ultra light rail shuttle vehicle.

Passenger Rail Returning to Virginia’s New River Valley

USA
The agreement, known as the Western Rail Initiative

Maranhão Railway to serve deepwater port

International Rail News
Plans are taking shape for the construction of a heavy haul railway and deepwater port in northeastern Brazil, in order to accommodate rising export traffic from the mining and agricultural sectors.

KCS Emissions Targets Greenlighted

USA
They are “consistent with reductions required to keep warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels,” KCS noted.

Balfour Beatty workers to vote on industrial action over pay

UK
Workers employed on railway track renewals, maintenance and upgrades are being balloted on whether to take industrial action in a dispute over pay.

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