New ICE depot in Cottbus to open two years early

GERMAN Rail’s (DB) ICE 4 trains will be maintained at a new depot in Cottbus, Germany, from 2024, almost two years earlier than planned with construction on the facility expected to start next year.
Europe

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Future Welsh global centre of rail excellence secures planning approval

UK
A new train, rail infrastructure and technology testing facility in south Wales could be fully operational by 2025 after a planning application for its construction was approved by a local authority on July 27.

Rail Labor Ordered to Negotiate Crew Size

USA
The awards require the Transportation Division of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART-TD) union, which represents conductors, to bargain collectively with those Class I railroads and some smaller carriers over minimum train crew size that currently is two people—one engineer and one conductor.

Boosting accessibility on UK railways for disabled passengers

UK
England lifted most Covid restrictions on 19 July, with other parts of the UK introducing similar measures around the same date.

Criticism for train battery programme in UK

UK
The UK train battery programme is running out of juice, according to the House of Lords. While freight is being urged to decarbonise, the upper house of the UK parliament has criticised the government for lack of progress towards an all-electric railway.

Tracsis wins multi-year contract to deliver RailHub software

UK
Transport solutions provider Tracsis has secured a new multi-year contract in the UK for its RailHub software product suite.

£870,000 project means changes to trains between Manchester and Glossop this August

UK
Planned railway upgrades will take place this August to improve journeys on the Manchester to Glossop line.

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