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  • Project aims for self-powered railway track monitoring in real timeDelays and disruption to the rail network as a result of failures and unplanned maintenance work can have a significant impact on the economy. Detecting damage to the track in real time, before it is able to propagate, is therefore vitally important to ensure the smooth running of the network. 08 March 2019
  • Consultation on expanding pay-as-you-go ticketing in southeast EnglandThe Department for Transport has begun public consultation on the possible roll out of 'pay-as-you-go' smart ticketing in the region surrounding Greater London. 08 March 2019
  • Siemens-Alstom mobility merger sends wrong signals to European CommissionThe mobility businesses of Siemens and Alstom will no longer merge following the European Commission's decision to block the move. Described by the companies in September 2017 as a Franco-German 'merger of equals', the combined entity aimed to be 'a new European champion in the rail industry' that... 01 March 2019
  • Siemens Alstom merger blocked by European CommissionThe European Commission has blocked the proposed merger of Siemens Mobility and Alstom, saying the companies had not offered sufficient remedies to address its concerns about the impact on competition in the signalling and very high speed train markets. 18 February 2019
  • IMechE recommends electrification instead of hydrogen trainsAlthough investment in hydrogen-fuelled trains is a 'vital' part of the process to improve air quality, it must not be seen as an easy replacement for electrification, according to The Future for Hydrogen Trains in the UK, a new report published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 18 February 2019
  • 3D printed components to be tested on passenger trainsRolling stock leasing company Angel Trains, engineering consultancy ESG Rail and 3D printing technology company Stratasys have collaborated to use additive manufacturing to produce four train interior components meeting the standards required for use on UK rolling stock. 18 February 2019
  • Calais-Torino rail motorway launchedSNCF subsidiary VIIA launched its fourth 'rail motorway' service on November, carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers between Calais and Turin. Initially there will be three round trips per week, covering the 1150km in 18 hours, with haulage provided by Fret SNCF and Mercitalia. 14 January 2019
  • Automation drives an urban revolutionReports on the Smart Metro conference which took place in Paris on October 30-31. 14 January 2019
  • Automating brake testsFret SNCF is the first railway in Europe to implement automated brake testing on commercial freight trains according to its Director of Wagon Management Nicolas Czernecki. SNCF expects to have up to 150 wagons equipped with digital services by the end of the year under a pilot programme for bulk... 14 January 2019
  • £35bn spending planOn October 31 the UK's Office of Rail & Road published its final determination approving infrastructure manager Network Rail's £34.7bn spending plan for Control Period 6, the five-year funding cycle starting on April 1 2019. 14 January 2019
  • Train Battery Market - Global Forecast to 2025: by Type & Technology (Lead Acid-Gel Tubular, VRLA, Conventional; Ni-Cd-SinteDetails a new publication from MarketsandMarkets which says that, from a market size of $470.5M in 2018, the train battery market is projected to reach $703.2M by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.15%. 14 December 2018
  • Unions call for urgent talks as Bombardier sheds 5000 jobsUnion leaders are calling for reassurances after Bombardier announced the loss of 5,000 positions across its business. 23 November 2018
  • Keep in stepWith negotiations over the terms of the UK's departure from the European Union still ongoing, the government issued a series of Technical Notices on October 12 setting out the potential impact of a 'No Deal Brexit' on the rail sector. 23 November 2018
  • GE to develop additive manufacturing of locomotive componentsReports that additive manufacturing could be used in the production of up to 250 locomotives by 2025 if GE Transportation's early trials of the technology prove successful. 23 November 2018
  • Charge of the battery brigadeReports how battery development and rapid charging technology are opening up the prospects for greater use of hybrid EMUs as a cleaner alternative to diesel traction. Details a number of developments including work by JR in Japan. 23 November 2018
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