Rail transport http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26768/all en Troubled Dutch-Belgian high-speed train suffers new setback http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/troubled-dutch-belgian-high-speed-train-suffers-new-setback <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A new high-speed rail service between Brussels and Amsterdam, already beset by teething troubles, has been suspended by the Belgian rail safety agency because of ice damage to the trains' undercarriages.</p> <p>The agency said on Friday that the Fyra trains, which only entered service last month, could not run again until the problem that damaged the undercarriages of three trains had been solved. "There won't be any service at least until Monday evening," said a spokesman for the Belgian rail operator, SNCB.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/troubled-dutch-belgian-high-speed-train-suffers-new-setback" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Land transport Rail transport Rail transport in Europe Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:15:42 +0000 5736287 at http://www.globalpost.com High-speed bullet train derails in Japan: media http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/high-speed-bullet-train-derails-japan-media <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Japanese bullet train carrying about 130 passengers and crew derailed in heavy snow in northern Japan Saturday, although there were no reports of injuries, media reports said.</p> <p>The first car of the "Komachi" No. 25 bullet train came off the rails on the high-speed Akita Shinkansen line in Akita, Japan's national broadcaster NHK and other media said.</p> <p>But there were no reports of injuries or casualties following the accident, NHK said, showing footage of railway officials checking the wheels of the train bound for Akita station.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/high-speed-bullet-train-derails-japan-media" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Akita Shinkansen Land transport Rail transport Technology AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:30:09 +0000 5771618 at http://www.globalpost.com Bullet train derails in Japan: operator http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/bullet-train-derails-japan-operator <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Japanese bullet train carrying about 130 passengers and crew derailed in heavy snow in northern Japan Saturday, although there were no reports of injuries, the rail operator said.</p> <p>The first car of the "Komachi" No. 25 bullet train came off the rails on the Akita Shinkansen line in the city of Daisen, East Japan Railway Co. said, according to Kyodo news agency.</p> <p>The six-carriage train was travelling at a drastically reduced speed of around 20 kilometres per hour due to the snow, when a number of wheels skipped off the track.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/bullet-train-derails-japan-operator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Land transport Rail transport Technology Transport AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 15:45:42 +0000 5771682 at http://www.globalpost.com Snow causes record tailbacks in Belgium, delays budget talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/snow-causes-record-tailbacks-belgium-delays-budget-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Robert-Jan Bartunek and Leigh Thomas</p> <p>BRUSSELS/PARIS, March 12 (Reuters) - An overnight snowstorm in Belgium and northern France caused record Belgian traffic jams and delayed the start of federal budget talks in Brussels, and left French drivers sleeping in their cars.</p> <p>The Belgian breakdown assistance association Touring said the total length of tailbacks on highways and major roads at their rush-hour peak hit 1,670 km (1,038 miles), beating by far the previous record of 1,285 km set on Feb. 3 last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/snow-causes-record-tailbacks-belgium-delays-budget-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Land transport Rail transport Transport Thomson Reuters Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:30:25 +0000 5780499 at http://www.globalpost.com Spring blizzards strand British motorists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/spring-blizzards-strand-british-motorists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Britain was hit by unseasonable spring blizzards that left hundreds of people stuck in their cars overnight and disrupted Eurostar services to the continent Tuesday.</p> <p>Drivers including former Eurovision song contest winner Cheryl Baker were trapped for more than 10 hours as ice, snow and freezing winds descended on southeastern England.</p> <p>Police, rescue services, snow ploughs and gritting lorries battled to help the stricken motorists in temperatures as low as -3 degrees Celsius.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/spring-blizzards-strand-british-motorists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Land transport Rail transport Transport AFP Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:01:04 +0000 5780530 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Eurostar suspends cross-Channel services due to snow http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/urgent-eurostar-suspends-cross-channel-services-due-snow <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Eurostar suspended cross-Channel train services between London and Paris on Tuesday following heavy late-winter snow, it said.</p> <p>"Due to extremely difficult weather conditions in northern France and Belgium, with a major part of the high-speed train tracks closed, Eurostar trains have been suspended until further notice," it said in a statement.</p> <p>mlm/ach/mm/br</p> Land transport Rail transport Transport AFP Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:45:59 +0000 5780559 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 3-Snow disrupts transport across northwestern Europe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/update-1-snow-causes-record-belgian-traffic-jams-knocks-out-tra <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Robert-Jan Bartunek and Leigh Thomas</p> <p>BRUSSELS/PARIS/FRANKFURT, March 12 (Reuters) - An overnight snowstorm in northwestern Europe forced the closure of Frankfurt Airport, caused record traffic jams in Belgium, and left British and French drivers sleeping in their cars.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/update-1-snow-causes-record-belgian-traffic-jams-knocks-out-tra" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Land transport Rail transport Transport Thomson Reuters Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:00:33 +0000 5780568 at http://www.globalpost.com Late-winter snowstorm batters northwestern Europe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/late-winter-snowstorm-batters-northwestern-europe-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A heavy late-winter snowstorm battered northwestern Europe on Tuesday, causing widespread travel chaos with the cancellation of hundreds of flights at main airports and the suspension of train services including Eurostar.</p> <p>The unseasonable snowfall -- coming only eight days before the official start of spring -- also knocked out power to thousands of people in France and left hundreds of motorists stranded in their cars.</p> <p>France was the worst affected but Germany, Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands also reported major disruptions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/late-winter-snowstorm-batters-northwestern-europe-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Disaster Land transport Meteorology Rail transport Technology AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:45:17 +0000 5781842 at http://www.globalpost.com Late-winter snowstorm batters northwestern Europe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/late-winter-snowstorm-batters-northwestern-europe-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A severe late-winter snowstorm battered northwestern Europe on Tuesday, causing widespread travel chaos with the cancellation of hundreds of flights at main airports and the suspension of train services including cross-Channel Eurostar trains.</p> <p>Blizzard-like conditions -- coming only eight days before the official start of spring -- also knocked out power to thousands of people in France and left thousands of motorists stranded in their cars.</p> <p>France was the worst affected but Belgium, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands also reported major disruptions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130312/late-winter-snowstorm-batters-northwestern-europe-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Disaster Land transport Rail transport Technology Transport AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 01:45:28 +0000 5781869 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Paris rail services with Brussels, London resume http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/urgent-paris-rail-services-brussels-london-resume <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>High-speed train services resumed Wednesday between Paris and London and between Paris and Brussels after they were suspended by heavy snow the day before, the French rail authorities said.</p> <p>SNCF said the Eurostar service to London and the Thalys service to Brussels had resumed around 0700 am (0600 GMT). Links were also restored between Paris and regional centres like Amien, Rouen and Caen.</p> <p>ng/lc/db</p> Land transport Rail transport Rail transport in France AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:15:04 +0000 5782006 at http://www.globalpost.com Paris train services with Brussels, London resume http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/paris-train-services-brussels-london-resume <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>High-speed train services resumed Wednesday between Paris, London and Brussels after heavy snow stopped them the day before, the French rail authorities said.</p> <p>SNCF said the cross-Channel Eurostar service to London and the Thalys service to Brussels as well as other stops in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany had resumed around 0700 am (0600 GMT). </p> <p>High-speed links were also restored between Paris and regional centres like Amien, Rouen and Caen, it said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/paris-train-services-brussels-london-resume" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Labor Land transport Law Rail transport Rail transport in France AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 08:15:03 +0000 5782026 at http://www.globalpost.com Europe transport disrupted as snow turns to ice http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/europe-transport-disrupted-snow-turns-ice <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Icy roads were disrupting transport as northwestern Europe remained in the grip of unseasonable weather on Wednesday but many services were resuming after a severe late-winter snowstorm.</p> <p>The snowstorm on Monday and Tuesday, only a few days before the official start of spring on March 20, caused widespread travel chaos with the cancellation of hundreds of flights and the suspension of train services including cross-Channel Eurostar trains.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/europe-transport-disrupted-snow-turns-ice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Land transport Rail transport Transport AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:30:42 +0000 5782117 at http://www.globalpost.com Paris train services with Brussels, London resume http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/paris-train-services-brussels-london-resume-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>High-speed train services resumed Wednesday between Paris and London and between Paris and Brussels after heavy snow stopped them the day before, the French rail authorities said.</p> <p>SNCF said the cross-Channel Eurostar service to London and the Thalys service to Brussels had resumed around 0700 am (0600 GMT). High-speed links were also restored between Paris and regional centres like Amien, Rouen and Caen.</p> <p>"SNCF put up more than 1,000 customers in hotel rooms near stations and in train sleeping carriages that were made available," the rail authority said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/paris-train-services-brussels-london-resume-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Labor Land transport Law Rail transport Transport AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:16:10 +0000 5782231 at http://www.globalpost.com Europe transport disrupted as snow turns to ice http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/europe-transport-disrupted-snow-turns-ice-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Icy roads disrupted transport as northwestern Europe remained in the grip of unseasonable weather on Wednesday but many services were resuming after a severe late-winter snowstorm.</p> <p>The snowstorm on Monday and Tuesday, only a few days before the official start of spring on March 20, caused widespread travel chaos with the cancellation of hundreds of flights and the suspension of train services including cross-Channel Eurostar trains.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130313/europe-transport-disrupted-snow-turns-ice-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Land transport Rail transport Transport AFP Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:47:33 +0000 5782624 at http://www.globalpost.com Bombardier to pay 460 million Swiss francs to Swiss railways - paper http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130317/bombardier-pay-460-million-swiss-francs-swiss-railways-paper <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ZURICH (Reuters) - Canada's Bombardier &lt;BBDb.TO&gt; will have to pay at least 460 million Swiss francs (324.1 million pounds) to Swiss railway group SBB for late delivery of 59 double-deck trains the SBB ordered three years ago, a Swiss newspaper reported on Sunday.</p> <p>According to a source with knowledge of the matter quoted by "Der Sonntag", the world's largest train maker Bombardier would have to pay 7.8 million francs for each train it delivers with a delay of a year, adding up to a total of 460.2 million Swiss francs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130317/bombardier-pay-460-million-swiss-francs-swiss-railways-paper" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bombardier Rail transport Rail transport in Europe Rail transport in Switzerland Thomson Reuters Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:30:09 +0000 5786165 at http://www.globalpost.com