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Switzerland: Successful launch of commercial services through the new Gotthard Base (...) On 11 December 2016, SBB started running passenger services through the new Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT). The first weeks of operation through the world’s longest railway tunnel have been relatively (...) United States: Amtrak announces streamlined corporate structure To increase organizational effectiveness, improve service to its 31 million customers and position itself for an even more competitive future, on January 4 Amtrak announced several management and (...) Finland: Mainly positive feedback on robot buses used in a pilot study on automated public (...) Self-driving robot buses were tested on the streets of Hernesaari in Helsinki, Otaniemi in Espoo and Hervanta in Tampere at the end of the summer and during autumn 2016. In this SOHJOA project, (...) Kazakhstan: Container train passes through Dostyk station from China to the UK The first container train travelling from Yiwu city in Zhejiang province to the UK has passed through Dostyk station. The attractiveness of this route for the partners of JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir (...) Personnel changes within the Gysev Group At Gysev Cargo Zrt., the six-month mandate of János Boda as Acting Chief Executive Officer has been extended. Mr Boda will continue to carry out the duties of the CEO as of 1 January 2017 for an (...) New Eurostar fares for Interrailers Eurostar, the high-speed passenger rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe, is launching a new, lower and simpler Pass holder fare for all Interrail travellers, having joined Eurail (...) Italy: Italian Railways re-launch freight business under Mercitalia Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group is restructuring its freight business to avoid duplication of activities and to maximise efficiency under the new name Mercitalia (Freight Italy), which will (...) Tunisia: Mrs Sarra Rejeb appointed new CEO of Tunisian Railways Sarra Rejeb, a graduate of the National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT) in 1982, and a graduate of the French engineering school Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in 1984, joined Tunisia’s Ministry (...) United Kingdom: Transport Minister opens new £41m Edinburgh Gateway station Transport Minister Humza Yousaf officially opened the new £41m Edinburgh Gateway train-tram interchange on 9 December 2016. The new station, in the west of the city, will help to transform travel (...)
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