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New £300m rail link opens in Scotland

New £300m rail link opens in Scotland

13 December 2010 Rail & Coach News

Scotland is celebrating the opening of a new £300 million rail link which will see North Lanarkshire linked with West Lothian for the first time in half a century. The new 15-mile track will allow trains to run from the west of Scotland through Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh, via Airdrie and Bathgate.

Amtrak allows passengers to carry firearms

9 December 2010 Rail & Coach News

Amtrak has slackened its regulations to allow passengers to carry firearms on a limited number of trains. The new law follows restrictions similar to those imposed for air travel. Firearms must be stored in checked bags and placed in a locked and hardened container.

Injured improving after Swiss Alps rail crash

Injured improving after Swiss Alps rail crash

27 July 2010 Rail & Coach News

The condition of two Japanese holidaymakers who were critically injured when a tourist train derailed in the Alps is reported to be improving. One Japanese woman was killed and about 42 people injured when several carriages of the Glacier Express travelling between the ski resorts of Zermatt and St Moritz overturned.

Deutsche Bahn buys Arriva for £1.59bn

Deutsche Bahn buys Arriva for £1.59bn

22 April 2010 Rail & Coach News

Deutsche Bahn is to buy UK train and bus operator Arriva for £1.59bn in a deal that will create one of Europe’s largest transport groups. The move comes as part of the German group’s plans to expand beyond its domestic market, as well as a shift towards consolidation within European transport.

SNCF enters merger talks with Arriva

SNCF enters merger talks with Arriva

29 January 2010 Rail & Coach News

SNCF, the French state-owned rail operator, is in talks with Arriva, the UK transport operator, over moves to create a pan-European transport group with revenues of about €6 billion. The talks come against the background of liberalisation of Europe’s railway operations following new competition rules introduced on January 1.