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Belgium signals intent to defy European rail liberalisation

Unlike in France, there has been little comment in the press about the impending requirement for access to Belgium’s rail network to be liberalised.

In an interview with l’Echo, François Bellot, Belgium’s transport minister has stated his wish to make an 10-year direct award for a national PSO management contract to SNCB / NMBS in 2023, apparently without competition for the market. 55 more words


Licence permit raj, renewed

Industry was liberated in 1991, but education’s shackles are growing heavier.

On April 7, private schools from across the country converged on the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi for Shiksha Bachao, ‘Save Education’. 894 more words


French regions place conditions for taking-on minor rail lines

One of the key issues to emerge from the Spinetta Report into the French rail sector is the question of the extensive sections of minor lines that still exist in France but for which there is little traffic. 236 more words


French passenger body prefers an 'Intercités'-style arrangement for TGV network

The French passenger representative body has set out its views on the future of the TGV network. It considers that the UK approach of publicly-specified franchises requires too much expertise to be maintained in the transport ministry and necessitates onerous tendering processes. 203 more words


French government's room for manoeuvre to reduce SNCF debt is limited

SNCF’s huge debt is one of the central issues of the current French rail dispute. Unions wish for the state to write the debt off and the President appears to be minded to do this, at least in part, in exchange for fundamental reform to labour agreements. 68 more words


French rail regulator argues for liberalisation

As consultation commences on the French government’s proposed reforms to the rail sector, the economic regulator, ARAFER, has published findings of its investigations into liberalisation. 47 more words


10 operators express interest in Provence rail concession

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region has long stated that it would like to take the earliest opportunity to competitively-tender its train services.  In anticipation of legal changes to permit this, the region issued a call for expressions of interest in operating a limited number of routes and has received ten responses from operators.  19 more words