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News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: www.theguardian.com

Group to challenge First Group and others to run trains from London to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow The French state railway SNCF is to partner with Virgin Trains for a bid to run the first HS2 high-speed trains.The competition for the West Coast Partnership franchise will pit the Virgin, Stagecoach and SNCF consortium against First Group and the Italian state-owned Trenitalia, with other potential bidders still to come forward. Continue reading...


Cheli F.,Polytechnic of Milan | Corradi R.,Polytechnic of Milan | Rocchi D.,Polytechnic of Milan | Tomasini G.,Polytechnic of Milan | Maestrini E.,Trenitalia
Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics | Year: 2010

The cross wind risk analysis is today, within the European railway operators, one of the most important items related to the safety problem. In order to define the risk associated with the cross wind along a railway line, the effect of the infrastructure scenario on the aerodynamic loads acting on a vehicle have to be investigated. A typical railway line is mainly characterized by two main types of scenario: viaduct and embankment. In this work, the aerodynamic coefficients of the ETR500 train, measured through wind tunnel tests, for the standard TSI infrastructure scenarios (flat ground with and without ballast and rail and 6. m-high embankment) and for a typical Italian viaduct are presented. Moreover, each infrastructure is characterized in terms of flow modification with and without train. A comparison between the experimental results obtained with the different scenarios allows to point out the effects of the infrastructure on the aerodynamic loads. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.


News Article | December 12, 2016
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Conectando con el sistema de reservas BeNe Rail, Trainline continúa su estrategia de expansión europea y abre su servicio a más de 225 millones de viajeros potenciales en Europa Trainline, el minorista de billetes de tren independiente líder en Europa, ha anunciado que está ofreciendo billetes a destinos en todo el Benelux mediante su sitio web y aplicaciones móviles. La expansión de la oferta de Trainline en estos países es una clara demostración del continuo compromiso de la compañía para hacer crecer su red en Europa. "El objetivo de Trainline siempre ha sido ser el líder independiente en las ventas de billetes de tren en Europa", dijo Daniel Beutler, director general de Trainline International. "Benelux ocupa una posición central y estratégica en el corazón de Europa y en el eje del ferrocarril europeo, con un gran número de trayectos de tren pasando por estos tres países. La alianza BeNe Rail es una excelente noticia para los viajeros europeos y responde a una demanda muy real de nuestros clientes. Estamos orgullosos de ofrecerles un servicio de calidad para hacer el viaje por el continente aún más fácil". Benelux: una encrucijada en el corazón de Europa Un verdadero cruce de vías europeo, la región de Benelux ofrece conexiones cruzadas entre países ya servidos por Trainline a través de ventas de billetes de Thalys, Deutsche Bahn y Eurostar. Por tanto, era un paso lógico para la empresa integrar Bene Rail y ofrecer un servicio ferroviario más amplio a los viajeros. Esta nueva asociación se basa en la oferta existente de Trainline que ahora permite a sus clientes viajar a y desde más de 24.000 estaciones en 24 países europeos, servidos por 48 compañías ferroviarias, como SNCF iDTGV y Ouigo en Francia, Deutsche Bahn y HKX en Alemania y Trenitalia y NTV en Italia. También confirma las ambiciones mencionadas de Trainline Group de simplificar el acceso al viaje en tren y establecerse como minorista número uno de billetes de tren en el mercado valorado en 178.000 millones de euros. Trainline es el minorista independiente líder en Europa de billetes de tren. Vendemos billetes en todo el mundo en nombre de 48 compañías ferroviarias, ayudando a nuestros clientes a hacer más de 100.000 trayectos más inteligentes cada día en 24 países. Somos una tienda de servicio completo para el viaje en tren, que reúne a las principales compañías ferroviarias en una sola plataforma y ofrece a nuestros clientes un completo conjunto de opciones de viaje. Facilitamos a nuestros clientes la búsqueda del mejor precio para su trayecto. BeNe Rail International es una sociedad conjunta (50/50) fundada en marzo de 2003 por NS y SNCB Railway Undertakings.  BeNe RI ofrece servicios de distribución online para las compañías ferroviarias NS, SNCB y CFL. La plataforma online BeNe Rail procesa más de 10 millones de billetes al año. La compañía está especializada en una distribución multiplataforma y multioperador.


News Article | December 19, 2016
Site: www.realwire.com

Shift2Rail-funded project will work towards harmonising differing rail data systems to improve interoperability Brussels, 19 December 2016 – A new project funded by a €1M grant, after successfully answering to an Open Call of Shift2Rail (S2R-OC-IP4-02-2016), was launched in November with the aim of harmonising the language and data formats used by many railway operators across Europe. ST4RT (Semantic Transformations for Rail Transportation) is the result of an eight-member consortium, coordinated by UNIFE. As one of the main partners of the project, Hit Rail will provide its HEROS platform as a web services interface for some of the work packages and will work alongside its consortium partners including CEFRIEL, D’Appolonia, OLTIS Group, Politecnico di Milano, Trenitalia and UIC. The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking is a European rail initiative promoting research and innovation into new rail product solutions. The ST4RT project is expected to contribute significantly to Shift2Rail’s Horizon 2020 initiative and more specifically to the 4th Innovation Programme (IT Solutions for Attractive Railway Services), aimed at developing interoperability technologies for multimodal travel solutions towards the goal of achieving the Single European Railway Area (SERA). ST4RT will make use of components from the Shift2Rail Interoperability Framework (IF) initially developed in the IT2Rail “lighthouse” project, extending it for use in the related Shift2Rail projects under the “Shopping, booking and ticketing of multimodal travel solutions (S2R-CFM-IP4-01-2015)” and “Travel companion and tracking services (S2R-CFM-IP4-02-2015)” IP4 calls, called Co-Active and ATTRACkTIVE respectively. ST4RT will additionally provide a use case scenario for exercising the Governance and management structure developed in another project under the related “IF Governance (S2R-OC-IP4-01-2016)” IP4 Open Call called GoF4R. The participants, some of which are also involved in the original consortium of designers for the IF in IT2Rail, will perform work organised in specific work packages focused on fundamental industrial research in semantic web technologies. A cornerstone of the project will be Work Package 5 “Pilot demonstrator of IF Converters,” where a demonstrator will be used to prove the validity and effectiveness of the semantic analysis conducted in the project. The demonstrator will make use of the HEROS platform provided by Hit Rail, a tool presenting a web services interface capable of exchanging XML booking messages, and of converting them into the formats defined by Technical Document B.5 of TAP TSI. Antonio Lopez, General Manager of Hit Rail, said: “We are delighted that work has now started on the ST4RT project which will contribute significantly to improving rail services across Europe. Hit Rail looks forward to providing full support through our HEROS platform and through the work our team will do alongside our partners in the consortium.” About Hit Rail B.V. Hit Rail B.V. is a private Dutch company created in 1990 and owned by 12 European railway companies. Its purpose is to help European railway companies to carry out international projects in related fields of data communications and information technology. Hit Rail is responsible for managing international private data communications infrastructure and message brokering services on behalf of its shareholders and customers. Its services are used by some 40 railway companies from 21 countries. All Hit Rail customers’ data centres and company networks are interconnected by a pan-European IP-based VPN (Virtual Private Network) named Hermes VPN, which is supplied by British Telecom (BT) and managed by Hit Rail. In 2013 the company launched its HEROS platform as a family of solutions that delivers benefits to the railway companies across Europe, by enabling message interoperability across disparate platforms between railway applications in passenger, freight and infrastructure for IT communications. For more information please visit http://www.hitrail.com/ or send an email to info@hitrail.com.


News Article | December 12, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

Durch die Partnerschaft mit dem Buchungssystem BeNe Rail setzt Trainline den Ausbau seines Angebots fort und öffnet sein Portal und Apps für 225 Millionen Reisende in ganz Europa Trainline, Europas führendes unabhängiges Vertriebsportal für Bahntickets, bietet ab sofort Bahntickets für die gesamte Benelux-Region an. Mit dieser Erweiterung setzt Trainline den konsequenten Ausbau seines Angebots in Europa weiter fort. "Unser Ziel ist, das führende unabhängige Portal für Bahntickets in Europa zu sein", sagt Daniel Beutler, General Manager von Trainline International. "Die Benelux-Region befindet sich im Herzen Europas und an der Schnittstelle wichtiger Bahnverbindungen. Die Partnerschaft mit BeNe Rail ist eine gute Nachricht für Reisende in Europa und erfüllt einen wesentlichen Wunsch unserer Kunden. Wir freuen uns, ihnen ein qualitativ hochwertiges Angebot machen können, das die Buchung von Bahntickets in Europa weiter vereinfacht." Die Benelux-Region ist ein zentraler europäischer Eisenbahn-Knotenpunkt und ermöglicht zahlreiche grenzüberschreitende Verbindungen, die Trainline durch seine Partnerschaften mit der Deutschen Bahn, Thalys, und Eurostar bereits anbietet. Die Integration von BeNe Rail stellt den nächsten logischen Schritt dar, indem sie das Angebot in der Region erweitert und vervollständigt. Die neue Partnerschaft baut Trainlines bisheriges Angebot weiter aus und ermöglicht seinen Kunden, jetzt von und zu über 24.000 Bahnhöfen in 24 europäischen Ländern zu reisen, die von 48 Bahnunternehmen angefahren werden, darunter Deutsche Bahn und HKX in Deutschland, SNCF, iDTGV und OUIGO in Frankreich sowie Trenitalia und NTV in Italien. Mit der Angebotserweiterung kommt Trainline seinem Ziel, den Zugang zu Bahnreisen zu vereinfachen und sich als Bahnticketanbieter Nummer 1 in einem 178-Milliarden Euro schweren Markt zu etablieren, einen Schritt näher. Trainline ist Europas führendes unabhängiges Vertriebsportal für Bahntickets. Das Unternehmen verkauft Tickets von 48 Bahnunternehmen in 24 Ländern und vereinfacht dadurch die Mobilität in Europa. Im Durchschnitt werden jeden Tag 100.000 Bahnreisen über seine Webseiten und Apps gebucht. Trainlines One-Stop-Shop für Bahnreisen führt alle europäischen Bahnunternehmen zusammen. Dadurch können Kunden alle Verbindungen einsehen und immer zum günstigsten Preis buchen. BeNe Rail International ist ein 2003 gegründetes Joint-Venture (50/50) zwischen der niederländischen Bahngesellschaft NS und dem belgischen Bahnunternehmen SNCB.  BeNe Rail bietet Online-Vertriebsservices für die Bahnunternehmen NS, SNCB und CFL (Luxemburg).  Die Online-Plattform von BeNe Rail verkauft mehr als 10 Millionen Tickets pro Jahr.  Das Unternehmen ist spezialisiert auf den Vertrieb über unterschiedliche Plattformen und mehrere Anbieter hinweg.


News Article | December 12, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

"L'obiettivo di Trainline è sempre stato quello di posizionarsi come leader delle vendite online di biglietti ferroviari in Europa", ha commentato Daniel Beutler, General Manager di Trainline International. "Il Benelux occupa una posizione centrale e strategica nel cuore dell'Europa, con moltissime persone che si spostano quotidianamente tra questi tre paesi. La partnership con BeNe Rail è un'ottima notizia per i viaggiatori europei e risponde a una domanda reale dei nostri utenti. Siamo fieri di poter proporre loro un servizio di qualità che ne faciliti gli spostamenti". Il Benelux rappresenta un vero e proprio nodo ferroviario e luogo di connessioni transfrontaliere con paesi già coperti da Trainline attraverso la vendita dei biglietti da parte di Thalys, Deutsche Bahn ed Eurostar. Pertanto, l'integrazione delle ferrovie BeNe Rail e l'offerta di un servizio ai viaggiatori ancora più ricco e completo, rappresenta un passo indispensabile. La partnership con BeNe Rail arricchisce ulteriormente l'offerta di Trainline, che attualmente permette ai propri utenti di raggiungere oltre 24.000 stazioni in 24 paesi europei serviti da 48 operatori ferroviari, tra cui SNCF, iDTGV e Ouigo in Francia, Deutsche Bahn e HKX in Germania e Trenitalia e NTV in Italia. Trainline è il leader europeo indipendente della vendita di biglietti del treno online. Combinando le offerte di 48 compagnie ferroviarie in 24 paesi, l'azienda mira a facilitare la mobilità in Europa. Ad oggi, più di 100.000 viaggi al giorno sono prenotati sui suoi siti e le sue app. Trainline ha come vocazione quella di costituire una biglietteria unica per i viaggi in treno e centralizza le offerte di diverse compagnie ferroviarie per permettere ai suoi clienti di trovare tutti gli itinerari possibili e prenotare al miglior prezzo disponibile.


News Article | February 19, 2017
Site: www.theguardian.com

Energy companies are hardly popular at the best of times, but British Gas must have hoped for some praise when it said it was freezing energy prices until August, a timely announcement made on the same day Scottish Power unveiled a 7.8% increase. However, the move – which is being funded by cost cutting – could prove to be a temporary respite for consumers, given wholesale prices are still rising. Barclays analysts said: “We expect [British Gas owner] Centrica will have to raise tariffs in August, or face a retail ... margin collapse from 2015’s 7% to less than 3.7% over the next 12 months.” In any case, the freeze is unikely to deflect the usual criticism about British Gas’s excessive profits when Centrica reports its results on Friday. The UK energy business is expected to see full-year earnings rise from £891m to £950m, with the group’s total profits – including its exploration and US operations – up from £1.11bn to £1.17bn. There is also the prospect of the government introducing a price cap, given the outrage over energy price rises. Ofgem is already set to introduce a price cap for prepayment customers in April, which analysts say could knock £80m off British Gas earnings. And despite its consumer-friendly price move, British Gas is never far from controversy. Last month, it had to pay £9.5m for IT failures that meant business customers received incorrect and late bills. Another area which regularly attracts more than its share of complaints is the rail industry, with delays, cancellations, overcrowding and constant fare increases guaranteed to raise the ire of passengers. But one company set to avoid this in future is National Express. Once the UK’s biggest train operator, it sold its last franchise, the London-to-Essex route c2c, to Italy’s Trenitalia for nearly £73m this month. Operators have become less enamoured of the rail sector, with profits squeezed and tougher franchise terms imposed. National Express will now concentrate on its coach and bus businesses, and chief executive Dean Finch says the sale provides “the opportunity to invest further in our strong pipeline of growth opportunities in markets where we consistently receive strong returns”. It has not ruled out returning to UK rail with new franchise bids, but it seems unlikely this will happen in the near future. The company has promised more details of its future strategy and the implications of the sale of the rail franchise when it reports full-year results on Thursday. Hints from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen last week that US interest rates may soon rise came at the right time for the UK financial sector. In advance of the bank reporting season, share prices have been boosted by hopes that higher rates will boost margins, while the prospect of Trump-inspired economic growth and a relaxation of regulations has also given support to the sector. HSBC is the first UK bank to report its 2016 figures, and with much of its business overseas it has been helped by the slide in sterling since the Brexit vote. But investors will be keen to know more about its performance in emerging markets, its cost-cutting, including closing UK branches, and any further regulatory issues. Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland follow in quick succession, and all but the latter are expected to show solid numbers. RBS, however, is set to report a £6bn plunge into the red after provisions for possible fines – its ninth consecutive year of losses. Lloyds is forecast to report a £4bn profit, up from £1.6bn, but some of the shine will be taken off by the £245m fraud at HBOS, which has left it having to compensate victims. Meanwhile, Barclays could beat consensus forecasts due to foreign exchange movements, according to analysts at Investec.


News Article | December 12, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

By connecting to the BeNe Rail booking system, Trainline continues its European expansion strategy and opens its service to more than 225 million potential travellers across Europe Trainline, Europe's leading independent train ticket retailer, has announced it is now offering tickets to destinations across the whole of Benelux via its website and mobile applications.  The expansion of the Trainline offering in these countries is a clear demonstration of the company's continued commitment to grow its network across Europe. "Trainline's goal has always been to be the independent leader in European train ticket sales," comments Daniel Beutler, General Manager of Trainline International.  "Benelux occupies a central and strategic position in the heart of Europe and at the hub of European rail, with a large number of train journeys passing through these three countries.  The BeNe Rail partnership is excellent news for European travellers and responds to a very real demand from our customers.  We are proud to offer them a quality service to make travel across the continent even easier. " Benelux: a crossroads at the heart of Europe A true European railroad junction, the Benelux region offers cross-border connections between countries already serviced by Trainline through sales of Thalys, Deutsche Bahn and Eurostar tickets. Therefore, it was a logical step for the business to integrate Bene Rail and offer an even broader rail service to travellers. This new partnership builds on Trainline's existing offer which now allows its customers to travel to and from more than 24,000 stations in 24 European countries, served by 48 rail companies, including SNCF iDTGV and Ouigo in France, Deutsche Bahn and HKX in Germany and Trenitalia and NTV in Italy. It also confirms the stated ambitions of the Trainline Group to simplify access to train travel and to establish itself as the number 1 retailer of rail tickets in a market worth £150 billion. Trainline is Europe's leading independent retailer of train tickets. We sell tickets worldwide on behalf of 48 train companies, helping our customers make more than 100,000 smarter journeys every single day in and across 24 countries. We are a one-stop shop for train travel, bringing together all major train companies onto one platform and providing our customers with a complete set of travel options.  We make it easy for our customers to find the best price for their journey. BeNe Rail International is a joint venture (50/50) formed in March 2003 by NS and SNCB Railway Undertakings.  BeNe RI provides online distribution services to the NS, SNCB and CFL rail companies.  The BeNe Rail online platform processes more than 10 million tickets a year.  The company specialises in multi-platform and multi-carrier distribution.


Melbourne, Nov. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Travel search engine Rome2rio is powering towards the key milestone of 100 million annual visitors, a number they plan to leverage in their shift from pure search to a hybrid search / booking model. The shift comes as Rome2rio positions itself as a dominant player in transportation metasearch, and works to realise its vision of being the most complete transit resource online. The company’s repository of transit data currently contains route information from over 4,800 transport operators in 158 countries worldwide and has recently inked a raft of partnership deals to expand their onsite booking capability. An established partnership with SilverRail, which saw the rollout of onsite bookings for UK rail in mid-2016, has now expanded to include Amtrak. A recently concluded partnership with Trenitalia will see bookings for Italian rail travel available on site before the end of 2016, while bookings for rail travel in Germany, France and other key European markets will follow in early 2017. In the fast growing coach marketplace, partnerships with Busbud and Distribusion bring booking capability for key European and North American coach operators including National Express, Greyhound, Eurolines, Alsa and Flixbus. Finally, a recent deal with Travelport will see the site offering direct flight bookings in selected markets by early 2017. Explaining the company's strategy in more detail, Rome2rio CEO Rod Cuthbert said “Our multi-modal search capability attracts high-volume and rapidly growing traffic from users with questions like ‘How do I get from Zurich to Frankfurt?’. Answering those queries properly requires a full complement of air, rail, bus, rideshare, ferry and self-drive options, which no other online player offers. We do, and we are seeing growing demand for this complete transportation coverage.” Cuthbert continues, “We’re also seeing growing demand from users to find an online resource they can rely on for booking all of their trip components; that means air, ground, accommodation and activities. We currently enjoy a great relationship with Booking.com for hotel bookings, and we’re now looking to secure agreements for other forms of accommodation, tours and activities. By creating this well-rounded resource, we expect to see continued strong growth in both traffic and revenue, and we expect to become the global leader in the multi-modal bookings sector.” Rome2rio CEO Rod Cuthbert is available for additional commentary. Rome2rio is a comprehensive global trip planner that helps customers discover all the options for travel between any two points on the globe.  Enter any town, address or landmark as your destination and Rome2rio will instantly display flight, train, bus, ferry and driving options, with estimated travel times and fares. Founded in 2011, Rome2rio is based in Melbourne, Australia. Rome2rio won the People's Choice Award at the 2012 Phocuswright Travel Innovation Summit, Traveltech's 2013 website of the year, the Data Specialist Award at WITovation 2015 and the Best Compare Award at WITovation 2016.


News Article | December 12, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

En se connectant au système de réservation BeNe Rail, Trainline poursuit sa stratégie d'expansion européenne et ouvre son service à plus de 225 millions de voyageurs potentiels à travers l'Europe. Trainline, le leader européen indépendant de la vente de billets de train, propose désormais sur son site et ses applications mobiles des billets pour l'ensemble du Benelux. Ces destinations viennent s'ajouter au catalogue de Trainline, qui poursuit ainsi la stratégie d'expansion de son réseau sur le continent européen. « L'objectif de Trainline a toujours été d'être le leader indépendant de la vente en ligne de billets de train en Europe.", commente Daniel Beutler, Directeur Général de Trainline International. "Principal nœud ferroviaire du réseau européen, le Benelux occupe une position centrale et stratégique au cœur de l'Europe. Une multitude de voyages en train transitent par ces trois pays.  L'intégration de cette offre est une excellente nouvelle pour les voyageurs qui veulent se déplacer en Europe et répond à une réelle demande formulée par nos utilisateurs. Nous sommes fiers de pouvoir leur proposer un service de qualité leur permettant de faciliter leurs déplacements." Le Benelux : un carrefour au cœur de l'Europe Le Benelux, réel carrefour ferroviaire, est un lieu de connexions trans-frontalières avec des pays déjà couverts par Trainline (notamment par la vente de billets Thalys, Deutsche Bahn et Eurostar). Il était donc logique de vouloir se connecter au système de BeNe Rail afin d'intégrer cette offre et proposer un service encore plus étoffé. Cette nouvelle étape vient enrichir l'offre du groupe Trainline, qui permet désormais à ses utilisateurs de se rendre dans plus de 24000 gares de 24 pays européens, desservies par 48 opérateurs ferroviaires, parmi lesquels la SNCF, iDTGV et Ouigo, en France, Deutsche Bahn et HKX en Allemagne ou encore Trenitalia et NTV en Italie. Il confirme aussi les ambitions affichées du groupe Trainline de simplifier l'accès aux voyages en train et de s'établir comme le leader de la distribution de billets de train en ligne, sur un marché qui pèse 178 milliards d'euros. Trainline est le leader européen indépendant de la vente de billets de train. En combinant les offres de 48 compagnies ferroviaires dans 24 pays, l'entreprise vise à faciliter la mobilité à travers l'Europe. À ce jour, plus de 100 000 voyages par jour sont réservés sur ses sites et applications. Trainline a pour vocation de proposer un guichet unique pour les voyages en train et centralise les offres de différentes compagnies ferroviaires pour permettre à ses clients de trouver tous les itinéraires et tarifs disponibles sur la plateforme. A propos de BeNe Rail BeNe Rail International est une entreprise en participation (50/50) créée en mars 2003 par NS et SNCB Railway Undertakings. BeNe RaiI fournit des prestations de distribution électronique aux sociétés NS, SNCB et CFL. La plateforme électronique de BeNe Rail traite à l'heure actuelle plus de 10 millions de billets par an. Elle est spécialisée dans la distribution multi-canal et multi-transporteur.

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