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Dutch rescue The new chief exeutive of Dutch Railways was confirmed at the start of October as Roger van Boxtel. His appointment has followed the franchise bidding scandal which led to the resignation of Timo Huges in June. The new CEO wants to restructure NS, which he described as a ‘wounded animal’ following the franchise row, and also boost passenger numbers.

Italian link A recently-launched High Speed service is set to be extended by 150km to serve another town in southeastern Italy next summer. The Frecciarossa service has linked Milan and Bari since September, and will soon to continue to Lecce. Operating costs will be met by central government, and the transport minister signed an agreement in Rome on 14 October.

Trams deal French builder Alstom has won a 100 million-Euro contract from Casa Transport – the company in charge of Casablanca’s public transport – to provide 50 Citadis trams for a new section of tramway which is expected to open in late 2018. The first part of the tramway opened in December 2012, and usage has risen by 30 per cent since then.

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The tempestous Network Rail evidence session held by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee in late October makes the lead in the new edition of Railnews. The Committee has been deeply critical of Network Rail's management of its projects with particular attention being paid to the Great Western Main Line, where costs have trebled and the work itself is behind schedule. Another problem, but perhaps a happier one, is the overcrowding on the recently reopened Borders Railway. This reached such a point during the October mid-term school holidays in Scotland that replacement buses had to be used, and we also reveal that the large car park at the Tweedbank terminus already needs an 'overflow' area. There have been several openings in October, including the new station at Oxford Parkway and the Thameslink depot at Three Bridges, as well as the modernised Manchester Victoria. The National Training Academy for Rail in Northampton was also declared formally open by rail minister Claire Perry, who made an impassioned plea during her speech for the railway to look forward, saying: “This is an industry for the future – not the past”. British Transport Police are seeking a youth who crossed the tracks at a station only moments before a fast train ran through, while a bid to replace the Victorian crossing gates at Plumpton in Sussex has hit a snag -- a judge has granted the local council an injunction against Network Rail carrying out the work on planning grounds. In other news, trams should be running on the first part of Manchester's Second City Crossing before Christmas, Virgin Trains and Stagecoach Group have rebranded the Flying Scotsman and also issued a joint call for franchises to be replaced by licensed operators on intercity routes, while National Express has signed two more operating contracts in Germany.

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THE rebuilt Manchester Victoria station has opened after a refurbishment
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