Following talks in Frankfurt, German Railway Chairman Heinz Dürr and Italian State Railways Managing Director Giancarlo Cimoli have announced plans to upgrade services between the two countries. Improved overnight trains could be joined by Frankfurt – Milano and München – Roma high-speed services before 2000. ScotRail has installed a touch-screen Traveller’s Information Point (Trip) at Glasgow Central, able to print out selected journey details. Users can choose displays in English, French, German or Italian.SNCF’sTGV Duplex double-deck trainsets are to be fitted with a semi-enclosed ’Point Accueil’ where passengers can find the head conductor should they require assistance. The prototype is located on the upper deck of the car next to the bar/buffet vehicle.German Railway has signed an agreement with banking group Reisebank AG for the installation of automated cash machines on four Intercity trainsets, working the Kiel – Hamburg – Stuttgart – Basel corridor. The machines will accept any Eurocheque-approved servicecard, and a range of international credit cards.Portuguese Railways has cut 60min off the timings of the Irún – Lisboa/Porto Sud Express and domestic trains following electrification of the Pampilhosa – Villar Formoso route as far as Guarda. Italian State Railways is to run Treno di Sole holiday charter trains from Torino, Milano, Verona, Bologna, Firenze and Roma to resorts in Calabria every Saturday from May 17 to October 11, except in August. The Palinuro Express (PP 11.96 p6) will leave Milano, Piacenza, Bologna and Firenze for Campania every Friday from May 30 to September 20. Iarnród éireann and Northern Ireland Railways will put their new push-pull inter-city trainsets into revenue service with the timetable change on June 1. Manufactured by De Dietrich (RG 6.96 p321), the four seven-car trains are part of an EU-funded upgrading of the Dublin – Belfast main line.
Kieran Thomas and Sarah Mathiesen are the first residents to move into Railway CottagesHOUSE prices in Railway Estate have gone up by more than 8 per cent in three months as the suburb continues to generate buyer interest.The city fringe suburb, which is also on the doorstep of the under-construction North Queensland Stadium, recorded an 8.4 per cent rise in house prices in the three months to June 2018.In the last financial year Railway Estate had a 10 per cent rise in median house prices which the median house price has increased from $281,000 in June 2016 to $309,000 in June 2018.It comes as the first resident move into Railway Estate’s new residential development Railway Cottages.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Home in the boutique estate on Twelfth Ave have been built in a Queenslander style on the outside with modern interiors to fit.Townsville couple Sarah Mathiesen and Kieran Thomas are about to become Railway Estate residents and move into their new three-bedroom home after being the first to snap up one of the Railway Cottages.They said after living in South Townsville for the past five years they knew they wanted to stay close to the city. “We tossed up with buying an old Queensland and renovating it but we didn’t want to inherit anyone else’s problems but we weren’t big on the masonry block modern homes so this worked really well,” they said. “The proximity to the city definitely factored into our decision to buy here and now we’re also closely watching the stadium. To be close to the Civiv Theatre is also a really big bonus of living here.”Ellis Developments is reporting increase in the estate is increasing each week with buyers drawn to the traditional style of the cottages as well as the location.Houses in Railway Estate take on average 40 days to sell, well below the Townsville average of 66 days.Explore Property Townsville agent Annette Rowlings who specialises in city fringe areas said both rent demand and investor interest in Railway Estate were on the rise.“We’re still getting local Townsville buyers but now we’re also seeing investors whereas 12 months ago we weren’t so I think demand is back.”