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Modernisation and improvement brings a bright future for Ceské dráhy

4 February 2016 | By Pavel Krtek, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Ceské dráhy (CD)

The joint-stock company Ceské dráhy (CD) is one of the most important carriers in Central Europe, providing services for passenger transportation plus rail freight services through its subsidiary company, CD Cargo. For Global Railway Review, Chairman of the Board of Directors at CD, Pavel Krtek, explains that improving the services…

Russia: Focusing on project delivery to meet long-term goals

4 February 2016 | By Valentin Gapanovich, Senior Vice-President for Innovation Development – Chief Engineer, JSC Russian Railways

The main aim of JSC Russian Railways holding company is to provide a decent and ‘always-available’ service for passengers, plus provide safe mode of transportation on the Russian railway infrastructure. To meet this aim, Senior Vice-President for Innovation Development – Chief Engineer Valentin Gapanovich, explains that various innovative technical and…

Introduction of energy metering, settlement and billing at SBB

4 February 2016 | By Gisela Hinrichs, Programme Manager for Energy Settlement and Billing, and John Hegarty, Programme Manager for Energy Metering at SBB

In 2012, the Board of SBB (the Swiss Federal Railways) decided on a new energy strategy, with efficiency and saving being one of the strategic directions. SBB plans to reduce its yearly energy consumption by 600 GWh, which is about 20% of its total energy consumption, by 2025. Approximately 80%…

Building passenger rail: the answer to congestion in Canada…

4 February 2016 | By Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer, VIA Rail Canada

We are at critical point in Canada with respect to the mobility of the population. Road congestion in and out of urban centres is growing and there is no relief in sight. Airports are reaching capacity. And, in times of inclement weather, road travel remains unreliable. With limited investment options…

Developing a wireless on-board entertainment system for passengers in Greece

4 February 2016 | By Nikolaos Athanasopoulos and Panagiotis Georgas, TRAINOSE

TRAINOSE S.A, the Greek railway operator, is currently developing and testing an innovative on-board wireless system that will provide its intercity passengers with entertainment facilities including movies, music, e-books and e-magazines, as well as Wi-Fi internet access. For Global Railway Review, Strategic Planning Senior Adviser at TRAINOSE, Nikolaos Athanasopoulos and…

“…well done Eurostar!”

1 February 2016 | By Ian Hall

Next year Ian Hall will notch up a decade of regular travel between London and Brussels on the Eurostar. As the train operator launches revamped trains, he assesses services to and from the political capital of Europe for Global Railway Review.

Global Railway Review top 10 stories of 2015

29 January 2016 | By Global Railway Review

2015 was an exciting year for the railway industry, with appearance of new technologies, numerous modernisation projects, high speed rail developments and growing passenger numbers. Global Railway Review has put together our highlights from 2015 based on what our readers have been looking at the most…

A history of the Golden Valley Line

25 January 2016 | By Daniel Davis, Train Driver, Gloucester Depot

In a blog for Global Railway Review, Daniel Davis delves into the history of the Swindon to Gloucester route known as the ‘ Golden Valley Line ’