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Securing a safer future at First Great Western stations

21 July 2009 | By Mark Heffernan, Head of Stations, First Great Western

Customer experience and a safe station environment is paramount to the business ethos of train operator, First Great Western. That is why we have been working hard to achieve Secure Stations Status at 172 of our 210 stations in just over a year. This total exceeds the commitment made by…

The future development of Swiss rail infrastructure – ZEB

21 July 2009 | By Charles Wyss, Senior Program Manager of Gotthard Access and ZEB Program Portfolio and Markus Halder, Head of Energy Saving Initiative of the Rail Environmental Centre, Swiss Federal Railways SBB

Charles Wyss of Gotthard Access and ZEB Program Portfolio and Markus Halder of Swiss Federal Railways SBB discuss the long-term demand and future mobility requirements of its customers in both the passenger and freight sectors.

High-tech solution for ÖBB operation control

21 July 2009 | By Herwig Wiltberger, Member of the Board, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb and August Zierl, Head of ÖBB’s Business Unit ‘Engineering Services’, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG

ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG is a modern and customer-oriented infrastructure operator allowing the 22 railway undertakings authorised to operate in Austria access to ÖBB's approximately 5,700km-long railway network. To this end, ÖBB's operation control strategy plays a decisive role. ÖBB heralded a new high-tech era with the launch of the operation…

Talgo: at the forefront of high-speed railway technology

21 July 2009 | By Joe Bloggs

The effect of implementing a high-speed network in Spain has been incredibly positive and it has created a ‘before and an after' effect in the Spanish railway sector. Not long ago, trains were competing against cars, but nowadays trains are in competition with planes and this radical change shows the…

The Public Transport Authority in Denmark

15 May 2009 | By Martin Munk Hansen, Manager of Rail Projects, Trafikstyrelsen (Public Transport Authority)

A summary of Denmark's Public Transport Authority's goals, tasks, and railway projects, including expanding capacity between Copenhagen and Ringsted, modernisation of Nørreport Station and improvements to the Northwest Line between Roskilde and Holbæk.

Our future is abroad

15 May 2009 | By Karsten Røn Andersen, CEO, DSB Sverige AB & Managing Director, DSBFirst Group AB

Karsten Røn Andersen shares his vision for 20% of Danish State Railways' turnover to be earned outside Denmark, and the role DSBFirst will play in achieving this.

Norway outlines plans for one of its biggest ever rail projects

15 May 2009 | By Trude Isaksen, Information Manager, Jernbaneverket

In its proposed national transport plan for the period 2010-2019, the Norwegian government has identified construction of a new double-track line between Oslo central station and Ski as a priority. Trude Isaksen discusses the impact of the benefits, opportunities and challenges presented by the project.

Finnish slab track study for Airport Line

15 May 2009 | By Markku Nummelin, Technical Director and Tuomo Viitala, Senior Inspector, Finnish Rail Administration (RHK), Niko Tunninen, Railway Planning Department, VR-Track Ltd and Marko Nyby, Logistics and Traffic Planning Consultant, Pöyry Infra Ltd

Details of the study of a slab track system for the new Ring Rail Line conducted in Vantaa, Finland for Finnish Railway Administration by Pöyry Infra Ltd and VR-Track Ltd Railway Consulting department.

ERTMS: from Malaga to Warsaw and beyond

15 May 2009 | By Michael Clausecker, Director-General and Emmanuel Brutin, ERTMS Public Affairs Manager, UNIFE

Michael Clausecker's round-up of UIC ERTMS World Conference 2009 which provided a platform for suppliers, railway undertakings, infrastructure managers and political institutions a unique opportunity to express their views on current issues and challenges related to ERTMS.

Successful Public Private Partnerships in rail? Yes, we can!

15 May 2009 | By Michael Robson, Secretary General, EIM (European Rail Infrastructure Managers)

Michael Robson argues that public private partnerships (PPPs) in the railway sector are a way of riding out the economic crisis and can improve competitiveness and sustainability across the EU.

The Arlberg Railway – connecting Tyrol and Vorarlberg for 125 years

15 May 2009 | By Rene Zumtobel, Press Relations Officer for the Tyrol and Vorarlberg regions, ÖBB-Holding AG

Rene Zumtobel celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Arlberg Railway in Austria, and how after all this time it is still playing a vital part of the Austrian western railway line between Bregenz, Zürich and Vienna.

Rail freight – a bright future

15 May 2009 | By Lord Tony Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group

Lord Tony Berkeley, Chairman of Rail Freight Group, explains why rail freight in the United Kingdom has such a bright future.

Carrying out dynamic changes to secure future position

15 May 2009 | By Aleš Ondruj, Executive Director, Marketing and Communication, Czech Railways (Ceské Dráhy)

Aleš Ondruj, Executive Director Marketing and Communication, Czech Railways (Ceské Dráhy) discusses the ongoing transformation of Czech Railways.