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Success of unavoidable maintenance

28 November 2006 | By Neil Jones, Territory Structures Engineer, Network Rail

A £14 million scheme to replace and refurbish the Leven viaduct in South Cumbria was successfully completed by Network Rail on time and within budget in July 2006. The 16 week project is the largest civil engineering bridge scheme in a five-year programme of work in the London North Western…

Endless growth opportunities for freight

28 November 2006 | By Graham Smith, Planning Director, EWS

Rail freight’s prospects in Britain are very positive. We are already forecasting a growth of 50% by 2014 on top of the 70% growth achieved since the mid 90s but the increasing importance of a sustainable transport system point to even bigger opportunities. The environmental benefits of rail have always…

Committed to delivering a promise

28 November 2006 | By Mark Anderson, Senior Operations Manager of Freightliner Heavy Haul

Having won their inaugural contract hauling Infrastructure trains for Railtrack, Freightliner Heavy Haul have been servicing the UK railway network for over seven years. In an interview for Global Railway Review, Mark Anderson, Senior Operations Manager of Freightliner Heavy Haul, explains the company’s commitment to delivery, their “reliability as standard”…

The national rail network regeneration plan

28 November 2006 | By Hervé de Tréglodé, Assistant Director General, French Rail Infrastructure System (RFF)

During a visit on 22 May 2006 to the largest RFF track regeneration project near Orleans, Dominique Perben, Minister of Transport, Public Works, Tourism and Maritime Affairs unveiled the French rail network regeneration plan for the 2007-2010 period.

Innovations in turnout technology

28 November 2006 | By Philippe Mugg, Technical Director, Vossloh Cogifer SA / Vossloh Switch Systems

At InnoTrans 2006 in Berlin, Vossloh Cogifer SA, a subsidiary of the Vossloh Group, pre-sented not one, but two innovations in turnout technology primarily for high-speed turnouts. These are, on the one hand, a totally new turnout system for slab tracks, and, on the other, a turnout drive system with…

The need for speed

28 November 2006 | By Giovanni Costa, Responsible for the High-Speed/High-Capacity Net Project of the Financial Division of RFI

The Italian transport system is strongly unbalanced in favour of the road and motorway network. Giovanni Costa, Responsible for the High-Speed/High-Capacity Net Project of the Financial Division of RFI, explained to the Global Railway Review that the constant growing demand for the movement of persons and freight is fulfilled increasingly…

ERTMS implementation in Greece

28 November 2006 | By Ioannis G. Protopapas, Head of Railway Systems Department, ERGOSE S.A.

Though the Greek Railway Network is located far off Central Europe, ERGOSE S.A.1 is speeding up the efforts to comply with the interoperability requirements set by the European Community to facilitate unhindered, at least by technical barriers, cross-border operations at a European level and to introduce the technological evolutions of…

Assessment of high-speed slab track design

28 November 2006 | By Coenraad Esveld, Professor of Railway Engineering and Global Railway Review Editorial Board Member and Valéri Markine, Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology

Currently, all over the world, non-ballasted track concepts are being applied, although still at a moderate volume. If the low maintenance characteristics of slab track on open line are to be retained, great care must be taken to ensure that the subgrade layers are homogenous and capable of bearing the…

A breath of fresh air

28 November 2006 | By Klaus Lettow, Project Manager, DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH

A basic and indispensable pre-requisite for a well-functioning integrated rail system with over 37,000 trains a day running to tight schedules is having a high-tech, innovative rolling stock maintenance system. Thus a position of real importance falls to DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH, which is assigned to the services division of Deutsche…

Botniabanan – a Swedish pioneer project

15 September 2006 | By Lennart Westberg, CEO and Project Manager, Botniabanan AB

The goal of the Bothnia line in northern Sweden is to create a railway of national importance and which will be an integrated part of the European railway network. After seven years of construction, the project has reached the halfway point and could one day form the first phase of…

A Swedish sustainable society

15 September 2006 | By Henrik Christensen, Technical Manager, The Citytunnel Project

The Citytunnel in Malmö is an extensive project. To construct 17km of twin-track railway, 6km of which lie beneath central Malmö, more than 400,000m3 of concrete will be required. But the Citytunnel is not just one of Sweden’s largest ever infrastructure projects. It is also a pioneering project in terms…

SJ wins traffic from air and road

15 September 2006 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

Sweden’s state railway has won market share from airlines and buses. But it is not resting on its laurels, SJ Chief Executive Jan Forsberg told Global Railway Review in an interview.

Level crossings – OLA model cooperation

15 September 2006 | By Olle Mornell, Project Manager, Banverket

Covering 440,000km2, Sweden is a relatively large country – approximately the size and shape of California. However, the population is only nine million, which means a density of 20 persons per km2. Approximately 90% of the population lives in the southern third of the country. Sweden is located on the…

The Figueras-Perpignan High-Speed Line

15 September 2006 | By Ramon Conde, Marketing and Communications Director, TP Ferro

Historically, the Pyrenees have acted as a natural barrier for the communications between France and Spain, concentrating them at both extremes of the mountain range, through the coastal plains. The increasing cross-border traffic flow has produced consequent traffic congestion. In 1992, the governments of France and Spain started detailed discussions…

Italy’s rolling stock commitment continues

15 September 2006 | By Emilio Maestrini, Director of Rolling Stock, Trenitalia

Trenitalia, the transportation company of the Ferrovie dello Stato (State Railways) Group, has been pursuing ambitious investment programmes for a number of years now, with the dual goal of modernising its fleet while guaranteeing its passengers increasingly elevated standards of comfort and safety.