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Strengthening the railway is essential for sustainable and efficient transport

6 September 2016 | By Anna Johansson, Minister for Infrastructure, Sweden

Sweden is one of Europe’s longest countries: from south to north the distance is equal to that of our southern border to Rome, Italy. Sweden is also a country dependent on exports, which the Swedish government currently aims to increase. However, we must also decrease the transport sector’s climate emissions,…

The future of train travel for SJ

6 September 2016 | By Crister Fritzson, Chief Executive Officer and President of SJ AB

In order to meet the customers’ desires of tomorrow, the Swedish train operator SJ recently launched several digital solutions such as a new mobile service and web site. The company has also presented an upgrade process of Sweden’s most celebrated high-speed train, SJ X 2000. In this article Crister Fritzson,…

‘Railway 2050’

6 September 2016 | By Björn Westerberg, CEO of ASTOC (the Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies)

Sweden has one of the most deregulated railway markets in Europe and the European Commission is striving to promote the Swedish system as a role model for the fourth railway package. The next step in the development of Swedish society requires a sustainable, rapid and efficient transport system. As Björn…

MTR builds on its strong reputation

6 September 2016 | By Jeremy Long, Chief Executive Officer – European Business of MTR Corporation

MTR Corporation has been operating in Sweden since 2009 when it began running the Stockholm Metro. Since then, it has fast become one of the country’s leading transport operators, extending its activities in the region to also cover suburban, rolling stock maintenance and intercity services. In this article Jeremy Long,…

Sweden builds for the future

6 September 2016 | By Pia Lagerlöf, General Secretary at SWEDTRAIN and Coordinating Manager at SWERIG

The three metropolitan areas in Sweden are growing fast as is the need for transport capacity. Sweden has experienced one of the largest increases in train travel within the EU, but tracks are heavily utilised which makes maintenance a challenge. Although investments are being made across all transport modes, it…

Trafikverket: lowering market entry barriers

6 September 2016 | By Camilla Ahston – Senior International Strategist, Trafikverket

Trafikverket – the Swedish Transport Administration – is responsible for long-term planning of all types of traffic for the country’s transport system, as well as for building, operating and maintaining public roads and railways. According to Trafikverket’s National Plan, €52.2 billion will be invested in the transport system up to…

A new challenge for ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 on Italian conventional lines

6 September 2016 | By Fabio Senesi, Stefano Marcoccio and Andrea Olmi (RFI S.p.A)

The introduction of ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 has been one of the major technological innovations in the world of railway signalling in recent years. Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FSI) through Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) and Trenitalia was one of the principal developers of the system, demonstrating its feasibility and effectiveness –…

New horizons for Adif in India and Egypt

6 September 2016 | By Fernando Nicolás Puiggarí, International Director, Adif

Adif, the Spanish railway infrastructure manager, has been conducting intense international activity over recent years. By sharing with global partners its vast experience gained during recent and ongoing processes of modernising its railways, the company has considerably expanded its commercial horizons. Fernando Nicolás Puiggarí, Adif’s International Director, outlines current and…

PFP: The Portuguese railway cluster

6 September 2016 | By José Carlos Clemente, Head of International Technology Development at IP – Infraestruturas de Portugal, SA.

In 2015 eight Portuguese companies working in the railway sector decided to join forces to form the Portuguese Railway Platform (Plataforma Ferroviária Portuguesa – PFP) with one belief in mind: that working together is more productive. In this article José Carlos Clemente, Head of International Technology Development at IP –…

The railway sector is ready to deliver transport decarbonisation

6 September 2016 | By Libor Lochman, Executive Director and Ethem Pekin, Environmental Economist, CER

For Global Railway Review, CER’s Libor Lochman (Executive Director) and Ethem Pekin (Environmental Economist) explain that decarbonising the transport sector remains a challenge and an opportunity for European policy makers and that low-carbon transport modes such as rail can contribute to effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Customer focus needed for rail freight growth in Australia

6 September 2016 | By John Fullerton, Chief Executive and Managing Director – ARTC

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) manages the Australian interstate rail network and the Hunter Valley coal rail network in New South Wales – which supports the largest coal export port in the world. We have a number of exciting projects underway to grow freight volumes and rail’s place in…

Via Atlantica: a link for seven countries

6 September 2016 | By Michel Caniaux, Founder, ALTRO

On 1 July 2015 the founding conference of Via Atlantica took place – a project which aims to form a true backbone of East-West links in Europe. The participants of the founding conference expressed their desire to be connected to the Mediterranean corridor in Lyons so that they can reach…

Recognising the advantages of high-speed

5 September 2016 | By Torkel Patterson, Vice-Chairman, International High-Speed Rail Association (IHRA)

Torkel Patterson, Vice-Chairman of the International High-Speed Rail Association, discusses the advantages of high-speed rail over other modes of transportation, particularly between viable city-pairs that can support a frequent service...

Building a seamless European rail infrastructure for the future

1 September 2016 | By Libor Lochman, Executive Director, CER & Enno Wiebe, Senior Advisor, CER

The European rail system was developed on a national basis and has undergone historic economic ups and downs. Presently more than one million employees ensure the day-to-day running of the system and aim to be prepared for the challenges of the future.

Destination: Efficiency
Arrival Time: Spring 2017

1 September 2016 | By Claire Yeates, Director at Waterscan

Claire Yeates, Director at Waterscan – an independent consultancy specialising in water sustainability – discusses the impact of next year’s overhaul of the English water supply market and explains how the rail industry can benefit from the opportunity.