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Infrabel’s replacement, renewal and awareness-raising strategy

13 October 2015 | By

Infrabel, the Belgian railway infrastructure manager, continually works to improve safety at level crossings in its network. Ann Billiau, Infrabel Director of Traffic Management & Services, sets out the strategic priorities and describes recent measures concerning level crossings in Belgium.

Level Crossing Safety supplement

2 October 2015 | By

In our latest free-to-view Level Crossing Safety Supplement, the topic of tackling misuse is covered by Infrabel and Irish Rail, and the British Transport Police highlight their efforts to make level crossings even safer...

Rolling Stock Developments Supplement

2 October 2015 | By

Bombardier presents their Wheel/Rail-Interface Study, Trenitalia’s Technical Director Marco Caposciutti showcases the Frecciarossa 1000, plus there’s an update on the Roll2Rail project and a look at a double-deck train concept for rapid inter-regional transporation...

The Spanish railway industry: a benchmark worldwide

1 October 2015 | By Pedro Fortea, Director of Mafex – the Spanish Railway Association

The Spanish high-speed network has provided the country with one of the most modern and advanced forms of transport to currently exist, placing it at the forefront and as a world benchmark on the matter for many different countries wishing to implement and develop similar railway systems or infrastructures. How…

The strategy for Portuguese railways 2014-2050

1 October 2015 | By António Ramalho, CEO of Infraestruturas de Portugal

Infraestruturas de Portugal, the State-owned company established from the recent merging of REFER, E.P.E.,(railways administrator) and EP-Estradas de Portugal, E.P., (road administrator), both former public infrastructure managers, is putting together an ambitious programme to expand and modernise the rail network in Portugal, supported by EU funds, with a total investment…

Ensuring safety in the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link rail and road tunnel

1 October 2015 | By Johnny Restrup-Sørensen, Contract Director for Railway at Femern A/S

Safety for end-users is an integral part of any project, not least the project of building the 18.2km-long Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link between Fehmarn in Germany and Lolland in Denmark. It encompasses every aspect of the tunnel project. Apart from ensuring that all specific railway and general safety demands are met,…

Sweden’s Railways: Quality, capacity and competitiveness

1 October 2015 | By Björn Westerberg, CEO of the Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies (ASTOC)

Never before has there been so much talk about the railroad in Sweden, writes Björn Westerberg, CEO of the Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies (ASTOC). Train services have been developed and adapted for a market with high standards and are an important part of society. Unfortunately, it is the…

Swedish high-speed rail – an important investment

1 October 2015 | By Crister Fritzson, CEO of Swedish passenger train operator SJ

In Sweden there is now a solid majority in the parliament in favour of building high-speed rail lines between Stockholm and Gothenburg, and Stockholm and Malmö. The government has therefore appointed a group of negotiators – the National Negotiation on Housing and Infrastructure – with the mission of enabling a…

The future of high-speed rail in Sweden

1 October 2015 | By Stefan Engdahl, Director of Market and Planning at the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket)

Within a foreseeable future, Sweden will have its first high-speed railway, writes Stefan Engdahl, Director of Market and Planning at the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket). After years of discussions and investigations, there is now wide majority support for a large investment, which also includes new housing and improved public transport.…

Foreword: Taking the Swedish rail sector into the future

1 October 2015 | By Anna Johansson, Minister for Infrastructure, Sweden

One of my top priorities as Minister for Infrastructure in the Swedish Government is to make our railways work better for commuters and goods. Being successful here is an integral part of our government’s agenda to create more jobs and increase our exports, at the same time as we cut…

Romania’s planned railway closure – not the way forward

24 September 2015 | By Artur Perchel and Mihai Bărcănescu

The Romanian General Transport Master Plan (GTMP) poses a number of threats to national passenger rail services and puts into question the EU White Paper’s mobility objectives, writes the UITP’s Artur Perchel and Mihai Bărcănescu.