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The Northern Hub

2 June 2016 | By Peter Jenkins, Architect Director, BDP

Peter Jenkins, a widely experienced and highly regarded architect director specialising in railway stations, infrastructure and urban design, discusses the architectural importance of the Northern Hub project and how design will help to transform connections in the North of England.

The Smart Freight Train

26 May 2016 | By Rob van Looveren MSc and Peter van Kats MSc

Consultants Rob van Looveren MSc and Peter van Kats MSc discuss the benefits of implementing the Smart Freight Train system, designed to inform train drivers on the technical condition of hauled wagons.

Railway safety, it’s my priority…

25 May 2016 | By François Bellot, Federal Minister for Mobility and Transport, Belgium

Belgium, situated at the heart of the European Union, possessing a very developed economic sector of logistics, is abundantly conscious of the challenges – present and future – of the transport sector. We are often pointed at as Belgium still resides in the top ranks of most congested roads in…

Two new tracks for Belgium’s busiest railway line

25 May 2016 | By Dirk Demuynck

In early-2016 Infrabel, the Belgian railway infrastructure manager, commissioned two new tracks as part of the strategic linkup between Brussels and Denderleeuw. For Global Railway Review, Dirk Demuynck, Director of Build, looks back at the main achievements and challenges of this infrastructure project regarding the railway network and Belgium as…

ProRail… on the right track!

25 May 2016 | By Pier Eringa, President and Chairman, ProRail

ProRail is responsible for the Dutch rail network – the busiest in Europe. The organisation enables 1.1 million train journeys every day and 51 billion tonne-kilometres every year. Currently working on the biggest track renewal project in Dutch history, ProRail experienced an eventful 2015, as President and Chairman Pier Eringa…

HŽ Infrastruktura leading the biggest EU project in Croatia

25 May 2016 | By Renata Suša, President of the Management Board of HŽ Infrastruktura

Croatia became an integral part of the European transport market when it joined the European Union on 1 July 2013, opening up both opportunities and challenges for its railway sector. Croatia initially focused on rebuilding roads but it has recently turned its attention to rail development – especially the modernisation…

South East Europe: Rail financing challenges

25 May 2016 | By Maria Tchakarova, Director of the NRIC

In the development of European transport policies, growing priority is given to railway transportation. This places huge pressure on railway infrastructure managers and EU Member State governments to provide major financing for railway infrastructure projects. This challenge is particularly important for the ‘Cohesion countries’, such as Bulgaria, because in addition…

Positive progress for railways in the Western Balkans

25 May 2016 | By Nedim Begović, Transport Planning Manager at the South East Europe Transport Observatory (SEETO)

Nedim Begović, Transport Planning Manager at the South East Europe Transport Observatory (SEETO) writes about the latest investments of the Core Regional Transport Network, underlining that although the last three years have seen a positive trend towards rail infrastructure investment, a lot more is still needed to increase the competitiveness…

Train Data: TIS – A European success story

25 May 2016 | By Ann Billiau, Harald Reisinger, Josef Stahl and Florian Sandauer - all RailNetEurope (RNE)

Promoting greater railway interoperability is a topic still high on the agenda of the industry. A web-based application from RailNetEurope (RNE) that supports international train management has just made a leap forward with a mobile version. For Global Railway Review, RNE colleagues Ann Billiau, Harald Reisinger, Josef Stahl and Florian…

The challenges of integrating the South American railways

25 May 2016 | By Guilherme Quintella, Chairman of UIC Latin America

Integrating the infrastructure of different transportation modes is now an irreversible trend. However 150 years ago, when the implementation of the railways in South America began, nobody envisioned the benefits that integrated planning would bring to the development and the economy of South American countries...

Level Crossings and the Lorries of Doom

19 May 2016 | By Peter van der Mark

‘Ah yes, level crossings! Those locations where ill-disciplined road users interact in fascinating ways with railways…’ Regular blogger Peter Van de Mark looks at the hazards of level crossings.