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Issue 1 2008



Strong investments to improve Brussels Airport rail accessibility

29 January 2008 | By Luc Lallemand, CEO, Infrabel

Infrabel, the infrastructure manager of the Belgian railway network, has invested strongly in the extension of the railway capacity towards Brussels Airport. An important project in this respect is the construction of the Diabolo, which will be realised with private capital by the specifically set up project company, Northern Diabolo…


Investment in improved safety and regularity

29 January 2008 | By Eddy Clement, Director General of the Network Department, Infrabel

Infrabel, the Belgian railway infrastructure management company, is investing in the modernisation of its network control centres in a number of stages. The new Traffic Control centre and the concentration of signal boxes are two important projects in this context. In an interview with Global Railway Review, Eddy Clement, Director…


A double carriageway between Pétange and Luxembourg

29 January 2008 | By Alex Kremer, Director General, CFL

In 2002, the Luxembourg Ministry of Transport collaborated with CFL to work out a public transport strategy called ‘mobilité’. The document, or plan, included details about development projects of public transport infrastructure and included in particular plans to develop the existing railway line between Pétange and Luxembourg into a dual…


Keeping the customer in the lead

29 January 2008 | By Albert Counet, General Manager, B-Cargo

Within SNCB, B-Cargo is the division that is responsible for commercialising rail freight transport. In cooperation with the other companies of the SNCB Group, we provide customers with global logistics solutions that are at once competitive and attractive. With 2,160 miles (3,454km) of track, Belgium’s rail infrastructure is among the…


Reactivation of the Maastricht – Lanaken railway line

29 January 2008 | By Jan Derks, Project Manager, ProRail

In 1990, a goods train travelled along the single track, cross-border line connecting the Dutch city of Maastricht and the Belgian town of Lanaken. At that time, it was known to be the last goods train to ever travel on the track. However, this 6km long goods line is now…


NS is saving energy and going green

29 January 2008 | By Jeroen Duijvestijn, Manager of Corporate Sustainable Development, NS

For NS (Netherlands Railways), sustainability is becoming more and more important in the way the railway company does business. Recently, Mr. Aad Veenman, CEO of NS, stated new and ambitious goals in this field for 2020. Emissions of CO2 will be reduced by 20%, independent from business growth. The energy…


Achieving the goal of positive business activity

29 January 2008 | By Davorin Kobak, President of Management Board, HZ Holding

The year 2007 for Croatian Railways has been marked by intense action in two basic areas. In one of the areas, the aim was to carry out the restructuring process which entered its key phase during the year. Pursuant to the Railways Law and the Act on the Division of…


Making Britain’s railway ‘greener’

29 January 2008 | By Ian Papworth, Engineering Director, Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC)

At the end of the Brussels European Council of 8/9 March 2007, the EU Presidency committed itself by commenting that; “The EU makes a firm independent commitment to achieve at least a 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to 1990.” The need to find greener solutions has…


Applying the brakes to catastrophic rail freight disasters

29 January 2008 | By Christian Aubry, Project Manager, Freight Wagon Engineering, SBB Cargo AG

The possibility of catastrophe always has to be borne in mind in the case of a train carrying hazardous cargo. The risk can be substantially reduced with the use of derailment detectors, which are designed to immediately apply the brakes if a fault is detected.


New and dynamic changes for Latvia

29 January 2008 | By Aija Poca, Head of Project Management Unit, LDZ – Latvian Railway

In Latvia, railway transport plays a significant role in the freight transport sector with more than 52 million tons being carried by the railways in 2007.


Talent 2: the future of regional train design

29 January 2008 | By Oliver Schmidt, Vice President of Sales North Region, Bombardier Transportation Mainline and Metro Division

In November 2007, at a spectacular ‘virtual launch’ event in Hennigsdorf, Germany, Bombardier presented its new Talent 2 to its customer, DB Regio. Attended by senior representatives from the industry and the region, the event heralded the inaugural call off of 42 Talent 2 regional trains from 321 ordered as…