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Issue 1 2009



Facilitating traffic growth in the Netherlands: the ‘Triple A’ strategy approach

23 January 2009 | By Arjen Zoeteman, Head Technical Advisor of European Rail Infrastructure Managers and Senior Researcher at Delft University of Technology and former Infrastructure Architect at ProRail, Michiel Deerenberg, Sustainability Programme Manager at ProRail and former Programme Manager of the Triple A Strategy, Sjaak Heijstek, Programme Manager of the Triple A Strategy, ProRail and Alfons Schaafsma, R&D Advisor for Traffic Control Management, ProRail

How ProRail is developing a new strategy for achieving a 50% increase in the capacity of the Netherland's rail network.


A decade of growth and future ambitions

23 January 2009 | By Anne Hettinga, Managing Director, Arriva Nederland

As Arriva Nederland moves into its 11th year, Managing Director Anne Hettinga reflects on a decade of expansion and delivery for its customers.


SNCB restructures its freight operations

23 January 2009 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

In an interview for Global Railway Review, Mr. Geert Pauwels, Coordinator of SNCB’s Freight Group, discusses how operations are being split from commercial responsibilities.


Taking significant steps forward

23 January 2009 | By Mijat Kurtušic, President of the Management Board, HŽ Infrastruktura

Mijat Kurtušic discusses the events which have made a striking difference to the Croatian railway system over the last two years.


Predicting deterioration in track condition

23 January 2009 | By Dr. Nick Thom, Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK

With ballasted trackbed here for the foreseeable future, Dr. Nick Thom looks at ways of predicting the rate at which it deteriorates and the factors that affect it.


The European idea

23 January 2009 | By Camiel Eurlings, Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, the Netherlands

Camiel Eurlings, Minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in the Netherlands, explains his vision of freight transport by rail in Europe.


The Liefkenshoek rail connection PPP

23 January 2009 | By Luc Lallemand CEO, Infrabel

Luc Lallemand, CEO of Infrabel, speaks about the challenges, strategy and Infrabel's investment related to the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project to extend the railway capacity towards the port of Antwerp and the construction of the Liefkenshoek rail connection.


Grinding and milling are essential to rail quality

23 January 2009 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

Rail grinding helps to prevent the dangerous build-up of rolling contact fatigue, and also reduces running noise for line side communities. James Abbott, Technical Editor for Global Railway Review, assesses some developments and significant aspects of this important area of our industry.