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Issue 1 2014



Foreword: Providing a firstclass service in the heart of Europe

12 February 2014 | By François Bausch, Minister for Sustainable Development & Infrastructure, Luxembourg

Since its last elections which took place in October 2013, Luxembourg has a new government and I am very happy to be in charge of Infrastructure, Sustainable Development and Mobility. As a matter of fact, sustainable development is a significant factor of the Luxembourgish governmental programme and we will take…


The Liefkenshoek Rail Link – part of a strategy for capacity

12 February 2014 | By Luc Lallemand, CEO, Infrabel

Infrabel, the Belgian rail infrastructure manager, is now busy with the final work on the track for the Liefkenshoek Rail Link. The works for this direct rail link between the left and right banks in the Port of Antwerp are well on schedule, and the new railway infrastructure will be…


Infrabel continues overhead line modernisation work

12 February 2014 | By Richard Marcelis, Head of Power Engineering, Infrabel

Infrabel, the Belgian rail infrastructure manager, is currently engaged in the progressive modernisation of its overhead lines. Electrical power is a vital element of sustainable rail transport. For Global Railway Review, Richard Marcelis, Head of Infrabel’s Power Engineering Department, explains the major challenges and projects relating to overhead lines on…


Creating a ‘Green Wave’ on the Dutch railways

12 February 2014 | By Hugo Thomassen, Director of Transport & Timetables, ProRail

Forty different users and 3.3 million train movements. Every year, creating a master plan for capacity allocation on the busiest rail network in Europe poses a formidable mathematical challenge for the Dutch rail infrastructure management company ProRail. How does ProRail address this operational challenge in a way that is compatible…


Luxembourg: Diversification and collaboration essential for success

12 February 2014 | By Marc Polini, Chief Executive Officer, CFL cargo

Since its creation in October 2006, CFL cargo has focused development on its strategic position at the heart of Europe. In December of the same year, even before the liberalisation of the European rail freight market, CFL cargo moved beyond the borders of Luxembourg by launching a transport of coils…


Slovenia: Successful infrastructure is vital for a successful economy

12 February 2014 | By Dušan Mes, General Manager, Slovenske železnice

The railway has a long tradition in Slovenia. The first train arrived in 1846 and brought with it industrial development, new posts and overall progress. Nearly 170 years later, Slovenske železnice (SŽ/Slovenian Railways) are still a vital link in the Slovenian logistical chain, an indispensable part of public passenger transport,…


Croatia: Infrastructure modernisation for a more competitive railway

12 February 2014 | By Darko Peričić, President of the Management Board, HŽ Infrastructure

2013 was spent implementing the financial and organisational restructuring of Croatian Railways. The company was divided into three independent entities of which HŽ Cargo and HŽ Passenger Transportation are marketorientated transport operators whilst HŽ Infrastructure is the state-owned infrastructure manager. As a result, HŽ Infrastructure has seen major changes.


Steady construction continues on the new Koralmbahn

12 February 2014 | By OBB-Holding AG

The Koralm Railway (or Koralmbahn) is a new double-track line approximately 133km-long that will run between the Austrian cities of Graz and Klagenfurt and is part of the Baltic-Adriatic Axis which connects the Baltic Sea with the ports of the upper Adriatic. At the heart of the new railway line…


Russian Railways’ infrastructure ready to serve Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

12 February 2014 | By Vladimir Yakunin, President, Russian Railways

In February 2014, the Russian city of Sochi on the Black Sea will host the Winter Olympic Games followed by the Paralympic Games in March 2014. Over the past few years the city has been completely transformed with new sporting facilities, housing and transportation interchanges being constructed. Russian Railways, one…


A new generation of railways in Hong Kong

12 February 2014 | By Jay Walder, CEO, MTR Corporation

2014 is shaping up to be another exciting year for MTR. We are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the start of MTR service in Hong Kong, which opened on 1 October 1979 with nine stations along an 8km-long stretch of track in Kowloon. Though the initial operation was small in…