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Issue 1 2015



An insight into TRAINOSE restructuring

13 February 2015 | By Dr Nikolaos Athanasopoulos, Strategic Planning Senior Advisor, TRAINOSE S.A.

TRAINOSE S.A was established in 2005 as a subsidiary of the OSE Group (the Hellenic Railways Organisation) responsible for the provision of passenger and rail freight transport. Since then it has undergone significant restructuring in order to meet EU regulations. Strategic Planning Senior Adviser Nikolaos Athanasopoulos gives an insight...


Towards a step-change in new rolling stock certification for noise

13 February 2015 | By Nicolas Furio (UNIFE), Estelle Bongini (SNCF) and Ulf Orrenius (Bombardier)

Noise pollution is an important concern. At a European level the Environmental Noise Directive (END) requires noise mapping of large agglomerations and major routes and the development of Action Plans. It is estimated that 14 million people in Europe are exposed to levels of railway noise above 55 dB Lden,…


European railways and liberalised markets

13 February 2015 | By Juan Antonio Cuesta Cañas, Manager, ECO Rail

The Spanish railway market is currently going through gradual liberalisation, and as a first step, the country will make part of its railway infrastructure open to competition. New private train operator ECO Rail is ready to enter this sector and has already carried out a European rail liberalisation study. Summarising…


Eurostar unveil new e320 train and future plans

13 February 2015 | By Nicolas Petrovic, CEO, Eurostar

Towards the end of 2014, Eurostar unveiled its new e320 train – designed to offer passengers an unprecedented level of style and comfort, as the cross-Channel high-speed operator looks to ambitious growth in its services in the future. Global Railway Review was keen to interview Nicolas Petrovic – CEO of…


Turkey uses resources wisely to develop rail network

13 February 2015 | By Suleyman Karaman, Director General, Turkish State Railways

Since 2003, the Turkish government has been paying great importance to investing in the country’s railway system and deeming the mode as being one of the most important aspects of growing sustainable development. Süleyman Karaman, Director General of Turkish State Railways (TCDD), explains that resources have been allocated to the…


The Liefkenshoek Rail Link – a true passage to Europe

13 February 2015 | By Luc Lallemand, CEO, Infrabel

Infrabel, the rail infrastructure manager for the Belgian railway network, opened the new Liefkenshoek Rail Link to freight operators on Sunday 14 December 2014. In an interview with Global Railway Review, Luc Lallemand, CEO of Infrabel, looked back one more time at the milestones in this rail link project that…


OV SAAL project: Working on improving accessibility in the Netherlands

13 February 2015 | By Christian Caan, Koen Ingels, ProRail and Kitty I'Abee, OV SAAL

The OV SAAL project in the Netherlands aims to expand the railway system around Schiphol, Amsterdam, Almere and Lelystad, but not without serious challenges with respect to technique and accessibility. Christiaan Caan and Koen Ingels both Managers from construction alliances on behalf of ProRail, and OV SAAL’s Senior Communications Consultant,…


Foreword by Wilma Mansveld: Improving before expanding

13 February 2015 | By Wilma Mansveld, State Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands

Every day, more than one million people in the Netherlands – out of a population of almost 17 million – rely on trains and railroads to get to work and back home again. This is no small feat considering the complexity of the country’s railway system and the length of…