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Driving forward to the railway system of tomorrow…

31 January 2017 | By Simon Fletcher, Coordinator Europe, UIC (the International Union of Railways)

Welcoming anything new is always an exciting and often eagerly anticipated event. The arrival of this new year should be the same, but just what can we expect and how should the railway sector rise to the challenge?

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Rail developments in Egypt and links with Northern Africa region

31 January 2017 | By Prof. Dr. Khaled Abbas, Former Dean of Egypt National Institute of Transport and Expert at PTA-RTA (Dubai)

In this article for Global Railway Review, Prof. Dr. Khaled Abbas, Former Dean of Egypt National Institute of Transport and Expert at PTA-RTA (Dubai), focuses on the mainline railway developments in Egypt and how this is linked to the Northern Africa region. He describes the latest mainline railway projects in…

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Realising the ambitions of the French railway manufacturing industry

31 January 2017 | By Jean-Pierre Audoux , Director General of the French Railway Industry Association (FIF),

Today the French railway manufacturing industry has to contend with two major challenges: sustaining a high level of activity in the rolling stock manufacturing sector and modernising the national rail infrastructure network. Jean-Pierre Audoux , Director General of the French Railway Industry Association (FIF), takes a look at the current…

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Atlantic Corridor: More capacity, higher performance, better information

31 January 2017 | By Eduardo Borges Pires, Director of Infraestruturas de Portugal’s Mobility and Clients Department

The aim of Regulation (EU) No. 913/2010 of 22 September 2010 is to improve the efficiency of rail freight transportation relative to other modes of transport through the creation of nine European rail freight corridors. Here Eduardo Borges Pires, Director of Infraestruturas de Portugal’s Mobility and Clients Department, provides an…

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An introduction to validation challenges

31 January 2017 | By Salvatore Vetruccio, Assessor – CCS On-Board Department at Italcertifer

Testing and validating an on-board ‘European Vital Computer’ (EVC) requires a specific test-environment with the ability to simulate all the stimulus, signalling and interfaces with which an EVC can exchange information. The European Union Agency for Railways has listed and publicly disseminated the performance requirements and guidelines to be utilised…

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ÖBB Railjet – technology that moves

31 January 2017 | By Kurt Bauer, ÖBB’s Head of High-Speed and Long-Distance Services

Railjet is the most modern high-speed train in ÖBB’s fleet and connects the whole of Austria with Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and the Czech Republic (and from 2018 with Italy as well) at up to 230km/h on a regular schedule. Here ÖBB’s Head of High-Speed and Long-Distance Services, Kurt Bauer, explains…

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Poland’s modern Express InterCity Premium trains

31 January 2017 | By Marek Chraniuk, President of the Board at PKP InterCity

PKP InterCity has invested in purchasing 20 modern high-speed Pendolino trains to improve passenger services. For Global Railway Review, Marek Chraniuk, President of the Board at PKP InterCity, gives a technical overview of the new fleet as well as their on-board features specifically designed to provide passengers with a premium…

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SBB – on track towards energy efficiency

31 January 2017 | By Oliver Johner, Head of SBB’s Energy Saving Programme

Travelling by train uses four times less energy than driving a car and utilises 90% hydropower too. Swiss Federal Railways AG (SBB) already makes a major contribution to sustainable mobility – and will continue to do so in the future. However, it also remains the largest consumer of electricity in…

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Faster, longer, greener trains for passengers in Scotland

31 January 2017 | By Phil Verster, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance & Karen Boswell OBE, Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe

With passenger numbers continuing to grow rapidly across Scotland, a fleet of new trains is needed to meet demand. For Global Railway Review, Phil Verster (Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance) and Karen Boswell OBE (Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe) provide further details of a joint vision to transform…

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Deal insight: overcoming competition hurdles in rail franchise awards

31 January 2017 | By Jeremy Robinson (Partner) and Vineet Budhiraja (Associate) at international law firm Watson Farley & Williams

The UK’s Railways Act contains an obscure passage with deal-critical implications. If you enter a rail franchise agreement, you may need to first overcome competition law hurdles, the most immediate being: do you need clearance under merger control rules before you can proceed? This question stems from section 66(3) of…

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Investigation of baseplate pad life on the London Underground Jubilee Line Extension

31 January 2017 | By Jonathan Bray, Senior TrackEngineer at Amey and Stefan Vonbun, Product Manager & Lukas Mayer, Area Sales, Getzner Werkstoffe Manager

Following the inauguration of the Jubilee line in the later part of the 20th century, its subsequent extension by means of the Jubilee Line Extension in 1999 warranted stringent measures against structural vibration. London Underground enlisted the assistance of Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH for a suitable solution for its baseplate pads.…