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Issue 2 2013



Fourth Railway Package aims to foster growth

2 April 2013 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

Ticketing technology supplier Amadeus has released a new study with an optimistic outlook for long-distance rail travel in Europe. The study estimates that long-distance passenger traffic will increase by 2.2% annually over the next seven years to reach over 1.36 billion by 2020 – 238 million up on 2011 figures.…


Efficient Infrastructure is the foundation for growth

2 April 2013 | By Dr Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Germany

Efficient transport infrastructure is the foundation for the growth and competitiveness of our economy. More and more countries in Europe have come to the realisation that the forecast increase in commodity flows cannot be managed anymore with the already available infrastructure. This also means that focusing on one single mode…


Building Germany’s largest and most innovative infrastructure project

2 April 2013 | By Olaf Drescher, Head Project Manager for VDE 8, DB ProjektBau GmbH

The Nuremberg-Berlin Project (VDE 8) is Germany’s largest and most innovative infrastructure project with 56km of tunnel and 27km of viaduct. With the breakthrough in the 824m-long Höhnberg Tunnel in Upper Franconia on 3 August 2012, the last of the 56km of tunnels in this project was completed – a…


Open-access success

2 April 2013 | By Eva Kreienkamp,CEO, Hamburg-Köln-Express GmbH

In July 2012, Hamburg-Köln-Express – the first private long-distance rail service in Germany – began operations. Since then, this young company has successfully found its market, with a growing number of passengers regularly using the new service.


European railways at a junction

2 April 2013 | By Frank Jost, Policy Officer at the Single European Rail Area Unit, European Commission

The European Commission recently announced a comprehensive package of measures to deliver better quality and more choice in railway services in Europe. Rail is a vital part of EU transport, with a key role in addressing rising traffic demand, congestion, fuel security and decarbonisation. But many European rail markets are…


RESTRAIL – contributing to more efficient rail services

2 April 2013 | By Jacques Colliard, Head of Security Division at UIC and RESTRAIL Coordinator

REduction of Suicides and Trespasses on RAILway property (RESTRAIL1) is a threeyear project that began on 1 October 2011 and is co-funded by the European Commission’s FP7 Programme. The aim of RESTRAIL is to reduce the occurrence of suicides and trespasses on railway property and to reduce the service disruption…


Turkish rail network prepares for the future

2 April 2013 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

Turkey is a country on the move. It has a younger and faster growing population than anywhere in Europe. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) predicts Turkey will be the second fastest-growing country in the world by 2018, and by 2025 the Turkish economy is expected to outstrip…


Exhibitors prepare for 11th Railtex

2 April 2013 | By Eurotech

Railtex 2013, the UK’s premier rail event, will take place at the Earls Court exhibition centre in London from 30 April to 2 May. Organised by Mack Brooks Exhibitions, this will be the 11th edition of these popular exhibitions that provide both a technology showcase for customers in the domestic…