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Issue 2 2014



Introduction: Is the 4th Railway Package in trouble?

11 April 2014 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

Railway liberalisation in the European Union took a big step backwards in February when the European Parliament threw out the Governance Section of the 4th Railway Package – built on earlier EU legislation requiring state railways to be split into infrastructure and operating units. The new section looked for total…


Foreword: Developing the vision and strategy for Europe’s future rail system

11 April 2014 | By Simon Fletcher, Coordinator – Europe, UIC

The rail sector’s vision is that railways, already vital to Europe’s social and economic well-being, will contribute even more in the future; an efficient rail system that is the backbone for the growth and competiveness of the European economy. Europe’s rail companies and stakeholders have collaborated to develop and publish…


Germany: the shop window for the worldwide rail industry

11 April 2014 | By Ronald Pörner, Managing Director, German Railway Industry Association (VDB)

The German Railway Industry Association (VDB) purposefully and emphatically represents the interests of German railway technology manufacturers, thus contributing to the dynamics of the worldwide rail industry. The branch is very established in the international business arena with an export ratio of approximately 50%. Whether for rolling stock, rail infrastructure…


DB investment boosts manufacturers

11 April 2014 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

Capital expenditure by Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) is rising by over 5% annually, but certification problems are giving suppliers pause for thought. In late-February 2014, DB put on hold its proposed high-speed Frankfurt–London rail service – news that came as little surprise. The project has been dogged by delays ever…


Leipzig’s new city tunnel – the backbone of a new network

11 April 2014 | By Oliver Mietzsch, General Manager, Greater Leipzig Railway Authority Association (ZVNL)

On 15 December 2013, the Leipzig City Tunnel was opened for commercial service. Despite some delays in completing the new underground infrastructure which ended up costing double the initially planned €450 million capital investment, statements from industry-officials made during an opening ceremony were full of pride about the completion of…


Germany: NETINERA to start four new routes in 2014

11 April 2014 | By Jost Knebel, CEO, NETINERA Deutschland GmbH

NETINERA is one of the largest private regional rail operators in Germany. Before 2011 it belonged to the British Arriva plc company until it was acquired by a financial consortium of the Italian national railway company, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) and the French-Luxembourgian infrastructure company, Cube Infrastructure. In 2014,…


Signalling: Status of ETCS in Austria

11 April 2014 | By Manfred Pisek, Leader of the Operational Requirements Management Department, ÖBB Infrastructure / Stefan Gaider, ETCS Infrastructure Project Leader – Engineering Services, ÖBB Infrastructure

When planning first began to implement ETCS Level 2 in Austria, ÖBB – the Austrian Federal Railways – was also faced with the challenge of creating and adapting its operational rules and procedures at that time. Therefore, in parallel to the technical projects for GSM-R, infrastructure and rolling stock etc.,…


Turkey’s Marmaray Project: a 153-year-old dream becomes reality

11 April 2014 | By Süleyman Karaman, Director General and Chairman of the Board, Turkish State Railways (TCDD)

On 29 October 2013, an inauguration ceremony took place in Turkey to mark the opening of a rail tunnel beneath the Bosphorus, connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. Part of the wider Marmaray Project, this rail connection is built 60m below sea level and is the world’s deepest…


The New Line Copenhagen–Ringsted: best-in-class construction

11 April 2014 | By Jan Schneider-Tilli – Banedanmark’s Project Director for the new Copenhagen– Ringsted line

For Global Railway Review, Jan Schneider-Tilli – Banedanmark’s Project Director for the new Copenhagen–Ringsted line – reflects on the first Danish high-speed project as it reaches the halfway line...


Safeguarding the Norwegian railway network

11 April 2014 | By Erik Ø. Reiersøl-Johnsen, Director General, Norwegian Railway Authority

The Norwegian Railway Authority was established in 1996 with the task to safeguard public interest with respect to safety and to enforce the railway law and regulations. In Norway, responsibility for safety lies with the 37 individual railway companies. The jurisdiction of the Norwegian Railway Authority embraces all railway operations…


InterCity: transforming Eastern Norway

11 April 2014 | By Anne Siri Haugen, InterCity Project Director, Jernbaneverket

Shorter journey times, improved regularity and more frequent departures are the main objectives of Norway’s InterCity development, which comprises modern double-tracks between Oslo and the towns of Lillehammer, Skien and Halden. In total, the project consists of 230km of double-tracks, various constructions and 21 stations. The Norwegian National Transport Plan…


Growing demand for lone worker protection on UK rail network

11 April 2014 | By James Kelly, Chief Executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA)

More than six million people in the UK work either in isolation or without the safety net provided by direct supervision, often in places or circumstances that put them at potential risk. In the transport sector, lone workers often include ticket office and platform staff, train managers, engineers and delivery…


Why railway transport matters to sustainability goals

11 April 2014 | By Libor Lochman, Executive Director, CER and Global Railway Review Editorial Board Member / Edward Hunter Christie, Chief Economist, CER / Ethem Pekin, Environment Economist, CER

Transport poses two major sustainability challenges: greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and dependence on imported oil. Railway transportation has very favourable characteristics on both counts, making modal shift in favour of rail a naturally attractive policy goal.