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Issue 3 2012



150 years of Finnish railways – still a vital part of the transport system

8 June 2012 | By Merja Kyllönen, Minister of Transport, Finland

2012 marks a special occasion in Finnish railway history: our railways celebrate their 150th anniversary. Scheduled train services began on 17 March 1862 between Helsinki and Hämeenlinna, and ever since then, rail transport has had a huge influence on the development of our society and landscape. Over the years, a…


Norwegian railways enter a year of intensive planning

8 June 2012 | By Elisabeth Enger, Director General, Jernbaneverket

Since the beginning of 2012, three important reports on Norwegian railways have been issued in quick succession. First was the major high-speed study, followed by Jernbaneverket’s concept study for expansion of the InterCity network in eastern Norway. Subsequently, the central government agencies for sea, air, road and rail transport tabled…


The railway accident investigation process in Norway

8 June 2012 | By Kurt A. Olsen, Director, Head of Rail Department, Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN)

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) is a Norwegian Government agency under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, responsible for investigating accidents and incidents in the transport sector. The history of the Board dates back to 1989. Earlier ad hoc investigation commissions only investigated fatal aviation accidents. At that time…


Opening up construction of Denmark’s first high-speed railway to competition

8 June 2012 | By Jan Schneider-Tilli, Project Director, Copenhagen-Ringsted railway, Banedanmark

The new Copenhagen-Ringsted railway is the largest civil engineering project in Denmark for well over 100 years. Not since the Vestvolden fortifications around Copenhagen were built between 1882 and 1892 as part of the city’s defences has Denmark been the setting for such an extensive building project: a new 60km…


The railway market in Latvia continues to grow

8 June 2012 | By Uģis Magonis, President, Latvian Railways

Latvian Railways (LDz) has been a leading Baltic freight transport company for the last few years. Considering the increase in Latvian Railways’ main freight groups – coal and oil products – and to keep up with growing demand, Latvian Railways is now seeking opportunities to develop infrastructure in the fastest…


Keen to develop services to drive growth

8 June 2012 | By Damian Grabowski, Board Member & Commercial Director, Arriva Polska and President of the Management Board, Arriva RP

Arriva was the first, and remains, the only private rail company operating in the Polish market. Supported by over 150 employees, the company delivers 2.5 million train kilometres annually, serving over 100 stations and handling over two million passengers in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie and Pomorskie voivodeships. Arriva RP is committed to…


Interview Spotlight: Gerd Aurich

8 June 2012 | By

What products/solutions can Voith Turbo Scharfenberg offer the European railway marketplace? Based on standardised modular components, Voith Turbo Scharfenberg has made its mark as a system provider of energy absorbing components for trains. Our product range covers automatic and semi-permanent couplers, impact protection modules and crash buffers, up to complete…


2014 Winter Olympics construction projects of Russian Railways

8 June 2012 | By Vladimir Yakunin, President, Russian Railways

In February 2010, Russian Railways and the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee signed a partnership agreement, which gave Russian Railways official status as the general partner of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Organising such a major event necessitates a high level of arrangements, and transport accessibility plays one of the…


Making rail booking easy for all

8 June 2012 | By Jamie Andrews, Co-founder & Managing Director, Loco2

Loco2 is the first independent, non rail operator owned company to sell train tickets to destinations within Europe. The company has been featured in the Guardian, Observer and and has recently launched a partnership with popular train booking site, Jamie Andrews, Co-founder and Managing Director, talks to Global…