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Issue 3 2013



Signalling & Telecoms supplement

27 May 2013 | By

In this Signalling & Telecoms supplement: ETCS in operation on Spanish high-speed, commuter and three-rail lines (Ignacio Jorge Iglesias, Technical Coordination Director for High-Speed, Adif), Comparison of Control Centres and Railway Operating Centres (Chris Carson, Head of Service Delivery, East Coast Main Line Company Ltd)...


Real-Time Passenger Information (RTPI) supplement

27 May 2013 | By

In this Real-Time Passenger Information (RTPI) supplement: Infrabel, providing accurate and innovative travel information (Ann Billiau, Director-General for Rail Access, Infrabel); Real-time Passenger Information – a fundamental requirement (Fiona Dolman, Director of Operational Services, Network Rail); Social media: help us to get home (Guy Dangerfield, Rail Passenger Manager, Passenger Focus)...


‘Train Fund Denmark’ – a plan for the future Danish railway

23 May 2013 | By Henrik Dam Kristensen, Minister for Transport, Denmark

It is the Danish Government’s ambition that most of future traffic growth should take place in public transport. This will help to reduce congestion and to ensure environmentally sustainable transport. However, in order to turn this ambition into reality, railway services must be able to attract new customers and to…


NSB gets connected with on-board Wi-Fi

23 May 2013 | By Peter Hausken, IT Department for Planning and Operations Manager, NSB Passenger Trains

With most trains expected to be equipped with wireless internet over the next few years, as passengers demand increasing levels of service, what are the implications and benefits to rail operators of implementing the technology? In an interview for Global Railway Review, Peter Hausken, IT Manager at the Traffic Department…


Upgrading the Ringsted–Fehmarn Line: a huge construction job

23 May 2013 | By Jens Ole Kaslund, Ringsted–Fehmarn Project Director, Banedanmark

The upgrading of the Ringsted–Fehmarn Line is one of Banedanmark’s largest ever projects. Together with the fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt and other major Danish infrastructure projects such as the Copenhagen–Ringsted Line, this is a massive scheme for both rail freight and passenger traffic.


CROSSING BORDERS: The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link

23 May 2013 | By Johnny Restrup-Sørensen, Contract Director – Railway, Femern A/S

The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will connect Denmark and Germany with a two-track railway and a four-lane motorway underneath the Fehmarnbelt. With a total length of approximately 18km, it will be the world’s longest immersed tunnel for combined rail and road traffic and will help bring people, businesses and culture in the…


Estonian Railways invests to meet modern requirements

23 May 2013 | By Ahti Asmann, Chairman of the Management Board – General Director, AS Eesti Raudtee

The railway in Estonia has been expected to keep up with many requirements over its 142-year history, during which time there have been many key events and rapid developments – through wars, shifts of governments and regimes, development of technology, privatisation and re-nationalisation – the railway has worked at its…


Russian Railways’ rolling stock investments

23 May 2013 | By Vladimir Yakunin, President, Russian Railways

Today, passengers expect speed, comfort, and safety. Russian Railways intends to exceed all of these expectations and we believe it is impossible to achieve these goals without investing in modern rolling stock.


Dynamic services to satisfy passengers

23 May 2013 | By Alexey Krivoruchko, Chief Executive Officer, Aeroexpress

Aeroexpress is a dynamic Russian company providing intermodal and local rail transport services between the capital and all of the major Moscow airports (Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo), as well as the town of Lobnya. New intermodal transportation services were launched between the central rail terminal of Sochi and Adler Airport…


Plans to improve Czech Republic rail infrastructure

23 May 2013 | By Jiří Kolář, Director General, Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC)

Due to its geographical location, the Czech Republic is well positioned to offer transport in all directions of importance. For future success, the Czech railway network must be made available on all important European routes. Such an objective cannot be achieved without modern, reliable and interoperable lines of excellent quality.


Optimal Networks for Train Integration Management across Europe

23 May 2013 | By Clive Roberts, Director for Railway Research, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education and Professor of Railway Systems at the University of Birmingham & Lei Chen, Research Fellow, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham

Throughout Europe, many of the existing mainline railways are heavily congested, resulting in services being very susceptible to minor delays and disturbances. There is therefore a need to find new methods to make better use of the existing capability of the system through improved management of train delays and other…


RailNetEurope – gateway to European rail infrastructure

23 May 2013 | By Joachim Kroll, Secretary General, RailNetEurope and Bettina Wunsch-Semmler, Member of the Managing Board in charge of Communications, RailNetEurope

Revitalising the railways of Europe has been on the agenda of both the railway industry and the European institutions for a number of years. Since 1991, the European Commission has issued a number of directives and regulations as part of the four ‘railway packages’ and the TEN-T initiative (Trans-European Transport…