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Issue #3 2014 – Digital version

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This issue features a forward from Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Norway's Minister of Transport and Communications, a Northern Europe Profile featuring articles from Trafikstyrelsen, Jernbaneverket, The Scandinavian 8 Million City Project and AS Eesti Radutee, exclusive Track Systems and Signalling & Telecommunications supplements, plus an update from INEA...

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Track Systems supplement 2014

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In our latest free-to-view Track Systems Supplement, read articles about the CAPACITY4RAIL project, track maintenance facilities in Portugal, plus switches and crossings research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology...

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Introduction: Northern Europe – a hotbed for rail development

4 June 2014 | By Craig Waters

There is one standard theme currently running through the railways of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia; that theme is development, writes Craig Waters, Editor of Global Railway Review. Northern Europe is a current hotbed for investment and growth in the railway industry, and governments in Scandinavia are continuing to…

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Foreword: Time for change in Norwegian rail transport

4 June 2014 | By Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Minister of Transport and Communications for Norway

As Minister of Transport and Communications for Norway, Ketil Solvik-Olsen is concerned with improving people’s daily travel habits. For Global Railway Review, Ketil explains that since the Norwegian Conservative Party (Høyre) and the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet) came to power in October 2013, a process has been in place to make…

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Major railway projects in Denmark – shifting to a new approval process

4 June 2014 | By Jesper Rasmussen, Deputy Director General, Trafikstyrelsen – Danish Transport Authority

Denmark is investing heavily in railway infrastructure. The Danish Government has decided to allocate approximately €20 billion for railway infrastructure in the coming decade. Jesper Rasmussen, Deputy Director General, Trafikstyrelsen – Danish Transport Authority, explains more.

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Norway: The new Ulriken Tunnel – drill and blast or TBM?

4 June 2014 | By Hans-Egil Larsen, Project Manager at Jernbaneverket

The line between Arna and Bergen in Norway is one of the most heavily trafficked sections of single-track railway in Europe, with approximately 130 trains passing daily. This section is a bottleneck for rail traffic to and from the station and freight terminal in Bergen. The Norwegian National Rail Administration…

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Interview: Jörgen Nyström, Business Sector Manager for Elmia Nordic Rail

4 June 2014 | By Jörgen Nyström, Business Sector Manager for Elmia Nordic Rail

On 6-8 October 2015, Nordic Rail will once again invite the railway industry to Jönköping in Sweden for an opportunity for companies, organisations and industry peers to discuss what the future holds for rail in Scandinavia. In an exclusive interview for Global Railway Review, Jörgen Nyström, Business Sector Manager for…

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The Scandinavian 8 Million City Project: Opening the door to Europe and the world

4 June 2014 | By Floire Nathanael Daub, Project Manager for The Scandinavian 8 Million City Project

In an increasingly globalised economy, the demand for efficiency and mobility is increasing. Bigger and stronger regions are needed to attract and retain people and companies who will create the wealth of the future. City regions have become the engines in developing the knowledge and information-based community. The development of…

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Rail investment and development is a priority in Estonia

4 June 2014 | By Ahti Asmann, Chairman of the Management Board at AS Eesti Radutee

Ahti Asmann, Chairman of the Management Board at AS Eesti Radutee explains that a series of major improvements have been carried out to the railways in Estonia over recent years, and 2014 is set to continue this trend. Following the recent separation of the country’s rail infrastructure and cargo enterprises,…

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Interview: Robert Röder, CEO of Strukton Rail AB

4 June 2014 | By Global Railway Review

In an exclusive interview for Global Railway Review, Robert Röder, CEO of Strukton Rail AB, discusses the company’s recent acquisition of Balfour Beatty Rail Scandinavia and what this means to Strukton and its future position in the railway marketplace...

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Poland: Waiting for Pendolino trains

4 June 2014 | By Piotr Malepszak, Director of the Railroads Office at PKP PLK S.A

The manager of the Polish state-owned railway infrastructure – PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (PLK S.A.) – is implementing the largest investment programme in its history; its value, between 2012 and 2015, will amount to over €6 billion. For Global Railway Review, Piotr Malepszak – Director of the Railroads Office…