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Issue #4 2015 – Digital version

6 August 2015 | By

In this issue: Project updates from Austria, Switzerland and Italy, a look at LED station displays, the future for the South East Flexible Ticketing (SEFT) Programme, an update on the development of Birmingham New Street Station, and much more...


Signalling & Telecommunications Supplement

6 August 2015 | By

In our latest free-to-view Signalling & Telecommunications Supplement, Johnny Restrup-Sørensen from Femern A/S takes a look at what signalling system is right for the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link, Michel Ruesen celebrates 20 years of the EEIG ERTMS Users Group, and Chris Carson from Virgin Trains East Coast takes a look…


Bringing Europe closer together with the Gotthard Base Tunnel

6 August 2015 | By Peter Füglistaler, Director of the Federal Office of Transport in Switzerland

In June 2016, the 57km-long Gotthard Base Tunnel under the Alps, which links northern and southern Switzerland, will be formally opened. The tunnel breaks a number of records. It is the longest rail tunnel in the world – 3km longer than the Japanese Seikan tunnel, the previous record holder. Peter…


The Semmering Base Tunnel: powerful and future-oriented

6 August 2015 | By Gerhard Gobiet, Project Manager at ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

The Semmering Base Tunnel is one of the most important long-term large-scale infrastructure projects in the Austrian and European high-capacity route network. Through the 27.3km-long tunnel between Gloggnitz and Mürzzuschlag, a sustainable investment is being made in both Austrian and international rail transport. In the long-term, the Semmering Base Tunnel…


WESTbahn fights for fair open-access conditions in the Austrian rail market

6 August 2015 | By Erich Forster, Managing Director of WESTbahn

Few private rail operators have entered into open-access long-distance travel – incumbents try to keep the monopoly alive, and it seems the way to non-discriminatory integration of all railway companies is difficult. Ever since WESTbahn’s operational launch, the private railway company has been fighting against discrimination in the Austrian open-access…


Naples–Bari and Palermo–Catania–Messina high-speed/high-capacity lines

6 August 2015 | By Michele Mario Elia, CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS Italiane)

The Naples–Bari and Palermo–Catania–Messina high-speed/high-capacity (HS/HC) itineraries are among the main works included in the so-called ‘Unlock-Italy’ Law no. 164 of 11 November 2014. The Italian government aims to give the country a strong sign of recovery in both the economy and employment – commencing in the South – through…


Ceneri Base Tunnel: the logical continuation in the south

6 August 2015 | By Marco Ceriani, Chief Construction Officer of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd

The NRLA Gotthard Axis comprises of the Gotthard Base Tunnel and the 15km-long Ceneri Base Tunnel. The two single-track tubes of the Ceneri Base Tunnel are complemented by branch-off structures to allow additional traffic connections. So that the ambitious time schedule can be met despite difficult geological conditions, work on…


From split-flap display to multimedia train information system

6 August 2015 | By Lukas Spengeler, Project Manager at SBB

Who isn’t familiar with the big blue display information boards in Switzerland’s main train stations? At the time of the display installation more than 25 years ago, these units were the leading technology. Printed panels showed the train information for departing trains. Updating of the information caused the panels to…


Moving towards the opening of Birmingham New Street station

6 August 2015 | By Chris Montgomery, Network Rail’s Project Director for the Birmingham New Street project

After five years of engineering and building works, the finished product is now in sight at Birmingham New Street Station. In this article, Chris Montgomery, Network Rail’s Project Director for the Birmingham New Street project, details what the new station will mean for its passengers, and the city as a…


SEFT: Smart ticketing on rail in the South East of England

6 August 2015 | By Andrew Keating, Programme Director, South East Flexible Ticketing (SEFT) Programme

The past year has seen substantial developments for the South East Flexible Ticketing (SEFT) Programme. Andrew Keating, Programme Director, gives Global Railway Review an update.


Erex: ‘standardisation key’ to the EU’s Energy Union

29 July 2015 | By ,

Eress is an open partnership for infrastructure managers, jointly owned by its partners, committed to the development, implementation and supply of Erex – an efficient, reliable, accurate and flexible energy settlement system which allows infrastructure managers to fulfil requirements for a neutral and non-discriminatory operation, and allows train operators to…


Making energy management in the railway system smarter

26 July 2015 | By , ,

The MERLIN1 project ‘Sustainable and Intelligent Management of Energy for Smarter Railway Systems in Europe: an Integrated Optimisation Approach’ is co-funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme and involves 18 partners including European railway systems integrators and equipment suppliers, railway operators and infrastructure managers, research centres, consultancies companies and professional…